Some images I can view over and over again.  This is one of them.  What draws me to this image is the feeling of solitude and perhaps even loneliness.  From his natural watchtower position he looks out over his sea ever alert for natures predators, while at the same time he basks in the late afternoon peaceful glow of a setting sun.  Humans love watching sunset over bodies of water so I suppose we shouldn’t be surprised some animals appreciate the same.

Canon EOS 5 Mark II, 300mm F2.8L IS @F4.5 1/320th  ISO 500

 

Some images I can view over and over again.  This is one of them.  What draws me to this image is the feeling of solitude and perhaps even loneliness.  From his natural watchtower position he looks out over his sea ever alert for natures predators, while at the same time he basks in the late afternoon peaceful glow of a setting sun.  Humans love watching sunset over bodies of water so I suppose we shouldn’t be surprised some animals appreciate the same.

But more, this image invokes a special memory.  I was working with a client on a basic workshop and my assistant was in the back listening in for the hundredth time when she got the idea she’s listened enough and would rather play with the camera instead.  I adjusted the settings for her, handed her the camera, and she was having a great time.  The first time using a big telephoto and fast DSLR can be a lot of fun, and this was no exception.  While working with my client I kept glancing back and occasionally asking her to make some captures for me.  After all, there was probably zero chance of me getting my camera back that day..

These birds are elusive.  You’ll see them, but then they’re gone rarely staying in the same place for longer than a second or two making them very difficult to photograph.   And when you do see them, they’re hidden in brush or thickets and you rarely get a clear shot.  So imagine my surprise when I spot this this guy perched on the rock looking over a large pond (his sea) with the sun warming his feathers, not moving at all.  I remember saying rather frantically “get that bird, get that shot, arrrghh.. just get it..” and I heard the camera’s shutter cycle 5-6 times.   At the time I had no way of knowing if she’d found the right focus, made decent framing, both would have been asking too much for someone’s first time.  So imagine my delight when I downloaded my images later that evening to find this perfect image.  What a treat!

 

There are many interesting birds in Thailand.  This particular image doesn’t share nearly the composition as the Feature Photograph above, but he’s still a lot of fun showing his colors and attitude.  These birds hang out with bears.  They sit on their heads, share their food, clean the bears of lice and other small critters, and with the bears watching over them enjoy absolutely no other predators.  A satisfying life I’m sure.

Canon EOS 5 Mark II, 300mm F2.8L IS @F4 1/100th  ISO 100

 

There are many interesting birds in Thailand.  This particular image doesn’t share nearly the composition as the Feature Photograph above, but he’s still a lot of fun showing his colors and attitude.  These birds hang out with bears.  They sit on their heads, share their food, clean the bears of lice and other small critters, and with the bears watching over them enjoy absolutely no other predators.   A satisfying life I’m sure.

These images are significant because they show more than “a bird.”  They show a bird in an interesting composition above, and a bird with an attitude.   Both add interest.   Everyone photographs birds sitting still, birds flying, birds eating.   You need more.  You need to photograph them in an interesting theme.  Give it a try!