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A Tip for Photographing Birds for Publication

Posted in Bird Photography, Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Photography Workshops, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 6, 2017 by lilybug1960

A tip for photographing birds for publication.
 
I photograph a lot, and I mean a lot of birds. I offer my images for sale in publications. Most of the publications I deal with want to see details in the bird that will help to identify it. This requires photographing the bird in angles that aren’t that pretty portrait. It is hard to distinguish one bird from another when simply viewed from one angle. During my lectures I stress several points for those folks who are wanting to pursue photography as a source of income: leave room around the bird (it is possible for an editor to crop, but they can’t create what isn’t present in the image), make sure it is sharp, photograph the bird from different angles (even from underneath if possible to see the underside of the tail), and photograph the male, female, juveniles and seasonal plumage when you can. Explore online the avenues to sell your images. Look at field guide publishers to get information as to how to submit your images for consideration. Learn to live with rejection, many more images are rejected than accepted, so it is a law of averages, the more you submit, the better the chance of selling an image. Of all the tips probably the most important is to leave space. Clipping a part of a tail or wing is like going to get your family portrait done and the photographer crops you off at the knees for every image.
 
This is a Pine Siskin from 2 years ago in my original Backyard Bird Studio. Images made with the Tamron SP 150-600mm Di VC USD lens on a Nikon D-800, Aperture Priority mode, f8, ISO 1600, shutter speeds of 1/250th (top) and 1/400th (bottom), Sirui N3204X tripod and PH20 Gimbal head, processed in Lightroom CC. #WithMyTamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronLensesUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #Sirui, #SiruiUSA, #SiruiProfessional, #birdnirdvana
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Northern Harrier

Posted in Bird Photography, Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on November 29, 2017 by lilybug1960

Northern Harrier.
 
One of my pet peeves, sort of…”you were in the right place, at the right time”. Often as a photographer people will look at an image and say those very words. I want to correct them and say, “no not at all, I put myself in the right place, waiting for the right time”. Notice the subtle difference? I wasn’t randomly standing someplace and a Northern Harrier flew by, instead, I went to an area that the Harriers and Eagles fly by often, hoping they would come by while I was there. Harriers don’t wait for you to set up, you have to be ready…quickly. As I stood at an opening in front of a large wood snag, I noticed this juvenile Northern Harrier approaching from my left. As soon as it cleared the brush, I panned with the bird as it flew by me. It even looks like he is saying hello as he zips by my location. This all goes to my teachings that the more you learn about your subject, the more you will “put yourself in the right place”, and when you do, well, you capture images you hope to capture. Now there will be times you were in the right place at the right time, like all the images of Bigfoot we see…
 
Tamron SP 150-600mm Di VC USD G2 lens on a Nikon D-500, Manual Exposure mode, f8, ISO 400, shutter speed of 1/1000th of a second, Sirui PH-20 Gimbal head on a Sirui N3204X tripod, MindShift Gear FirstLight 30L, processed in Lightroom Classic CC. #WithMyTamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronLensesUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #Sirui, #SiruiUSA, #SiruiProfessional, #MindShiftGear

The Eagle

Posted in Bird Photography, Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Photography Workshops, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on November 27, 2017 by lilybug1960

The Eagle.
 
I shared on some of my social media a video (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ck5FAmUKeeE&t=94s) that I did from Bosque del Apache. In the video I mention an Eagle that flew over the south Crane Pond and triggered the “lift off” of all the Snow Geese. This was the Eagle. Eagles will hunt for geese or ducks and when they approach, well the birds fly off. It is a sight to see and hear. After the Eagle flew over he landed in a tree at the edge of the pond and perched for about 20 minutes, then circled the pond again flushing the Northern Pintails and other ducks from the water before leaving the area. If you get a chance to ever go to Bosque del Apache during November through February, GO!
 
Tamron SP 150-600mm Di VC USD G2 lens on a Nikon D-500, Manual Exposure mode, f8, ISO 200, 1/1000th of a second, Sirui N3204X tripod and PH20 Gimbal head, MindShift Gear FirstLight 30L backpack, processed in Lightroom Classic CC. #WithMyTamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronLensesUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #Sirui, #SiruiUSA, #SiruiProfessional, #MindShiftGear

Happy Thanksgiving

Posted in Bird Photography, Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Photography Workshops, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on November 23, 2017 by lilybug1960

Happy Thanksgiving.
 
