I would like to confirm that you are in the right place. Sure, this isn’t a night time shot, a rooftop shot or an image of a decaying building…change is good sometimes 🙂
On Sunday I spent the day in Kew Gardens in London. It’s the first time I had been, an at £15 entry I spent pretty much the whole day there. Most parks in London are free, but these Royal Botanic Gardens are primarily a scientific institution. I’m looking back on my time there through jade coloured glasses, firstly because I caught a bit too much of the sun and am a little burnt and suffering from those effects, and the second because one of my memory cards became corrupted and I haven’t been able to recover the files (yet) which means I’m missing about 350 shots (luckily mostly bracketed, so likely around 150 actual shots). 8 hours walking around – I was pretty frustrated.
Still, I walked away with a lot of images still, and attempted to sit down and process some to see what I did walk away with and what I could salvage to turn my trip into a positive memory. This image seems to have done that.
Walking down one of the paths through the park we came upon a quiet area and I noticed a few bird feeders hanging from trees to my left. I took a closer peak to see if any of them had seeds or nuts in them (all empty) and this little fella flew in and landed on this branch. I’m hopeless when it comes to trees, birds and flowers – so have no idea what this is. If I had to guess, I would say a Robin. He hopped from this branch to one of the feeders, then back to the branch, then the floor, then flew away, back to the branch, etc etc. He seemed content hopping around but I wanted to take a photo of him quickly before he flew away to good. Whenever I’m faced with animals in London, be it a fox, squirrel, dog or pigeon I can be sure that they can be statuesque for 20 minutes but as soon as I reach for the camera bag to get the correct lens they’ll leave the scene as quickly and ninja-like as possible. I therefore had to make do with what was in my hand, and as I was taking all shots handheld that day, no tripod.
The above shot is three exposures, hand held with just one hand and taken with my 10-20mm zoomed in to 17mm (I was rotating the zoom with one finger as my other hand was holding another camera for my friend so didn’t manage to get it all the way). I was pretty impressed with how close he let me get to him, and how still he remained for the three short bursts to take.