15 Mar Seasons with a Black Phoebe
How Seasons Affect Your Photos
Thanks to a cooperative Black Phoebe, we can show how seasons affect your photos.
Our subject lives in the Fullerton Arboretum (Fullerton, CA) at the North Pond.
If you visit, you will notice that this bird often perches in the same tree at the north end of this pond. On the other side of the pond, you will see large trees, which provide beautiful backgrounds that change colors with the seasons.
The above photo shows this bird in Spring with emerging green as new leaves appear.
In summer the trees provide a rich green background, as shown above.
Note: Plan your visit for early morning when the rising sun shines across the North Pond. Then stand with the sun behind you. That way, you can take photos like these with full light on the bird and the background.
In autumn, the leaves turn brown, thereby creating a beautiful tan background.
And in winter, the background becomes a mix of brown branches, dried leaves, and ground cover.
But wait, spring is on the way. Then the seasons will repeat with beautiful shades of green.
The Black Phoebe Project
Here’s a photo tip – – – Or perhaps an assignment.
First, select a subject, such as a Black Phoebe, a flower, a landscape, or other bird.
Then find different ways to take photos of this subject. You might consider different seasons, different locations, or different situations.
Through this, you will practice skills, learn more about your subject, and collect memorable photos.
PS: I give talks that celebrate the beauty in Nature. If you know an organization (preferably in Southern California) that hires speakers to create unique experiences at their events, please ask their program chair to call me.
See another photo of the Black Phoebe at: Question for a Bird
Did You Know: the most effective way to help birds is to buy land.
Please visit the web site for The Trust for Public Land to learn about what they’re doing.