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Old Nov 16, 2009, 9:08 AM   #1
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Default Avian Photography video 101

For those interested in photographing birds, here's an interesting video on the how to go about it;

http://www.prophotolife.com/2008/05/...otography-101/


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Old Nov 16, 2009, 1:24 PM   #2
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Hi Zig

That was a very cool video and some nice tips there .. esp the playing CD to get the birds in. Also good to see that he was using something like the 300F4 L IS lens - from the quick reviews that I've read its a pretty decent bit of glass (US$1300.00) although I was a bit surprised he wasn;t using a 70-200 with a TC instead and that he left the lens hood off.

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Default Nice little vid.

I like the idea of driftwood for a perch. It's tough getting a natural place where the background doesn't interfere with the subject. I like the idea of designing a perch that actually might add something to the photo.

I guess I'll hike some place where I can pickup some driftwood and set my thoughts toward other creative alternatives.

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........that is a neat video, with some good hints.
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Old Nov 18, 2009, 8:38 AM   #5
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Hi Guys,

I found this video last year when I was trying to improve my attempts at photographing birds. I thought it was useful and bookmarked it so I could refer to it from time to time. With more people posting bird images, I thought it might help to shorten the learning curve.

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Probably the most important aspect of getting a good image of these little critters is, as you've mentioned in a previous posts, getting as close to your subject as possible. The driftwood idea helps to achieve that along with a little esthetic beauty.

When I read that, I immediately ran out and found a nice small tree stump that I dug up and moved to a better location near my back patio. It looked great. It was about 12 ft from my slider door which I could open and take shots of the birds. I put out some seed and within 5 minutes I had all the squirrels I could photograph- trouble was that wasn't the intended target.

I could never get birds to come to the seeds because the squirrels always arrived first.

Oh well.
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................ a Texas mockingbird will chase away Texas squirrels, not sure about NE squirrels though probably NOT. Then too, I suppose there are maybe no NE mockingbirds. Problems! Problems! of the bird photogs, hi hi
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