Category Archives: Animals

When Photographing Birds at 60 FPS Becomes the New Normal on PL

As regular readers will know I’ve been spending a lot of time during the past 5 months photography birds for my upcoming eBook. Our friends at Photography Life have just published a new article that I wrote the website, “When Photographing Birds at 60 FPS Becomes the New Normal.” Continue reading When Photographing Birds at 60 FPS Becomes the New Normal on PL

Heron’s Patience is Rewarded with a Meal

Yesterday I went to Hendrie Valley for a few hours, arriving just before noon. This isn’t typically a good time of day for birding, but my ‘little voice’ kept telling me to go. Since it is nearing the end of the birding season here in Southern Ontario I wasn’t sure if there would be much to photograph. As it turned out I was able to a capture some images of a Great Blue Heron catching a very large catfish. Eventually the heron’s patience was rewarded with a meal. Continue reading Heron’s Patience is Rewarded with a Meal

Attempted Fish Theft Captured at 60 Frames Per Second

The conditions for bird photography were less than ideal today with grey, overcast skies and blustery winds. Since the bird migration season is underway I decided to grab a couple of cameras and head off to the Hendrie Valley Sanctuary anyway, just to see what opportunities I could find. I noticed a couple of gulls bickering over a dead fish and watched them intently, thinking that something noteworthy may occur. This article features 40 consecutive photographs of an attempted fish theft captured at 60 frames per second. Continue reading Attempted Fish Theft Captured at 60 Frames Per Second

Photographing Hummingbirds Near Feeders

Hummingbirds are one of my favourite birds to photograph. In Southern Ontario we are only treated to visits from these ‘pocket rockets’ for a few months of the year. While it is ideal to find and photograph hummingbirds around flowers, opportunities tend to be fairly rare – especially in my backyard. As the season is quickly drawing to a close, I thought it would be fun to post an article about photographing hummingbirds near feeders, as this is where the majority of images are captured by many photographers. Continue reading Photographing Hummingbirds Near Feeders

Using Slow Shutter Speeds to Photograph Wild Birds Handheld

Readers who enjoy bird photography can attest to the fact that many people go out early in the morning to capture their images. This can be a challenge, especially when using a camera with a smaller sensor, as higher ISO values are often used during this time of day. This article shares a few images and discusses using slow shutter speeds to photograph wild birds handheld. Continue reading Using Slow Shutter Speeds to Photograph Wild Birds Handheld

A Bit of Patience Can Pay Dividends

When we’re out photographing birds-in-flight it can sometimes be a challenge to decide when to press the shutter to activate an AF-C run. This is especially true if our camera has a limited buffer size. Having some self-discipline and a bit of patience can pay dividends. This article features an AF-C run of 22 consecutive images showing an egret landing on a branch. To put the images in context… Continue reading A Bit of Patience Can Pay Dividends

Great Blue Heron Interspecies Aggression

On Labour Day (Sept 3) I took some time out of my schedule to visit the Hendrie Valley Sanctuary to do some bird photography. As I studied various species of birds I decided to move closer to a great blue heron and a group of Canada geese. This short article shares some images of great blue heron interspecies aggression. Continue reading Great Blue Heron Interspecies Aggression

Wing Positions Can Add Drama

Bird photography can become somewhat of an addictive pastime for a number of reasons. One never knows what photographic opportunity Mother Nature will provide, and once presented, if we will be up to the task of capturing it. Many of us regularly go out to photograph birds even though we may already have thousands of images of a particular species. What keeps us coming back is the anticipation that our next image may capture something special, different, or better, than during our last outing. This short article shares some images that (hopefully) demonstrate that wing positions can add drama to our bird photographs. Continue reading Wing Positions Can Add Drama