What I saw (11) -when I wasn’t concentrating…

On my short foray out early this morning, when it was quite chilly, I saw a blackbird collecting bits for its nest I can only presume. It was darting around grabbing leaves so I took aim, and got a few shots, or so I thought.

Got home, and because I hadn’t been paying attention, using wide apertures and not checking the focal point (critical for wide apertures) I had plenty of sharp blades of grass, but missed the bird, so to speak…

I did a bit better a bit later on, but different bird, nothing in its beak

A lesson still not learnt….I could have upped the ISO, selected a better aperture and checked my focus points……


  1. Good examples, Sue. The blackbirds on my lawn are very brave, and don’t fly away when I go outside They have got used to my granary bread, I reckon. 🙂
    Best wishes, Pete.

  2. I would go wide focus area too – if prepared. Can you change colour of focus point so that you spot it more easily?

  3. Love that you captured this home remodeler at work.

  4. I’ve had that happen before with my phone and with my Nikon. I get home where I can see the photo better (out of the sun and with my reading glasses) and I realize everything except what I wanted is in perfect focus. 😦


  5. What an industrious little bird. 😃

  6. I just point and click!

  7. I think the birds have learnt how to blur shots this spring, I am struggling with them all in the garden at the moment – the blue tits, blackbirds, thrushes, great tits, greenfinches, coal tits, goldfinches and even robins. Had no problems a month or so ago . . . so clearly they have learnt a trick or two!

  8. I have seen a blackbird in my garden this week, first time for ages. I love blackbirds, their song is truly delightful.

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