And this is a piece I like to call “Damn you, Autofocus! Damn you to Hell!”
A #hummingbird at a local park. Most of the time they don’t stay in one place long enough for me to even focus on them, even when they perch like this one.
Of course, the reason that it was staying in one spot was that it was grooming, so I had quite a few shots that looked…less impressive.
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.
I finally did! Sort of.
(Hey, at least you can tell it’s a gull.)
I found this while looking for old pictures to submit to iNaturalist. I don’t think there’s *quite* enough detail on the seagull here to identify the species!
The ship, incidentally, is the Queen Mary, launched in the 1930s as a transatlantic liner. It’s been permanently docked in Long Beach, California for several decades and is now run as a hotel.
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.
But I actually kind of like this one.
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.