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June 12, 2009

Why do I have so many bird shots? I guess because birds are pretty and I do love photographing them (when the pictures come out good) even though I am not a birder in the classic sense.

There is a certain art to taking good bird photos and it’s not all in the equipment.


I like having tree branches or something natural in the frame. It adds context and environmental interest and keeps it from being “just” a picture of a bird. (Tomorrow I’ll post some unnatural shots for comparison.)



Getting two birds in the same frame and also making the overall composition pleasing is surprisingly hard. Like people, birds tend to hang out most with others who are like them. So you don’t often see birds of different species mingling in the wild. (They do congregate at bird houses and bird feeders but that’s not the same thing.)

And one extra seabird as a bonus. I don’t really care for the lack on context in this one but I’m sure a lot of people who see it will like it simply because it’s so close up. (My criteria tends to be different.)


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  1. artistatexit0 permalink
    June 14, 2009 2:59 pm

    Thanks for your post. I like photographing birds and like you prefer to see them in some kind of context. Most bird photography seems obsessed with getting the birds in maximum focus. As we now know, bird environments are also important for their long term survival…so why not include that information in the photograph?

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