Today wasn't a great photography day for me, simply because I was busy with other things. Plus, it was a cold, gloomy day. So, I have some pictures from yesterday, which was also a cold day, but the clouds didn't seem as heavy and offered some nice, diffused light.
We have a wonderful "picture" window in our living room looking out onto our front yard. In the winter, we place several bird feeders near this window and it's great watching all the wintering birds as they come to feed. This year, my wife talked me into taking one of our bird baths and placing a water heater in it to keep some open water for the birds to drink. Come to find out, some birds are crazy enough to take baths, too, even when the temperature dips into the teens!
Anyway, as I mentioned it's great practice. I constantly have to adjust the exposure depending on whether a bird is in the tree, on the snow covered ground, or sitting on a branch with the sky in the background. Without knowing how to adjust correctly I would wind up with a lot more under/over exposed images. Also, I have to make sure my shutter speeds are fast enough to stop the motion of the birds, which coupled with the changing light makes it even more difficult to get proper exposure. It's challenging, but fun!