BIRDS

July 09, 2021

BIRDS - There are two themed wall sections in my Edison Solo Exhibit on Birds - these four are in the main hall.

Taking birds photos, especially flying birds, can be both frustrating and very rewarding and the more you do it the better you'll become - like most things. Bird photography requires a very fast shutter speed and that speed depends on the species. The bird photography gurus typically have lists of what speed for what species. Really? Memorize lists?

And perched birds rarely stay still for long and often fly away. My advice is chose the fastest shutter speed you can while keeping the ISO as low as you can. The aperture depends on how far you are from the bird. Wildlife ethics says you should not be close - and I agree - so aperture can typically be wide open. I try to shoot at least 1/1600th of a second but often push it to 1/3200 or even 1/5000 of a second if I can. If the lens and camera can handle it, why not give yourself that advantage?

Regardless, shooting any wildlife but especially flying birds is a challenge and thrill when you get a good capture.

If the birds only knew what these people with long tubes on their faces were doing!

 

Puffin in FlightPuffin in Flight 'Puffin in Flight'. Puffins seem to be everyone's favorite bird and if you're ever on a tour in the far north, Puffins are on everyone's list to see - or so it seems. Capturing one in flight is another thing entirely, however. Why?

These small football shaped birds with wings that appear entirely too small actually fly at 55 mph with their wings beating 400 times a minute! It took me a while watching them launch off and return to their cliffs to see that they fly in pretty much straight lines - unlike barn swallows! Once I figured out their patterns of flight and had my camera set to 1/3200th, I was able to capture several Puffin in Flight photos. This is one of my favorites and getting these shots was one of the highlight of this amazing trip to Kenai Fjords National Park, where the abundance of wildlife is almost overwhelming.

This displayed image is a 32" x 18" HD Matte Metal and costs $420.00. It is available any size and can be cropped to almost any ratio that works for your unique situation. I can also get custom wood frames specifically designed for Metal at a very reasonable cost. Framed or with not, these make wonderful, unique, and original wall art for home or office.

Pirouetting DuckPirouetting Duck 'Pirouetting Duck'. We are very fortunate to have a small pond behind our home and almost every year we have a young Mallard Duck Couple on the pond. So cute they are. One day while hiking around the pond this beautiful female Mallard Duck gets up on this log and pirouettes for me. How could I not take her picture? 

This is also a 32" x 18" HD Matte Metal and can also be produced at any size. I have another HD Matte Metal of this image at 24" x 16" with a custom wood frame on display at the County College of Morris until July 15th, when we have an artists reception from 5 to 8 PM. If you're in the area, why not drop by and see all the wonderful photos from this talented group of photographers.

Bald Eagle Talons ForwardBald Eagle Talons Forward 'Bald Eagle Talons Forward'. I was recently in Seattle, WA for 9 days; and the last 3 days I was in Seabeck, WA along the Hood Canal observing and shooting 20+ Great Blue Herons and 20+ Bald Eagles feasting on the spawning fish caught in the exposed oyster beds as the tide quickly receded. It was absolute mayhem for over an hour each day as these birds had easy pickings. And the lined up photographers, me included, got shots like they can get nowhere else. It was amazing to watch and each day was different.

My question is - how do all those Herons know what time the tide goes out? Every day they line up 20 strong right at the edge of the oyster beds at just the right time. It's really amazing when you think about it. And while they KNOW they will be continually harassed by the Eagles, especially by the Juveniles, they still line up because the fish are that easy and plentiful to catch. I guess it's worth it for them because they are there every day without fail.

This is a 30" x 24" HD Matte Metal and amazing to see in person. There is no question that HD Matte Metal (and only from this print lab I use) is far and away THE best way to enlarge any wildlife image, especially birds. The details are incredible - almost 3D - and there are ZERO reflections.

I also have a 7 Image Attack Sequence - with all images tack sharp - it was an amazing 3 days - which makes a very cool 40" x 7" panorama style piece - or 60" x 10". While this is not on display in Edison, it would make a very strong statement for sure. Bald Eagle Attack SequenceBald Eagle Attack Sequence

In my solo exhibit in the Edison Municipal Building's 3rd floor gallery there are track lights right above the images, 2' x 4' ceiling lights throughout, and 3 very large barrel vault skylights in this room. If these were framed prints, the reflections from all that lighting would make these images unviewable. With my HD Matte Metal you can enjoy the entire image with no annoying distractions from reflections and excess glare. Yes, there is some glare in the Puffin image in the first image of all 4 pieces; but there IS a very bright track light 3' away so some glare in unavoidable. But if these were framed prints, the reflections would obliterate the entire pictures. This way any artwork can be fully appreciated.

'Mommy's Home - An Osprey Landing'Mommy's Home - An Osprey Landing 'Mommy's Home - An Osprey Lands' - this image was captured at Sandy Hook National Park last June. These Osprey have built their typical enormous nest on top of a chimney on one of the abandoned buildings. One morning while I was there they were flying about and I was able to capture Mommy Osprey returning to the nest with something in her talons.

'Junior' is obviously not impressed or even interested.

Might Momma be making the nest even bigger OR is there a fish inside that gaggle of vegetation? We will never know.

This is a 32" x 25" HD Matte Metal and is spectacular in person. This image was also chosen as the Image Of The Week in 8 Shore Times newspapers this past fall. And like all the other images this can be provided in just about any size.

Contact me directly at 908-240-7484 so we can work out all the details.

 

 


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