To Flip or Not to Flip

Today’s Post By Mildred Alpern

To flip or not to flip, that is the question. On my Olympus-E-M5 Mark II camera. The articulating screen or flip out screen is a useful addition. Having ignored its practicality, I seldom used it, but recently I did. 

To my surprise, a robin built an ingeniously woven nest over a looped water hose hanging on a hook between a yellow back door and an extended porch on my house. I noticed it when the robin swooped from a lilac bush to the nest while I was standing on the nearby driveway. Curious about the nest, but not wanting to alarm the bird, I waited till it flew off. The nest was too high to peer inside unless I stood on a ladder. But remembering the flip-out screen, I held it on high, tilted its angle, and viewed four perfectly formed blue eggs inside the nest.

Fast forward to a couple of weeks later, when watchfully waiting with the flip out screen on the ready, I spied four babies with wide-open mouths, awaiting food. The following weekend, good luck was mine. A baby bird emerged, posed on the nest for a few minutes, then hopped out, awkwardly fluttering away too swiftly for a clear shot. However, the flip out screen did enable closeup bird pictures impossible to get without a ladder or a lift onto someone’s shoulders. The baby birds and the fledgling are combined in a diptych.

All images were shot with the Olympus E-M5 Mark II. The blue eggs with the Olympus M. Zuiko 30mm f/3.5 with an exposure of 1/40 sec at F/4, -2/3EV and ISO 320; all others with the Olympus M.Zuiko 12-40mm f/2.8Pro lens – the yellow door at 40mm, exposure 1/50 sec at f/5.6 and ISO 500; open mouths at 40mm, exposure 1/4 sec at f/7.1, +1/3EV, ISO 400; single bird at 40mm, exposure 1/15 sec at f/5.6 and ISO 400

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