Remote photography.

It’s not the composition or the originality of the images…

it is that I took them in a different way.

Nothing special.  But the photos were taken of the birds enjoying the freshly refilled birdbath from my recent camera acquisition, a Nikon B500, mounted on a tripod on the porch.

I ‘triggered’ the shot from the recliner in the family room in the house.  The interface was a Alcatel tablet running android and an Nikon App “Snapbridge”.   The camera and the tablet were connected and a reduced and time delayed image of what was in the cameras view was relayed to the tablet.  When a bird (or birds) alighted on the birdbath I could trigger the camera to take a shot, with a three second delay.  Most of the composing tools I would have available if handling the camera myself were not available; I couldn’t ‘see’ what the focus was looking at,  and of course I wasn’t shooting ‘real time’.  It was more like a WWII submarine firing a torpedo.  With the time delay; the delay in seeing what the camera was looking at, plus the delay from the act of touching the screen to send the command to the camera to take the picture,  I was aiming at the image the camera would capture six or seven seconds later.   The cost of the gear to do all this is cheap compared to the rig I’d have needed twenty years ago.

So why do I try to take pictures that way?  Because the birds don’t come by the birdbath if I’m sitting on the porch, nor do they stay as long and frolic in the water.

In the past though, I’ve used a long lens sucessfully…

About On the North River

Forty years toiled in the Tel-com industry, married for 36 years widowed at sixty-one. New girlfriend at sixty-five. Was a Tea Party supporter. Today a follower of the Last American President to be honestly elected, Donald J. Trump.
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