Posts tagged “Bird Photography

Female Hooded Merganser (Two Photographs)

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One of the challenges of the summer birding season are merganser ducks. They very seldom come close to shore and yet regardless we try as they are one of more beautiful ducks. These were taken at 500mm with a 200-500 mm lens.

 


House Finch (Two Photographs)

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Birds love to hide in bushes and people tend to like their birds out in the open against an unconfused background. The composition is a bit of a compromise as I rarely find birds in ideal situations. I thought I should try this in black and white given the contrast.


Female Red-Wing Blackbird (Two Photographs)

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A wonderful over the shoulder look. Great contrast. I am trying out the Nikon D500 High-Light Weighted Metering. In theory this mode avoids blown highlights. The results are often much darker than you would want and along with noise in the shadows need fixing in post-processing. I am trying it out with my nature photography.


Red-winged Black Bird (Two Photographs)

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Noisy, territorial and sometimes menacing is the general view of red-winged blackbirds. Let’s just say I can understand that. From a photographic perspective the detail in the bird is hard to shoot and the red often looks artificial. So I decided to use Nikon’s Highlight weighted metering instead of the normal spot metering. The results are dark requiring more working post-processing but the highlights are protected. As I try this new (for me) feature I will see how it goes. The shadows are not great and I will focus on that issue as I learn more about this mode.


Ducklings (Three Photographs)

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Summer in my world only begins when I begin to see ducklings. This year it was the first official day of summer when I saw the first brood and I was thrilled. Usually they are not easy to shoot far out, often moving faster than I would like and in spite of that we still want to get detail.


Sparrow with Vignette

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I was once told that you could make your background less messy by using a vignette, darkening the edges dramatically. I tried it and it looked artificial so I went back to a more subtle approach.


A Robin (Two Photographs)

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Given their colour, male Robins with their red chests are easy to spot. They have a tendency to linger and stare back. In this case the traditional bird on a branch is slightly marred by another branch between the camera and the bird.