Stills V3

June 20, 2009

Grabbing a Bite

Filed under: Christina — Christina @ 19:56

A female Blackpoll Warbler with a spider meal.



  1. Poor spider! This is another one where I wonder whether you used flash, although my betting is that you didn’t.

    This is a bold use of the vegetation and I like the various greens from the different plants. The bent brown twig is bit of a pity as it looks as though it is a continuation of the tail.

    I can’t get away from the idea that the brown in the background is a human hanging around behind the shrubbery, a reclining Venus even.

    Overall, there is no doubt, though, that the bird is the centre of the action.

    Comment by John Ellis — June 21, 2009 @ 06:48

  2. Is there something odd about the greens here?

    That aside, it is a lovely study of the bird. That bent twig looks fixable given the lack of detail around it. It is a treat to see pictures of birds not-on-a-stick.

    Comment by Colin — June 23, 2009 @ 21:31

  3. Greens seem fine to me. Agree with the rest of Colin’s comment. An incredible piece of timing.

    Comment by doonster — June 25, 2009 @ 18:05

  4. I am going to guess a bit of in-fill flash was used as the subject was in your garden under the trees.

    That brown twig should go! The moving wing gives it a feel of life, not entirely frozen like a museum piece.

    Comment by Rex — June 28, 2009 @ 19:08

  5. The slight blur in the wing makes this nearly cinematic, like something out of Attenborough’s The Life of Birds.

    Comment by matt — June 29, 2009 @ 19:48

  6. Removed the offending brown twig. If you’d like me to remove the original from the post, just ask — I left it there for now. I waffled about on removing it in the first place, but was too lazy at the time!

    I don’t find the greens “odd” — maybe they are Florida green instead of English green ;-)

    Rex is correct — a bit of fill flash was used here. I nearly always use an off-camera flash for this kind of image, since it is quite shady in my backyard and warblers move very quickly. I take it as a good thing when it is not evident though, John.

    Comment by Christina — June 29, 2009 @ 23:03

  7. The new version works well. Basically, I have been too lazy to learn to use flash, so I’m always intrigued to see how it works when others use it.

    Comment by John Ellis — June 30, 2009 @ 06:46

  8. I am surprised at how much better the composition appears without the twig. Although I expected it to look better, it is a significant improvement.

    I too am not a flasher (:-)) and using it in a subtle way is a skill I admire.

    Comment by Rex — June 30, 2009 @ 11:38

  9. The motion on this is bottom right to top left and it gets there pretty quickly. Seems like the poor chap will bump it’s head so I see this as being a little cramped along the top edge. That being said, it’s still an excellent study with or without the offending twig. Though without it is much better!

    Comment by akikana — July 3, 2009 @ 06:19

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