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Dunlin at eye level

I went to a presentation of a very prominent wildlife photographer last month. I was looking forward to looking at some great photography. Unfortunately his shots were a little too mono-cultural for me. All his photographs were taken from the same low level with the background out of focus. I was looking for something a little different. He would perhaps like this shot of a summer plumage Dunlin taken a number of years ago on Skye. I had to lie in the sea to take the shot!

Dunlin

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2 Responses to “Dunlin at eye level”


  1. 1 Malcolm
    December 23, 2015 at 12:33 am

    This seems to be the received doctrine when it comes to taking bird photos: get down low and get in close. I’m guilty of trying to do it myself, but increasingly I prefer portraits of birds in the context of their environment: A group of sanderling with the foamy waves in the background rather than one individual isolated on the sand. A party of waxwings surrounded by haw berries rather than one in close up against the sky. It’s probably better for the birds too.

    Malcolm


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