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Catchlight Makes the Difference

Bird photographers preach catchlight is a must for a great bird photograph. Without the catchlight the bird photograph is a bland photograph. The catchlight gives the bird a sparkle. It gives life to the bird.

Take a look at the two phonographs of the Common Redpoll and compare the photograph on top to the photograph on the bottom wth no catchlight. The top photograph is a better photograph because of the catchlight. In these two photographs I waited until the Redpoll turned it's head and pressed the shutter. For demo purpose I also photographed the Redpoll without the catchlight.

Remember to photograph the bird with the catchlight. Your bird photographs will be much improved.

Both photographs were photographed with a Nikon D 7200 mounted on a Nikon 500mm F4 lens.

Have you ever went through your old bird photographs and discouverd a good photograph you might have missed on your inital edit?

With advances in Digital Editing a not so good bird photograph might be resurected with  some fine tuning.

Below there are two photographs of a Willet. The photograph on the left might have ended up in the deleteted folder if it were not for Lightroom.

By removing the bird in the top left corner and an increase in exposure. the photograph started to look good. A few additional Lightrom tricks and a completely new image on the right.

Before you discard those photographs that did not make the first edit, leave them for a few days and then take a second look, you may discouver a great photo.

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Ghosts of the Praires

The Snowy Owl is the "Ghost Of the Prairies" for more than one reason. 

The snowy on the post looks like a ghost.

This winter they are a rear sight. However, I did see 10 this past weekend. I suspect there was some overlap.

The two photographs to the right shows how the white balance in Auto Mode captures the subject in different lighting conditions. This can be fixed in the Editing software, but I chose to leave it the as per shot.

I am still testing the Nikon 200 - 500 mm lens. Both of the photographs to the right were photographed with this lens on a D 500 body. 1/2000sec @F 5.6 full zoom ISO auto.

The results of my tests conclude the most obvious fact. This lens needs to be supported to get the sharpest possible photograph.

Another Bird Perspective

As a bird photographer I am always looking to photograph the common birds in a different perspective. It is not easy, but sometimes there are opportunities. I have hundreds of photographs of the Common Goldeneye.

Yesterday, I positioned myself in a location on the Bow River here in Calgary with the sun to my back and near a shallow part of the river to observe the Common Goldeneye diving for food.

Here are some of the interesting photographs from that experiment. All photographs were photographed handheld.

Nikon D 500 with Nikon 200 - 500 mm Lens

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