It’s all about the light

So, I have been trying to find the best settings for bird photography.  Looking to get sharp detail on the birds where you can see detail in the feathers, a glint of light on the eye and at the same time, a nice soft background that does not compete with the subject.

I’m getting pretty good results with the apperture set at f9 but also finding that it is more about the light than my settings.  I have taken many a shot similar to this one where the light is too bright and the highlights are lost or where it is too flat and there are no highlights.  This image is the combination that I like.  The light is diffused enough so the highlights aren’t blown but there is that spot of sunshine that makes it glow.

Sadly for me, there’s nothing I can do but wait for the right moment.  Often, that means that my subject moves on before the light catches up.  Sometimes however, I get that great combination and everything just pops.  Guess I will just have to be patient and keep on trying.  Take lots of shots and only keep the good ones!!

Eastern Bluebird

Nikon D7100
Vanguard Alta Pro 2+ 263AB 100 tripod
Tamron SP 150-600mm F/5-6.3 Di VC USD G2
460mm @ f/9 – 1/100 sec – ISO 800

#BirdWatching #birds #Bluebird #winter #Georgia #WithMyTamron


Author: stgrundy

Photography is my way to capture and share the amazing beauty of God’s handiwork in the people and places that I experience every day. I focus mainly on nature and travel subjects but also do alot of event work for my church and the occasional wedding or portrait session. My residence is Roswell, Georgia – a northern suburb of Atlanta. I try to get around the Southeast as often as possible and would love to explore other parts of the USA and the rest of the world. Member of: Roswell Photographic Society Contributing artist: Getty Images

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