Bird photography is one of the most popular genres of nature photography. This should come as no surprise since birding is one of the world’s most popular pastimes! Bird photography is also a very challenging endeavor, requiring specialized skills and equipment – one does not simply pick up the camera used for family vacation photos and capture compelling avian images. On the same token, having the best possible photographic gear for the task does not ensure success either.
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Friday Animation Fun: Fat: Check out this funny, colourful short by three recent Supinfocom students, Gary Fouchy, Yohann Auroux Bernard and Sebastien De Oliveira Bispo. Those talented students at Supinfocom have produced another belter and now that Fat has finished its run on the festival circuit, we can see it online!
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Some of the natural inspirations from the shot in garden from the various places are collected for you and happy to have a chance to create an inspiration for the Green world.
The White Pocket is a remote, disreputably hard-to-reach scrap of stonework hidden inside the desert area of Vermillion Cliffs National Monument close to the Arizona/Utah border. The whole area is enclosed in a gray stony layer, from time to time merely a few centimeters broad, on top of the red stonework where the formation heave and drop that make the whole landscape seem like as if it was enclosed with icing darling. In a number of spots the stone layers are totally twisted, just like a huge marble cake. Its really beautiful.
When you buy a good quality tripod, you get just the tripod legs (even though it’s called a tripod). A good quality ballhead can make all the difference in capturing great looking landscape or nature images. A ballhead will let you quickly and easily adjust where your camera is pointed and how it is oriented (horizontal or vertical). Its also the most secure means to hold that expensive DSLR and lens you’ve just paid good money for.
The folks at Really Right Stuff make the best ballheads and arca-swiss style clamps I’ve ever used and the unit shown above is their BH-40 LR (BH-40 head with B2-40 LR clamp). It fits perfectly on my Gitzo tripod legs and keeps my Canon 5D Mark III secure and stable when taking landscape shots. It’s a great ballhead for basic pano shots as well.
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As I’ve posted before, gear selection and packing for a landscape photography trip is a cumbersome task. Each time I set out for a few days or a few weeks I begin by putting together a shoot list and hiking schedule. I also check the weather forecast for the area of Texas I’ll be traveling though and pray for any cold fronts approaching from the north or west. The last thing I want is a cloudless sky.
Pulling together a shoot list is a common enough task for most commercial photographers but I find few landscape or nature shooters that follow this discipline. I like to maximize my time in the field but I can’t carry fifty pounds of cameras and lenses on each hike so a shoot list is essential.
So here is a list of what I pack for a typical landscape outing.
This much gear weighs in a little under 20 lbs and fits comfortably in my pack. The nice thing is, the weight decreases during the hike as I consume my water supply and trail snacks. I caution folks about carrying too much weight in their packs. I’ve done these hikes and climbs several times in the past few years and every extra ounce of weight you carry takes that much more energy. When you’re out shooting in nature, the last thing you need to be thinking about is how sore your lower back is from lugging around all that gear.
In fact, during my spring workshop (Texas Landscape Safari) I may carry only one lens (24-105mm) on my 5D3 and a few filters in my pockets. I load my pack up with as much water as I can carry along with some apples for energy. One thing I tell all my attendees; if it’s a choice between a lens or a bottle of water, always take the water. The Texas sun can be a relentless companion and folks that don’t respect its strength soon find themselves dehydrated and exhausted. Not a great combination for a budding landscape photographer during a workshop.
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Last week on dPS our reader poll asked readers if they’d ever done any kind of photography training (a class or course). The results from over 66,000 readers are in and interestingly over 60% of us have never done any formal training (whether it be online or offline).
Those of you who have done some training – what was it and how did you find it?
Those of you who have never done any training – where did you learn? Was it just through practice, magazines, websites, friends, books… or something else?
Post originally from: Digital Photography Tips.
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