Painted Bunting 012316b copy

I have mentioned before that I teach a lot of birds in flight and bird photography in general. The things that I can’t emphasize enough are: first, know your equipment and second, know your subjects. Knowing your equipment will greatly, and I mean greatly, increase your chances of getting great images. Know how your focus works, know when it works best, know how to overcome the shortfalls of your focus system and equipment. Know how to make changes to your settings without ever taking your eye away from the viewfinder. Know how to make changes in the dark. You do those simple things and your are 75% of the way there.
Know your subjects. If you look at the image I posted of a female Painted Bunting, I was set up there for a reason. First and foremost, there was a feeder about 6 feet away from this spot. Secondly there is bird poop on the branch beside where the bird is perched. This means this is a frequent location for the birds to land. The idea is simple, go where the bird frequents and wait. That way you don’t scare the birds by moving a lot. If you want to see tourist at a National Park, go to the overlook, right? Same principal here. Do those two things and your chances increase to just short of winning the lottery, okay a one digit lottery with only 5 numbers…
Tamron SP 150-600mm Di VC USD lens on a Nikon D-7200, Manual Mode, f8, ISO 3200, resulting in a shutter speed of 1/250th of a second, Sirui P424S carbon fiber monopod and L10 head, Peak Design strap, Lowepro photo backpack, processed in Lightroom CC.

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