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Bird Photography

New article posted: Bird Photography
55-250mm standard lenses. Dual tube macro flash and external speedlit...
Posted: 01/06/2013, 15:51:39 PM
Nice article, thanks for the tips. I too enjoy bird watching, and have had a hard time photographing them, the smaller the bird the harder the shot. But I keep trying.

Happy Bird Shooting :)

Edited: 01/06/2013, 16:52:37 PM
I went through your port. For someone starting out in around 2008, you're doing too good. Better than most people I've seen here. And yeah, hummingbirds are nightmare. At least butterflies sit. They don't sit or stop fluttering like they are drowning. Lol
55-250mm standard lenses. Dual tube macro flash and external speedlit...
Posted: 01/07/2013, 01:04:22 AM
What i enjoy shooting in nature (be it landscapes, insect macro or bird photography) is the serenity and fresh air. For secluded and more isolated locations yep it is recommened to go in a pair - with someone who also understand and respect nature as yourself. Keep shooting and uploading.
50mm F/1.8G, third party speedlights, 2 x 25mm extension tubes, Nikon...
Posted: 01/07/2013, 03:15:55 AM
Good article although I wouldn't confuse "intelligence" with "wary". The more defenseless the more scared they might be of being eaten but I'd give the predator more credit for intelligence.
lens. Alien bees studio lights....
Posted: 01/07/2013, 09:02:18 AM
Nice photos and great tips!!! Thanks for sharing.
Canon EOS 50D with various lenses and Sony NEX-6
Posted: 01/07/2013, 09:32:20 AM
very interesting and knowleadable tips, it is clear to me that you have a lot of experience!
and you are very right when you comment about how you approach wildlife: it is proven that magpies, which are really clever birds, differentiate clearly between a man with or without a gun, for example. I use to go to a nearby river where people like to practise jogging and cycling, as long as you walk evenly,,the birds don't bother, just stop to rise your camera and everything disappears! Also Imhave experienced that approaching an animal on a diagonal is less frightening for it than if you go on a straight direction. And so on and so on....
Sony RX 10 MARK III (since June 2017)
Posted: 01/07/2013, 14:34:42 PM
Yeah, make it clear that "I want to photograph you, not shoot you or eat you." I usually point the camera elsewhere and use the flash a few times or just click away randomly. Soon they know the camera just makes sounds, nothing more. So they are fine with it after 10 minutes. If you act like a creep and jump out of a bush like "fire! Fire!!", you'll get back home with photos of branches and tree leaves only. ;)

And I have a plum headed parakeet at home. It is far more intelligent than a 5 year old. About 6 to 7 cm body length, yet it knows if you're eating something and hid it in your pocket. It can actually even find it out if you refuse to show what it is you are hiding. It also knows how to turn off the TV and walk straight to get out of a towel thrown over it.
55-250mm standard lenses. Dual tube macro flash and external speedlit...
Posted: 01/07/2013, 14:51:37 PM
Bird photography is a favorite pastime for me, especially birds of prey such as the osprey which I've spent countless hours trying to get good photos of. After a year of trying I finally got one shot of an osprey in flight that was good enough to submit. I don't feel like I've wasted a single second chasing after that shot, because it's such a joyful thing to simply be near these beautiful creatures.

Thanks for writing this article, some really good tips!
Nikon, Adobe and Macintosh
Posted: 01/07/2013, 17:16:02 PM
Amazing blog, Beautiful images... Thanks fos shraing.
and equipment: - Nikkor 70-300 mm - Nikkor 18-105 mm...
Posted: 01/07/2013, 22:18:16 PM
Well birds are good to watch. Though I usually manage good shots in 30 minutes anyway.
55-250mm standard lenses. Dual tube macro flash and external speedlit...
Posted: 01/07/2013, 23:30:03 PM
The most important thing Pratik, get yourself a 300mm f/2.8 lens with a 2X extender ( when you can afford it! ). Or do like I did, buy an Olympus E-M5 and with an adapter, you can buy a "cheap" old Nikon 300mm f/4.5 lens on E-Bay( $ 175.00 ) and the 2X factor of the m4/3 will turn it into a 600mm lens!
Nikon F5 NikonD700 Olympus D-EM5 Olympus EM-1
Posted: 01/08/2013, 07:13:16 AM
I'm also stuck in a city - used to do much more nature - now these days I do more photos of city and people - who sometimes behave also like animals ;) I like your block and also your portfolio - and I also like taking photos of birds - but haven't got as much patience as you seem to have
Nikon D700 with Nikkor's, Nikon 90x, Leica X2, Canon S100
Posted: 01/08/2013, 07:16:21 AM
Sure, humans always behave like animals. They are just not careful enough as animals are. ;)
Babar760, you're right. At least 600mm lens is needed to get very good closeup shots without cropping. A 400mm with 2X would be even better. But the cost.... :/
I'd rather just watch birds. haha!
55-250mm standard lenses. Dual tube macro flash and external speedlit...
Posted: 01/08/2013, 07:21:32 AM
Thank you for this wonderful blog! Birds are a subject I enjoy attempting to capture with my camera as well, but so far, I have not had a whole lot of success. I think your blog will help me, lol!
Canon, Olympus
Posted: 01/08/2013, 12:41:25 PM
Enjoyed this blog. Birding is lots of fun but requires patience to reap the best rewards. It is best to wear clothes that blend into the environment.

Posted: 12/22/2013, 09:54:01 AM