Ducks and Other Birds from 2008

Alright, I admit it.    This is kind of cheating.  I took these photos way back in 2008 with my Nikon D40 and kit lens.  This was my first DSLR, which I got on Boxing Day 2007.  You can get the story of my challenges that day here.

I’m looking back at older images for inspiration and to see what I have done that may be worth revisiting.  I’m getting some ideas and looking for many more ways and subjects that I can use to build upon my current skills.

Needless to say that I loved my D40.  So much, in fact, that when I had an opportunity to get one after upgrading to my D90, I jumped at it.  Details at Welcoming an Old Friend.

I was proud of these images.  Note the colour saturation in them.  At that time, I didn’t have an understanding of exposure but am still happy with them.  This is, of course, in the context of my skill level at the time.

These ducks were in a pond at Jack Pine Trail, in Ottawa.


I also found a couple of swans at Rideau Ferry Harbour.


And, of course, since chickadees are so abundant, we don’t miss out on them either.

Nice bokeh on these next ones, I think.


Since my eldest daughter was nervous about a chickadee landing on her hand, she took this one while I held steady.


I think I got some good images back then and I was definitely inspired.  I will review more of my older images and share them soon.