Strictly For The Birds

Discussion in 'Animals and Wildlife' started by Tony Britton, Oct 30, 2016.

  1. Tony Britton

    Tony Britton Active Member

    I hope you'll enjoy this set.

    1. Snowy Egret
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    2. Double-crested Cormorant
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    3. Green Heron
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    4. Black-crowned Night Heron
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    5. Great Egret
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  2. Pete Askew

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  3. Tony Britton

    Tony Britton Active Member

    Thanks very much, Pete. I appreciate your comments.

    Tony
     
  4. Ivar D. Larsen

    Ivar D. Larsen Well-Known Member

    Pete said it all, and may I ad a question, what camera are you using here? It really doesn't matter that much since it is you who have done a great job. But it would be nice to know how close you can get and how well the camera renders these lovely birds and colours!
     
  5. Tony Britton

    Tony Britton Active Member

    Of course, Ivar. I use three cameras, which include the Canon SX40, my favorite: Canon SX50 and Nikon Coolpix P610. I'd be happy to provide exactly which camera was used if you ever have a specific photo in mind.

    I always purchase a camera for one very specific reason. If it does other things well then that's an additional bonus! These three cameras were purchased purely for their zoom capabilities. Each model simply provided an increase in their available zoom range.

    Instead of using the massive zooms these cameras provide to photograph a very distant subject, I use the zoom to "fill the frame" with a very near subject. Capturing fine detail is my primary goal so proximity is paramount. Since I strongly favor portrait style captures I spent a fair amount of time scouting locations that would allow me close access to my subjects. Harbors, a municipal wharf, lakes, as well as well-traveled coastal trails, where these birds are somewhat accustomed to the presence of humans has allowed me this.

    Therefore, I can often get within 5-10 feet of many of my subjects! So, much like the mantra in the business of retail, it's "location, location, location!

    Tony
     
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  6. Ivar D. Larsen

    Ivar D. Larsen Well-Known Member

    Thank you for your answer Tony, I am still very much impressed!
     
  7. Tony Britton

    Tony Britton Active Member

    You're welcome and thanks!

    Tony
     
  8. Tony Britton

    Tony Britton Active Member

    Black & White For Your Delight!

    A few of my favorite black & white conversions.

    1. Great Egret
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    2. Great Blue Heron
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    3. Snowy Egret
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    4. Great Blue Heron
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    5. Snowy Egret
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    6. Double-crested Cormorant
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  9. Pete Askew

    Pete Askew Admin

    Wonderful stuff, Tony. The Egret especially really ends itself to B&W it seems.
     
  10. Mick Howe

    Mick Howe Member

    Beautiful set of images Tony, love the compositions, the colours and the tones are just exquisite.
     
  11. Tony Britton

    Tony Britton Active Member

    Thanks very much, Pete. Yes, egrets often do well with B&W conversions, especially when they're displaying their crest feathers as seen in image 5.

    Tony
     
  12. Tony Britton

    Tony Britton Active Member

    Thanks very much, Mick. I really appreciate your comments.

    Tony
     
  13. Tony Britton

    Tony Britton Active Member

    I hope you'll enjoy this next set.

    1. Snowy Egret
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    2. Double-crested Cormorant
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    3. Muscovy Duck
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    4. Heermann's Gull
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    Last edited: Jan 22, 2017
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  14. Dave Farnes

    Dave Farnes Well-Known Member

    Another beautiful set. The long lens and shallow DoF really isolates the subjects from the background showing them off to their best.
     
  15. Tony Britton

    Tony Britton Active Member

    Thanks for commenting, Dave. I especially like the effect in the last image. That's ice plant behind the gull.

    Tony
     
  16. Brian Moore

    Brian Moore Moderator

    Birdman! Beautiful work and the purposeful way you go about it is impressive! (<--understatement!)
     
  17. Tony Britton

    Tony Britton Active Member

    Thanks, Brian. Congratulations on your excellent website. I'm especially drawn to your fantastic Automobiles & Architecture galleries, two categories of photography I've yet to explore. The shot of the Honda S2000 is a stunner!

    Tony
     
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  18. Tony Britton

    Tony Britton Active Member

    I wanted to include at least one set of my favorite CAPTIVE bird photos. While certainly not technically demanding given the environment, still it's fun to try and present these subjects in a manner that allows them to appear, well, less captive! Hand-held, no cropping.

    Tony

    1. American Flamingo
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    2. Harris's Hawk
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    3. Great Horned Owl
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    4. Blue-bellied Roller
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    5. Himalayan Monal
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    6. Blue-and-yellow Macaw
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    7. East African Crowned Crane
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  19. Brian Moore

    Brian Moore Moderator

    Thanks for taking the time to look and thanks especially for the compliment. Much appreciated, Tony!
     
  20. Pete Askew

    Pete Askew Admin

    Ana another cracking set. That last one makes smile every time I look at it! :)
     

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