First bird shot with the 7D

Started Feb 8, 2013 | Discussions thread
Bangers and Mash
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Re: First bird shot with the 7D

Kevin G. wrote:

Hello Wayne,

Good first attempts! Shooting birds and BIF are addictive and a lot of fun! I've been doing it for a few years and while far from an expert, I have improved and gained a lot of knowledge, some from this forum.

A longer lens is nice, but far from a necessity at this point, and it depends on what you are shooting. I love to walk and shoot hand held, so I shoot with a Canon 300 f/4 IS, sometimes with a 1.4 TC. In fact I've shot a few rather nice shots with the Canon 18-135mm! And the 7D.

Your first picture of the snowy egret is pretty well exposed - pretty tough since he is white and was in the bright sunlight - it's inevitable for the darker background to be dark. One thing important for bird photography, even BIF is to try and have the head/eye in good light. Yours is in shadow, but hey, not bad.

I presume the second shot is with no crop - not much you can do for detail without getting closer or with a longer lens. But a better crop could make a more interesting composition, even though you're not going to get much detail of the cormorant.

I would also suggest for practice to shoot gulls if your near the beach, or larger birds like egrets/herons in flight. They're fairly predictable. I shot, and still shoot various gulls over and over, even though they're so common, just to try and improve my technique and try and anticipate their flight/movements. Capturing a more uncommon bird well is a great thrill, but you have to nail and improve your technique first.

Here are a few shots of mine. It's funny - when I think I've nailed a shot - sharp focus, good exposure, etc. - I post it to a bird forum for critique - there are always a few things that could be improved - head angle, wing position, position in frame, light on head, etc. That's the beauty of bird photography and BIF - there is so much to learn, improve upon and make better! It's always a challenge, but I promise if you stick with it for a few months, you WILL improve and be hooked.

Here are a few of my shots - though far from perfect, there is always something in them that encourages me to keep trying and improve, (plus I love birds, walking and the outdoors!)



Thank you for your advise Kevin. Those shots are fabulous. I especially love the one you did of the Blue Heron. WOW!!! Looking at them give inspiration.

Cheers Kevin


Black Skimmer in flight

Black Skimmer with fish

Even though I missed the wing tips, I still like this...

Great Blue Heron taking off

This was taken with the 'lowly' Canon 18-135mm IS lens.

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