Ruby-crowned Kinglets

RCKI-UBC-2014_12_02

University of British Columbia (Vancouver campus), Canada | December 2, 2014 | Handheld Nikon 5200 and AF-S Zoom-Nikkor 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G IF-ED | ISO 1600, 300mm, f/5.6, 1/160 | Not baited, called in or set up

These two photos of Ruby-crowned Kinglets show the role of chance in bird photography:

The photo at the top was taken in a spot where I do not usually see many birds on UBC’s Vancouver campus, but this particular individual gave me many opportunities to photograph it. Unfortunately, lighting conditions were not terrific, so although I took many photos, I only got a few usable shots and all of them, like the one above, had to be tweaked quite a bit to be “presentable.”

The picture at the bottom was also taken in an unusual spot, namely a tree on a busy walkway between the Lonsdale SeaBus (ferry) terminal and Waterfront Park. In this case, I only got a single useable shot, but I thought it was fairly good (in spite of the out of focus branches in the background) and I did relatively little to tweak this photo. In fact, I actually had to tone down the sky in the background, because it was almost too blue in the original shot.

RCKI-North_Vancouver-2014_12_03

North Vancouver (between Lonsdale SeaBus terminal and Waterfront Park) | December 3, 2014 | Handheld Nikon 5200 and AF-S Zoom-Nikkor 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G IF-ED | ISO 800, 300mm, f/5.6, 1/1000 | Not baited, called in or set up

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