Cre­ative project Back­light birdies

Cre­ate a safe spot for birds to feed in the back gar­den and cap­ture them us­ing flash

Digital Camera World - - PHOTO PROJECTS -

When it comes to tak­ing pic­tures of birds, you may want to go the next step on from us­ing nat­u­ral light. Ade Clarke has done just this, set­ting up a feed­ing sta­tion in his back gar­den that en­ables him to pho­to­graph birds.

A keen wildlife pho­tog­ra­pher, Ade had al­ways gone to seek out his sub­jects, but due to per­sonal cir­cum­stances he wasn’t able to get out as much as he liked – so he em­barked on this on­go­ing project. Ade has ex­per­i­mented with dif­fer­ent tech­niques to per­fect his shots. When it comes to sourc­ing treats to at­tract the right birds, Ade says all the in­for­ma­tion he used to get started came from the RSPB web­site (www.rspb.org.uk). “Al­though this source is use­ful,” he says, “it is not de­fin­i­tive, as I’ve found that the birds don’t strictly stick to the rules of what they should or shouldn’t eat. That’s where your own ob­ser­va­tions and ex­per­i­ments will be es­sen­tial.”

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