Message about springtime

Jørgen_BjerringJørgen_Bjerring Copenhagen, DenmarkPosts: 1,171Registered Users Many Grins
edited April 19, 2017 in Wildlife

Today (April 19) I met some Northern Lapwings. It's one of the first birds that returns to Denmark (in March) with the message: Winter has gone. Springtime is here.

No. 1.

No. 2.

No. 3.

No. 4.

No. 5.

No. 6.

No. 7.

Jørgen Bjerring
Photos: https://jb-photos.smugmug.com/
The one who takes a joke only for a joke and seriousness only seriously he and she have got both badly. Grook by Piet Hein in my poor translation.

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  • pathfinderpathfinder Drive By Digital Shooter Posts: 13,980Super Moderators moderator

    I like the last one best, the green background really sets the bird off nicely.

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  • double_entendredouble_entendre Gene pool chlorinator Posts: 72Registered Users Big grins

    What adorable little critters. Agree with @pathfinder that the last on has the background to set off the bird.

  • puzzledpaulpuzzledpaul low down bum Posts: 1,487Registered Users Major grins

    Agree with pathfinder ... although I'd be tempted to use the word 'clean' rather than green.
    I personally dislike this sort of background with high frequency detail, since it invariably renders as splodgy / spotty - last shot angle being one of the few (only?) ways of getting a half decent shot - as here.

    pp

  • Jørgen_BjerringJørgen_Bjerring Copenhagen, DenmarkPosts: 1,171Registered Users Many Grins

    @pathfinder said:
    I like the last one best, the green background really sets the bird off nicely.

    @double_entendre said:
    What adorable little critters. Agree with @pathfinder that the last on has the background to set off the bird.

    Thanks to both of you.

    @puzzledpaul said:
    Agree with pathfinder ... although I'd be tempted to use the word 'clean' rather than green.
    I personally dislike this sort of background with high frequency detail, since it invariably renders as splodgy / spotty - last shot angle being one of the few (only?) ways of getting a half decent shot - as here.

    The background is a direct consequence of using 400 mm/F 5.6. I like the background myself and I prefer it from a background of grass showing all details of every blade.

    Jørgen Bjerring
    Photos: https://jb-photos.smugmug.com/
    The one who takes a joke only for a joke and seriousness only seriously he and she have got both badly. Grook by Piet Hein in my poor translation.

  • puzzledpaulpuzzledpaul low down bum Posts: 1,487Registered Users Major grins
    edited April 19, 2017

    @Jørgen_Bjerring said:

    The background is a direct consequence of using 400 mm/F 5.6. I like the background myself and I prefer it from a background of grass showing all details of every blade.

    Using a long(ish) lens is certainly half the battle re getting this sort of result - the other half is associated with the relative distances involved.

    pp

    Btw, am also a fan of diffused backgrounds - preferably from a low pov - as you've presumably gathered :)

  • Jørgen_BjerringJørgen_Bjerring Copenhagen, DenmarkPosts: 1,171Registered Users Many Grins

    @puzzledpaul said:

    @Jørgen_Bjerring said: ...

    Using a long(ish) lens is certainly half the battle re getting this sort of result - the other half is associated with the relative distances involved.
    ...
    Btw, am also a fan of diffused backgrounds - preferably from a low pov - as you've presumably gathered :)

    As many other bird photographers I prefer to take photos at bird level and not from above. Therefore I was down on my stomach and there was only one way to avoid the background I got - and that was by not taking the pictures.

    Jørgen Bjerring
    Photos: https://jb-photos.smugmug.com/
    The one who takes a joke only for a joke and seriousness only seriously he and she have got both badly. Grook by Piet Hein in my poor translation.

  • StumblebumStumblebum I shoot, therefore I am Posts: 6,427Registered Users Major grins

    Beautiful bird! Yeah last one is best as background is sweet!

  • Jørgen_BjerringJørgen_Bjerring Copenhagen, DenmarkPosts: 1,171Registered Users Many Grins

    @Stumblebum said:
    Beautiful bird! Yeah last one is best as background is sweet!

    Many thanks :)

    Jørgen Bjerring
    Photos: https://jb-photos.smugmug.com/
    The one who takes a joke only for a joke and seriousness only seriously he and she have got both badly. Grook by Piet Hein in my poor translation.

  • puzzledpaulpuzzledpaul low down bum Posts: 1,487Registered Users Major grins

    @Jørgen_Bjerring said:
    // there was only one way to avoid the background I got - and that was by not taking the pictures.

    This suggests a title for a whole new area of discussion / thread, imo ... 'Why did I (bother to) take that particular shot'?
    Personally, with waterfowl pics I'll frequently not bother and save memory / editing time etc - if I know there's an element in the background that's not what I want in the pic.
    The unwanted feature can come in many forms - and obviously I fail - on a regular basis - because I get caught up in the 'heat of the moment' - especially if something interesting is happening - and continue shooting -but such shots invariably end up getting dumped.
    It also helps (for me, anyway) that my 'bucket list' is of shots /compositions - not species / places /environments etc - and that I generally only shoot in a limited number of venues at the same location, so I can return and 'have another go at the image(s) I have in my mind's eye.

    pp'

  • Jørgen_BjerringJørgen_Bjerring Copenhagen, DenmarkPosts: 1,171Registered Users Many Grins
    edited April 20, 2017

    @puzzledpaul said:

    @Jørgen_Bjerring said:
    // there was only one way to avoid the background I got - and that was by not taking the pictures.

