IN THIS ISSUE: HOW TO PHOTOGRAPH WILD BIRDS - Part 5
PHOTOGRAPHING WILD BIRDS - Part 5
In this instalment, I'll be discussing EFFECTIVE USE OF LIGHT AND BACKGROUND
The reflection of light in a subject's eye is called a 'catch light'.
This is a very important element in bird photography. The catch light
adds a certain spark of life. Without it, a perched bird tends to look
like something from a taxidermist's shop window.
Well that's it for my series on how to photograph birds. I hope you
enjoyed it, and I hope you found it useful. If you have any questions,
don't hesitate to drop me a line at
THE READERS' PATCH
The Fall migration is underway!
What's New this week
New photos have been added to the following galleries:
FUN FACTS ABOUT BIRDS
One way is to pant
Panting is like sweating
in humans. It's a bird's way of expending heat.
ELAINE'S CORNER ..
The Dog Days of August – I don't know the exact meaning of this
expression but to me it says the summer is winding down and we certainly
see it in our garden. Flowers are fading, the greens are less vibrant,
the shrubs are beginning to look tired... but we still find it peaceful
and relaxing sitting in our gazebo at the end of the day. Even though
the colours are muted it's still an oasis for us and the activity, while
slightly less at times, continues to entertain us. We love to see the
birds going from bush to feeder to ground, finding what they need
wherever they look. We laugh at the squirrels burying the nuts – only to
be recovered by the squirrel watching them and waiting for them to turn
their backs! It never gets old!!
It seems like the flowering has finished sooner than usual this year but maybe that's because the season started so early. At least we got to enjoy the spring earlier and maybe we'll be able to enjoy the fine weather for several more weeks!
We feel a great deal of satisfaction when we look at our garden – it's come a long way over just three summers – and I don't think there's too much we still want to add. I haven't really made my choices based on “colours for all seasons” though, so maybe next year I do need to plant a few perennials that will carry on into the fall.
At the moment
we have Black-eyed Susans and Turtleheads adding a splash of vibrant
colour here and there and, while I'm not partial to mums and marigolds,
maybe I can still have fun looking for a
few new plants to fill that void.
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