Patience with Birds
If you read last week's blog you will know that I scout the area where I plan to be when I can photograph clouds and lightning. I need to find locations without power lines or water towers, buildings, or other distracting things. We can get so caught up with what we are looking for that we don't see other possibilities. While driving, I notices some Red Wing Black birds. I stopped and watched them. A big part of becoming successful at getting bird images is to get to know their behavior.
I watched them at two different locations and realized that they seem habitual. They frequent certain perches. I watched them for a long time and identified where I want to attempt to take up my position. I moved slowly and cautiously and then waited, and waited, and waited some more. The birds got used to me and started their previous routines. It was a wonderful experience being out in nature and photographing these birds. Here are a few suggestions to get your started:
If you use a fast enough shutter speed, turn off image stabilization. For birds in flight you need to increase your shutter speed even higher. Did I mention the need of lots of patience before? Just keep on trying.
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