Highlights of January's shots, a bit of handball, some birds and some snowy portraits.
I need to move my a** and try to publish more content or at least I'd like to take more decent photos and publish roughly two articles a month on that blog. If I manage to keep one a month that would be already something and will mean that I'm not only shooting birds. Don't get me wrong I'm still enjoying wildlife photography but I'm still looking for new challenges and practices. And also looking for a job abroad at the moment :). Canada is currently in my mind.
Anyway,... series of the month. I'm not gonna show any of my handball pictures as to be honest I don't find them crazy. I had the chance to take the little M50 on the court and once agin I was well pleased with the result. I still need to find a way to keep the screen in the viewfinder ON as when I have to take sudden picture sometimes I miss it because I just put my eye against it and the image stays dark and I can't aim the subject precisely.
I have been twice out this month, looking for birds. Once on a Sunday, sunrise was due for 8.04 A.M. and I made it to the Marais de la Marcq observatory, weather was not great so I opted for a sheltered place. Surprisingly, on the way I found out I was not the only person that decided to have a go on that day. Luckily, the other chap in the observatory was extremely discret and took one side of the observatory while I took the other one. We both kept looking around but did not see much except a couple of herons. Then, while I was actually looking toward my "colleague" side, I just turned back and looked over my shoulder and... miracle !!! A female kingfisher had just landed on branch 3 meters away from the observatory. I did not want to make a sudden move to not scare it and gently "chuched" my neighbour that the bird was behind me. While he performed a very stealth movement toward me with his camera, I managed to turn back slowly and pick up my camera to get a couple of picture of it. "Martine" as I called her did not seem to be scared at all (we were pretty quiet) and she even came closer allowing us to observe her feeding. She made a couple of rounds for at least a good 30 mins. that was fantastic !!! Then she disappeared and never showed up again, probably because we were then joined by 3 other very noisy and chatty "bird wachers" (the same as usual). Me and my colleague looked each others in the eyes and both thought "it's over..."
Those above, were taken with my 7Dii but I also took the M50 on a bird trip and it did pretty well. On that specific day a couple of Eurasian teal were around. Even if for a large majority of people (mainly hunters :p) these are "ducks" I particularly love the male color patterns and that deep flashy green patch on their wings.
Last bit about birds... As my partner in crime was not accompanying me on the "Martine" day, (probably the only time she did not come with) she got pretty upset not seeing her. So we went for a day 2 and guess what... She did not show up. We waited there for a good 2 hours but nothing, the swamp was completely frozen at the same time hence probably why no birds turned up. On the way back I managed to get a cool shot with a heron. My fingers were frozen and I could not stand for a long time, even doing the settings on the camera were difficult.
Let it snow...
As we leave in the North of France, the weather is a bit colder than in my native South. Last week we had quite a bit of snow (about 20 cms) and we decided to do a quick shooting in the snow using the natural light. See below...