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3 Quick Tips to Improve Your Bird Photography

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#1 Get Outside Early The number one thing you can do to improve your bird photography is to make/create your images within two hours after sunrise. The light is the best then, soft and warm yellow tones and the birds are their most active.  If you can't make it outside that early, you could shoot the two hours before sunset, the birds won't be as active, and the light will be a little more orange or red tones. Light in photography is so important that this one simple thing can turn a good photograph into a stunning photograph.

A Curved-billed Thrasher at 6:21 AM.
A Curved-billed Thrasher at 6:21 AM.

#2 Push The ISO

I don't like Luminance noise or graininess in my images.  But, if I have to I'll push the ISO up because a grainy image is better then no image and a sharp image is better than a blurry image.  So a sharp grainy image is better than no image too. Also, if you print an image or you post it online, the noise is never as bad as it looks at 100% in Lightroom or Photoshop. Can you tell this was at 3200 ISO?

Male Mountian Bluebird about to jump inot ht enest box and feed a few chicks. ISO 3200
Male Mountian Bluebird about to jump inot ht enest box and feed a few chicks. ISO 3200

#3 Get Eye Level

The Point of View is so important, getting eye level makes it easier for the people to connect with the image, you can also manage the background by moving up or down and right or left.

The ground level view of a Mountian Plover.
The ground level view of a Mountian Plover.

These seem like very easy simple tips, but it's sometimes difficult to get up early enough, it's hard to change the ISO when you know you're adding noise, and it can be hard to lay down on the ground to get eye level.  But the results speak for themselves.  Practice these this weekend if you have a chance, and let me know how it goes.

Enjoy!          Thanks As Always        Tim

Bird Quest 2014 #15

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Memorial Day Weekend means go east for those of us who live in western Washington. The Old Vantage Highway, Wenas/Umptanum Roads all are at their best on this last weekend of May.  

Male Western Bluebird feeding the female.

Male Western Bluebird feeding the female.

As soon as the male was headed back to the nest box with food, the female jumped out and sat on the wire, begging for food in the same manner as most juvenile birds do.  I'd never seen this behavior from the females.

Silhouette of a pair of Western Bluebirds.

Silhouette of a pair of Western Bluebirds.

Here the male is again feeding the female. They were in the shade so I just made the image a silhouette.

Sage Thrasher

Sage Thrasher

Common and very vocal this time of year in the right habitat. On the Old Vantage Highway.

House Wren singing.

House Wren singing.

Brewer's Sparrow

Brewer's Sparrow

Although we were looking for the Sage Sparrow near where we had the Sage Thrasher, we found several Brewer's Sparrows instead.

Barn Swallow

Barn Swallow

This Barn Swallow has some white feathers on it's back.

Redhead

Redhead

Redheads are very shy and it's difficult to get a close image of them.

Mountain Bluebirds at thier nestbox.

Mountain Bluebirds at thier nestbox.

Enjoy!

Thanks

Tim