Happily Refreshed

© Bunny Snow

Happily Refreshed

Uploaded: March 19, 2010


Goldfinch took a shower today while taking an occasional sip from the hose.

19 March 2010, 16:04:08 p.m.
f6.3@1/2500, ISO 1600
Focal length 300.0mm f4L
partial metering
Manual focus and metering
Tripod, Remote
No flash

Exif: F Number: 6.3, Exposure Bias Value: 0.00, ExposureTime: 1/2500 seconds, Flash: did not fire, compulsory flash mode, ISO: 1600, White balance: Manual white balance, FocalLength: 300.00 mm, Model: Canon EOS 50D


Tammy D. Ferren level-classic March 25, 2010

How on earth did you happen to catch that on a tripod? I love this shot! Beautiful detail, colors and light...and great timing! #1252095

Bunny Snow level-classic March 25, 2010

Hi Tammy,

I set it up and waited for action to take place. Since I cannot walk very well, I've found that I can capture the most action from our bathroom window.

And, from experience, I know that:
1) Birds become thirsty after feeding;
2) Birds like moving water, and these were both thirsty and dirty from the cold winter. So, the first warm day, I moved the watering stand to a place within direct view of my bathroom window and turned the water on using the finest spray (as to spray water all over, but so not much would be wasted).

3) Then, I went inside, set up my tripod, placed my camera with my longest lens combo on top, opened the sash of the window, and waited. I checked occasionally, even fetched a ballast for the tripod --a one gallon container of water, which I secured with the strap down the center on the tripod.

4. Re-focusing on the sprinkler with everything ready, with my remote attached to the camera and the lens manually focused on the sprinkler head, it was just a matter of the bird coming in. Eventually that occurred and voila!

Thank you for commenting!


Tammy D. Ferren level-classic March 25, 2010

Well, it was certainly worth the effort! It's a great capture! I browsed your gallery...it's awesome! #8480742

Bunny Snow level-classic March 25, 2010

The only thing I wish was that my shutter speed wasn't so high. The bird looks like he was pelletized by water.

Thank you, for your comments, Tammy, what a lovely thing to say. #8480892

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