Bunking off

Yesterday afternoon I should have bashed on with the Starlight Guide project and housework. Instead I took a couple of hours off and met my friend in Los Tilos. The bar there is popular with small birds (a kind of chaffinch, I think) and I couldn’t resist trying to get a photo.

There was a catch, of course. Flexible though my new compact is, there’s a short delay between pressing the button and the shutter firing. It’s less than the previous compact – maybe half a second instead of a full second — but it’s good for lots of shots of a bird that just flew away.

Luckily persistence and patience eventually paid off, and I got a shot I’m fairly happy with. But I still plan to go back with the DSLR and try again, in better light.

And then we had a nice little walk in the drizzle, down to the water channel. This time the compact came up trumps. The trick with flowing water is usually to set a slow shutter speed, which makes the water look wetter. This was shot at half a second, and I couldn’t have done that with the old camera.

Posted by sheila

Sheila came to La Palma with a six month contract and has stayed 24 years so far. She used to work as a software engineer at the observatory, but now she's a writer and Starlight guide.

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