Red-Winged Blackbirds and a word about been there done that (Two Photographs)

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I came across someone on a walk disappointed by the lack of wildlife. Now this happens to everyone once in a while. This person was looking for something different to shoot, they rattled off all the animals they had photographed and wondered if they could find something new. Mentioning the elusive mink, otter, or vole, as one person did, was not a solution because they are truly hard to find in that park. It occurred to me that the problem is not finding something new but thinking about doing something new with what is available. Just because I took a photograph of a Blackbird in the fall, does not mean I cannot take another one in the spring. Photography can be frustrating enough without adding artificial boundaries and obstacles. Maybe a more productive attitude would be that you could always take a better shot.

Red-Winged Blackbird

23 responses

  1. I especially like that first shot of the blackbird, Victor, and I wholeheartedly agree with your message (and often shoot the same familiar subjects over and over again).


    May 4, 2016 at 4:47 am

  2. light, composition,weather condition, color or monochrome…There’s often some way new to treat the same or similar subject. ( Like Cezanne and Mont Sainte-Victoire) 🙂


    May 4, 2016 at 4:53 am

  3. Beautiful. I have heard these fellows can be quite mean.


    May 4, 2016 at 8:09 am

  4. I totally agree that nature is constantly in flux and creating new photographic moments. It’s our attitude that allows our creative eye to see new in the old. 🙂

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    May 4, 2016 at 1:27 pm

  5. You’re right. That spring shot is wonderful.

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    May 4, 2016 at 1:34 pm

  6. Beautiful


    May 4, 2016 at 2:41 pm

  7. “The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes.” ~ Marcel Proust


    May 4, 2016 at 4:49 pm

    • I am a big fan of Madeleines, they do bring back memories.


      May 4, 2016 at 4:54 pm

      • ?? Was that quote used in an ad for cookies?


        May 4, 2016 at 5:05 pm

        • In Proust’s “Remembrance of Things Past”, the memories are brought back by a butter cookie called a Madeleine.


          May 4, 2016 at 5:08 pm

          • Oh, ha-ha. Guess I haven’t read that one. I knew a woman once who made lemon and chocolate (separate flavors) madeleines that were to die for. It was hard not to eat the whole batch!


            May 4, 2016 at 5:13 pm

  8. Great photos. I totally agree with what you said there are many animals that I photograph repeatedly. I’m always looking for a different or better shot.


    May 5, 2016 at 11:15 pm

  9. The first one has a very artistic feel to it because of the colors. Beautiful!


    May 6, 2016 at 5:45 pm

  10. Totally agree! You may have dozens or even hundreds of shots of Blue Heron, for example, but you never have the “perfect” shot. It doesn’t exist and it’s a never-ending quest. There will always be a different shot available that has its own unique qualities that makes it the star du jour–until the next perfect shot comes along.

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    June 4, 2016 at 5:31 pm

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