The Great Journey in Photography

Better BiF’s II

Least Terns in Flight

200mm f6.3 100iso 1/1000sec

So everyone knows that backgrounds are so very important in any kind of wildlife photography. When shooting birds in flight having a nice deep blue sky in the background is probably the most common but there are alternatives. I have spent a good bit of time photographing Least Terns this Summer. One of the really cool things about this bird is that late in the day they usually have a feeding frenzy. Dozens of birds hang out in one area diving into the water. From time to time I will just sit and watch the spectacle as it is really quite remarkable. I really wanted to somehow capture some of that congestion and speed. Here are a couple of things I picked up along the way.

  • Zoom out or use a shorter focal length lens.
  • Concentrate focusing on just one bird.
  • Choose images that have an odd number of birds in it. Pairs and even-numbered groups are not as visually appealing.
  • Look for some kind of symmetry. You have no control in the composition really, but you can hit the shutter at the right time then choose the images that have symmetry.
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One response

  1. This is a great shot! Thanks for the tips, too!

    August 11, 2010 at 3:35 pm

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