This photograph of a blue grosbeak illustrates just how far camera technology has come in the eight years since I first traveled to the private birding blinds of South Texas. Back then, I was using a Nikon D2x and 200-400mm f/4 zoom lens. I got plenty of good images, but my keeper rate was fairly low, especially as light faded. I also didn’t seem to get the sharpest shots at times and I couldn’t really figure out why, as some shots were tack-sharp. Was it the camera? The lens? Or was it something else about my technique? Continue reading Set up your camera for great bird photos
I have returned from leading my annual “South Texas Birding Experience” workshop on private ranches. What can I say? Starting from the moment the group arrived, we had an amazing time. Our first day out was what our guides call “hot.” Not because it was sunny, but because we literally had no periods of inactivity for the three hours we were in the blinds. We could have kept going, but the midday light was getting harsh and we had a nice lunch awaiting us. I nearly filled two 16GB memory cards that first day! Continue reading Texas Birding Safari Report
I brought a group of four photographers to south Texas, where we had the opportunity to photograph birds and wildlife from private blinds. In wildlife photography, the challenges are numerous. For birds, especially, it is extremely difficult to get close enough to fill the frame, even with a super-telephoto lens. Here are the main challenges with wildlife/bird photography: Continue reading South Texas Birding Workshop Report 2013
Some people assume that the Control Point technology found in Capture NX2 and Nik Viveza is something you use to make radical image adjustments, like changing the color of a sky. Not so. In fact, some of the most powerful adjustments I make with Control Points are subtle ones, intended to accentuate a subject against its background. The image above is an example of where I used Color Control Points (in this case, in Capture NX2) to enhance the subject.
Rick and I arrived in Florida yesterday afternoon.