In April, I published pictures and insights from almost three decades spent pursuing my interest in photography. Those thoughts I offered on life behind the camera lens turned out to be one of the best received and most popular posts in the four years since I started this blog. However, I wanted to follow up on an area of photography that I did not dive into as much detail as I could: wildlife. Over the past few years, I have found birds to be a great way not only to take cool photos, but also further refine my photographic skills. I am certainly no expert on wildlife photography, but thought I would take this opportunity to offer some thoughts on the gear, techniques, and locations that can make good bird photography possible.
What follows, then, is a post of things avian… in other words, like the title of a Hitchcock movie: “The Birds!”
Speaking of the National Audubon Society, I wanted to take a quick timeout and recognize a very cool event that organization helped to promote last week. After a racist incident occurred in Central Park in New York City a few weeks ago, a graduate student in biology, Corina Newsome, created Black Birders Week. The goal: to promote diversity and confront racism in nature experiences. Owing to COVID-19, this was a purely virtual event, but it took off (pardon the pun!) on social media. You can read more about this awesome program here.
Photographing Captive Birds
Timing… and luck.
I hope you have enjoyed this brief tour of bird photography! I find there is something immensely rewarding about photographing these creatures, and with any luck, my tips and tricks will be useful. And thanks for allowing me to share some of my favorite bird photos along the way!
Until later this month, my Honda Accord will be in the garage and my wife’s Jeep Grand Cherokee will be parked near the ocean, as my wife and I are taking a much-needed vacation to the New Jersey shore. Once we return, there are some fun posts planned, as we will begin a new round of exciting road trips (while still following good social distancing guidelines). I hope you enjoy our upcoming travels throughout the summer, and until then, have a great few weeks!
And thanks, as always, for coming along on this journey down the open road ahead.
2 thoughts on “The Birds.”
I enjoyed your breakdown of concepts and pictures exemplifying them. It is amazing how much better the dSLR cameras look compared to a regular camera. Our oldest daughter has one. I often feel her pictures look better than real life.
We live in an area where the major bird migratory paths from North America to South America cross. It’s supposed to be great for bird watching, but turns out it’s not so great for flying planes.
What a beautiful view of the beach. I hope you enjoy the change of scenery.
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Thanks for reading! Despite how far phone cameras have come, I’m always impressed with the quality of images from a dSLR. You know, when you said you have a front row seat for all the migratory birds, I thought of the awesome photography- the hazard they represent to airplanes hadn’t even crossed my mind!
Glad you enjoyed the post!!
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