This is my first attempt at a bird close-up. This robin has set her nest in our garden shed and, even though I disturbed her a few times during her laying, she finished laying six eggs and is looking after them for the next 10-12 days until they hatch.
I have tried taking a hand-held shot, but she would fly away as soon as she would see me. Thankfully she kept coming back to the nest, so I tried a different approach: I set up the camera on a tripod in the shed, about a foot and a half away from her, with the remote trigger cable outside and took pictures at random intervals as I passed by the shed. I couldn’t tell when she was in the nest and when not, so I’ve ended up with a whole lot of empty nest shots, but a few nice ones of the robin too.
Focusing was an interesting challenge, as my lens hunts a lot in the dark and I didn’t want to disturb her too much, so I tried to pre-focus as well as I could on the empty nest. I would have liked it to be a bit more focused on the beak, but this will have to do! I now have to stay patient while the eggs hatch, and have another attempt, to try and get some shots of the young ones. I feel very cruel invading her privacy like this, but it’s such a great opportunity, potographically, that I can’t pass… I hope she will forgive me! :-)
[Sony a350, Sigma 105mm, KM 3600D flash (bounced), f:16, 1/125, ISO-100, Converted from RAW)
In case you are wondering, this is her brood:
Update: We have now chicks! See here…