Friday, October 31, 2008

Photography of Feeder Birds simplify things.


Purple Finch
Originally uploaded by kevinbolton56
Hello,

I went to Great Piece Meadows yesterday to see if I could find some Raptors to Photo but conditions were hampering west winds 10 to 20 mph which put everything under cover, so I decided to take the trek to my local watering hole the wonderful sanctuary were I cut my first Birding teeth, Lorrimar N.J Audubon of Franklin Lakes N.j, this fine Purple Finch was a welcoming site and did not mind my Digiscoping set-up within close focus with my Kowa 883 is 16 ft.
I try not to take the Bird feeder Photo route unless conditions out in the field are really crappy because the Birds are put basically on a platter for ,you but some times it can be a bit challenging and its good practice on focusing technique also Lorrimar along with the other NJAS will be getting a good variety of winter Finches in the next few months,

Take care
Good Birding

4 comments:

kshea said...

Kev,

Feeder birds are also great for refining your setup. I have found that when switching between cameras and setups over the last year, not everything I put on my scope acts as I would expect. Backyard/Feeder birds cooperate to allow me to make adjustments I wouldn't normally have time/ability to make in the field.

Keep up the good work.

~K

Kevin said...

Yea good point Kshea thanks for posting, another Question what do you think about Photographers bringing artifical perches and posting them within feet of themself hoping for a subject{BIRDS]to land for an easy shot?

Personaly I cant stand still be it a blind or whatever.

kshea said...

Heh, I've never heard of photographers bringing their own props in hopes a bird will perch, it sounds a bit silly. Though I suppose there is ethically nothing wrong with supplying a perch for a bird you're trying to photograph, it's not something that sounds very exciting to me.

Blinds are another story all together. Rarely do I bird/digiscope anywhere a blind is available. When I have had the opportunity to sit in one, I usually end up taking a nap on the floor. I will say that all of the camo hides/gear that the Portuguese digiscopers on Flickr use looks really cool.

~K

Kevin said...

Yea they have some pretty cool camo ala natural.

Kev