A bird in the Hand…





“A BIRD IN THE HAND IS WORTH TWO IN THE BUSH” ——— Or is it the other way around, in photography?!!

We were wandering towards the Keewenaw Peninsula and stopped when we saw this great berry patch – It made me think of Robert Glenn Ketchum’s work with forests, “Order from Chaos”, and further of the work of Eliot Porter, whom Ketchum may have also been influenced by. It’s not easy to create images of the ‘messiness’ of nature – such as this boggy area with bushes and bare trees. But the two silvery saplings on either side of the bushes seemed to contain the scene, so I was working on this composition – when suddenly two robins landed in the bush to eat ‘my’ berries! While they weren’t large, they added the perfect touch to the composition. I was set for a pretty slow shutter (1/50) due to the small aperture I had (f16), and just hoped the birds would hold still as they were flitting about a lot. I managed just one image that had sharp birds, but one is enough in my book!


Brenda Tharp
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  1. Mark November 20, 2012 at 6:43 am #

    I really love images like this, where wildlife is part of the landscape, and the landscape itself is a great image all on its own. Nice!

    • Brenda November 27, 2012 at 12:52 am #

      Thank you Mark, and I agree! While I love wildlife ‘portraits’, I love more wildlife in the landscape – being an integral part of it.

  2. Mike Moats November 7, 2012 at 3:03 pm #

    Very nice, sounds like a cool place for abstracts.

    • Brenda November 18, 2012 at 4:01 pm #

      Thanks, Mike – in all my travels I missed seeing that you had made a comment here! Hard to keep up with it all when you’re in places with spotty-if-any internet!! It is a pretty place, for sure – especially in autumn!

      Thanks for the comment. 🙂