Superzoom Bird Photography – About the Birds
We shoot with several (currently five) different small-sensor Superzoom cameras, and our primary subject is: the birds in our backyard. Our camera gear currently includes equipment from Canon, Fuji, and Sony, but we’re always interested in any technology or technique which might help us improve our photos. We study and admire the work of many talented bird photographers who use a wide variety of equipment, and we generally try not to evangelize for any make or model of camera, but we have made choices as all photographers must.
We shoot a lot of closeups and portraits of our birds because we love to see their beautiful detail, and the long superzoom lens with its short minimum focus distance allows us to capture very intimate views which normally just can’t be seen with the naked eye or in wider angle images. It’s a kind of bird photography which focuses almost solely on the birds rather than their environment, and tends to include very little else in the frame, save for a simple natural perch and a hopefully pleasing background. Some refer to this style as BOAS (bird on a stick)… and opinions vary regarding its artistic merit as a photographic genre. But it has it’s place and is especially well-received amongst painters, carvers, and those who enjoy and study the wondrous details of various bird species.
The birds we photograph are mostly songbirds and small, and we try to present them in their natural beauty rather than as fine art. But even when we shoot them in their environment, our photos are still mainly about the birds.
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