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Photo of the Week 105

Photo of the Week 105
It's once again that time.  It's Friday and it's time for an exciting announcement we know you've all been waiting for.  It's time for us to announce Cramer Imaging's featured "Photo of the Week."  Here is is.  This week, we are featuring this photograph of a gold finch taking off from on top of a weed.

Action shots like this are difficult to get.  You often miss the moment when the photo would have the greatest impact.  It's a matter of not anticipating when the magic will happen so you're not ready for it when it does.

Even if you are ready for it, such shots like this are so difficult to nail properly.  Often times you will end up with blurring or with focus issues which spoil an otherwise amazing action photograph.  Such is often the way of things; but every so often, you can get it right.  This photo is a perfect example of one of those times.

I was bored the day that I took this photo.  I also wanted some fresh photos to add to my portfolio.  It was a hot and dry August afternoon and I wanted away from my computer screen and brain-storming.  I grabbed my camera and went for a walk in the backyard.

I wanted to try for some butterfly shots as there were several floating around.  I tried but they weren't cooperative at all.  I tried for some fruit photos as they don't up and fly away but there wasn't any fruit worth photographing at the time.  Then I noticed this bird land in the weeds along the ditch bank.

I had to try for a bird photo although I knew I probably wouldn't get one.  It was still worth a shot.  I did know that I could easily scare the bird away if I got too close.  Then I wouldn't have a chance at a photo.  I approached slowly and carefully.  I stopped to take a few pictures every foot or so.  This meant that I would get as close as possible and still have some photos to show for it.  It felt like forever getting to the point I wanted to for the shot I wanted.

As I approached, the bird finally took note of my presence and flew back to the top of another weed.  Thankfully, I could still get a shot of it.  I kept persevering forward with my photos, step by step.  I finally got to the point were the bird spooked again.  With my camera up to my face the whole time, I was ready for it to take off at any moment.  When it did, I snapped away.  That was the end of my chance with that bird.

I went back inside to check out whether or not there was anything worth keeping.  Most of the photos were too far away for what I wanted.  You couldn't see the bird very well at all.  Then I arrived at this photo.  It was perfect.  It was in focus and the bird was captured while launching itself into the air.  I couldn't believe it but there it was in front of me on the computer screen.

Cramer Imaging's professional quality nature animal photograph of a yellow goldfinch bird taking off to fly in Pocatello, Bannock, Idaho