Day 343: Eyes Bigger Than His Stomach

Photo of the Day

Tonight while eating a fry hit the ground. A small bird came out of nowhere to snag the fry. I had my camera with me, but not ready. I decided to try and get the shot by re-creating it right in front of me. I threw another fry on the ground, and waited for a bird to come by. This bird spotted the fry, and came in quickly to grab it. The fry was about as big as the bird’s head, but that did not stop him. I had a couple great shots of the bird with the fry before it flew away, but my insistance on shooting at f/2.8 caused them to not be as sharp as I would have liked. I really want to work out these kinks quickly. In the end I think that I captured a fairly interesting shot.

Technical Data

As I said this was shot with my new 70-200mm lens at f/2.8. I have been trying to work on the proper focal length, but it hasn’t always turned out well for me. I tried to repeat the experiment by throwing another fry down on the ground and moving the f-stop to f/4. Of course I had about four birds eyeing the fry, but some other customers who didn’t realize that art was in progress walked by and scared the birds off. I really need a sign saying “Art in Progress” so that people know. I should say that this was shot in aperture priority mode on the camera. I normally don’t like this setting, but with the new lens I have been giving it a shot more and more over manual mode. The shot was brought into Lightroom, cropped, a little clarity added, and then exported to be used here. Not a lot of post work was done. That is how it should be, although I do enjoy spending some time getting an HDR shot right across a couple different programs. Somedays you want the easy shot.

Kelby Worldwide Photowalk

Here is that part of the post where I talk about the photowalk that I am leading on campus after the Wisconsin game in October. The date is October 13th to be exact, and the walk will start at 4 o’clock est at the Neil Armstrong Statue in front of the Armstrong Hall of Engineering. Over  1,000 photowalks are planned around the world. If you are not near West Lafayette then you kind find a walk near you on the Kelby site. Sign up now to be part of this event. Nearly 17,000 walkers have already signed up so far. Activity has picked up a bit on the Purdue sites even with the short time being posted. You don’t have to be a pro (I am far from it) to attend. Any kind of camera is welcome as well. Here are a few links to the various sites which promote the event. If you want to sign up you should do so on the Kelby site in order to be eligible for the prizes though.

Kelby Worldwide Photo Walk ( Official Purdue Site)

Kelby Worldwide Photo Walk (Purdue Facebook Page)

Kelby Worldwide Photo Walk (Purdue Google+ Page)

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