Revisiting Bird Photos

With the field work for my upcoming bird photography eBook essentially done, I’ve been spending some time revisiting bird photos that I have in my archives to determine which images to include in my upcoming eBook. It has been an interesting exercise on a number of fronts. 

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Nikon 1 V2 + 1 Nikkor CX 70-300 mm f/4.5-5.6 @ 300 mm, efov 810 mm, f/5.6, 1/2000, ISO-1400

Looking back at older bird images brings back memories of where I was when I captured them. In some cases that jogged my memory that I haven’t been to that location for a while. So, I made some notes for next year’s bird season.

Nikon 1 V2 + 1 Nikkor CX 70-300 mm f/4.5-5.6 @ 300 mm, efov 810 mm, f/5.6, 1/1600, ISO-160

The other thing that really struck home is that when we capture images of birds we have been honoured to document a moment in nature that we simply may never see again.

Nikon D800 + Tamron 150-600 mm f/5-6.3 @ 600 mm, f/8, 1/500, ISO-1600

Some bird images served as a reminder that they were captured while on holidays, perhaps at locations that we likely will never visit again.

Nikon 1 V2 + 1 Nikkor CX 70-300 mm f/4.5-5.6 @ 155 mm, efov 419 mm, f/5.3, 1/500, ISO-1600

Revisiting bird photos also confirms the importance of observing bird behaviour as it can lead to more understanding of a subject, as well as presenting image opportunities.

Nikon D600 + 1 Nikkor 70-200 mm f/4 with 1.7X Nikkor teleconverter, 340 mm, f/6.7, 1/640, ISO-1600

Revisiting bird photos can also be a trip down memory lane in terms of viewing images we captured with gear that we no longer own.

Nikon 1 V2 + 1 Nikkor CX 70-300 mm f/4.5-5.6 @ 224 mm, efov 605 mm, f/5.6, 1/250, ISO-200

Other images reinforce the importance of composition and light.

Nikon 1 V2 + 1 Nikkor CX 70-300 mm f/4.5-5.6 @ 280 mm, efov 756 mm, f/5.6, 1/1600, ISO-200

As photographers each of us brings our own style and approach to what we do, regardless of the subject matter. I like getting in very close and personal with many of my images.

Nikon 1 V2 + 1 Nikkor CX 70-300 mm f/4.5-5.6 @ 300 mm, efov 810 mm, f/5.6, 1/400, ISO-160

Revisiting bird photos tells us that nature can be fragile…

Nikon 1 V2 + 1 Nikkor CX 70-300 mm f/4.5-5.6 @ 291 mm, efov 786 mm, f/5.6, 1/500, ISO-800

It can be colourful…

Nikon 1 V2 + 1 Nikkor CX 70-300 mm f/4.5-5.6 @ 300 mm, efov 810 mm, f/5.6, 1/3200, ISO-1000

And… just so darned cute!

The content structure for my upcoming eBook on bird photography has been completed. I’m now in the process of writing various sections and selecting specific images to include. All of the photographs in this article will be featured in my upcoming bird photography eBook. It should be available in January 2019.

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

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6 thoughts on “Revisiting Bird Photos”

  1. Absolutely gorgeous bird images, Tom!
    Really loved that peeking bird, the first of the series
    in this post. What’s normally an obstruction (branches)
    has become a wonderful frame within the frame.


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