Friday, June 19, 2015

Shazam!

I think it's me, but it may be my camera, or it could be the birds. Every time I try to focus the camera in a low light situation, as soon as I push the focus - the bird takes off. Can they see this beam and it frightens them? Am I just subconsciously being over-anxious and screwing up?
There was a bluebird there, some 30' away.
 Now to "Shazam!" Ever since I got this camera, I have tried to catch a bolt of lightning. Storm comes - out comes the camera. Usually my shots show nothing, and at the best a flash of light. The other night, we had a real banger going on. I took shot after shot hoping to catch something before I could see or hear a thing. I do know that once you hear it, it is long gone. Finally, I tired of this game after 20 shots or more. I hadn't looked at the first shot when I took it - that was the one that I kind of got! Now - seriously, I am aware that the shot really sucks. I have a filthy window, I have all kinds of reflections going on from the room. BUT, I finally got one!
SHAZAM! June 17, 2015
May even your smallest dream come true!
Have a lovely weekend!

17 comments:

  1. I have never been able to catch a lightening bolt, Sharon! This one is very good! You did all you could by taking way too many and hoping for the best.
    Sometimes a camera, depending on the make I guess, will give off a small light at first when it is automatically focusing, mine does unless I shut that off. This can scare birds.....and humans too!!
    See, dreams do come true..things are 'lookin up' on the 'domestic front....maybe!!

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    1. Thanks, Jim - looking at my book to see if I can shut that light off or not - maybe it won't focus at all then?

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  2. so you can catch a lightning bolt but not a bluebird! i think that's pretty awesome! :)

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    1. Thanks, Theresa, we had a good laugh over your comment.

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    1. Than you, Paula. I feel as if I can it tick off some kind of list now.

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  4. Whoaahhh...!!! You go, girl! You got it and I think it's great!

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    1. I will, naturally, try again with the lights off in the bedroom next time, Haha.

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  5. That's neat! I have never even tried because I have always thought my reflexes were too slow.

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    1. I take an average of 20-30 shots, every time we have lightning. It has nothing to do with reflexes, it's a matter of luck.

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  7. That's a great shot, congrats! You really are having some storms where you are. I have no advice concerning the birds. I just have my point and shoot camera and either I get a bird or I don't. I have given up on trying to figure them out. I know I need better lenses to really capture them, but I don't know what's involved with that.

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    1. Thanks, Inger. Maybe they see me get my camera, or me simply move. They do know I am in here - sometimes, they land on my windowsill and look in - when the feeders are empty, as if to inquire why I am not on the ball.

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  8. I think you are doing fine. It is likely the bird picks up sounds your camera makes that you cannot hear when a setting is done. Animals have way better senses the we do.

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    1. I am sitting inside my house, they can't hear me with the central unit between us.

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  9. I think the birds are having fun at your expense.

    Amazing that you got the lightning shot. I try and try, but just figure out that I am trying to photograph thunder.

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    1. They must see something.
      Just a lucky shot, have been trying to catch a bold for a long time.

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