Friday Faces is a weekly photo feature that I started in 2013. Because of the extremely cold and icy weather this past winter and early spring, I temporarily retired the feature, which I had been posting on my other blog. This summer seems like a good time to bring it out of retirement, so today I went for a photowalk in the park, and “captured” a Friday Face for this week. Today’s Friday Face is Roz, a fellow photographer I occasionally (although not regularly) encounter in the park. Roz has the same camera I have, a Nikon D7100, although with a better (longer) lens than mine. She is dedicated to producing excellent bird photographs, and spends many hours on the trail in one park or another in search of her quarry.
When I ran into Roz today, she was kind enough to show me the nest of a red-eyed vireo that she recently discovered. If you are a bird photographer, you know how elusive the little critters can be when summer arrives and the trees are in full leaf. We’re not talking about eagles here, we’re talking about warblers and other small birds. If you are lucky, you will spot the bird flying into its nest, and that’s what happened with the red-eyed vireo. It’s tiny; it’s sweet; and it can be practically invisible when it sits on the nest. I never would have spotted it on my own, but, thanks to Roz, I got my first red-eyed vireo photo today.
Want to give Friday Faces a try? Here are the rules. If you enjoy photographing people, or perhaps would like to stretch your wings :P, give Friday Faces a try. There are just a few rules for this photo feature, which I will list below, but rules are meant to be broken when it comes to photography. Read the rules, but feel free to break them if that’s what it takes to capture the “face” you want. (I broke rules #2 and 3 with Roz. She is not a stranger.) So go on, break the rules if you need to. Here they are…
- Always carry your camera.
- Smile and be friendly when you meet strangers along the trail (or wherever you meet them).
- Choose someone who smiles back, stop, say hello and engage them in conversation.
- Remember to be a good listener and give them your full attention. (See this recent blog post).
- After you’ve talked for a few minutes, explain about Friday Faces and invite them to help you with your project (Most people will agree, but if they don’t, thank them anyway).
- After you take the picture, offer to email it to them, or (and this is what I prefer) hand them a business card with your name and the website where they can find the picture.
That’s all there is to it. Let me know if you give it a try, and have fun.
Skip aka Carolyn