One of the photographic composition questions folks ask themselves is should we clip bird wings in our images or not. This article features a small collection of photographs and discusses some composition choices that can be considered when deciding whether to clip bird wings or not. Continue reading Should We Clip Bird Wings?
This short article asks a simple question of readers, “Do you care about EXIF data?”
EXIF stands for exchangeable image file format. This is the information that your digital camera automatically embeds into photographs, including shutter speed, aperture, ISO, lens focal length, white balance etc. Continue reading Do You Care About EXIF Data?
The past few weeks have been an absolute blur. I’ve been busy updating this website, making changes to my YouTube channel, and putting in some long hours working on my upcoming bird photography eBook. This article features a selection of New Zealand North Island bird photography images that I captured hand-held during our most recent trip. I did the best I could identifying the species in the photographs featured in this article. If any readers notice any incorrect bird identifications, please feel free to correct me as needed!
When my wife and I planned our final trip to New Zealand we wanted to observe dolphins at the Bay of Islands. This was something we had not done since 2004. Luckily the weather cooperated and we were able to book a couple of cruises leaving out of Paihia. Continue reading Dolphins at the Bay of Islands
I had to chuckle to myself for heeding my own advice during our most recent visit to New Zealand! In our eBook New Zealand Tip-to-Tip, I suggested having two cameras ‘at-the-ready’ (one for landscapes and one for birds) just in case an opportunity arose when visiting the Blue Spring. As luck would have it I had a very brief close encounter with a New Zealand Fantail at the Blue Spring. Continue reading New Zealand Fantail at the Blue Spring
A few days ago I took a break from a number of projects on which I’m working, by visiting Bird Kingdom in Niagara Falls Canada. It was a marginal day at best. The sky was overcast with rain falling. This later turned to a light snow, making the indoor shooting conditions at Bird Kingdom dark and difficult. This article discusses photographing small birds using extension tubes. This topic will be included in my upcoming bird photography eBook. Continue reading Photographing Small Birds Using Extension Tubes
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. Continue reading Revisiting Bird Photos
For as much as I enjoy photographing birds at Bird Kingdom, I let my membership lapse in 2018 due to my rather hectic schedule. About a week or so ago I renewed my membership and spent a couple of enjoyable hours at Bird Kingdom. This short article features a small selection of photographs of captive birds in dramatic light. All were shot hand-held in available light at Bird Kingdom. Continue reading Captive Birds in Dramatic Light
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
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