mvanrheenen wrote:I can understand that Greg, but from a technical point Robbies images are superb. By that I not only mean photography techniques, but also the way he's able to find his subjects, get this close and having an eye for getting just that moment. In my opinion, Pat has this too but she has a different style, which I like very much too. That is what I'm jealous of.
I'm planning to develop some of those techniques for my own once I get a hide and a half decent tripod. The tools he is using helps, but as you know, that's only the first 10%.
Mark I’m impressed with photographic skill, capture and application in Robbie’s (and Pat’s) photos too, don’t worry about that.
This is my take/opinion (whatever) on the main difference between your bird photos (and mine) and Robbie's (and Pat’s for that matter), they both get closer (or in the zone) and have time to shoot non-alerted (or on a lower state of alertness/alarm) birds.
The background usually takes care of itself with the right magnification and distances ratio using high quality lenses that can handle larger apertures without sacrificing image quality, you can also do some clever stuff with the background if you are of a mind and have the shopping ability.
It’s more like staged shooting than what we do, out in the open taking shots of opportunity is much more difficult to get results anywhere near what can be achieved from a strategically placed hide.
That’s why I admired that hide-less photographer last year who posted all those African birds and photographed them in natural context, it was awesome bird photography in my book.
To even place a hide well takes very careful observation of the particular target, if there is a nest, if it has a favorite perch or observation point, the area it likes to frequent most of the time, what it eats, where is the food source, lots of stuff.
Even with a hide at the right distance (and height) from the subject there is still going to be an element of luck involved with the usual things, foreground grass stem, twig, background detail with unwanted item/s, the direction of the light and the strength of it.
You have a good lens that already has produced photos of equivalent quality to Robbie’s or Pat’s, the main difference is the distance penalty and ‘take what you get’ backgrounds, I think the hide will be a good enhancement generally speaking, probably a lot less shooting photos and a lot more fussing but will offer the potential eventually you’re looking for I think.
Ps caporip that gull looks like its friends played a practical joke on it with a cartoon flash bomb.