Bird Photography – Never Put Your Camera Away!

Never put your camera away until you return home from a shoot. Don’t shut it off when you’re carrying it back to the car. Don’t even think about it!

I was on my way back to the car as the light faded. My camera was hooked to my R-Strap, hanging by my side when I startled this Great Blue and he took off. Got two nice shots off in a short burst before the light and the bird were gone.

Great Blue Heron in Flight

Great Blue Heron In Flight
Copyright © 2009 Jeff Lynch Photography
Shot taken with a Canon EOS 50D hand held using an EF 300mm f/4L IS USM with an EF 1.4X II extender. The camera was set on shutter priority (Tv) using AI Servo auto focus mode. The exposure was taken at 420mm, f/5.6 for 1/500th of a second at ISO 200 on Lexar Professional UDMA digital film. All post capture processing was done in Lightroom 2 and Noise Ninja. Click on the image above for a larger version.

7 thoughts on “Bird Photography – Never Put Your Camera Away!

  1. There is a Great Blue that lives in the bayou nearby…I keep trying to get a photo but the 200 just doesn’t cut it.

    • Getting close to birds can be difficult but its not impossible. You can do what I do and rent a longer lens for a few days to get really close. Please like have the longer Canon lenses available for very reasonable rates.


  2. Pingback: Words To Shoot By « Mark’s Photography Blog

  3. It takes a lot of discipline to do this but I’ll tell you, Murphy was a photographer (as well as an optimist). Just last month I broke this rule and drove right past four beautiful does crossing the road not more than fifty feet in front of me. By the time I got the camera out and the lens mounted, they were gone.


  4. Great point, Jeff. Think our friend Joe McNally stresses that too in his The Moment It Clicks book and his Linus Pauling photo.

    I know it’s helped me!

Comments are closed.