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Chicken photography

Today’s photography practice: chickens.  One of my friends who is currently raising chickens* asked me to photograph them, and I jumped at the chance to try to improve my skills in the color and motion departments.  Motion turned out to be key.

Chickens move.   A lot.  Sort of randomly.  And just when I thought I had one of them in focus, she would turn and run.

Luckily at least Leroy’s tail plumage was pretty enough that this resulted in several not-bad photos:

I finally solved the motion problem by using the “burst” feature, which takes a quick series of photos every time you hit the shutter.  It ended up sounding like a high-fashion shoot:  clickclickclickclickclickclickclick cmon, ladies, show your stuff! clickclickclickclickclickclickclick work it!  work it!  etc.

This resulted in a couple of pretty decent chicken pictures, at least for an amateur.

As it turned out, it was my first paid photo gig:

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* Not the one who named her chickens “Sesame,” “Soup” and “Enchilada.”  Another chicken-raising friend.

Categories: Photography
  1. August 15, 2012 at 7:37 am

    I love these photos. Chickens are sort of whimsical creatures. You really captured their personalities…no kidding.

  2. Amy Adams
    August 15, 2012 at 8:38 am

    I love the close up one of the three chickens against the white fence. (how very William Carlos Williams that sounds.) you should frame some of these and make yourself happy every time you look at them.

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