Bird Photography – Learning About Nature

To become a good nature photographer you need to learn a little bit about your subjects. To become a great nature photographer like Arthur Morris or Moose Peterson you need to learn to think like your subjects; to anticipate their behavior and understand how they will react in certain situations.

This is especially true with birds like the blue-winged teal. These beautiful little ducks are a lot like me in that they enjoy the sun and the warmth and hate the cold. Blue-winged teals will be one of the first to migrate south in the fall and one of the last to migrate north in the spring. These wonderful birds will fly incredible distances during their migrations and teals tagged in Alberta, Canada have been found as far south as Venezuela in the winter.

More Teals

More Blue-Winged Teals
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 1/125h 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.

As a photographer, the more you know about and care for your subjects, the better your images will become over time. Learning to understand and appreciate the beauty found in nature can’t help but make you a better photographer.

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