Well, today was a bit of a bust photo booth wise. I tried something new for the 5th day straight. I was still shooting through the top lens and I had it on motion activated photo setting with 10 photos per second burst. But, today, I hung it from our main pole feeder. I just didn’t see as many birds around the feeders today generally, but it was also a nice day.
Today’s Bird Photo Booth problems:
- Hanging feeder cam + wind + motion activation = Not Ideal – Filled the SD card with a bunch of photos of nothing.
- Background – Hanging from the pole feeder meant that there were buildings in the background at times and I didn’t like that as much. I like it better when it points back towards our woods.
- Lack of bird action – Possibly because it was moving and/or off kilter, there just weren’t many birds that visited it today. I thought by moving it closer to the area where my bigger birds (cardinals, Jays, Hairy woodpecker, Red bellied woodpecker, grackles, etc.) hang out that I’d catch some of those on the cam. But it just kept them away or force them more onto the main platform feeder.
- Field of View included the ground because it drooped – This meant lots of pics from my dog walking around or squirrels or birds feeding on the ground. Those weren’t good pictures of them, but that is the motion that triggered the photo sequence.
I got 3,493 photos today and of those 29 had an actual bird on the feeder bowl. Of those 29, there were only a couple that were decent, and they were all of birds I’d photographed on other days with the photo booth. I can tell that we need a larger platform area to get a bigger variety of birds. I wouldn’t have saved any of these pics because of the background, but I want to document something from every day with the photo booth for a while and so I did a bit of photoshop work. I’m kind of into the digital collage concept right now and so I’ve been playing with isolating animals from my photos and applying them to a different background. In this case, I removed the background from 3 of my favorite titmouse pictures and made a quote graphic. See the original photos below and then my quote graphic below.
The original titmouse photos
I was able to create something that I like even from a bummer of a session. Tomorrow, I’m going to start playing around with shooting through the lower lens and see how that works. I’ll work on a better background tomorrow and see what we can do to lure in a bigger variety of birds. I want to get the blue jays and cardinals, but they just don’t like the small feeder bowl.
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