Ian says…..Yesterday it didn’t arrive early enough but the 4 inch of snow last night left us with an easy decision - to stay at home and try for the Fieldfares again. We set the kit up in the conservatory and opened the window as much as it would allow and positioned the apples on the lawn in line with the lens. The bird made two visits but each time as soon as it landed a Blackbird appeared as if from nowhere and chased it off. On its third visit the Blackbird must have been elsewhere and it managed to stay, less than eight minutes, but I managed about fifty shots. I had looked at the images on the back of the camera and they appeared okay, so I was about to ask Pauline if she was going to have a go when there was a knock at the door and it was good friend David who we had told to come round and have a try as we were confident that one would turn up at some point. Throughout the afternoon the bird came down and ate, sometimes it would stay, other times it would decide to leave or was chased off. David got some good shots and then it was Paulines turn….
Pauline says….. By the time I got to it my mind was in a state of confusion (nothing new here!) having just set up a 1Dmk3 for Charlie who is stepping away from slide cameras into digital. At this point I had to wonder how my own camera worked (never having used it in snow) the light was fading and the bird was mostly in the wrong spot …. So the end results were disappointing (and very blue!) and required a lot of work – too much – they should have been jettisoned but determination has kept me at it until I’ve extracted something. Its been a good lesson in ‘remember to check your camera settings before using’ when conditions are out of the norm – i.e. snow! So check your white balance settings and adjust or take a ‘reading’ from something neutral or be prepared for a long night of post processing!!