Something I love to do, but I find extremely frustrating is bird photography! I love to do it because I love to be in nature…listening to the sounds and getting lost in every movement & the peacefulness of it. BUT it is, for me, extremely frustrating trying to predict the movements of the birds—capturing the best photograph without disturbing them or getting too close, thus causing them to fly away! I know it’s my inexperience, lack of knowledge and impatience. All things I think I could grow to love even more with time.
I’ve watched, in awe, as a seasoned pro can identify a bird as it flies quickly by over our heads. She notes its striped wings and unusual shaped tail feathers. I, on the other hand, see only a dark streak as it crosses the sky. She calls out the scientific name, gender, and common name. While all I think is, “Oooh, look! A bird!” She’s looking for the spectacular, while I just want to find something that has wings and will sit long enough for me to photograph!
I’ll take a picture of a common sparrow, seagull or catbird (I had never even heard of a catbird until I started doing this!) They all fascinate me. Now I want to look up the birds that I photograph and learn what they are. I haven’t studied them, yet, but I know that will come.
So, if you decide to give bird photography a try. Along with your camera gear, I would recommend that you pack your patience, your curiosity and your patience! Go out expecting to get in touch with nature and have some fun!
Thanks to a close friend, this past Christmas, I received an OrbiteX3 Spinning LED Orbit. If you’re not familiar with this product, it is a set of blinking lights on strings that you can twirl around. It’s fun to play with on its own but when you combine it with a camera, you’ve got light painting!!
Have you ever tried light painting? You don’t need any fancy equipment to paint with light. Basically, any light source will do—from flashlight to sparklers. Now, how do you light paint? First, you want to make sure that you’ve set your camera to Manual Mode with the ISO on 100. Choose a shutter speed between 10 & 30 seconds and an aperture between f/8 & f/22. Make sure your room is dark and start moving the light source around. You can make a random pattern (like I did) or outline/draw an object or write in the air (just remember to write backwards).
It’s easy and fun! If you haven’t already given it a try, do so. I think you’ll enjoy it.
Today’s blog entry will be short.
First, I want to take the opportunity to wish everybody a Happy New Year!
Then, I want to introduce “Quick Photography Tips.” Yes, I’m trying to make YouTube videos. Right now, my goal is to keep each of them under 2 minutes in length—thus making them “quick” tips. Hopefully, you’ll find them helpful photography tips. Please bear with me as I become more comfortable with this new format of communication and improve on my video editing! With A Bit Of Luck, I’ll become more skilled at it all.
So, with the new year upon us, I encourage you to pick up your cameras and get out and take some photos!
What Is This Page?
Since I love photography and teaching, I thought I would start a Blog page and share how I take my images, what I was thinking and about me.