Winter Storm Pax Part II : Baby, Its Cold Out Here!

cold goldfinch

Later in the day a flock of goldfinches visits the feeders. It was still snowing! (please see more text and second photo below)

I liked the top photo because the bird looked like I felt when I was outdoors in the driving wet snow. The shot below of the same bird showed it in a more relaxed state.

rob paine goldfinch

Photo Tips : On a day like today, where if you live on the East Coast you may have a lot of snow, the first thing you need to do is make sure you have your feeders full. Many birds cannot as easily get food from their normal sources so feeders are more important today.

The next thing to keep in mind is the background of your shots. I photographed goldfinches on the top of this pole for several minutes and I recomposed my photos every few moments. There was an arch of a branch for a tall tree
perhaps 50 yards or more from where the bird was by including it in the photo, it added a second point of interest and gave the photo some extra flow.

Finally, the longer focal length and more shallow depth of field you can use the better. Doing this will result in a nice soft background which will not compete with the star of your photo, which in this case is the bird.

Enjoy the snow!

Rob

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