I am a Birder. I have been birdwatching ever since I was a kid. But the corona virus lockdown took my birdwatching and bird photographing to a whole other level. Going out in nature was almost the only thing you could do, for a whole year. I got myself a bigger objective and began my journey as a photographer. Photographing has made me think a lot about fantasyart. The things that makes a good photo is more or less the same things that makes a good fantasy creature portrait. The clear reading, the blurry background, the focus on the figure and the action.
Its funny how similar the thing I look for is, both in photos and in painting. But with bird photographing the right pictures comes from shooting 1000 of pictures not to be used.
I was photographing a great little falcon last week, called Red-Footed falcon. I got more than 1000 photos of it, but when I came home and looked them all through, there was one in particular that stood out. It was one where it had caught a Dragonfly and was bending the head done to eat the head of the fly, while hoovering over the reeds. That specific photo stood out to me because it had a “Moment” and an action and it showed this specific kind of falcon doing its very specific falcon thing, namely catching fireflies. So out of a 1000 this became the One. In fantasy painting I got to make every painting the One. I have to choose that moment and scene and portray it so the creature looks just a believable and true to its environment as if it was a wildlife photo.
Here is a huge gallery of my best bird photos over the last year.
I use Sony camera and lens and a camouflage suit or blanket.
If you want to follow my birdphotos its @ejsingbirds in Insta
I moved across country last year and the diversity of new wildlife has really got me thinking about taking up photography. I’ve already got bird books and binoculars strewn about my house. This was an article that hits close to home. Thanks for sharing!
Jesper, those are beautiful. Thanks for sharing.
Those are amazing. Thank you for sharing those!
Wow. I love these. The avocet in particular caught my attention. Partly because I have had a soft spot for that bird since I was a kid (I would often pretend to be an actual avocet back then and be deeply offended if I were addressed as a mere human), partly because I just love the composition – the off-center placement of the bird, the head in the shadow, yet still a sharp outline of the beak standing out against the background.
Wow, these are great. A lot of them have the same feeling as your paintings. I’ve been thinking about studying photography and cinematography and this makes me feel like it’s a really good idea to have that secondary practice to complement drawing/painting. Plus I totally downloaded these for studying birds later 🙂