Tips From a Pro: David Tipling on Beginning Bird Photography
Snow Geese & Sandhill Cranes Bosque del Apache New Mexico
"Bosque del Apache in New Mexico has become a popular destination for European wildlife photographers to visit in winter. Often beautiful light and tame birds in abundance create great opportunities. This image was taken at sunrise during those magical 2-3 minutes when the first shafts of sunlight spill across the land. After a cold night, steam rose from the water on which the birds roosted, creating this ethereal atmosphere. For this image I shot directly into the rising sun and to avoid lens flare, I taped a bit of cardboard over the top half of my lens hood to stop extraneous light from spoiling the image. I used a large depth of field to give depth to the picture and accentuate the atmosphere of birds crowded together among rising steam."
Shot with a Nikon D300 and a 500mm f/4 lens at ISO 250, f/18 at 1/125 sec, mounted on a Gitzo tripod with a Dietmar Nil head.