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Brian's Photo Blog — Article 50
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You Lose Some and You Win Some
Sunday 11 March 2012   —   Category: Shooting
Wow! This is my 50th blog entry since I started writing on January 1st, 2011!

This morning I was working in the kitchen when I noticed a pigeon sitting on the edge of our brick patio, right by the grass. It wasn’t moving, and it was hunched down as if it were cold, or as if it were sitting on a nest. The thought came to me that I should grab my camera and take a picture, since it was only about 15 or so feet from the sliding glass door. But then I figured that it would probably be gone by the time I attached my Sony 2x teleconverter to my Sony G-Series 70-​200​mm f/2.8 telephoto zoom lens, and then mounted that combination to my Sony Alpha α77 camera body, then attached the lens to my Manfrotto 190CXPRO3 carbon fiber tripod with its Manfrotto 322RC2 joystick head. Whew! It takes a long time just to say it!

So I kept working in the kitchen, glancing occasionally out the window, and each time I saw the pigeon still sitting there. And each time I thought that I should really get my camera, but that the bird would probably be gone before I got back. After this had gone on for a while, I finally went upstairs to assemble my camera equipment, thinking that since the pigeon had been sitting there for half an hour or so, it surely wouldn’t suddenly disappear in just a few minutes. When I got back downstairs with my camera, what do you know? This bird had flown! Long gone! I KNEW that was going to happen!

Grumbling, and very disappointed, I left my camera set up by the sliding glass door, just in case it would show up again. As I kept working in the kitchen, after a while I noticed out of another window a big, fat robbin sitting on the fence. We've been seeing this bird a lot in our backyard the past week or two. So I quickly went back to my camera and swung it around towards the robin, hoping that it would not fly away before I got my shot.

Previously I had set my camera for spot metering mode, so I could be sure to focus right on the pigeon. But now, because of the way I was composing my shot with the robin and the tree branches, the robin was not in the center of the frame, and so the camera was focusing on the big trees in the background instead. Either I needed to switch to a different metering mode, or else switch to manual focus. I chose manual focus, and was quickly able to get the robin nice and sharp. It was moving its head this way and that, so I was able to get a number of shots with its head in different positions before it flew off. I've put the best photo here for you to see — click on it to see it larger.

As far as the pigeon goes, I never saw it again the whole rest of the day! Nor did I see the robin again either. Even though I missed out on the pigeon photo, I was very glad that I still had my equipment handy to get the robin photo. Preparedness and perseverance pay off!
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