Rich Ditch's Photography Blog

September 10, 2012

Inside Out

Filed under: backyard, Birds, digital benefits — richditch @ 10:04 am
Mourning Dove

Mourning Dove

Nikon D300, Nikkor 300/2.8 AF-S plus TC 20E III (2x), tripod, ISO 1600, 1/200th second at f/8, 8/16/2012 2:20 pm

There are finally some good signs that we’ll soon see some relief from the triple digit high temps around Phoenix. We’ve had more surprise rainstorms in the past couple of weeks, and we’ve got some overcast skies today with a promise of more rain today and even better tomorrow.

But until we get back to the better temps I continue to avoid the outdoors for most photography, instead working with the cats inside or working the backyard from the comfort of the inside. All of the images in this post were taken of backyard subjects through the glass patio door. If I’m proactive and get the glass really clean (not often) I can usually get acceptable image quality. My shots tend to lose contrast, but that can be addressed in photoshop post processing to some degree. And if I avoid shooting at too much of an angle I can avoid an annoying vertical banding condition (you can see some traces of this in the Mourning Dove image at the top of the post in the upper left section). I think this banding is caused by the thickness of the glass in the door.

White-winged Dove

White-winged Dove

Nikon D300, Nikkor 300/2.8 AF-S plus TC 20E III (2x), tripod, ISO 1600, 1/200th second at f/8, 8/16/2012 2:24 pm

We get a few White-winged Doves in the yard each summer who come and feed on the seed I put pout each day for the Mourning Doves. I hear complaints from other bird photographers in the metro area that they get overwhelmed with white-wings, so we are glad that we usually get just two or three pair of them. They are here in the hottest time of year but leave when the saguaro cacti aren’t blooming and producing fruit. It is a good sign that I can get back out once they stop showing up in the yard. This White-winged Dove was taken four minutes after the Mourning Dove image at the top of the post but at less of an angle so I don’t see any of the vertical bands from the glass door.

Northern Mockingbird

Northern Mockingbird

Nikon D300, Nikkor 300/2.8 AF-S plus TC 20E III (2x), tripod, ISO 1600, 1/500th second at f/8, 8/16/2012 1:14 pm

Another regular in our yard is the Northern Mockingbird – there are a couple pair that raise families somewhere in the neighborhood and come to our yard hoping that my wife will feed them mealworms. Bringing up Baby takes a lot of work and adult plumage suffers in the process. I’m not sure if this is an adult in worn plumage or one of the young of the season not yet in adult dress, but if any of the regular birds see activity by the patio door they come around to investigate.



Nikon D300, Nikkor 300/2.8 AF-S plus TC 20E III (2x), tripod, ISO 1600, 1/320th second at f/8, 8/16/2012 2:03 pm

Finally, here’s one of the backyard rabbits photographed about an hour earlier on the same day, also through the patio door glass. Over the years we’ve lived here the rabbits have moved in as well, probably because we leave them alone to do what they want. They can be entertaining to watch as they chase each other around the yard.

Note that all image in this post were shot at ISO 1600 and have zero Noise Reduction applied in camera or in post processing. As someone who spent 25 years shooting film I still have trouble accepting that photographers are no longer limited to 50-100 for best quality, and 200-400 tops for emergencies.



1 Comment »

  1. I think that these turned out great despite taking them through the glass. I especially like the rabbit, I am very fond of them!

    Comment by Mia McPherson — September 10, 2012 @ 2:01 pm

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