Today in the US we celebrate Thanksgiving. The holiday is a day to give thanks for the harvest and blessings of the past year. Tradition has it that we eat Turkey and lots of other stuff including my favorite Pumpkin Pie! This isn’t a Turkey, but I didn’t get any good images of the many Turkeys in New Mexico, so I am posting this Sandhill Crane. Sandhill Cranes are so graceful in flight and are fun to watch and listen to as they fly. The sound is so distinctive and when they are migrating I love hearing them high in the sky circling overhead as they form large groups.
 
I am so very thankful for all the previous year has brought me. So many great images opportunities have been harvested (like how I did that?), and I have been blessed with many friends. I have been blessed with an incredible family and look forward to many more Thanksgivings together. So today, appreciate what you have, who you have in your life, and enjoy the day. Be kind today to all those around you, some folks don’t have the friends or family to spend the day with and a little kindness can go a long way today.
 
Tamron SP 150-600mm Di VC USD G2 lens on a Nikon D-500, Manual Exposure mode, f8, ISO 500, shutter speed of 1/1000th of a second, Sirui N3204X tripod and PH20 Gimbal head, MindShift Gear FirstLight 30L backpack, processed in Lightroom Classic CC. #WithMyTamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronLensesUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #Sirui, #SiruiUSA, #SiruiProfessional, #MindShiftGear

Clear to Land

Posted in Bird Photography, Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Photography Workshops, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on November 17, 2017 by lilybug1960

Clear to land.
Yesterday evening we focused our efforts on capturing images of the Sandhill Cranes at the Festival of the Cranes landing. It is a real test for a lens and camera to achieve focus and track with a bird that flies in from overhead in clear sky to a background that lacks a lot of contrast. My Tamron 150-600mm G2 never lets me down. I set the camera in continuous focus, group area focus and using the gimbal on the tripod to smoothly follow the bird, it is a one smooth flowing action. It is incredible to watch these beautiful big birds glide in for their landings.
Tamron SP 150-600mm Di VC USD G2 lens on a Nikon D-500, Manual Exposure mode, f8, ISO 1000, shutter speed of 1/500th of a second, Sirui N3204X carbon fiber tripod and PH20 Gimbal head, MindShift Gear FirstLight 30L backpack, processed in Lightroom Classic CC. #WithMyTamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronLensesUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #Sirui, #SiruiUSA, #SiruiProfessional, #MindShiftGear

Perfect Light, Perfect Festival

Posted in Bird Photography, Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Photography Workshops, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on November 16, 2017 by lilybug1960

Perfect light, perfect Festival.
 
Yesterday was day 2 of the 2017 Festival of the Cranes here in New Mexico. The conditions have been really great, with bird counts higher than previous years. I have had the pleasure of photographing with my friend Ken Hubbard Photography. It is always great shooting with someone who shares interest in birding and photography as well. I learn something each time we go out, and it is really fun as well! I am meeting some great folks and am impressed with the skill of the photographers. The Expo tent opened yesterday and once again Gary Farber is helping with everyone’s photo needs. Hunt’s has been doing some great pricing for the event. Stop by and see Gary if you are here, if not, you could probably drop him a line. He brought a full compliment of Tamron lenses and some Sirui gear as well. I have been shooting the new Tamron 100-400mm lens when possible and will share lots of images I shoot this week. This image was with the Tamron SP 150-600mm G2 version right as the sun dropped beyond the horizon.
 
Tamron SP 150-600mm Di VC USD G2 lens on a Nikon D-500, Manual Exposure mode, f8, ISO 6400, shutter speed of 1/500th of a second, Sirui N3204X tripod and PH20 Gimbal head, MindShift Gear FirstLight 30L backpack, processed in Lightroom Classic CC. #WithMyTamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronLensesUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #Sirui, #SiruiUSA, #SiruiProfessional, #MindShiftGear

Lots of Cranes!

Posted in Bird Photography, Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on November 14, 2017 by lilybug1960

Lots of Cranes!
 
This is an image from 2 years ago because I wasn’t able to shoot yesterday when I arrived here in Bosque del Apache. We had a briefing from the Park folks then headed to Hatch for our traditional (we started last year) dinner. The Refuge is seeing high numbers of Cranes, Geese and Ducks. This morning we head out for our first Capturing Birds in Flight Workshop, then a Macro Workshop this afternoon. I will post new images starting tonight or tomorrow.
 
Tamron SP 150-600mm Di VC USD lens on a Nikon D-7200, Sirui N3204X tripod and PH20 Gimbal head. #WithMyTamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronLensesUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #Sirui, #SiruiUSA, #SiruiProfessional