I spent a few hours on Saturday photographing birds. This article features a small selection of images of a red winged blackbird captured hand-held with an Olympus OM-D E-M1X, fitted with an M.Zuiko 40-150 mm f/2.8 lens and 1.4X teleconverter.
Many of us who enjoy photographing birds in flight focus our efforts on specific bird behaviours including hunting/fishing, taking off, and landing. It is always a special moment when we can capture a subject bird doing something other than a typical fly-by. This article shares a selection of seven consecutive images and discusses landing postures that create anticipation in our bird photographs.
Mother Nature recently gave me opportunities to capture images of two different osprey catching fish within a half hour of each other. This article shares a selection of images of one of those osprey fishing, and discusses the importance of buffer management.
In the spring many bird species are migrating and finding mates. This can create some aggressive bird behaviour. During a recent visit to Hendrie Valley I had the opportunity to photograph a goose chase. This article shares a selection of eleven consecutive images.
Many bird photographers enjoy photographing terns. These quick, small birds can be a challenge to photograph, especially if one focuses on them fishing. Terns can also be quite aerobatic in their flight patterns. This can also yield some interesting images. Watching tern tail feathers can signal potential aerobatic flight moves or fishing behaviour.
This article features a series of 12 photographs of a mute swan in flight at 60 fps. After doing some experimentation last year, using this frame rate has become one of my favourite settings for bird photography.
As a follow up to my article Geese In Flight at 30 FPS, this new posting shares a collection of 9 images of a goose taking off from water at 30 fps. All images were captured hand-held with a Nikon 1 V3 and a 1 Nikkor CX 70-300 mm f/4.5-5.6 zoom lens. When shooting at 30 frames per second with Nikon 1 gear, the first frame locks exposure and auto-focus for the balance of an image run. All photographs in this article were captured at 138 mm (efov 372.6 mm), f/5.6, 1/1600, ISO-250.
In late March I had a bit of time to experiment photographing geese in flight at 30 fps. I haven’t used this frame rate very much in the past, deciding it was time I spent an entire outing shooting at 30 frames per second.
Back in early March, as I was returning home from doing some lighting checks for a client video project, my ‘little voice’ told me to make a quick stop at LaSalle Park. Luckily I had a Nikon 1 V3 fitted with a 1 Nikkor CX 70-300 mm zoom with me, which allowed me to photograph some trumpeter swans in flight.
In my last article I outlined some of the changing birding environment that we faced during our recent visit to Cuba. This article shares some bird photography in Cuba captured during our week long visit. All of the species identifications are my best guesses. Readers should feel free to provide correct information if I have misidentified any birds. Continue reading Bird Photography in Cuba