Starling murmurations are one of the most hypnotizing events in the natural world. Danish photographer Søren Solkær finds them absolutely captivating, and he has devoted years to photographing this remarkable phenomenon. Søren has shared some of his photos with DIYP so that you can enjoy this nature’s wonder, at least from afar.
In part 1 of this series, I covered a lot of things to do in-camera and when out there shooting.
In part 2, I go into some tips that are a little more broad and involve larger shifts in activity, thought process, etc. Just like the tips I listed in the prior installment, these took me years to develop or realize.
Let’s dive in!
There are a LOT of articles out there regarding bird and wildlife photography that are very gear heavy – buy this lens, get this camera body, you need this gimble, etc, etc. While I am the first one to admit that great equipment helps make great images, I’ve found that gear is only a portion of the equation that is getting great bird images.
Assuming that you are reading this because you already have some sort of gear to photograph birds and the desire to get better, there are things you can do to improve your images before you plunk down thousands of hard-earned dollars on more equipment.
This is part one of two in this series. I originally intended this to be one post but then it just became way too long! And the info is hard-learned for me, so I had to find a way to make it digestible in two posts versus cutting out stuff. Where possible I have images to illustrate my points. In this first part I cover the things to do while you are shooting in regard to composition, action, and time of day.
Let’s get started.
The National Audubon Society has announced the 2023 Photography Awards winners. The contest featured stunning photos and videos of birds from over 2,200 participants across North America, with eight prizes awarded across five divisions. It shows birds in all their glory, revealing their secret lives and beauty. The photos are so gorgeous, making even boring pigeons look like winners of a bird beauty pageant!
When animals photobomb my shots, it’s the cutest thing. I don’t know about you, but I just can’t get mad at them. But when they photobomb a live camera during a broadcast and startle a meteorologist, you get a darn hilarious moment live on TV. This recently happened to an NBC6 South Florida weather presenter, and it was as charming as it was funny.
I’m sure that, at one point of your life, you were crazy about Angry Birds. I know I was! But have you ever seen one in person and not on your phone? Scott Taylor did, and he was lucky enough to photograph it.
Scott shared his “real-life Angry Bird” photo online, and people have gone mad about it as much as they did about the game. We chatted with him a bit about how he took the shot, and of course, he kindly shared his fun image with DIYP.
The National Audubon Society announced today the winners of the 2022 Audubon Photography Awards. Like every year, the goal of the contest is to showcase captivating behaviors and stunning looks of the birds around us. And also like every year – the selected photos show us the birds as we rarely see them.
There are few things I like more in the morning other than the sound of the birds out my window (and coffee, but that’s a different topic). Of course, not all birds sing nicely (I’m looking at you, magpies), but I think they’re all cool in their own way.
Bird Photographer of the Year contest shares my opinion, so they threw a contest for choosing the best bird photo every year. The results won’t arrive until fall, but the finalists are now out and all I can say is – the jury will have a difficult task choosing the best. So, if you like birds or at least bird photography, let’s take a look at these beautiful photos together.
Owls are among the most widespread bird species in the world, and among the most popular ones too. The popularity is partially thanks to Hedwig from Harry Potter, and partially, I believe, is because they’re so beautifully weird!
Wildlife artist Robert E Fuller is a major owl enthusiast. He doesn’t only find inspiration in these beautiful creatures, he also does his best to save them. His rescue owl Luna’s eggs recently failed to hatch, and he had her adopt two orphaned chicks. They captured the encounter with a hidden camera and it’s the most heartwarming thing you’ll see today.
A security camera recently captured an utterly bizarre wildlife incident in Mexico. A flock of birds suddenly smashed into the ground, and it looks like a scene from your worst nightmares.