This weekend my daughter and I went to the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum where they have the Judy Istock Butterfly Haven. Recognizing the type, my daughter urgently requested I take a photo of this bird for someone else in her family who, in a manner of speaking, defines himself and makes his living by Finches. The photo turned out alright, so here it is. This Heck's Grass Finch was leaning forward to hop over to the water dish when I took this picture. I like the sense of balance conveyed in gradually leaning forward on perch before leaping.
Camera Nerdery: I didn't have anything in my bag particularly well-suited for this sort of thing, so I went for the longest lens I had on hand--the 85mm f/1.2. I'm still having trouble with micro-adjustment and auto-focus consistency when shooting wide open. (I'm picky, and it's a tiny depth of field.) My best results came from manually focusing using LiveView zoomed in to center. I think the ideal lens for this sort of thing would have been the 135L (which I sold to buy the 85L) or the 70-200 f/2.8 (which wasn't with me), but check out the buttery bokeh. I find myself framing to include abstracted background shapes and patterns as much as subject placement. [1Ds MK III, ISO 400, 1/400th, f/1.8]