READY FOR MORE FEATHERS? – Marilyn Armstrong

I’m having a lot of fun with my new lens.

When it functions properly which is not all the time — sometimes it has a fit of “macro-ness” and decides that it just can’t figure out where to focus. It’s annoying but overall, it is a wonderful lens.

It is sharp, crisp, has excellent color. I’m really enjoying it!

Most of the time it works very well. Razor sharp. However, at its longest length, sometimes it can’t quite decide what item it should focus on and even though, in theory, I am focusing manually, it’s electronic and has its own issues.

An elegant take-off. His tail looks like a Chinese or Japanese fan.
Blue Jay, watching, waiting in the trees. I wonder if he will ever come to the feeder?
A very healthy looking woodpecker … much better than last week.
Chickadee-dee-dee …

Owen refilled the feeder today. I was surprised we didn’t have our usual volume of visitors, but it was sunny and I notice that a lot of the birds were ‘working the woods’ for leftover goodies of warmer days, like seeds, dried berries, and any insect that (so far) survived the weather.

Playful woodpecker?

I finally saw my a Blue Jay today. They were such common visitors to our house in New York, it’s strange how rarely they show up here. They are not feeder visitors, usually, so this guy sort of hung around. I believe he was considering coming to the feeder, but Jays are suspicious and he kept his distance.

Author: Marilyn Armstrong

Writer, photography, blogger. Previously, technical writer. I am retired and delighted to be so. May I live long and write frequently.

16 thoughts on “READY FOR MORE FEATHERS? – Marilyn Armstrong”

  1. Tuppence a bag?? If Only! πŸ˜‰

    Beautiful photos Marilyn – that’s a good lens! Are the windows clean now?? πŸ™‚

    I know just what you mean about the camera electronics… sometimes i try to do things faster than the chips can cope with and they ‘freeze’ the camera, or the focus will fix on the border between the object and the background and focus on the background not the object. 😦


    1. Owen cleaned the window. Cleanish, anyway. And yes, GREAT lens.

      Most lenses focus on edges and if they can’t find a clear edge, they can’t focus. It’s the downside of autofocus. There are a few cameras where they’ve tried a different form of autofocus, but so far, the edge has won.

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      1. Thank heavens for Owen! πŸ™‚

        On some of my close-up shots i try to take advantage of that by centring on an edge then moving the camera to get the whole of the object in view while keeping the distance the same, but most times the thing i wanted in focus is rather ‘plain featured’ while the background has more ‘interesting’ content so i get a beautifully focussed shot of the grass behind the flower edge and a blurred flower.

        Fine ‘spot’ AF area mode has made all the difference!


        1. If your camera is set up to do it, you can find the edge and hold the shutter down halfway and then point the camera where you want it. BUT. There are edges and then, there are edges. If the tone of the edge and the background are close enough, the camera doesn’t see it. It needs contrast, too — and you don’t always have it.

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    1. There’s quite a bit of seed on the ground, too — spillage — and for all I know, they are up early eating it. I don’t see what happens early. We are late sleepers, so we get the midday and evening feeders. I did meet a fat squirrel this morning, but by the time I doped out why my camera wasn’t working (I thought it said “White Product!” (huh?) but actually, it said “Write Protected” … the little flange having broken off the SD card), the squirrel had, um, high-tailed it outta there.

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  2. I love your Blue Jay. I guess what we get here are Stellar Jays, bigger, all blue and huge trouble makers!! They actually watch humans to get clues about where food treasures might be. We learned this the hard way, looking one too many times at a Robin’s nest packed full of blue eggs. The Jays raided it the last time we walked away from it.
    sigh. Nature, eh?


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