As per usual I am starting with a few new ones and then wrap up with a few old birds, caught in a somewhat more pleasing way.
Something that has become very clear to me is the importance of getting down low. Just bending my knees slightly isn’t enough. Optimally is simply laying down on the ground, stabilising the camera on my elbows. Here’s a bird shot from a higher height than I would have liked to.
Another thing to note is the slight softness of the image, in spite of being quite heavily edited to minimise the effect. That comes from reed in the foreground. With one of my fast primes, having an out of focus object in the foreground is a no-brainer. I am realising more and more, however, that is not the same with this f/5.6 zoom. You simply cannot obliterate a foreground object in the same way as with a f/1.8 or even f/1.4.
Down below is a photograph taken at a very low angle, in fact I was laying down on my belly on a pier to achieve that. In my mind this creates a much more pleasing image to look at.
Oh, and whenever I add a random photograph of a bird without necessarily commenting on it, that is because it is a (usually common) bird that I have already ticked off my list, only I find this image to be of somewhat better quality than the previous first version.
Björktrast – yes I did accidentally crop out its feet… Nevertheless, a good example of the importance of getting down low. This was in fact taken while wearing rain pants, only to be able to lay down on the muddy grass.
Taltrast – quite the singing bird. I heard its singing from a distance and walked for a while before I found it, high up in a tree singing its lungs out for a long time.
Getting out every now and then to look for birds for fiveteen, maybe thirty minutes or even a full hour is starting to become a bit of a very enjoyable habit. There is something extremely satisfying in gazing at the trees, crawling around in the high grass, looking for a bird to shoot. Sometimes the composition is way off, the bird out of focus or simply taken from a too great of a distance even for the 36mp D800 sensor to crop sufficiently; but, for each venture I think I get slightly better images.
I will still post images that I’m not happy with, as long as it is acceptably sharp and display a new bird to tick off my list. If I manage to take a better photo, I’ll swap it out in a future post. In my mind as I see it as that for each bland bird species caught and bland image taken, the next one will be better and hopefully more interesting. For every pigeon there will eventually be a hawk 🙂