Sunday, April 1, 2007
Wings Of Spring
Try these 10 tips from renowned professional Tom Vezo and get your best avian images this spring
8 Use caution in the environment. When photographing in a nesting area, use extreme care. Says Vezo, "I almost always set up my L.L. Rue blind for this type of photography, depending on the species I’m shooting. If birds detect your form or any movement, including your eyes, they will take longer to return, or worse, not return at all. No photo is worth the failure of a nest, and it will ruin your chances for photographs as well."
Vezo limits his movements and tries to be as quiet as possible. "I sometimes take the time to set up my blind away from the nest, moving it closer, day by day, so the birds get used to the structure, until I’m within shooting range."
Recalls Vezo, "Just about every night I’d hike down to the nest site and wait for the male to come in with food. Like clockwork, he’d fly in within a minute or two of the same time every night. By being persistent, I was able to photograph him with snakes, mice and giant desert centipedes as well."
10 First and foremost, be passionate! This is the basis of Vezo’s work. He travels the world in pursuit of his photography and has forfeited time, money and comfort in exchange for these shots. That passion shows in every image!
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