March 29, 2020 at 9:07 pm #49861
Excitement started to build within me as I sighted the first red male house finch of the year, and I quickly brought my camera into position to frame up the bird. This one was particularly fidgety, so it took a while before I was able to get a few suitable shots.
After migrating to a more warm climate for the winter, this bird finally came home and started to build his nest.March 29, 2020 at 9:08 pm #49863
The house sparrow hopped onto the branch directly in front of my makeshift camera hide. It was a really busy morning for the birds that were foraging for food in the magnolia bush. I put my camera into position and began the waiting…. After a good fifteen minutes I had two precious photos of this house sparrow. The house sparrow has adapted very well to the rural areas of Pennsylvania and currently is building nests all over in the city-like areas.March 29, 2020 at 9:19 pm #49865
As I took my Sunday afternoon walk with my camera, I heard a loud chirping overhead and started scanning the nearby trees. Soon I noticed an eastern robin sitting high in a weeping willow of some sort. This was the only picture that I had that turned out sharp, so it was this photo or nothing. This bird had survived the migration to PA where he was now building a nest.March 29, 2020 at 10:19 pm #49868
It really started to feel like spring when I found a few honey bees buzzing around me the other day!
There was on bee in particular that went to the patch of crocuses and pollinated while he gathered nectar.
So I focused in as close as I could with my 18-55 and got some decent photos!
Isn’t it amazing how those bees work seemingly endlessly without dropping dead?!March 30, 2020 at 11:39 am #49872
Wow! What creativity. While it wasn’t necessarily a difficult concept, it was certainly a difficult time of year to portray it! I am very impressed. The situations we find ourselves in as photographers in the future will almost never be “easy to solve” situations. God designed us with creative minds to access and tackle challenges, and so it’s so encouraging to see everyone exercising this God-given ability for this assignment.
Now it’s my turn to tackle a challenge . . . it’s very easy for me to just tell everyone “Oh, your photos are great!” But what if everyone said that about our photos? How would we improve? How would we know what actually was great and what wasn’t? What incentive would we have to try to do better next time?
The work you’ve done is incredible. Now let’s go a step further. Join me for the Photo Critique Webinar tomorrow at 7:00pm ET! Members can register here for free: https://www.lenspiration.com/webinar/photo-critique-51/March 30, 2020 at 12:54 pm #49877Frazer FamilyParticipant
Hey, @James. No, I didn’t copy the catchlight from another picture. It’s entirely hand-drawn. As for the shape, that was relatively easy. A sphere-shaped object will always reflect things in roughly the same way; it was just a matter of curving the horizon and sky on the eyeball.
Welcome to the forums, @ephillips! No you do not have to watch the webinar live, if it doesn’t suit your schedule; @James always sends a replay link a day or two afterwards.
If you can join us, though, that would be great; sometimes James asks us questions about our pictures, during the webinar, which we can answer via a live chat on the side. Also, I find it’s a great way to ask questions when a number of members are “together.”
-William FrazerMarch 30, 2020 at 3:55 pm #49889Erin PhillipsParticipant
Thank you for answering my question, @frazer-family! I think I’ll have to end up watching it later as I have a photo shoot at a horse farm tomorrow evening, too! Thanks for your help!
By the way, I’ve enjoyed seeing all of your submissions! God’s creation is amazing!April 2, 2020 at 11:44 am #49962
Fantastic webinar, everyone! Kevin did a great job helping with the critique of these photos. If you didn’t get to watch it, members can watch the replay here: https://www.lenspiration.com/video/webinar51/
Followup reply coming soon announcing the winners!April 2, 2020 at 12:00 pm #49968
Congratulations everyone! Kevin liked several of the photos that were submitted. Though there is no guarantee, there is now a high probability that he will use any of the photos shown below. However, there is one final step that you (especially @ernestf-lloyd, @esther, @ephillips, @sonja-grace, @frazer-family, and @bennett-family) need to take before Kevin can publish your photo(s)!
Please follow the following instructions closely:
1. Send an email to [email protected] including the following:
2. Include your high resolution JPG(s)
3. Include full contact information
4. Include details about your photo
5. Include your story
It would probably be best to send a separate email if the photo(s) you are submitting have distinctly different subjects. At least submit the photo(s) that are shown below. Feel free to submit the other photos you submitted for this assignment to Nature Friend as well; they just don’t have as high a probability of being chosen. Also, you can submit new photos to Nature Friend using the above steps for any other nature photos you take in the future. There is no need to wait for another Lenspiration assignment to submit photos to Nature Friend.
If you have any questions, please reply to let me know!
Thanks again for participating in the March photo assignment!
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