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tips for backyard bird photos?

coolmom42

McEwen, US
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coolmom42 Moderator Awarded for her enthusiastic support of the community and exemplifying the Nikonian mission “Share, Learn and Inspire” Nikonian since 30th Nov 2011
Wed 02-Jan-13 01:10 AM

After the chaos of holidays, I'm getting set up to do some backyard bird photos. Last winter I was often frustrated by poor backgrounds, twigs in the way, and unattractive elements in the picture.

So I've ordered a pop-up blind that I can easily move as needed, or leave in the same spot for a while.

I got some ultra-flat spray paint (intended for camoflage painting) to paint the post and underside of my bird-feeder a natural brown, so if it's in a background there won't be a shiny metal thing sticking out like a sore thumb.

I'm going to make a suet/woodpecker feeder, by drilling holes in a downed limb and filling with suet, and hanging it below the regular feeder.

Also ran across this great info on setting up to photograph birds near a feeder:

http://www.the-digital-picture.com/Photography-Tips/Backyard-Bird-Photography-Setup-Tips.aspx

This gives some good ideas on how to position perches, some good ideas for varying materials, and tips on position relative to the feeder.

Any other suggestions/tips for success in the backyard?

working on it in Middle TN
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