Outside of my dining room window, a robin made her nest and laid four eggs. While doing some cleanup in the yard yesterday, we found that two had hatched. I ran to grab my camera before mommy returned thinking we were trying to steal her hatchlings and pecked out my eyes 😁. I don’t aspire to be in Hitchcock‘s movie, The Birds.
Holy Robin’s Eggs Batman!
I grabbed this shot with a Sony A7Riv and Tamron 28-75mm f/2.8 lens on burst mode. I couldn’t look through the view finder, nor get the LCD screen at an angle I could see, so it was a “Spray and Pray” situation. Out of 15 images only a couple came out in focus and clear, but I only needed one. I loaded the images up in On1 Photo and gave some basic tweaks in develop. I also added a touch of Dynamic Contrast, muted the greens a touch & highlighted the signature blue shells of the robin’s eggs. One thing I have noticed shooting with the Sony is that greens are sometimes very over saturated. I’ve made a preset for On1 that I use when shooting anything with trees, grasses, etc. to tone them down a couple notches.
With all the insanity in the world today, it was beautiful to capture something innocent and life affirming like this. Even if I had a pissed off mommy Robin circling around squawking and threatening to dive-bomb me and peck out my eyes. If only she knew that I am only here because a bird shit on my on 9/11 and made me late for an appointment at the World Trade Center. Then she would know I would never do anything to upset or hurt her hatchlings. ❤️🦅
Image’s EXIF Data:
- Copyright: ©2020 John P. Hoke
- Camera: ILCE-7RM4
- Focal length: 28mm
- Aperture: ƒ/10
- ISO: 400
- Shutter speed: 1/50s