Day 13: Capturing a fleeting moment full of motion is the goal for today’s assignment, and tips were provided for creating a blur effect in a photo by adjusting the camera’s shutter speed, aperture, and ISO speed.
Let me show you how filthy my feathered friends can be beneath their dapper exterior. Yesterday, I happened to be in the yard with my camera — I’m actually reading the camera manual and practicing using the amazing features I never knew my camera had — and I caught one of our sweet girls in the hen house bathing.
Here’s our dark-colored Easter Egger chicken (one of her pale blue eggs was in a photo in a previous post). She looks cute, all shiny and clean just relaxing in a pile of leaves, right?
I present to you a photographic display of the process a hen goes through when taking a dust bath:
(For those of you who are not familiar with the strange little ways of chickens, yes, you read that right, it’s called a dust bath. No water is needed for these girls, except to drink. They would rather feel fresh and mite-free via a thorough dousing in dirt.)
Just for entertainment, I added an imaginary soliloquy of our girl Pumpkin during her dust bath.
And this process can go on for 15 minutes with dirt flying three feet in every direction! I quickly learned never to stand downwind when dust bathing is underway.
The chickens dig ankle-turning pits wherever the dirt is of the proper quality. At times, two or three hens will pile together in one hole for a good dusting. Nothing makes a hen happier…
…except maybe pizza (I have the scars to prove it!), but that’s another story for another day, perhaps.