Bird Photography Presentation

On Thursday February 7th 2019, I will be presenting Photographing Birds, Bugs & Butterflies Hand-held to the Mississauga Camera Club. The event is being held at the Mississauga Seniors’ Centre, located at 1389 Cawthra Road. While my presentation will primarily focus on bird photography, my talk will also include images and commentary on photographing bugs and butterflies hand-held.

The presentation begins at 7:30 PM. Visitors are welcome to attend this Mississauga Camera Club event. Fee for visitors is $5.00.

NOTE: Click on images to enlarge.

Nikon 1 J5 + 1 Nikkor CX 70-300 mm f/4.5-5.6 @ 216 mm, efov 583.2 mm, f/5.6, 1/160, ISO-3200

Mississauga Camera Club meetings are held in the Lucy Turnbull Auditorium at the Mississauga Seniors’ Centre, 1389 Cawthra Road, Mississauga, just a few minutes south of the QEW at Arbor Ct.

Nikon 1 J5 + 1 Nikkor 30-110 mm f/3.8-5.6 @ 72 mm, efov 194.4 mm, f/8, 1/40, ISO-3200, extension tube used

The Centre is accessed by entering from Cawthra Road, driving past the Recreation Centre on the left to the lowrise building at the back of the property. There is plenty of free parking. When entering the Seniors’ Center main doors walk straight ahead to the Lucy Turnbull Auditorium. The Auditorium has seating for approximately 120 people.

Nikon 1 V3 + 1 Nikkor CX 70-300 mm f/4.5-5.6 @ 300 mm, efov 810 mm, f/5.6, 1/2000, ISO-800

My presentation will cover a range of subject matter including:

  • Camera gear considerations
  • Typical camera settings
  • Hand-holding technique
  • Lighting
  • Composition
  • Frame rate and rhythmic motion
  • Knowing your gear
  • Understanding your subjects
Nikon 1 J5 + 1 Nikkor 30-110 mm f/3.8-5.6 @ 53 mm, efov 143.1 mm, f/5, 1/1600, ISO-1600, extension tube used

The discussion is planned to be fast paced with over 200 images featured during my 80 minute presentation. The event should wrap up by 9:30 PM.

Nikon 1 V3 + 1 Nikkor CX 70-300 mm f/4.5-5.6 @ 300 mm, efov 810 mm, f/5.6, 1/1600, ISO-320, 20 fps

If you are in the Mississauga Ontario area, I hope to see you at my Photographing Birds, Bugs & Butterflies presentation!

Nikon 1 J5 + 1 Nikkor CX 70-300 mm f/4.5-5.6 @ 300 mm, efov 810 mm, f/5.6, 1/3200, ISO-500, 20 fps

Technical Note:
All photographs in this article were captured hand-held using camera gear as per the EXIF data. All images were produced from RAW files using my standard process of DxO PhotoLab, CS6 and the Nik Collection.

Nikon 1 J5 + 1 Nikkor 30-110 mm f/3.8-5.6 @ 51 mm, efov 137.7 mm, f/8, 1/100, ISO-3200, extension tube used

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12 thoughts on “Bird Photography Presentation”

  1. Thank you for a wonderful presentation at our camera club, it was excellent. Your images were amazing and the information, advice and tips you presented were equally amazing. You covered so many areas of concern when photographing and I’m sure our members have learned plenty and will benefit greatly when they photograph birds and insects. You’re an excellent speaker, easy to hear and understand which makes the evening even more enjoyable. It was a pleasure to meet you and your wife and we’re pleased you both enjoyed the event with our club.

    I will recommend your presentation to other clubs with 2 thumbs up. I wish you continued success with great photography. Take care Tom,

    Garry Weiler

    Mississauga Camera Club
    Program Director

    1. Thanks very much Garry!

      We both enjoyed the evening with the members of the Mississauga Camera Club! Given the bad weather is was wonderful to see so many people out for the presentation. We were also impressed with the amount of interaction and questions that members had during the break and at the end of the event.

      Thank you for your endorsement… it is much appreciated!


  2. Hi Tom,

    Would love to attend your talk but I’m on the other side of the globe. Wishing you more power anyway. All the images accompanying this announcement post are compelling reasons to attend if one is proximate to the venue; love the common tern and falling fish prey the most.


  3. Unfortunately I will have to stay in Florida. BTW: Thanks for the nice weather this AM; we had lots of frost on the ground.

    1. Hi William,

      Well… frost on the ground is better than the 15-18 inches of snow we got over the weekend! As I write this reply it is -15 Celcius here (5 Fahrenheit)… and that doesn’t count wild chill!


      1. Please feel free to ship any excess snow to Florida. I would just love the chance to build some of the snowman creations used in Calvin and Hobbes.

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