Verm's Five Keys to Bird Photography Success and proof number 5 works

January 24, 2014  •  2 Comments

I have a slideshow I've given to Audubon chapters in Arizona about bird photography.  At the conclusion of Fly Hard with a Vengeance, I give the Five Keys to Successful Bird Photography. 

 

These are:

 

Key Number 1 - Just like this heron you need to get close to your subject to score - quick movements are sure to scare wildlife off - chill out and move real slow (and bonus points for keeping low like this Green Heron).

 

Key Number 2 - The Harrier swoops over the marsh and grasslands endlessly looking for rodents and other prey to pounce on.  It dives repeatedly and comes up empty.  But by persevering all day it eventually hits pay dirt enough times to feed itself.  So it will be with bird photography - 99 percent of your shots will suck, but keep at it and don't give up on a good subject until you get fed.

 

Key Number 3 - do I need to explain this?  Oh heck, just go over to B&H and look up the Nikkor 800mm.  The lens shade itself costs a cool grand.

Lastly always...

 

Don't be satisfied repeating the success of other nature photographers.  Push yourself to come up with fresh exciting material.  So follow these five keys and success is guaranteed... but wait that's just four keys.  Oh yeah, the penultimate shot in my slideshow...

 

 

What photo editor can resist a Bald Eagle?  Bald Eagles are third only to polar bears and penguins in the "subject yummy as crack" list at all the mags.  At least that was my theory, but after 8500 miles on the road in the last four months I got to Arizona and lo and behold I saw the latest Arizona Highways with a Bald Eagle shot on the back cover.  Awesome, but wait, that's my Bald Eagle pic.

I had no idea the shot was going to be in the mag, much less the back cover so I was completely stoked.  Buying groceries is a delight now that I can wait at the Safeway checkout line, pull the latest Highways off the rack, flip a few pages, then nonchalantly replace it facing backwards on top of the stack of Globes. 


I mean really, who cares if OJ has brain cancer?

 

Thanks to Bald Eagles - we all win!


Comments

rachel(non-registered)
gotta agree---I love 'em all, but this one is
outstanding......for it's instructional value, of course!
elk killer(non-registered)
Your best blog yet!
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