01 Jul 16. Sometimes I think we get so caught up in things that we miss much that is all around us. Many members of the camera clubs I either belong to or have belonged to are ardent birders and have lenses that allow them to capture birds at great distances that they wouldn't be able to do with a decent image size without. The lenses cost in the tens of thousands of dollars and are truly works of art in themselves, but one has to be a very serious bird photographer in my mind to justify such cost. Of course these lenses can be used for other forms of wildlife, but I see them most often on the cameras of birders. Every time we go out to shoot birds, such as eagles, Jan is always telling me I should get one but I never have and never will. Since I don't sell any of my work, I simply can't justify such expense. But one does not have to go after the far away critters to get some grate bird pictures. Literally all around us one can folks who raise chickens which come in an amazing variety of colors. If Jan gets her way we will also be numbered in that group some day. One really doesn't appreciate just how beautiful these birds can be unless you spend some time at the local fairs, raise them yourself, or visit with someone who keeps them. Since they are basically farm animals, getting close to them requires nothing more than sitting still and letting them come to you. With nothing more expensive than a normal lens, the kind that comes with every camera, you can get some wonderful photos. For today you get one in B&W to just illustrate the stature of the birds. I'll share another later in color that will show off just how spectacular they can be!
The base image was cropped a little, given a small amount of micro contrast enhancement on the feathers, and converted to B&W. Nikon D300s; 18 - 200; Aperture Priority; ISO 200; 1/400 sec @ f / 9.