Since my earliest childhood I have enjoyed a healthy interest in everything that flies and has feathers. It started around the age of nine with the purchase of a bantam chicken (it couldn’t fly then, but it did have feathers) and it took on serious form from the age of eleven when I borrowed some discarded binoculars to study the neighbourhood sparrows. Because I did that from my bedroom window and peered at the houses on the other side, I got strange looks from the neighbours opposite, which I incidentally ignored. Anyway, before I realized it, I was a birdwatcher! I discovered photography around the age of thirteen and when I saw a friend photographing birds with a 400 mm telephoto lens during a breeding bird inventory in the woods, I thought “I want to do that too”. I must have been about fifteen years old when I bought a 400 mm Vivitar telephoto lens through hard work in the greenhouses of the Westland horticulture region and from that moment on I started to focus on bird photography.
Binding : PDF Auteur : Gertjan de Zoete Bestandstype : PDF Distributievorm : Ebook (digitaal) Aantal pagina's : Afhankelijk van e-reader Beveiliging : Geen Informatie Uitgeverij :
Gertjan de Zoete ISBN :
Geen Datum publicatie : 03-2021
30-03-2021 Fantastic book about making good pictures of Birds This is a book full of very good ideas to make good pictures out in the nature. For me it is also a good thing, that it is from the area of Extremadura. The book is full of fantastic pictures - and under every picture you can se have the camera was set.
Geplaatst door Leif H.
uit Silkeborg/ Denmark , leeftijd 60-69
Waardeert het boek met een 10 uit 10
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In 2019 we had two breeding pairs and one again in 2020. In 2019 I focused a little more on action photos. I figured I wanted to photograph bee-eaters from below against the sky. This is virtually impossible with a telephoto lens, so it had to be done with a wide angle (14-24 mm). Because of that the bird will appear tiny in the image, unless the bee-eater is extremely close. So I have set up my camera under the nest entrance with three flash units in the M position. (For those who don’t know, bee-eaters dig a horizontal tunnel in the upright edge of a trench, ditch or sand excavation and nest at the end of that tunnel.) Also the focus of the lens must be in Manual mode; you have to focus at very close range where you expect the bird to appear and use a small aperture to increase the depth of field. Because the flashes were also very close, I had to use a very short flash time, for example at 1/64 of the flash intensity. Then the bee-eater is lit from below just enough and you also have a background that is equal in brightness. And although I generally prefer to shoot in cloudy weather, for this I wanted a blue sky here, preferably with some clouds in it. ×