Bird Photography – Check the Background

One of the most difficult things to master (and I’ve yet to master this) in wildlife photography is remembering to check the background before taking the shot. Its the one point that Moose Peterson stresses in his book Moose Peterson’s Guide to Wildlife Photography and continues to stress on his recent blog posts.

This is especially difficult in photographing waterfowl where you always have a whole bunch of other stuff in the water besides the subject. Again, this is where patience and perseverance can really pay off. I watched these two Blue-Winged Teals for over an hour waiting for them to stop feeding in the dense marsh grass and move to open water where I had a decent looking foreground and background.

Two by Two

Two by Two
Copyright © 2009 Jeff Lynch Photography
Shot taken with a Canon 50D set on aperture priority (Av), using an EF 300mm f/4L IS USM with an EF 1.4X II extender mono-pod mounted. The exposure was taken at 420mm, f/6.7 for 1/90th of a second at ISO 100 on Lexar Professional UDMA digital film. All post capture processing was done in Lightroom 2. Click on the image above for a larger version.

3 thoughts on “Bird Photography – Check the Background

  1. This is a really good advice, so often one gets so focused on the main subject that you don’t notice the background… until you get home 🙂

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