Strictly For The Birds

Discussion in 'Animals and Wildlife' started by Tony Britton, Oct 30, 2016.

  1. Tony Britton

    Tony Britton Active Member

    Hello,

    I'd like to share my favorite bird, and occasional duck, photographs with you. I prefer portrait style captures whenever possible and utilize side-lighting in the vast majority of my photos. I use a collection of superzoom cameras to photograph my subjects. All photos were taken hand-held and have not been cropped.

    I hope you enjoy this collection.

    Best regards,

    Tony

    1. Double-crested Cormorant
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    2. Great Blue Heron
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    3. Wood Duck
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    4. Black-crowned Night Heron
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    5. Green Heron
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  2. Rob MacKillop

    Rob MacKillop Edinburgh Correspondent

    Wow, great first post, Tony. Very impressive, especially as hand-held with a superzoom. Can you tell us what equipment you used?
     
  3. Tony Britton

    Tony Britton Active Member

    Thanks very much, Rob. Firstly, I really enjoyed the link to your photography. Superb!

    The images in this first set were all taken with my Canon SX50 HS camera. It's my favorite of the three superzoom cameras I own. Once I discovered locations that allowed me reasonably close contact with my favorite subjects I purchased these cameras to specifically "fill the frame" with relatively close subjects rather than use the massive zoom capabilities to bring very distant subjects "closer." In this way I can capture fine detail and avoid the need to crop the image. As with any type of camera, proximity always helps.

    Tony
     
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  4. Tony Britton

    Tony Britton Active Member

    This next set features photos from my Canon SX40, Canon SX50 and Nikon Coolpix P610 superzoom cameras. I hope you enjoy them!

    Tony

    1. Snowy Egret Ballet (Canon SX40)
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    2. Double-crested Cormorant (Canon SX50)
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    3. Snowy Egret (Nikon Coolpix P610)
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    4. Great Blue Heron (Canon SX50)
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    5. Green Heron (Canon SX40)
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    6. Snowy Egret (Nikon Coolpix P610)
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  5. Rob MacKillop

    Rob MacKillop Edinburgh Correspondent

    Wow again. You are getting great results from what must be regarded as cheap cameras. Highly impressive. The first and last of this second collection are superb.

    I had a Fuji XS-1, with its 26x zoom, but gave it to my daughter when she went to university. I never managed shots like this when I had it. Beautiful work.

    Others will be along soon with their comments. Traffic is quite slow these days, but the quality is high!
     
  6. Dave Farnes

    Dave Farnes Well-Known Member

    Greetings Tony.

    Wow! What a fantastic set of pictures; the quality of those images is seriously impressive, well done!
     
  7. Pete Askew

    Pete Askew Admin

    Wonderful stuff, Tony. I especially like the shot of the Night Heron .
     
  8. Tony Britton

    Tony Britton Active Member

    Thanks again, Rob. It helps immensely that I've fully embraced a "look" or style I find appealing in my photography. I'm getting consistent results I'm very pleased with simply because I know how I want the image to appear well before I press the shutter. Each day I'm learning the profound difference between making a photograph and taking a photograph.

    Tony
     
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  9. Tony Britton

    Tony Britton Active Member

    I appreciate your comments very much, Dave.

    Tony
     
  10. Tony Britton

    Tony Britton Active Member

    Thanks for taking the time to comment, Pete.

    Tony
     
  11. Beth Anthony

    Beth Anthony Well-Known Member

    some beautiful images. fantastic details in every shot. focus is spot on. great colors. excellent exposures.
     
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  12. Tony Britton

    Tony Britton Active Member

    Thank you very much for your comments, Beth.

    Tony
     
  13. Rob MacKillop

    Rob MacKillop Edinburgh Correspondent

    Tony, I'm beginning to think you literally capture these birds at night, bring them home to you studio, and have them pose under studio lights. I won't go so far as to say you stuff them first :eek::eek::eek::D Seriously good quality images.
     
  14. Tony Britton

    Tony Britton Active Member

    Well, my friends believe the reason I can get so close to these birds has something to do with my anchovy-scented cologne, but they're wrong. Wrong, I say!

    As far as moving from a public environment to a private studio setting is concerned, I had to abandon this possibility due to their inability to sign a model release form. They certainly have no problem grasping a pen, they simply can't read or write. Who knew? "Great" Blue Heron, my foot!

    I think it'd be hilarious in my forum Bio to list my occupation as "Taxidermist." Just a thought. :);)

    Tony
     
  15. Rob MacKillop

    Rob MacKillop Edinburgh Correspondent

    :D:D:D
     
  16. Pete Askew

    Pete Askew Admin

    Well @Tony Britton, if you like, I can always change your New Member label to Chief Taxidermist! :)
     
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  17. Tony Britton

    Tony Britton Active Member

    Well, I'll certainly give that some deep consideration, Pete. In the meantime, I'm reminded of the joke about the veterinarian who decides to also become a taxidermist so he can reassure his clients that "either way, you'll get your dog back!"

    Tony
     
  18. Ivar D. Larsen

    Ivar D. Larsen Well-Known Member

    As much as I like the comments here, for a change:eek: I must admit that I am truly impressed of how you've gone about it and captured these creatures in such a fine way, with such a great light and a super zoom. I must say you have been very inventive. Cheers Tony.
     
  19. Tony Britton

    Tony Britton Active Member

    Thanks very much, Ivar. It's a real thrill and honor to be in the presence of these magnificent birds and I'm very pleased you like my photographs.

    Tony
     
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  20. Tony Britton

    Tony Britton Active Member

    I hope you'll enjoy this set.

    1. Snowy Egret
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    2. Double-crested Cormorant
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    3. Green Heron
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    4. Black-crowned Night Heron
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    5. Great Egret
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