I've been whipping out my new Nikon 1, attempting to capture images of birds. Not having read the manual, all were snapped using fully automatic mode - all I set was the zoom, mostly at full zoom of whichever lens I had on the camera. Of 71 photos, only 7 or 8 were close enough to be in focus that I went ahead and cropped them.
First up, are a couple of photos (below) of the previously posted red-breasted nuthatch. This time I got a couple of frames in focus. The bird in the background of the photo on the right is a female downy woodpecker.
Ever since at least mid-summer, we have had a family of tufted titmice hanging about our yard. Although we started with a family of five, I believe that one or two of them have met untimely ends - I only see three at a time, these days. Here are a couple of photos (below)that include two titmice - the extra bird being a chickadee. Don't ask me which kind: I don't know. I used to think that I could tell the difference between a black-capped and a Carolina. However, we live in an overlap area where I am convinced that the two species teach one another their calls/songs and where they may even interbreed. If you want to "bone up" on the differences, see Tricky Bird IDs. (The photos make it appear that it is easy to differentiate the two species. That is misleading - they appear more alike, in person, than the two photos imply. They got two specimens that were at the extremes of their plummages.)
The next couple of photos (below) are posted with some trepidation on my part. The reason I snapped photos of the birds at all was because they were flitting about too much for my old eyes to be able to focus on them. I believe that they are female pine siskins. Just a week previously, we had had a mixed flock of 7 male and female pine siskins; but, this time, I saw no males.
The following three photos are posted for Bogie. Bogie posted photos of a male northern cardinal feeding in the snow at her house, yesterday, in Pretty in Red. (Knowing the true color of a male northern cardinal, I was not at all put off by the relative dullness of the red in Bogie's photos - at least as they appear on my monitor. When the sun does not cooperate, it is difficult.) I commented to Bogie, " We have a cardinal couple who hang out in back; but, they rarely come close enough to get a meaningful photo."
Fast forward to my downloading, today, of the photos I've taken during the past week. Lo and behold, two frames were of a cardinal. Unfortunately, when I chose the better of the two for cropping, I inadvertently saved over the original; so, I can't really show the progression that I wished to show Bogie. Pretend along with me, eh?
Below is the original of the second exposure - to show you how far away the cardinal is. I believe that I had the longer lens zoomed all of the way out, meaning 100mm. (No, I don't write down data on my exposures the way a real photographer does.)
This (below) is what the first exposure looked like after I cropped it, producing faux enlargement. Much better than I would have been able to obtain from the HP 817 camera!
To show you that the cardinal isn't truly in focus, below is how it looks with too much cropping (too much faux enlargement).