    This suggests a title for a whole new area of discussion / thread, imo ... 'Why did I (bother to) take that particular shot'?
    Personally, with waterfowl pics I'll frequently not bother and save memory / editing time etc - if I know there's an element in the background that's not what I want in the pic.
    The unwanted feature can come in many forms - and obviously I fail - on a regular basis - because I get caught up in the 'heat of the moment' - especially if something interesting is happening - and continue shooting -but such shots invariably end up getting dumped.
    It also helps (for me, anyway) that my 'bucket list' is of shots /compositions - not species / places /environments etc - and that I generally only shoot in a limited number of venues at the same location, so I can return and 'have another go at the image(s) I have in my mind's eye.

    I really don't know what you are up to. If I look at the results there are several photos at alulawildlifephotos that have a backgrond similar to mine. The colors are different - brown instead of green etc., but the texture and degree of spottyness is all the same.

    Jørgen Bjerring
    Photos: https://jb-photos.smugmug.com/
    The one who takes a joke only for a joke and seriousness only seriously he and she have got both badly. Grook by Piet Hein in my poor translation.

  • puzzledpaulpuzzledpaul low down bum Posts: 1,487Registered Users Major grins

    I'm not 'up' to anything - as you put it - I was just stating my preferences for types of bg / pics in general -in response to your comment about the only way to have avoided the bg in the pics above.

    • stated that I fail - on a regular basis - for all manner of reasons - to get what I'm after.
    • If the pics (of mine) that you're referring to are on my old flickr site - then yes - there are several I'd now remove - but can't, since I can no longer access that site because for various reasons.
    • I'd be more than happy / willing to revisit and discuss those (of mine) that you refer to - but maybe offline, rather than here - but I don't mind either way....

    • looking at your pics here - again - I suspect we may well be talking about different pics (of yours) - since my comment about 'high frequency bg' was essentially referring to the first 4 pics - which don't have any green bg in them?.
      The last 3 are rather different - with the last being the best of the lot (imo)

    pp

  • Jørgen_BjerringJørgen_Bjerring Copenhagen, DenmarkPosts: 1,171Registered Users Many Grins
    edited April 20, 2017

    @puzzledpaul said:
    I'm not 'up' to anything - as you put it - I was just stating my preferences for types of bg / pics in general -in response to your comment about the only way to have avoided the bg in the pics above.

    • stated that I fail - on a regular basis - for all manner of reasons - to get what I'm after.
    • If the pics (of mine) that you're referring to are on my old flickr site - then yes - there are several I'd now remove - but can't, since I can no longer access that site because for various reasons.
    • I'd be more than happy / willing to revisit and discuss those (of mine) that you refer to - but maybe offline, rather than here - but I don't mind either way....

    • looking at your pics here - again - I suspect we may well be talking about different pics (of yours) - since my comment about 'high frequency bg' was essentially referring to the first 4 pics - which don't have any green bg in them?.
      The last 3 are rather different - with the last being the best of the lot (imo)

    pp

    Now time has come to speak together with Huckleberry Hound: Exit - stage left. I have misunderstood you. I kept looking at the last photo and could understand no nothing. Of course the background means a lot:

    But the fact, that I like the two first the most, doesn't mean that I dislike the last two.

    Jørgen Bjerring
    Photos: https://jb-photos.smugmug.com/
    The one who takes a joke only for a joke and seriousness only seriously he and she have got both badly. Grook by Piet Hein in my poor translation.

  • double_entendredouble_entendre Gene pool chlorinator Posts: 72Registered Users Big grins

    @Jørgen_Bjerring said:

    --snip snip snip--
    But the fact, that I like the two first the most, doesn't mean that I dislike the last two.

    If I'm picking favorites, 1 & 3 are them. Number one is kind of monochromatic and I can't decide if it makes is more or less appealing in my eyes. But its a gorgeous capture.

  • Jørgen_BjerringJørgen_Bjerring Copenhagen, DenmarkPosts: 1,171Registered Users Many Grins

    @double_entendre said:

    @Jørgen_Bjerring said:

    --snip snip snip--
    But the fact, that I like the two first the most, doesn't mean that I dislike the last two.

    If I'm picking favorites, 1 & 3 are them. Number one is kind of monochromatic and I can't decide if it makes is more or less appealing in my eyes. But its a gorgeous capture.

    Many thanks for your comment.

    Jørgen Bjerring
    Photos: https://jb-photos.smugmug.com/
    The one who takes a joke only for a joke and seriousness only seriously he and she have got both badly. Grook by Piet Hein in my poor translation.

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