Posts tagged “Bird Photography

Point of View – Wood Ducks (Two Photographs)

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I like face on photographs of animals, I find them engaging. Two things I have learned: 1. the degree to which the background is out of focus matters; and 2. sometimes the light will mirror split lighting in studios portraits with more light on one side than the other. There are always choices to be made in photography even in the simplest of shots.


Sparrow in Flight (Three Photographs)

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The one thing you don’t expect when shooting birds is that they fly at you. Acrobatics in the air are nothing new. However, I was amazed when after taking some shots the bird flew off to my side, turned and just missed my ear as it went on its way. There might be a message there.

 


In Praise of Simplicity (Two Photographs)

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I agree with the pundits that the less distracting a background the better the photograph. I also believe that keeping things simple increases impact. But backgrounds like this almost always need clean-up in post processing which is a factor in considering which photographs to process.


A Hard Nut to Crack (Two Photographs)

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Chickadees fly fast and move around a great deal which can make taking photographs of them rather maddening. They love to eat out of people’s palms. I am not sure the handouts are always healthy. Case in point, this bird tried over and over to crack some nut it held in its talons. Although I could be forgiven for thinking he was praying for another handout.


Showing off (Two Photographs)

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It is sometimes hard to believe that birds are not posing. In this case the ducks took time from their preening to stare at me. I was interested in the reflections and getting their best poses so I waited and watched and let them get used to me, resulting in the shots you see here.


Goldfinch (Three Photographs)

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I have often noted that out of the camera photographs are very rare. These are out of the camera though cropped. In the best of all possible worlds, photographs would come out of the camera perfectly, requiring no processing. I am sure that in a few years with A.I. that will be more possible. In the meantime it is only infrequently that I find everything works just right in camera. The second photo is one of my favourites.

 

 


Crazy as Usual (Three Photographs)

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Grackles are considered pests by gardeners; their colouring is difficult to capture in camera, they hide in bushes and generally look crazed when photographed. All that said, if you can find a window through the foliage they make great subjects as they contort themselves looking for food.