Hi all and happy saturday! Today I’m happy to report that I did a lot of the things I wanted to do to work on improving my photography. I did a bit of reading in a book called The Essential Guide to Bird Photography. It suggested trying to focus on taking a bunch of pictures of one species, perhaps taking pictures of other birds as they showed up. It also suggested getting a longer lens, which I might do at some point. And it suggested that different birds might be better photographed at different times of the day depending on their coloration.
I decided to try taking the book’s advice about focusing on one type of bird. Since I’d like to be able to practice a lot, I figured a common bird like the seagull would be a good starting point. However, when I got to Edgewater Park, there was a beautiful group of ducks relaxing on a log quite close to shore so I decided to focus my attention on them instead. I stayed at the park for about an hour and took several hundred pictures. It was awesome! It made me realize how often I wander while doing photography, taking a few pictures of one thing and then moving on to something else. Focusing on one subject for so long allowed me to pay more attention to the background and gave me time to remember to take both horizontal and vertical shots. Since I was taking bird pictures, I think it also helped me get a feel for how they move and start anticipating interesting shots. Now I just need to sort through all the pictures I took!
Any constructive criticism of these pictures or advice for bird photography in general would be greatly appreciated. If you’re interested in photography, you can also hop over to the Snapshot Saturday link-up for more.