Happy Father's Day

 
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To all those fathers out there this is for you. The photo is of a male Mourning Dove caring for its two squabs.

The photo was taken using the camera's intervalometer. If you don't know what this is, it is the feature on some cameras allowing you to program your camera to shoot period shots of the same scene as it unfolds.

I propped my tripod up a couple of feet from the nest, and programmed the intervalometer to shoot one shot every minute for 100 minutes. In fact for the past couple of days, I have been doing this nearly continuously during daylight hours.

Using this method, I have obtained several amazing shots, of which this is only one. It enables me to be free from the camera for about an hour & a half, and the nesting birds to be free from strangers interested in their behavior. It is a win-win arrangement.

Later I play the photos on a slide show with a 1 sec display for each. What I get is a slow motion type of movie of their behavior over the 100 minutes that elapsed. It is very interesting to watch their behavior over time.

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Guest - Jun 11, 2006 10:22 PM EDT
Well, I missed this one last year, but it is a suberb photo. Shows such tenderness.
Guest - Jun 11, 2006 09:10 PM EDT
Such a beautiful heartwarming photo card. Wish I could have seen my doves that featherless.
Guest - Jan 08, 2006 01:30 AM EDT
Wonderful photo.
Guest - Jun 18, 2005 02:37 PM EDT
The Intervalometer was one of those features on my camera, I new I had, but thought I would never use. I got the idea of using the Intervalometer from the Canon S1 IS discussion group. Someone was having problems with theirs. I was trying to imagine how I might possibly use mine when the idea of shooting (with my camera) the nesting doves on my patio occured to me. I have been very pleased with the results.
Guest - Jun 18, 2005 10:19 AM EDT
Thanks for the wish since I am a Father and thanks for such a great picture and explanation. I just wish my camera had an intervalometer.
Guest - Jun 18, 2005 01:26 AM EDT
Great shot and has pushed me to try out the same technique. This is truly a shot of the their life time.
Guest - Jun 17, 2005 11:06 PM EDT
Beautiful photo. Also thanks for explaining your technique and camera capabilities. Thats a wonderful feature! Wow!
Guest - Jun 17, 2005 01:44 PM EDT
very beautiful! Am echoing all the same thoughts from everyone else. Wonderful photo. thanks so much, Alex.
Guest - Jun 17, 2005 12:12 PM EDT
A very clear and poignant image. Great work pinetree!!!
Guest - Jun 17, 2005 10:58 AM EDT
You caught a very special, tender moment. Wonderful shot.
Guest - Jun 17, 2005 09:59 AM EDT
Pinetree you never cease to amaze me. This is a beautiful shot and greeting card material. Dont worry. I already sent my dad his card.
Guest - Jun 17, 2005 09:16 AM EDT
Thanks Pinetree3...great idea and great image.

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