Yesterday was a great day to be in the backyard bird blind. It was a bright overcast much of the day, which meant I could shoot all day long in great light. So, I did just that. I would shoot an hour or so then go inside for a few hours, then go back out again. I don't get a lot of days when the light is good all day, so I take advantage when I can.
Often times when I am out traveling and shooting, I hear people say things like "I don't shoot between the hours of 10 and 2.". I think that is a ridiculous statement. I shoot when the light is good, period. I don't care what the clock says.
I had a ton of different birds show up at the feeders yesterday, but I was really excited to see these goldfinches show up by the dozens and dozens. It's the first time I've seen them at the feeders this year. Everyone of them took their time to pose for the camera, too.
These goldfinches showed up to eat sunflowers, but when I noticed so many of them I also put out some thistle seed for them. They tore up the thistle seed, too!
Although it isn't quite time for these birds to be in their mating plumage, I still think they are gorgeous birds. Even in their "drab" winter dress ;)
This image was taken about 7:45 am, so the light was still fairly dark at this point. I normally like to shoot these birds at about F/8, but I had to open up to F/6.3 to get more light to the sensor. I also had to bump my ISO to 3200 to get a shutter speed that would even come close to working out.
I made this image using my Nikon D500, Tamron 150-600mm G2 Lens, Sirui Trpod and Gimbal Head.