Tech Tuesday…You Are So Beautiful!

While I love a bird portrait as much as anyone, behavior adds so much more impact to an image and preening behavior is one of my favorites! I love the beauty and grace, the simplicity of the gentle curve of a White Ibis’ neck as it reaches for the feathers on it’s back…

I try to catch them as they stretch and pull at their wings…

At the very tip of their wing, a wisp of feather curls around their beak…

And the dexterity in which they get to those hard to reach places…

When they are in or near water, zoom (or step back) a bit and include the reflection…

Try to isolate your preening bird to keep your viewers attention focused right where you want it…

So, the next time you find yourself photographing birds, watch their behavior and train your lens on a preening bird…not only will you make some simply beautiful images there will likely be an added bonus at the end so, stay focused (on your bird) and…stay tuned next week when I share the bonus!

Images created with (in order) Nikon D3 – AF-S 600mm f4, D3S, AF-S 600mm VR – D1H, AF-S 600mm – D2X, AF-S 200-400mm VR with TC-14E II – D3, AF-S 600mm f4 VR with TC-14E II – Nikon D3, AF-S 200-400mm with TC14E II on Lexar Digital Media