SPRING PHOTO COLLECTION FOR 2022

woman holding brown basket with yellow flowers
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I haven’t done a photo collection for a long time. I would like to just take some time and put together a spring photo exhibit with amazing spring photos from a variety of artists. Hope you enjoy!

close up of pink cherry blossom
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shallow focus photography of bird
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red purple and yellow tulip fields
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pink flower field
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purple flowers
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beautiful bird bloom blooming
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abstract art beads blur
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white and purple petal flower focus photography
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yellow buttercup flowers on grey surface
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“Spring is painted in daffodil yellows, robin egg blues, new grass green and the brightness of hope for a better life.”

Toni Sorenson
depth of field photography of cherry blossom tree
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crop faceless woman planting seedling into soil
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BIRD PHOTOGRAPHY! THE THINGS TO KNOW:

Photo of a “Blue Scrub Jay” getting their daily dose of peanuts. This bird has no problem fetching peanuts from a feeder. Whatever it takes, even if it means hanging upside down.

Bird photography is one of the most entertaining types of photography for all photographers. But, there are a few tips that make them look good, and makes the photos seem professional.

If a bird would take the time and pose for you, this would certainly make things easy. But, the cute little animals have a built-in nervousness about them, because they are food for other predators. The predators that usually affect the normal birds we see around our house are also birds: the hawks, the eagles, etc. thrive on eating anything that moves, like smaller birds.

That has been a problem we have had recently as we feed birds in our backyard. Generally, our bird feeders have birds eating all day long, some seeds that we put out in the morning. We have recently gone outside to find no birds there, absolute silence, and they appear to be hiding. As I walk around the yard, I find a hawk sitting in one of the trees nearby waiting for the moment when a smaller bird makes the wrong move. I quickly scare it away so there won’t be any bloodshed in my yard.

However, I will admit, it would be an amazing photo experience to get on a photographic record, the hawk capturing a small bird to have for it’s dinner. I somehow, however, have this over protective feeling for these cute innocent birds, the sparrows, the finch’s, the Chickadee, and even the Dove’s who like to come in hoards:

The Mourning Doves, patiently waiting their turn at the feeders. They are generally such polite birds, unless they are really starving.

BIRD PHOTOGRAPHY EQUIPMENT:

My personal equipment that I use for my bird photography is usually this:

  • Canon EOS Rebel T6, with a 75-300mm zoom lens.
  • Tripod: Zomei Professional Tripod with ball head (I love a ball head and will only use a tripod that has one)
  • 58mm protective filter
  • 58mm hard lens shade ( I have had too many photos that ended up with a light flare on the lens, to not have this. I think it’s a must if you shoot anything outside. And besides, it is something so cheap, but so worth protecting your hard earned good photo.)
Just a note to the above photo equipment: This is one type of photography that can get you by without having to go into expensive camera equipment. I still have my “kit lens” as well that serves for the other type of photography, and other filters for special effects.

CAMERA SETTINGS FOR BIRD PHOTOGRAPHY:

  • I usually want to have only the bird in focus, so, I use a large aperture, usually 4.5 with that big lens. That will make the bird in focus, and the background out of focus.
  • Shutter speed, usually around 1/1000 second, or close to that depending on the light. Just in case the bird moves, it could stop action.
  • ISO setting usually around 100 or 200, or if it’s overcast: 1000.

SOME GREAT PHOTOS OF BIRD PHOTOGRAPHS, FROM VARIOUS ARTISTS:

A CRISIS IN BIRD POPULATION MAKES BIRD PHOTOGRAPHY MORE VALUABLE:

Just found this article that really concerns me:

North America Has Lost 3 Billion Birds in 50 Years

A sweeping study says a steep decline in bird abundance, including among common species, amounts to “an overlooked biodiversity crisis.”

Slowly, steadily and almost imperceptibly, North America’s bird population is dwindling.

The sparrows and finches that visit backyard feeders number fewer each year. The flutelike song of the western meadowlark — the official bird of six U.S. states — is growing more rare. The continent has lost nearly 3 billion birds representing hundreds of species over the past five decades, in an enormous loss that signals an “overlooked biodiversity crisis,” according to a study from top ornithologists and government agencies.

This is not an extinction crisis — yet. It is a more insidious decline in abundance as humans dramatically alter the landscape: There are 29 percent fewer birds in the United States and Canada today than in 1970, the study concludes. Grassland species have been hardest hit, probably because of agricultural intensification that has engulfed habitats and spread pesticides that kill the insects many birds eat. But the victims include warblers, thrushes, swallows and other familiar birds.

mother and her daughters feeding the birds
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HOW TO TAKE PHOTOS OF BIRDS:

photography of small blue and brown bird
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Only a few people even really notice birds. As a photographer, I don’t think I noticed them much until I watched a bird feeder. I thought all small birds were “sparrows”. But, in reality, I noticed red ones, yellow ones, black and white ones. So, I got curious and started looking at books and birds that reside in my area. Then I found out I had sparrows, finches, buntings, and cockatiels. My world was open now to birds.

Then, I noticed how some of these birds are really beautiful. The small ones are very colorful but they do seem “hyper” they way they fly around, and move around. But, it was important for me to get a good picture of one of these birds. The real challenge is “how” to get a great photo, because they generally don’t let you come close to them.

three long beaked small birds perched on brown tree branch
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I have a list of what you will need to get the best results for great bird photos. Let’s start with:

  1. A good DSLR camera with manual control, that you can control the aperture and shutter speed.
  2. A good tripod, one that is sturdy, and one that will allow you to move the camera easily on it’s mount.
  3. A good sized telephoto lens or telephoto zoom lens, so you don’t have to get close to the birds.

That’s the basics of what you need, and that is all I have needed to get a good bird photo. One more thing I might add to the list is *Patience. It takes work for the right pose from the bird, or if they fly away, just when you get ready to push the button, and then wait for them to come back. It is a bigger challenge than I thought, but, it seems so worth it.

A photo I took of Mourning doves, waiting there turn to get to the feeder. They are so patient!

With the camera on the tripod, and your big telephoto zoom lens, take a moment and find the bird you want. Think quickly, because they could be gone in a flash. Now zoom in on the bird you want, focus, and see if that is what you want.

One thing that has helped me a lot in taking photos of birds or other moving things is a “Tripod Ball head” for my tripod. Click on the red lettering so you can see what type of product this is. It just allows your camera to be mounted on this Tripod Ball head and move around easier if you are trying to take a photo of something moving, like birds.

white seagulls near water
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If you want to get a good photo of birds in flight, then make sure you are using a fast shutter speed, so you can stop action of their wings. Use a higher ISO setting if you need to. I might recommend an ISO of 800 to 1600 depending on your lighting too. But you need to use a shutter speed of 1/500 to 1/2500th of a second if your camera will allow it.

One more thing to watch out for is the background, behind the bird(s). See the above photo how nice things look….. no background clutter. One worth hanging on the wall?