To make your images more dramatic and intimate shoot from the birds eye level or from the ground. This is far more effective than shooting from a downward angle.
The first thing that’s going through my mind when I arrive at a scene is how can I get level with the birds eyes?
I’m trying to decide this even as I’m setting up my equipment!
I took this shot of a golden eye at a local Wildlife and Wetland Centre.Its the kind of shot that many people take.
|What’s the mistake?It was taken from a standing position looking down at it.
||I simply dropped lay down onto the ground….
…and look at the difference it makes!
The image comes alive!
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t’s easy to be totally focused on the bird in front of you.
Why wouldn’t you be?
When you’re waiting for that perfect shot, it’s very captivating.
Before you are caught up in the excitement of the moment and start snapping away, have a look at what’s behind the bird.
Countless times I have gone home thinking I have some great shots.
I excitedly upload them to review on my computer. Only to discover there’s something not right such as a branch right behind the bird looking like its growing right out of its head.
I took my first shot below of a gray heron sitting looking up at his nest at a heronry close to where I live. Herons nest in groups at the top of the highest trees in nests constructed of branches and sticks.
I didn’t like the branches around the heron, so by changing my position and just moving to the left about a meter, I was able to take the shot below which makes it stand out much more clearly.