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Bird feeders are great

Discussion in 'Photography & Video' started by Sleepyd, 16 Jul 2006.

  1. Sleepyd

    Hitman

    Joined: 30 Sep 2005

    Posts: 696

    We recently got a bird feeder here and it has been a real success for them and practising my photography. I haven't posted a lot here recently but I thought I'd just post a few pics because I'm quite pleased with a few shots I've been able to get.
    My technique is bascially to sit outside with a drink and wait for a bird to turn up and I get snapping. I was quite close..none of these are major crops.

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  2. Mint_Sauce

    Mobster

    Joined: 25 Sep 2003

    Posts: 3,709

    Location: Manchester

    heh, I was doing the exact same thing myself this weekend. Takes them a while to build up the courage, but once one goes to eat they all do. :)
     
  3. Sleepyd

    Hitman

    Joined: 30 Sep 2005

    Posts: 696

    Yep that's the trick, just wait until they're eating and then they don't mind you taking some pics.
     
  4. Richard T

    Mobster

    Joined: 19 Oct 2003

    Posts: 3,212

    Location: Right here, right now!

    how close are you able to get? I can get about 8-9 feet most of the time. I even got in so close once that is was closer that the minimum distance for my lens at 5ft!!
     
  5. Marik

    Gangster

    Joined: 9 Nov 2005

    Posts: 102

    Fantastic stuff there Sleepyd, I have done the same for a while now, but I have reached the stage where the natural enviroment, is what i aim to get them on, so a twig or something, So maybe set up a hopping station same level as your feeders or something (advised to me by Ven)

    Lovely shots though, well done.

    Dan
     
  6. saddler

    Hitman

    Joined: 23 May 2005

    Posts: 518

    I do something similar by creating an outdoor 'studio'

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    from my flat window. The branches can be changed any any props you want added. Its the easiest way to get pics like this:

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    or this

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    Let me know if you want any tips or hints
     
  7. Sleepyd

    Hitman

    Joined: 30 Sep 2005

    Posts: 696

    I got around 6-8 foot away just sitting underneith an umbrella in my backgarden. It takes ages to wait for a bird to come along, but with the current weather this is certainly not an issue!

    I quite like shooting wide open to get rid of the ugly background my garden creates. The 70-200F4L always impresses me how good it is when wide-open. Think the next step is to manufacture a saddler set-up with different food for different types of birds.
     
  8. Joe T

    Capodecina

    Joined: 1 Apr 2003

    Posts: 11,769

    Location: Northampton

    Good stuff there John. :)
     
  9. saddler

    Hitman

    Joined: 23 May 2005

    Posts: 518

    Another trick is to use a wired or wireless remote, I use a wired one that enables me to put a net curtian between me and the camera setup. That way I am invisible to the birds and am able to shoot more natural behavior because of it.

    The birds get used to the camera and one young starling even likes using my lens hood as a pearch!

    The downside is that you can only target one specific part of a branch or feeder during each session and althogh this can be very frustrating the results are worth it