March 22, 2012 Photography and Light the mirror effect

March 22, 2012  •  Leave a Comment

Hi there,

 

Well this is my first Blog post.

I have had this site for about 18 months. Not too many views of my birds. I guess many people think photographing birds is a waste of time or not very interesting. I guess most of my photograph life I thought the same. But living in the Bahamas there're not too much to photograph after all the beach, boating, palm trees and fun in the sun scenes. There isn't many animals either, but we do have a few birds that live here or migrate through here.  

If you start to do photography of birds you'll find it isn't as easy as you thought. It's probably one of the hardest things to photograph. You do need some expensive equipment camera equipment as compared to the pocket camera or iphone cameras that everyone has these days. There is no way around it.

You have 2 times of the day to photograph birds if you want that Golden Light type photograph I'm looking for--about 2 hours in the morning around sunrise and an hour and a half in the evening right around sunset, 1 hour before sunset and 30 minutes after sunset. For me the evening is best. The evening light is warmer and the shadows are not as harsh.

The photo below was taken in the evening. The sun had set below a hill behind me, but the light was still hiting the palm frons of the plam trees behind the small pond in front of me where this Snowy Egret was waiting to catch a fish. The golden reflection you see in the water is from these palm trees. You can almost make out the shape of the palm frons--the yellow area and the green in the upper left is from some green bushes on the shoreline. 

This year has been crazy as far as the birds are concerned here on Andros Island in the The Bahamas. There just hasn't been but a few of the wading birds like the Egrets and Herons that I photograph. With the warmer weather to the north very very few of the imgratory birds and coming this far south. I usually photograph about 100 days in the winter months of these migratory birds, but this years I only photograph 2 days. I checked the ponds about 50-60 times so far, but nothing.

 

I will try to write this blog a few times and see if there is any interest.

 

Daniel    

Mirror-Like Image of this Snowy Egret On the Pond In Birding Paradise


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