I went and met Danny Brown in Forest Park, and spent a contented morning. There were no new birds, but I was trying out shots in different light settings.
The early morning sunshine was something I had to get from Danny’s running car:
The rising sun on the Cooper’s Hawk gave me another opportunity to shoot against the sun:
This, to me, provided more drama than the conventional sunlight-on-the-bird shot.
There was the light on grass seeds:
The long shadows, and the arch of the bridge made an interesting composition:
I thought the sepia generalized the bird and accentuated the lines and curves.
The mist rising off the water made a good capture.
Even the common Mallard looked lovely in the golden light.
I enjoyed the various poses!
Greenery against the light was lovely, too.
Then we came across a Wood Duck couple, partially in the light, and partially out of it. This was quite a challenge, getting the birds and their reflections without too much of washout.
Getting details with the zoom was important.
Of course, Danny clicked away like the pro that he is; it was I who was struggling!
I got the male Wood Duck alone:
Getting macro shots against the morning light was also tough.
Another common bird, the Starling:
I got a Cormorant in mid-flight:
In the twilight, I went again to Forest Park, and got the Great Horned Owls that Mark and Brenda were showing some people:
I may not be producing earth-shaking shots, but I’m quite happy with my experiments with light at various times of the day.