Jun 28, 2009
Sunday Stills is a place to hone your photography skills. Each week Ed issues a new “Challenge” that gives us the opportunity to pick up what ever kind of camera we own and try to meet the challenge. This week's challenge was "things with wings".
Hmmm. Other than capturing my friends riding horses or my son's sporting events, I'm not very good at getting shots of things moving. And since this blog is horse related, I try to fit the challenge in with that theme. But I couldn't get the pretty birds or butterflies to pose next to the horses and my son's chickens kind of creep me out, so the best I could do was shoot the pesky flies! I haven't mastered close-up shots yet, so I was "very" challenged!
One morning when the fog rolled in, I was taking pictures of the horses in the mist when the barn swallows started scolding me. Then it became my goal to try to snap the picture at just the right time to get them in flight. I managed to get one shot with two of the birds. In hindsight, I should have switched to continuous shooting -- but I'm only brilliant when the chance has passed.
While riding yesterday, I saw some beautiful red winged blackbirds. But trying to take pictures from the saddle without disturbing the bird turned out to be quite a challenge. Later, Julie and I were loping across one field with no hands -- we truly felt like we were flying -- our arms were the wings. I captured this shot of Vic "flying" ahead of me.