I thought it would be good to explain how we took our photos so that we can all learn from each other. This is taken using the Aperture Priority mode on my camera (aperture is about controlling the size of the hole that light travels through in order to expose the photograph - this particular setting allows me to control the aperture and the camera selects the optimum shutter speed.) I set the aperture to the lowest setting - which then throws the rest of the photo out of focus (desirable). The only problem was that because of the poor lighting, my camera then selected a shutter speed that was too slow to catch a sharp image of the Robin... so I had to (quickly!) take several shots of the bird at lots of different aperture settings, gradually increasing the f stops until the picture was sharp... I took about 3 photos of the Robin before i reached this one (F/5.6). I could have selected complete manual mode and controlled the aperture and the shutter speed myself, but a) it is far more complicated and b) I didn't really have time before the bird flew away. Hope this helps? apologies if I'm teaching people to suck eggs.
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