Day 228—Birds

I don’t know what it is, but for some reason, I always feel better when I’ve successfully photographed a bird. My “life is good” sense comes when my blog features a bird and today is one of those days. In fact, I photographed lots of different kinds of birds along the water in Benicia when I drove over to spend the day with my friend and fellow photoblogger Melinda today. Some of my shots were good. Others were a huge disappointment. It is obvious I still have so much to learn but with Photoshop (or Lightroom) to the rescue, I managed to save some of the shots with Melinda’s help.

When we arrived at the water near Benicia’s tony West K Street, this ring-billed gull lolled serenely on a picnic table. I had to tweak the exposure a bit and crop but I like the shot.

A Western gull flew overhead and I took several shots. Because I forgot to up the shutter speed, most were not in focus but this one was good.

Then, the Canada Geese made their entrance. They were not heading to the water but to the grassy picnic area near the water’s edge. Melinda helped me save this shot with Lightroom adjustments so that the goose stands out from the background.