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Getting creative during Lockdown
I've always, always been an avid Twitcher, Even as a kid I can recall sitting at my Mum's kitchen window watching the common garden birds swoop in to fill themselves on old crusts of bread and cake.
But, today I photographed a gorgeous native Tui drinking from a homemade feeder that I'd cobbled together with yellow electrical tape. It worked like a treat and it was incredible to watch.
These beautiful timid birds with their glorious and unusual call are one of New Zealand's icons and can be found near flowers rich with nectar or animated onto most Kiwiana t-towels or oven gloves. Today though, I captured my own with my trusty Canon 80D and I couldn't be more thrilled.
There are lots of examples on YouTube about how to make your own homemade Tui feeder. Check it out, they'll really appreciate it over the coming Winter months.
Main points to remember are:
- Make the container bright red or yellow to attract the Tui's eye
- Fix the container securely somewhere away from neighbourhood preditors.
- Sugar water mix is roughly 3 tablespoons of sugar (brown sugar is best) to 500ml of boiling water. If you have Rose Water, a tablespoon in the mixture doesn't go amiss.
- Make sure the mixture is cooled before using
- Wait and enjoy
Being in lockdown doesn't mean you have to switch off the camera and put away your creativity. In fact, this is the very moment creativity becomes something more than art. To many it can become something of a life saver.
If you don't already belong to an online photography club, such as Excio or the numerous photo groups on social media then it's time to sign up. Themed photography projects are making a come back and they're a great way to keep focused and active during this period of vulnerability.
It's time to get creative, and play around with camera settings, with lenses and lighting and to enhance your skills with online editing tools. There is no better time to feel part of the larger photography community and to share ideas and concepts along the way.
Lockdown doesn't have to mean "close down", it can inspire you to have some out of the box thinking that under normal circumstances wouldn't even be on your creative radar. Its time to unleash your inner Salvador Dali!
How do we fight back? By creating art - Terence McKenna