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Hey all,

I've been thinking about this post for awhile. I get a lot of PMs and e-mails from folks wanting pointers, lessons, etc. regarding avian photography. I finally decided that maybe the best way to help everyone would be to just detail out a series of images, so that everyone could see beyond the normal info in forum posts (like just the EXIF info, etc.). Knowing the camera settings is useless unless you understand why they were chosen. I have decided to take the five images below, and explain every conceivable detail of the shot on each one. I will cover all of the pre-shot setup, working the angles, and even how I "work" the birds for my images. I figure that would be the best way I could help everyone here who wants to be better at bird photography. I will also be posting a series later this week with flaws in the images. I will critique each one myself, and explain why they are flawed. This is not a critique forum, so I rarely offer critiques to other's images. I do, however, want to help eveyone get better if I can. I captured all of these images within a 2.5 hour window on Saturday morning. I do not have time tonight to add in the details on them, so keep checking this thread throughout the week. Each image will be explained in intricate detail

 
Date: Jun 3, 2015   


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