Catching the Perfect Lighting

There are times in the joy of camera play that one catches the picture perfect lighting to enhance Mother Nature…as in this lucky catch (BELOW), and in the following photos of this curious Robin.



Along came a pair of nesting Sparrows (BELOW), who also caught the evening rays just right for my picture-taking efforts:



Photos from the personal and copyrighted collection of Barbara Anne Helberg

On the Nest

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It’s Spring, and this Robin is on the nest of her choosing atop a rain drain pipe connector under the roof of a human house. Although birds may seem to build nests in fragile-looking locations, they are constant maintainers and guardians of their chosen territories, so few of their houses fall victim to wind and weather conditions.

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This Mother-to-be built her nest deep below, nearly completely around the pipe, to support the actual small birthing area above where she will hatch her eggs.

Photos from the personal and copyrighted collection of Barbara Anne Helberg

Is It A Catbird?


This is posted in particular in response to comments and an inquiry I made at BirdNation’s blog earlier today. BirdNation wrote about Gray Catbirds, her favorite bird, and I thought I might have snapped a Gray Catbird in this fellow, but I wasn’t certain, so I invited BirdNation to have a look…

It seems to me his body is longer than BirdNation’s picture of a Gray Catbird, but angles in tree branches are deceiving. However, he certainly is gray!

This was taken in the Summer of 2015.

Photo from the personal and copyrighted collection of Barbara Anne Helberg

A Balancing Tail (Tale)


A Northern Flicker seeks a nesting hole.


She goes inside to discover what work needs to be done, then peeks out to check for predators.


Satisfied that all is safe, she turns around to get back to work. Using her considerable tail to balance her act, she pecks out wood chips to make more space inside the stump. She actually spits the chips to the ground beak full by beak full.

It’s a whale of a tail (tale)!

Photos from the personal and copyrighted collection of Barbara Anne Helberg

Isolated Photos from Original Pictures


This photo (ABOVE) of four Canada Geese flying over the tree-tops offered a chance to create several other pictures simply by working out some blowup isolations.

In the first picture (BELOW) the two middle geese are isolated to create a new photo via blowup. The blowup clearly allows one to observe the top goose’s feet, which have yet to be tucked in during the beginning of his flight.


A blowup of the lower three geese follows (BELOW):


(BELOW) is the final blowup created from the lowest bird in the original shot of four Canada Geese.


More of the same may be seen and discussed at this earlier post.

Photos and Blowups from the personal and copyrighted collection of Barbara Anne Helberg

Graduated Blowups


In amateur photography, a lot of fun can be had in simply blowing up photos in  graduating sizes. It can be an educational process, as well. Sometimes when focus on a subject seems certain, one can learn from a blowup that he wasn’t quite as focused in for his shot as he thought. Blowups can teach one something, after all.

The first picture in this post of a Canada Goose was isolated from the original picture of two birds (BELOW) and blown up to feature him alone.


And (BELOW) are two other blowups in graduated sizes also made from the original picture.



In digital photography, one may easily recognize that focus must be absolute to ensure a focused blowup. As demonstrated in these particular blowups, although the first picture of the two birds together looks quite focused, there is considerable pixel loss in the graduating blowups, causing a loss of focus that at first seemed certain.

A correctly focused example follows (BELOW):



The original photo was taken right through the railing of the bridge, while the camera was focused correctly on the geese. The railing faded out and the geese stayed in focus as the camera followed them. Therefore, the two graduated blowups are perfectly in focus on the geese, as well.

Photos and blowups from the personal and copyrighted collection of Barbara Anne Helberg.


Walking On Water


Watching Canada Geese come and go on water is a photographic challenge because they do it more quickly than the other two birds pictured — Skimmer gull (ABOVE) and, especially, the White Egret (second picture BELOW).

The Skimmer sort of glides (skims) along as he scoops his beak down to snag a fish, then sprouts his wings to get up in the air with his prey. The fellow pictured here missed the fish he spotted and left to search elsewhere.



The White Egret is a very patient fishing machine. He will stand in one spot for many minutes at a time before he hops up and floats to another location a short distance away. He’s an easy photo op once his habits are learned.


Canada Geese do everything seemingly frantically as they approach, or leave the water, so their quick movements are hard to follow with amateur photography equipment.

These photos were all taken at the Maumee River near the bridge in Napoleon, Ohio.

Photos from the personal and copyrighted collection of Barbara Anne Helberg

Eagle Snaps

001Somehow my little red camera and I finally got closer to the Eagle traffic flying across the bridge at Napoleon, Ohio!

My subject looks to be an older juvenile, judging from the mottling still present on his magnificent wings and the spotting on his head. Eagles can live as long as 30 years, and they don’t acquire their full coloring until after the age of four.




Out-of-camera Photos from the personal and copyrighted collection of Barbara Anne Helberg

Fishing at Area Dams

At any time in the Summer, Fall, or Spring, it’s easy to find Great Blue Herons, Green Herons, Gulls, White Egrets, and others looking to catch fish that cascade over the dams near Defiance and Grand Rapids, Ohio.

Take a look:













And everybody always finds enough to eat!

All Photos at this blog are from the Out-of-Camera personal and copyrighted collection of Barbara Anne Helberg