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Filed under Birds, nature photography, Wildlife Photography, Winter
Tagged as bird portrait, Black capped Chickadee, winter birds
Great photo, Shelley! The idea of using perches seems very promising!
Thanks France. It takes a bit of playing around to work the fine details out, but it really is effective. It’s amazing how many little things you can miss, like having a tree 30 feet behind your perch that is only a blur of colour, but adds a distracting dark blur behind the subject. Little things like this are mistakes you make the first few times, but once you’ve got a few sessions under your belt, you know enough to look for these things as your setting up and not after.
Great capture, just shows that we need to constantly be thinking outside the box. Thanks for the great idea.
Thanks Mike. It’s a fun challenge to get these images. If you want some great tips on how to set up and use this technique, check out Alan Murphy’s Guide to Songbird Setup Photography. It’s an e-book you can purchase on his website. I think it’s a bit overpriced, considering the price of other photography e-books. But Alan is a master in the field and his book is full of excellent setup ideas. I’m going to have fun this spring, trying some of his techniques. But I also like to photograph birds more naturally, not using a set up, as you get a more natural representation of the bird in it’s normal/natural environment. So if you want images of birds in their environment, don’t use the set up. But you’ll often get a ‘messier’ background than using Alan’s set up. So I use both techniques, depending on the end result I want.
I highly recommend trying Alan’s techniques. Also, even when I want to make images of birds in their natural environment (in other words, not set up) I use recordings of their songs to bring them in. Otherwise, they’ll stay high up on the tree canopy and you’ll never get a decent opportunity. I use the Stokes Bird Songs on my iPod and plug an external speaker into my iPod. I also use BirdJam, a software package that strips the human voice off the Stokes recording (the human voice can scare the birds away). BirdJam also organizes birdsongs according to taxonomy, alphabetically, by habitat type, etc. It’s well worth it!
Good luck and have fun! And check back here regularly. I’ll be putting together a mini e-guide on bird photography. It’ll be free and downloadable from my website.
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