Sunday, December 30, 2007
Bird Photography Tip: Include the Habitat
It's easier than ever to make technically perfect portraits of birds. How do you make powerful bird photos that stand out from the crowd? Try including the bird's habitat. A bird portrayed in its habitat tells the viewer something about the environmental forces with which it contends in its day-to-day life. Including the birds environment lets the photographer tell a story.
Here a male Harlequin Duck perches on a rock with crashing waves around it, keeping its composure while surrounded by the power of the ocean. This bird makes a living by diving to forage in intertidal and subtidal zones, prying crabs, mollusks, and other marine invertebrates from underwater rocks. In doing so, it is exposed to the intense buffeting of the surf against the rocky coastline.
Read more in my article Birds in Habitat