The Perfect Bird

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I read this article about hints for wildlife photography; it was quite long and included suggestions on appropriate backgrounds, positioning etc. Although it was informative I could not see anyone remembering all of the “rules” in the field or indeed meeting many of them except by persistence, incredible skill and even more amazing luck. The article also mentioned substituting backgrounds to get rid of clutter (that seems like cheating to me). The robin above meets some of the criteria and while it’s a fine bird, there is no story, just a nod to its audience and for me that is enough.

8 responses

  1. With years of nature photography behind me, I look at this photo and think “so lucky for the blue sky (an overcast white sky would render the bird a silhouette), fantastic feather detail, amazing ‘head to toe’ shot, gorgeous eye.” And that the sun wasn’t behind the bird is another stroke of luck! Wonderful shot!!!


    October 20, 2014 at 1:28 am

  2. I saw a wonderful photo once. A Red Kite over a Welsh landscape. Except the bird was taken at a different time from the landscape! That is cheating. Switching backgrounds is too. You can disclose the fact and that cures the cheating argument but it isn’t photography. The big debate here is about baiting to get the bird to the desired position or behaviour. I’m not keen but maybe I’m a purist. I prefer the fortuitous coming together of light, environment and subject. I’m probably an old fuddy duddy.


    October 20, 2014 at 2:54 am

    • For two years now I have missed the snowy owls, life intervened. But I consoled myself because many owls were baited for the opportunity to photograph them. They came south for food was the argument, but we make them lazy about feeding themselves. Not sure if I will be able to resist this year.


      October 20, 2014 at 4:12 am

      • Correction meant to say I hope to see the Owls this year.


        October 20, 2014 at 8:50 am

  3. It’s enough for me, too. Lovely shot with much detail!


    October 20, 2014 at 6:51 am

  4. Wonderful capture !


    October 20, 2014 at 1:22 pm

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