Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Levels of Challenge

American Robin

However common or rare, every bird represents an opportunity to hone your photographic skill. Because many first-time digiscopers struggle to obtain sharply focused images, my advice for them is to practice on birds more easily approached, like American Robins or other common birds. Even seasoned photographers will seize the occasion to work with unusual lighting angles - the ordinary can become more aesthetically pleasing in a new way. Every bird and lighting situation is unique and a successful exposure is earned experience, even if it takes you a couple of shots to get it to your liking. Over time, mastery over your gear and technique will translate to a higher frequency of "keepers" out in the field.

Yellow-rumped Warbler

All images © 2008 Mike McDowell

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