Category: Photo of the Day

Proud householder

I don't know whether you can help me identify this bird? I've seen at least two building nests with the reedy grass from one of the monsoon-swollen ponds here. They carry the long reeds to their nests with pride and often drop them but they don't seem to pick up the ones they've dropped. Instead they fly off looking for more. I came across this nest in the window of one of the cottages. The birds are quite tame and carry on their work even whilst being watched. It seems to be a great time of the year for animals here in rural Maharashtra: there are butterflies everywhere enjoying the easing up of the monsoon to go about their business. This sequence has taught me that all birds are better photographed with a telephoto lens which I hadn't attached to my camera, probably against my better judgement. These birds were quite close up and yet the pictures aren't very detailed. You can zoom in if you want to see more details, though.    
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My mum: a composite portrait

[FinalTilesGallery id='1'] I've been trying to improve my photography. That's one of those things that I'd just like to absorb by subcutaneous injection, since I always seem to forget about focal length and depth of field. I'm still inept at landscapes and being in the right place at the right time but I hope to improve these skills. In the meantime, I've found that I can take quite good portraits with my telephoto lens but I'm still not quite sure how. I'm also trying to get good photos of my mum while I can, but I must admit that I do have some qualms about putting these on my blog: how can she consent to anything? If nothing else, these are gently meant. Read More
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