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on May 28, 2014 in Wildlife Photography

Just Open Up

The Great Blue Heron, there are thousands upon thousands upon thousands of wildlife photographers who owe they start in wildlife photography to this bird! Big, good lookin and for the most part, very cooperative, they are one of the first subjects wildlife photographers find and shoot and shoot. So to say there are lots of common photos of the GBH might be putting it lightly. Well, if you want to move your photography forward, you’re looking for the uncommon. You can start by putting your GBH in front of a clean background like you see here, I nice clean blue with a touch of green is a great start. It tells about the world in which it lives, makes it visually pop and compliments its color. But this is just a step into making the uncommon from the common. That’s when a little biology can really make a difference. You can see here the two photos and make the call which is more interesting, I’m betting it’s the bottom...

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on May 28, 2014 in Gear Head Wed

GearHead Wednesday 14 – 20

Got a gear question you want/need answered? I want to help and answer it. Send your gear questions to me at Gear Questions and I’ll do my best every Wednesday to answer as many questions as I can. Keep in mind the answers are just my $.02 worth and you have to take what works for you and your photography and embrace it and ignore the rest. So here’s this weeks questions …. Oh Gifted Moose I’ve been looking through your website looking for advice on macro lenses. I see a couple mentions of a Nikon 70-180 macro lens but little else. I’m hoping you can help me. I’m retired and live where there are lots of bugs in the summer and want to try my hand at photographing them. What’s the best macro lens? Appreciate your $.02 worth Marven Marven, glad you asked me about macro lenses and not macro photography. I suck at macro photography but that doesn’t stop my knowing about the lenses. To your first...

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on May 27, 2014 in Wildlife Photography

Sharpness Only Needs to be One Place!

There is only one rule in wildlife photography. The eye has to be sharp. To repeat that, the only thing that has to be sharp is the eye. This can be a great constraint as well as a liberator in our wildlife photography. It gives us permission to bring to life to our stills, evoke emotion from motion. Building on gettin down, we take this thought further when presented with the right opportunity. We start this then by lying on the sand and getting down with the birds. Still using the same set up, D4s / 800mm mounted to the Panning Plate. Photographing this foraging White Ibis on this particular shoreline, care had to be used when placing the rig down so not to be lower than the water’s edge or you’d have a heck of a time keeping the rig steady (besides getting wet). The next thing is to think about what’s unique about this opportunity taking the common and making it uncommon? The majority of White Ibis...

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on May 27, 2014 in Wildlife Photography

Gettin Down with Birds

Taking the common in an uncommon way while bringing in the art and craft of photography is a simple way of grabbing the viewer’s attention. I’m down in Florida having the time of my life photographing birds on the beach. As I remind folks all the time when working with birds, it just takes one to make your morning. When you have over twenty five species and you’ve cached over 5k images in two mornings, well we can safely say you’ve found the one. But once accomplished, how do you get the viewer involved with your one and feeling the same exhilaration as you? There are lots and lots and lots of ways of doing this. I’m going to explore a number of methods we can use to make the uncommon out of the common this week. Now, it’s gettin down with birds. What we have here is the Black-bellied Plover, a rather largish shorebird that is normally in the Arctic this time of year making babies. This individual...

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