Birding by Camera | Adventures in Nature Photography
I find avian portrait photography to be exciting simply because of the proximity to the subject. Portrait photography does involve a number of technical and ethical challenges, however. Using flash, for example, is usually problematic and often should be avoided. Being so close, the flash unit can startle the bird and produce undue stress. Also, in large-eyed species like Night-Herons, no matter how used to people the birds are, the flash produces red-eye across the eyeball–much as you would see in a mammal. This is very different from simply producing an additional catchlight or “steel eye” and destroys the image completely. All images were taken with Canon EOS 7D/500mm f/4L IS (+1.4x TC) unless otherwise noted.
How can anybody learn anything from an artwork when the piece of art only reflects the vanity of the artist and not reality?–Lou Reed
Thanks for sharing your beautiful images along with the EXIF data and comments.
I look at a lot of wildlife photography, Chris, but yours is where I spend the most attention. The pictures are spot-on perfect and your narrative is very educational. Many thanks for continuing your work.
Really appreciate your continued support! We just got back from four days of shooting in the Rio Grande Valley. Never thought I would think of Houston as cooler than anywhere, but the Valley was truly sweltering. But we saw a number of new species, Mexican birds really (aka summer “Valley specialities”), and got some great shots that will figure into future posts. Keep on birding, Chris