Chapter 7


I can’t yet see them through the photo blind’s peephole, but the buzzy voices coming from the tree overhead tell me that a flock of Common Redpolls has arrived in the yard. Soon, they are fluttering down like falling snow onto the branches set up near the bird feeder. Once within view, a particular female with snowflakes adorning her head catches my eye, but just as I focus on her another appears in the background forming an intriguing out-of-focus shape. Holding my breath, I slowly swing the lens to the side to frame both birds and for an instant I have a lovely composition with the second redpoll mirroring the first. No sooner have I captured the image than they are gone.

Figure 7.1: A close-up, vertical composition ...

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