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Bird Photography – Tips From A Master

8 Mar

Yesterday I went to Blashford Lakes and seen some birds so I could write you this guide to doing bird photos as good as me. You are welcome.

Bird Photography

Tips From A Master

By baldmonkey

Rule of Thirds
Even the most amateurist photographers know the rule of thirds. Put simply, you only ever need to get about a third of your subject in frame.

One third of a pochard

One third of a pochard

Lines
When composing your shot consider the use of the lines in view. Try to use them to draw the eye naturally towards the subject of the photo. If this is not possible at the time, remember you can always use photo software to subtly enhance the picture later. See how the first chaffinch is dull and the second vibrant.

Chaffinch without lines

Chaffinch without lines

Chaffinch with best lines

Chaffinch with brilliant lines

Path of Motion
In action photos it is important to consider the subject’s path of motion. You want to aim to have the bird as near the edge as possible, so that people don’t have to wait long when they are imagining the bird going away.

Blue tit flighting.

Blue tit flighting.

Focus
Like all glamour photography, bird photos are better in soft focus. Edges are like paper-cuts to the retina.

Ouchy focus. :(

Ouchy focus. 😦

Perfect and erotic focus.

Perfect and erotic focus. 😀

Background
There is nothing more boring than just all trees and that in the background of a wildlife photo. If that is all you captured you can always make the background more exciting in Photoshop or Pixlr.

What a boring photograph.

What a boring photograph.

This is much better.

This is much better.

Light
You don’t want too much glare off of the birds’ sweaty feathers so try to shoot in as low light as possible. Light is the natural enemy of the photographer.

Nuthatch. Levelly lighted.

Nuthatch. Levelly lighted.

Camera Settings
The many settings on your high-class camera may seem confusing. But they can be easily conquered if you know what they are for.
ISO – ISO stands for I. S. O. and is best used as an afterthought. Perhaps during a dinner party.
Exposure – Exposure is good because if you get lots of it you can be famous. Set it high.
Aperture – I don’t know. Is it like an overture or something. Probably not important.
Auto – This is the mode you should set your camera to. At all times. Always.

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Pulborough Brooksterday

5 May

Yesterday I gone to Pulborough Brooks. Didn’t seen nothing worth seeing. Heard nightingales. Wasn’t night. Puked all over myself.

Nuthatch

Nuthatch

If people can't clear up after their deer, they shouldn't be allowed to walk them in a wildlife reserve

If people can’t clear up after their deer, they shouldn’t be allowed to walk them in a wildlife reserve

Worm-faced birdington

Worm-faced birdington

Pulborough Brooks

6 Jun

Today I done a spending the day at Pulborough Brooks. It was brilliant. Although some people spoke to me. Luckily none of them were female people. Some did have beards.

I seen a load of stuff.

Willow warbler. Or chiffchaff. Who can tell? Only Gilbert White. And I reckon he made most of this stuff up.

Willow warbler. Or chiffchaff. Who can tell? Only Gilbert White. And I reckon he made most of this stuff up.

Robins snogging. Robins is filthy.

Robins snogging. Robins is filthy.

Nuthatch not being able to hatch nuts because some sicko already done them all.

Nuthatch not being able to hatch nuts because some sicko already done them all.

Nuthatch. Jesusing.

Nuthatch. Jesusing.

Little ringed plover and pied wagtail being awkward about remaining in focus.

Little ringed plover and pied wagtail being awkward about remaining in focus.

Little egret.

Little egret.

Lapwing and ducks chilling out, maxing, relaxing or shooting some b-ball next to the pond.

Lapwing and ducks chilling out, maxing, relaxing or shooting some b-ball next to the pond.

I think this is a bird. Probably. In a way.

I think this is a bird. Probably. In a way.

House sparrow. So called because it only ever does doctoring while holding a walking stick.

House sparrow. So called because it only ever does doctoring while holding a walking stick.

Dragonfly nymph skins. I skinned them myself.

