Friday, February 29, 2008

Sometimes You Gotta Be Patient...

This robin picture was not just a point and shoot photo, it took over a week of preparation to get it. It involved a dummy tripod with a fake camera to get the birds acclimated to it. I set it up over 50 feet away from the nest on the first day then moved it a little closer each day till it was in the right position for the real camera. When I was ready to take photos I replaced the dummy tripod with the real camera and took my photos from about 35 feet away with a remote cord attached to the auto-winder. I was hidden in the bushes watching the nest with binoculars.
If things continue like they are this winter, this photo is a sight we won't see until July. There's another big storm coming this weekend, that should bring us to over 10 feet for the season so far and March can be a snowy month too. It's going to take forever to melt all of that, I guess we can look at the bright side, we'll be cross country skiing until June.

2 comments:

Sandpiper said...

This picture is stupendous and worth every second of time you put into it. I hope you have it framed and on a wall somewhere!

I hope you see spring soon. The snowstorm doesn't sound too promising though. I'll have to give my family a call and see how they're doing. They're a bit south of you.

nature tales and camera trails said...

We are getting the same storm here in New Brunswick, as you are getting this weekend; too much snow! But this being the first of March, perhaps the old adage will hold true, "... in like a lion, out like a lamb."

The robin photo is beautiful! I am hoping that an early one will show up here some day in March, although we will have to lose a bit of all this snow first!