I wanted to write this post for a while now but I was always a little bit scared and couldn't find the motivation to do it. So here it is, my first blog post. This blog post is about wildlife photography using a flesh. Specifically backlit birds in snow. What did I use? Where? Why? How?
The gear I used:
First you need to find a place where chances are high that a bird will be in your framing. This could be your bird feeder in the backyard, or as in my case, a nature reserve with a lot of birds as well as bird feeders. It also comes in really handy when the birds are used to people. I set up my equipment around that spot of interest. My spot was a branch next to the feeders. The birds always used to sit down on that branch before flying on to the feeder.
I was triggering my camera* with a wireless trigger*. It was not necessary because the birds didn't care about me at all if I din't walk around too much but it was just more convenient for me. The lens* was set to manual focus, focusing on the branch. Since I knew where the birds would be, there was no need for autofocus. I chose quiet a high aperture of f / 20 because my initial intention was to shoot birds in flight and for that a higher f-stop comes in handy. Unfortunately that didn't work out as planed but more about that later. I kind of underexposed my shot so that the background would disappear and the snowflakes as well as the bird's silhouette would pop out.
Why my shots of birds in flight didn't work out as planed? All of the shots where not as sharp as I've wished. I guess the problem might have been that there was too much ambient light in the shot. I will try that again next time and will let you know :)
I would love to hear your opinion about this blog post. Was it helpful? Any more questions etc? Also constructive critique. But don't be too harsh please, this was my first blog post ever and I'm also still learning a lot ;)
So if you made it this far, thanks a lot and maybe see you next time. Stay up to date via my Instagram.
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