Braving The Cold

Braving The Cold

This is, well, the first ‘real’ birding shot I have ever posted here on, I won’t count the Ducks and Geese, and I have to say, it is not often I toot my own horn, but DAMN am I HAPPY how this one came out!

If any of you have ever shot a Magpie before, you know how HARD these birds are to expose for! They are a nightmare!

Captured in Rocky Mountain National Park on New years Day, this Magpie was sitting there just hanging on in the windy weather and the snow which was whipping around, he looked so cold, but the way he posed made for a wonderful shot. He just watched me with interest, as I started snapping him with my Minolta 75-300D Lens. Shot in RAW on my 5D and converted to B&W using Pog’s Mono Renditionizer, I hope ya all like it as much as I do!


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I am a photographer based in the beautiful state of Colorado who focuses on nature, retro and country lifestyle images on my wonderful state! I have been shooting since the middle 1980s and my adventures have taken me all over. I am grateful for where I live and consider myself fortunate.Join me on my photographic journey to show you that beauty still exists in the world.

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  • Jay Ryser
    Jay Ryserover 5 years ago

    They are tough to expose properly – great work

  • Polly x
    Polly xover 5 years ago

    Well now I’d rather you’d shown me two!!! Nicely done.

  • lefty1
    lefty1over 5 years ago

    wow, magnificent capture of this gorgeous bird!

  • ╰⊰✿Sue✿⊱╮ Nueckel

    Beautiful shot John! Love the blurred BG ♥

  • Sema
    Semaover 5 years ago

    Beautiful capture! Great job!

  • NaturesVision
    NaturesVisionover 5 years ago

    Lovely shot, nicely done!

  • Matt Benson
    Matt Bensonover 5 years ago

    great shot John.

  • Gisele Bedard
    Gisele Bedardalmost 5 years ago

    You better be happy with this shot,it is magical…love the DOF but most of all superb idea in B&W ,excellent compo and details I wish I could do a photo like this…

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