Songbird Photography
Songbird Photography

Songbirds are one of my favorite birds to photograph.  These birds have a lot f rich color and sometimes move fast which makes the photography a little more difficult.  They are birds of habit, so I have found just sitting and watching them teaches me how they act.  I notice that they are most active in the early morning just after sunrise

Planning My Day

When I am planning to do songbird photography, I do usually leave early in the morning with my Canon 6D ii full frame camera or the Canon 90D crop camera.  I prefer the 6D ii because the I have more room to work with in the composition.  This is important because these birds take off quickly sometimes.

When photographing songbirds on a perch, I will use a flash so I can use a lower ISO and a faster shutter speed.   I put a diffuser on the flash to soften the light and prefer to be on a tripod which a gimbal attached because it is a more stable setup, but I can move fast to a subject that lands.  Also,  have learned that sometimes they come back to the same perch after flying away.  Because the birds sit for a short time, I cannot waste too much time setting up the shot.

 

But he who received the seed on stony places, this is he who hears the word and immediately receives it with joy; yet he has no root in himself, but endures only for a while. For when tribulation or persecution arises because of the word, immediately he stumbles. Now he who received seed among the thorns is he who hears the word, and the cares of this world and the deceitfulness of riches choke the word, and he becomes unfruitful. 23 But he who received seed on the good ground is he who hears the word and understands it, who indeed bears fruit and produces: some a hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty.” 
Matthew 13:20-22

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