Outside My Window

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With summer here and the temperatures around 105 the birds are hanging around in the evergreen bushes by the open windows of our house. We have a swamp cooler and you open windows for the air to blow out. The birds figured out it's cool there. For this photo I picked up my camera stood up from my computer chair and took the shot through the window screen. Now that's some easy bird hunting :)


bubbalinn - Aug 24, 2009 10:10 PM EDT
Hi Christina, Thanks for dropping by.. Check out my replies below on how to make screens and wire fences invisible. Basically stand back a few feet from the screen, use a narrow depth of field F/4.5 - 5.6, and make sure you or the camera focuses on the subject not the screen.
OneWomanPaparazzi - Aug 23, 2009 02:07 AM EDT
Well it sure is and you cant even see the screen!! How did you do that?!
bubbalinn - Aug 01, 2009 11:43 AM EDT
Hi Ann I'm glad to help :) Hey put a cheeseburger, I mean some seeds out by your window and they will show up LOL.. Hi Beverly, Thanks for dropping by and for your nice comment. I thought it was interesting how the window screen made the little horizontal and vertical lines in the catchlight.
talsi - Jul 30, 2009 08:34 AM EDT
Nice image - good clear eye with nice catchlight
A.Lovely - Jul 24, 2009 11:43 PM EDT
Thanks Alan for explaining. I will have to give it a try someday when I have a bird in the back yard.
bubbalinn - Jul 24, 2009 09:46 PM EDT
Hi Ann, It really pretty easy to make things disappear like screens or even a chain-link fence. From the camera to the window screen was around 3ft away, then the bird was around 2 1/2 feet away from the window. The trick is to use a fairly small depth of field, and have the screen or fence "around" half the distance between the camera and the subject, then I focus only on the bird using the center only focus setting. It also helps to use most of the zoom on your lens or at least half of it. For this photo I used my 75-300 at the focal length of 240mm and I used Aperture priority set at F/5.6 I think as long as your a few feet from your screen you should be able to make it disappear even shooting birds 10 to 20 feet out in your yard. Hope this helps and have fun making things invisible. :)
A.Lovely - Jul 24, 2009 07:20 PM EDT
Okay I here looking again Alan. Though the screen!!!! How far away for this screen were you? I mean I see nothing and so clear. I can't take a clear picture without a screen. Really Alan, how far from this screen were you?
bubbalinn - Jul 24, 2009 11:03 AM EDT
Hi Alex, Ann, and Alex D for all of your nice comments, thanks very much... I also wonder how they can take the heat out here, when it's really hot they keep there beaks open and pant I think like dogs do. Hi Ann, with taking this through the window screen it made like a cross screen filter effect on the sparkle in it's eye. You have to look at the large image to see it.
Pinetree3 - Jul 24, 2009 06:48 AM EDT
What a cute shot. Nicely handled.
A.Lovely - Jul 23, 2009 08:18 PM EDT
Alan this is outstanding! So clear and you can see the sparkle in it's eye. Congrats at getting so close. I just see birds flying out of my backyard when I approach. This is very enjoyable to view.
whittler113 - Jul 23, 2009 04:26 PM EDT
What a cute little bird and a great shot,excellent DOF.I don't know how they stand the heat.

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