Bird Bath

This little guy, I believe another finch, was slowly working his way into the little pond to take a quick bath.


And even though I did not set my shutter speed high enough to freeze motion, I still rather like the image of him cleaning up because it shows movement of the bird, the water flowing, and the water splashing off in different directions.


Tell me, do you like the motion blur image or do you think it would’ve been better if there was no blur?




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  1. #1 by Uncle Tree on April 10, 2014 - 6:22 am

    Hi, T! 🙂 Perdy bird looks wingless in the bottom shot. The top one is good.
    Cheerz to Thursday! Peace and luvz, Uncle Tree

    • #2 by imagesbytdashfield on April 10, 2014 - 7:46 am

      Hi Uncle! He was splashing and flapping a mile a second in the water which made his wings just a blur. Amazing how fast they can do that. Cheers to you too 🙂

  2. #3 by milfordstreet on April 10, 2014 - 8:11 am

    Movement and the blur from it can have a nice effect at times. It adds to this shot. 🙂

    • #4 by imagesbytdashfield on April 10, 2014 - 8:19 am

      Thanks 🙂 Amazing how fast they can flap their little wings.

      • #5 by milfordstreet on April 10, 2014 - 10:17 am

        Isn’t it. It is like how dogs shake the water off. That would be interesting at a slow shutter speed.

  3. #6 by Lignum Draco on April 10, 2014 - 8:17 am

    I guess it depends on what you want to convey. The motion blur highlights movement whilst the fast exposure emphasises detail. Both are nice.

    • #7 by imagesbytdashfield on April 10, 2014 - 8:20 am

      You are right about what you want to convey and with this finch I was able to show both. I do wish I could’ve gotten him in mid flap to show the full range…maybe next time.

  4. #8 by Leyla on April 10, 2014 - 9:01 am


  5. #10 by Son of Sharecroppers on April 10, 2014 - 12:26 pm

    I personally like the blurred image. It has more life to it.

  6. #12 by DeDivahDeals on April 10, 2014 - 1:18 pm

    I love the blur, this is a great shot.

  7. #14 by Cnawan Fahey on April 10, 2014 - 11:31 pm

    Years ago, when I was in college, a friend of mine wore a tee shirt that said, “Be Alert, the world needs more Lerts!” To which I would say, “I’m ablur, the world needs to be blurrier”. As others have said, the blurred wings convey action and make it more alive. Since the wing is hard to make out at first glance, one wonders what is going on and it inclines one to study the picture to figure it. Thus, you’ve actually captured the viewer’s attention! Love the smile too, oh wait, that’s your picture….Ha! Couldn’t resist!

    • #15 by imagesbytdashfield on April 11, 2014 - 9:23 am

      You have my kind of sense of humor there 😉 Thank you so much for your comments. I’m glad you took the time to study the image to see what was going on there.

  8. #16 by Dalo 2013 on April 11, 2014 - 10:11 pm

    The motion is great…makes the photo appear more alive & interesting. Nice shot.

  9. #18 by ChgoJohn on April 13, 2014 - 3:38 am

    I like this shot, Teri. A non-blurry version would give off an entirely different vibe — and I like this vibe. 🙂

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