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Is bird photography the hardest?

 
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Jan 10, 2015 10:55 |  #1

I have a love hate with birding. First of all I'm not that good. I love watching birds especially birds of prey. However my keeper rate is LOW!!! Mammals, scenery, even large birds seem like a breeze compared to BIF and small birds.

Do y'all think there are any others forms of photography that are as challenging?


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Jan 10, 2015 11:00 |  #2

Each photography genre has its own challenges. As you have discovered, the small size, speed, and unwillingness to let humans get close are the major hindrances of bird photography. As for myself, I have no hesitancy going out to photograph birds as compared to the even more challenging genre that is characterized by the subject's expectation of being portrayed with more beauty than natural gifts may provide: the bride. ;)


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Jan 10, 2015 16:11 |  #3

Birds are tough, they have such small details with more details. it takes a ton of practise to get good at birds and I don't think you ever stop learning


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Jan 10, 2015 17:22 |  #4

Difficult, yep, but the hardest, I dunno. Landscapes seem more difficult to me and I don't really try them much. I mean it has all been shot, so how do you get a "new" image. With birds, the unexpected almost always happens, that is part of the attraction for me. A famous and successful bird photographer and a wonderful teacher, told me, after one of his seminars: "Mike, there isn't any secret to taking a great bird photograph, you just have to get everything right". I have yet to accomplish that, but I have come close a few times, that's what keeps me going. I have found that traveling to a new location can be a very invigorating experience, as was my recent first trip to Bosque del Apache NWR. This spring I am going to take my first trip to Big Bend NP. I mean, even High Island can go stale after ten spring migrations. Just a thot, try a new spot, one you have never visited. ;-)a

This is what I mean when I say "UNEXPECTED"

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Jan 10, 2015 17:49 |  #5

I would much, much rather take BIF photos that to try to take photos of infants and kids. To me there is a skill to getting kids to be in the right position to photograph that you either have or you don't.


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Jan 10, 2015 18:08 |  #6

mikeivan wrote in post #17376038external link
...This is what I mean when I say "UNEXPECTED"

A fine illustration of the little known reason that geese and other birds prefer to fly in a "V" formation rather than line astern;-)a




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Jan 10, 2015 19:05 |  #7

I think photographing people is harder because they are able to talk and complain a lot. :rolleyes:


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Jan 10, 2015 19:27 |  #8

O Duane I totally agree, but for different reasons


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Jan 10, 2015 21:00 |  #9

Astro is pretty tough.




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Jan 10, 2015 22:21 |  #10

I'll put young kids and little birds at the same level of difficulties > The masochism's level :-P


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Jan 11, 2015 20:07 |  #11

For me I find bird and bif photography very easy because no matter the results of my shots I totally enjoy being in their company. If I get a good shot great if not oh well I am outdoors, total win.


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Jan 11, 2015 20:14 |  #12

rwingsfan wrote in post #17377953external link
For me I find bird and bif photography very easy because no matter the results of my shots I totally enjoy being in their company. If I get a good shot great if not oh well I am outdoors, total win.

I do agree, whatever result > it's an enjoyment, we got what we want, it's fine, we do not it's fine too :-P


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Jan 11, 2015 20:21 |  #13

Anything that you like, is the easiest and you know the rest.


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Jan 11, 2015 20:23 |  #14

joedlh wrote in post #17375484external link
the small size, speed, and unwillingness to let humans get close are the major hindrances of bird photography. ;)

Sounds like the challenges of the Hollywood paparazzi, too! ;)


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Jan 12, 2015 00:05 |  #15

I started bird photography after coming back from my honeymoon in Kruger Park, S.A.

Back home, I looked around and didn't see any lions or elephants to take pictures of...

So bird photography is easier than big mammal photography, if only because I have some in the area!

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