Red-Winged Blackbird

Generally, I have quite a few of these red-winged blackbirds at the feeders but it is usually later in the year.  This year I have a few early birds (pun intended).

ISO 3200, 300mm, F/5.6 @ 1/500th second

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This guy isn't in his full blown, springtime plumage, but shooting him under a nice, overcast light allowed for the colors he does have to "pop" a little more than normal.  It also allowed me to over expose this image by about 1 full stop, according to the camera's meter, to get more detail in the blacks without blowing out any of the highlight areas.  Typically when you have a dark subject against a light background you will need to shoot at about +1 on the camera meter to get any detail in your subject, if you are using evaluative metering, which is what I use 90% of the time I'm shooting.

This image was made with my Sony A77 II and Tamron 150-600mm Lens.  All resting a top my Sirui tripod and PH-20 Gimbal Head.

Red Winged Blackbird

I know this is another bird image, but they are just so fun to photograph right now it's ridiculous.  

I did leave my yard for this one, however.  This image of the Red Winged Blackbird was taken at the Alabama A&M University Research Farm near Hazel Green, AL.  I was able to get over there one day last week when I was off work to photograph.

I was able to see a few different species of birds that I don't get to see in my backyard, normally.  I do get Red Winged Blackbirds in my backyard, but they never stay very long or are always in the bad light, so I was happy to get a decent shot of one while I was there.

This image was taken handheld using the Sony Alpha 77ii and Tamron 150-600mm Lens.  I don't know if you can say it was handheld, technically...I kinda used my car as a tripod ;)