Well, first off I would like to wish my Nephew a Happy Birthday! This is a also a veiled reminder to my other brother that it is his Nephew’s birthday to.. hint.. hint.. I know he has been working a lot lately and it might have slipped his mind.
Well, I told it was going to be a quick break. We’ve gone to the birds again this particular post. This particular picture caught me by surprise while reviewing all the pictures from the trip. Often times I am snapping so many shots that I do not have a chance to go back and review them until later. It definitely could be sharper but I am guessing I was fighting the limbs for focus control causing a less than tack sharp shot. But with that said, this was a color photo that I only touched up a little bit to bring out the bird a little better.
This shot was actually taken in Yellowstone National Park at the Mammoth Hot Spring area. I actually really like the gray of the dead tree on the backdrop of the gray mud and rock formed from the hot springs. In stark contrast to this subdued setting is a beautiful bird called a Mountain Bluebird. The full coloring indicates it is a male. One thing for sure, if it is going to stay in this particular area, it better have color blind enemies or life is going to be pretty hectic for the little guy. This is clearly one of those cases where evolution/adaptation is running a tad behind or it could just be passing through on a little site-seeing tour. Or possibly trying to warm up a little since there was actually snow on the ground in other parts of the park while we were there.
Here is a slightly zoomed picture.
Again, not the sharpest on the actual bird itself, but I still like the contrast (and no, it was not gray-scaled). The full 12M picture actually details the slight browns in the trunk which are still there if you look really close. If I had known how interesting this was going to turn out I would have spent some time getting the bird sharpened up or minimally got the tripod out to prevent any hand holding artifacts. Oh well, a lesson learned to take a quick look at the results while out on the shoot instead of waiting till later. Although, to be honest, I usually when out on bird shoots I usually snap a few off as soon as I spot the bird regardless of how far away or the position in. Once I have at least one shot of it, I begin the work of moving in to get the better shot. This way I at least have something to prove the checkmark that goes into my bird book.
AAACCKK, it is already the 28th and I only have 4 posts including this one. Maybe have to consider less Dragon Age and more Posting for the next few days. Oh well, off to the P90X Ab RipperX – crunchy crunchy!