Dragonfly nymph skins. I skinned them myself.

Dirty, disgusting, depraved damselfly.

Dirty, disgusting, depraved damselfly.

Chaffinch upskirt shot.

Chaffinch upskirt shot.

Wild bunny. Looks cute. Invented AIDS.

Wild bunny. Looks cute. Invented AIDS.

Sign Spotting

10 May

Today I gone to Blashford Lakes and I seen some stuff. Here is the some stuff I seen.

Wren

Wren

Swift

Swift

Sand martin

Sand martin

Sand martin again

Sand martin again

Nuthatch

Nuthatch

Not a bird

Not a bird

Low grade pheasant

Low grade pheasant

Long-tailed tit

Long-tailed tit

Lapwing go away

Lapwing go away

Lapwing come back

Lapwing come back

I'm pretty sure it's a mistle thrush

I’m pretty sure it’s a mistle thrush

It might be a song thrush though

It might be a song thrush though

Great spotted woodpecker

Great spotted woodpecker

Great spotted woodpecker again

Great spotted woodpecker again

Great crested grebe

Great crested grebe

Fungus! I win!

Fungus! I win!

Fungus! I win! Again!

Fungus! I win! Again!

Chaffinch

Chaffinch

Canada goose and gooselets

Canada goose and gooselets

Buzzard

Buzzard

Blue tit

Blue tit

All in all, it was boring. So I invented sign spotting. It is easier, quicker and betterer. You can look at it HERE.

A Owl

22 Dec

Today I gone to Paulton’s Park to see Santa. But when I seen Santa it was just some bloke with a beard and he wouldn’t let me sit on him. Weren’t a complete waste of time though; I seen a owl. I don’t know what owl I seen but I think it was tawny owl.

A owl.

A owl.

A owl also but closer.

A owl also but closer.

I also seen this auk but it turned out it weren’t an auk it was some filthy forrin perversion of an auk.

Not a auk.

Not a auk.

Also I seen this nuthatch. He had got all stuck in a parrot’s cage and couldn’t get out. I laughed so hard I nearly threw up. I am glad I did not throw up because the lunch I bought there cost a fortune.

A nuthatch what got itself trapped in a parrot cage.

A nuthatch what got itself trapped in a parrot cage.

Other things I seen were jackdaws and a blackbird.

A jackdaw.

A jackdaw.

A blackbird.

A blackbird.

Lesser Spotted Woodpecker

27 Jul

Look, I been up Blashford Lakes most of the day and we’ve got a fair bit to go through, so if it’s okay with you, I’ll just try and chug through it all. I mean, I don’t enjoy this anymore than you do and if we don’t crack on we could be here all night.

Right so I seen this splendidly male lesser spotted woodpecker.

So and I seen these nuthatches.

I seen pheasant and all.

And a coal tit.

And I seen a few blue tits. This decent one.

And also this mutant no head feather mutant blue tit. Like all ugly things it will die in the Autumn.

I seen this great crested grebe with its babies on its back and another great crested grebe was catching fish and feeding the babies. I can’t tell which is the male and which is the female. I reckon the male is the one hunting for fish. That’s what I’d do in his situation.

I seen this female chaffinch.

And I seen these proper chaffinches.

I seen an collared dove.

I seen a female tufted duck and some baby tufted ducks and then the female tufted duck and the baby tufted ducks together.

And a black headed gull with a young black headed gull.

And I seen a load of common terns doing catching a fishes.

And I seen great tit, coot, goldfinch, greenfinch, mute swan and robin which are all unremarkable and that.

Then I seen a few I weren’t sure about like this thing next to a blur.

And these probably-a-blackbirds.

Then I seen a thing in a reed bed what I don’t know at all.

And also I seen a spider which is not a bird.

On the way home I been to Testwood Lakes quick to see what it is like and I seen geese and gulls.

I seen a heron and a crow.

I seen a cormorant.

And I seen a load of sand martins.

I reckon I’ll go there another time again too.

So, yeah.