#Fotofails: I had a lot of trouble getting the camera to focus on this Black Phoebe and not the tree behind it, but that wasn’t the problem in this shot. I always think birds look weird when you can only see the backs of their heads.
I haven’t been able to get out anywhere that seagulls land or perch in a while (except, now that I think about it, the grocery store a few weeks ago where I saw two gulls fighting over some trash in the parking lot), so I’ve only seen the gulls flying overhead, where they’re hard to capture on camera.
#FotoFails I saw a gorgeous Marine Blue #butterfly that actually paused long enough for me to take a picture…with its wings open, even! But my camera kept insisting on focusing on the leaves behind it. 🙄
I was trying to take a picture of some crows as they took wing from a palm tree, but I’d accidentally set my camera to “creative shot” instead of burst mode. (Someone thought it was a good idea to use a stack of rectangles for the “creative shot” icon.)
Instead of a set of continuous frames, I got a group of auto-cropped, auto-filtered versions of one frame, most of which didn’t even have the birds in them at all.
This shot looks OK at small sizes, but at larger sizes it just looks wrong to me. I was going for a view with the daffodils in focus and the coral tree behind them blurry, but unfortunately it’s not blurry enough to look intentional.
I took a shot with my film camera too, but I haven’t finished the roll yet, so I won’t know for a while whether that one came out better.
Another of my #fotofails from the San Diego Zoo Safari Park. I’m terrible at holding binoculars steady, so I’ll take zoomed photos to see what’s in the distance. I think these were antelope or something, but the camera autofocused on the cables holding a balloon between the deck I was standing on and the open area below. For comparison, the giraffes at a similar distance are a lot clearer.
The tiger was a lot closer to the fence than I expected, watching the tourists with a disdainful look as it lounged in the afternoon heat. The fence mostly blurred out of view, but I didn’t notice a dry leaf in front of its face to the left of its mouth.
At the Safari Park run by the San Diego Zoo. The tigers have quite a bit of space, and this isn’t the only shade, which makes me think they were people watching.