Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Love That Over the Shoulder Look

Last night I grabbed a flashlight and went out into the back yard to set up a new perch for photographing Steller's Jays. This morning I went out just before dawn and climbed into the photoblind and waited. As usual the first customers to arrive were the Dark Eyed Juncos. They were soon followed by a Douglas Tree Squirrel girl. She was there for awhile until a group of Jays surrounded her and she looked rather unhappy and she left. That totally surprised me because usually squirrels will hold the feeder against the Jays. Several Jays took turns feeding. I really wanted to photograph one with that over the shoulder look. It's my favorite pose to catch birds in because it shows off their plumage really well and it creates an intimate connection with the viewer. After numerous tries I captured a few images that looked pretty good. Later on in editing my image this one had the best head angle and composition and I really like it. May you have a blessed day, chris This image was created with a Canon 7D and a Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM lens at 285mm. Supported on a Manfrotto 055 XPROB tripod with a Bogen 3055 Havy duty ballhead. Camera settings used were AV mode, ISO 800, F 5.6 at 1/160th of a sec.


  1. Excuse my being flippant, but are you sure that isn˚t Lana Turner returned for another turn in a blue evening gown? Pretty.

  2. Awesome comment Bruce! It gave me a good laugh and a smile. Thank you.

  3. love your site, cutest little guy..

    1. Thanks so very much for the comment, Sherri. I appreciate you stopping by for a look.

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    1. Indeed, caught me in the act of taking its picture!