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Why oh why did I only bring a macro lens with me on holiday! Big mistake! I saw so many pretty little birds and really missed a zoom lens. Well here are some pictures anyway; one of a Blue Tit (Parus caeruleus) and a couple of red dots which are Eurasian Bullfinches (Pyrrhula pyrrhula)..



35 responses

  1. Particularly like the first picture, with the colors, composition and … wonder what made the orbs line up like they did?

    January 5, 2014 at 5:05 PM

    • Oh, it’s not orbs! It’s a bokeh effect caused by christmas lights in the background. ๐Ÿ™‚

      January 5, 2014 at 5:25 PM

      • They look like orbs. I couldn’t figure out what caused them.

        January 5, 2014 at 5:28 PM

  2. Hi! We’ve all been there, I think! Cutting down on the kit in order to travel a bit lighter – and then finding that the choices were not quite the right ones!
    I don’t know about the pixel count on your camera, but have you thought about cropping around the blue tit and throwing away some of the unwanted pixels that make up the background? It might be worth a try.
    In any case, i like that first shot – it puts the bird firmly into its natural habitat! ๐Ÿ™‚
    btw, Happy New Year and best wishes for 2014

    January 5, 2014 at 5:19 PM

    • Thanks so much, John! Yes, I did try to crop it closer around the bird, but the picture wasn’t sharp enough so in the end I let it stay as it was. Never again leave without -at least- my PowerShot! Wishing you all the best & a very happy 2014! ๐Ÿ™‚

      January 5, 2014 at 5:27 PM

  3. Calee, I especially love how the first picture turned out – it’s magical!

    Blessings ~ Wendy

    January 5, 2014 at 5:27 PM

    • You’re so kind, Wendy! Thanks a lot ๐Ÿ™‚

      January 5, 2014 at 5:28 PM

      • My dear husband loves your picture too. He said it is perfect.

        January 5, 2014 at 7:15 PM

  4. I have done that so many times. Wrong lens for the wrong time. All we can do is look forward to the next shot.

    January 5, 2014 at 5:42 PM

  5. Wonderful photos:)

    January 5, 2014 at 6:16 PM

  6. The shots are still interesting. No bad for lack of a zoom lens. Now you know to never leave home without your camera equipment, ๐Ÿ™‚

    January 5, 2014 at 9:11 PM

    • Thanks Yvonne! I’ll never leave again without at least pocketing my PowerShot ๐Ÿ˜‰

      January 5, 2014 at 9:40 PM

  7. Welcome back from holidays! I’m just glad that you took your camera and at least one lens. You create beauty no matter what lens you use!!!

    Spectacular – as always!!! ๐Ÿ™‚

    January 6, 2014 at 3:20 AM

  8. Sweet as a Picture

    You still did a great job with the photos. Beautiful photos!

    January 6, 2014 at 8:36 AM

  9. I get it, but you still managed to capture some beautiful stills with lovely subjects!

    January 6, 2014 at 2:45 PM

    • You always say the best things! Thanks so much, Mary! ๐Ÿ™‚

      January 6, 2014 at 6:07 PM

  10. Love the bokeh effect on the first shot shot and the beautiful composition. It’s tough deciding what to carry along–I usually travel with an older point-and-shoot. The texture of the branches is awesome in the second image–you might have lost that if you had zoomed in on the birds too much. (I have to remind myself at times that getting really close with a macro or a telephoto is not always best.)

    January 6, 2014 at 5:10 PM

    • Thanks Mike! I’ll never leave without my PS again, don’t know what I was thinking! But you’re right, zooming too close is not always better. (But would’ve been in this case I think.. branch texture is a poor comfort ;))

      January 6, 2014 at 6:10 PM

  11. Gorgeous!

    January 6, 2014 at 8:28 PM

  12. I actually love the first shot, Camilla: the position of the blue tit (feels kind of weird to say! ๐Ÿ˜‰ ) in the frame and the OOF lights in the background really make the image, in my view. Also, I see what you are saying about wishing to have a longer lens on the trip, but bear in mind that that is just Murphy’s law: if you had ventured out with a 600 f/4 only, you would have found myriads of wonderful macro shots that were screaming to be photographed! ๐Ÿ˜‰

    January 7, 2014 at 3:37 AM

    • Thanks so much, Stefano, I really appreciate it! ๐Ÿ™‚ From now on, I’ll always bring two lenses, just in case..

      January 9, 2014 at 7:45 PM

  13. Ed

    Lesson learned, still great shots..:-))

    January 7, 2014 at 10:35 AM

  14. Close-ups can be great but the second picture is lovely, showing the birds in their natural environment . It’s just 2 different types of photographs and you turned a “problem” into very nice pictures.

    January 7, 2014 at 1:04 PM

    • Thanks so much for the kind words, Patricia! ๐Ÿ™‚

      January 9, 2014 at 7:46 PM

  15. that is not a mistake, it’s a lesson and i hope you learned from it. another lesson that can be learned here is: make the most of what you have. one exercise i’ve done few years ago was to attach a prime lens and take photos (minimum 20) every day for a week. you’ll be surprise how much you will learn about camera and what you can do when your feet are the only zoom you have.

    January 8, 2014 at 2:00 PM

    • Lesson learned! Indeed, the best way to learn is by doing.. ๐Ÿ™‚

      January 9, 2014 at 7:49 PM

  16. Jocelyne

    I love the first photo with the beautiful bokeh !

    January 9, 2014 at 10:19 PM

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