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I will now be sharing free of charge many of my images in computer desktop wallpaper files.
These files will be 1920 x 1080 resolution.
One of the few endorsements I give out must go to MatShop.ca.
I have been using this company for several years now and they have yet to disappoint. Mats, Frames and everything in between can be found there at very reasonable prices.
Customer Service, something that always is important is top notch. The few times I have needed to clarify orders or order custom sizes they were quick to respond and never an issue fulfilling my requests.
If you have been looking for a low cost high quality matting and framing store I urge you to give them a try. Click on the link below.
I will be giving a Wild Bird photography workshop this spring focusing on how I take bird photos. I will share my gear settings, techniques and recommended cameras and lenses as well as talking about some of my methods used to approach birds in the wild.
I will touch on some of my post processing techniques and camera settings I use when the action gets fast and furious.
Although we might not like to admit it luck plays a huge part of any wildlife photographers success. For me, as someone who shoots mainly from a kayak I depend on luck a lot. I help myself as much as possible by trying to be in the right spots at the right time but you cannot control the subjects movement.
I have sat helplessly watching a great image unfold in front of me like an Eagle/Osprey battle or Osprey doing a huge dive for a fish only to be positioned between the sun and the birds...we all know how those images turn out. If the birds would just choose to do what they were doing on the other side of me in the gorgeous light I was set up for I would have much more success as a wildlife photographer.
Why am I writing about this now you might ask? We all know this is what you get when you go in pursuit of wild subjects so what is my point? Well...I got lucky this past week, not once but twice.
This shot was just after sunrise, I seen the Osprey coming directly towards me with the morning sun at my back...now, if only it would dive for a fish when it got close to me...I got very lucky and it dove and come up with a small fish for breakfast.
This magnificent Bald Eagle had been eating a small fish on this log as I approached just as the sun was setting at my back. It seemed oblivious to me approaching and I was able to get within 20 meters before I stopped and snapped off several shots. I paddled slowly away and left it to relax in the fading sunshine.
A good lesson to be learned from this for myself is to always be ready. You never know when the opportunity will arise for the perfect shot in perfect light, it usually just happens serendipitously and all the planning in the world does not help. The old photographer's mantra "F8 and be there" applies very much to wildlife photography.
As you know, I don't usually endorse #photography products, but Triggertrap is an exception. This is brilliant and inexpensive.
Creating Time lapse, Star trails, long exposures is always a bit of a chore to set up and calculate correct exposures, this little device takes care of all that for you and much more. Great for Bulb mode!
I recently had a couple of my wildbird photo's used as reference for paintings by artist Andy Sewell. I think they turned out rather well :)
More of Andy's work can be seen here....
I am beginning the new year with some drastic changes to my photography gear. I must say I got a little sidetracked with my pursuit of having the best kit possible to help me achieve the results I wanted. I forgot to keep in mind what type of photography I did 90% of the time.
So, having bought the Nikon D800 body a few years back then upgrading to the D4 last year I made the switch to an FX body with super fast frames per second and a seemingly endless buffer. I could rattle off 30 or 40 RAW frames in a few seconds and the D4 never slowed down a bit, keeping everything in focus and exposed the way I wanted. To be honest I have never used a better camera body and probably never will, it is a fantastic piece of equipment and I do not regret making the purchase. For sports events I do not think there is a better body available. Maybe the New D5
Having said that, I always missed the extra reach of the DX bodies I had used in the past. I decided to sell off the D4 while the value was still high and go back to the crop factor sensor in the Nikon D500. A DX body with 20MP sensor. Being able to fill the frame with a 20MP file has a huge advantage to always cropping the 16MP file of the D4 and ending up with a much smaller final image.
The D4 is certainly a better overall body but I learned a valuable lesson in the fact that I really did not need the Nikon flagship body for what I was shooting. Hope this info helps anyone considering new gear. Only get what you really need for the type of photography you do most of the time.
I am not one to brag but I feel very fortunate to have won first place in two photo contests this past summer. In both contests I entered images of a Common Loon and chick. I must admit the appearance of the chick in the photos gave them that wow factor that I am sure pushed them to the top.
SPCA Photo Contest
Nature Canada Contest
Monte Comeau is a Wild-Bird Photographer living in the Kootenay region of Beautiful British Columbia Canada.
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