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Still life photography is a genre of photography used for the depiction of inanimate subject matter, typically a small group of objects. It is the application of photography to the still life artistic style. An example is food photography.
Still life photography gives the photographer more leeway in the arrangement of design elements within a composition compared to other photographic genres, such as landscape or portrait photography. Lighting and framing are important aspects of still life photography composition.
Though his is not my routine taste but i would like to share some images i captured in last 2 years.
Canon EOS 5D Mark ||| and Lens-Canon EF 24-105 mm IS USM
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The grey heron (Ardea cinerea) is a long-legged predatory wading bird of the heron family, native throughout temperate Europe and Asia and also parts of Africa. A bird of wetland areas, it can be seen around lakes, rivers, ponds, marshes and on the sea coast. It feeds mostly on aquatic creatures which it catches after standing stationary beside or in the water or stalking its prey through the shallows.
Standing up to a metre tall, adults weigh from 1 to 2 kg .They have a white head and neck with a broad black stripe that extends from the eye to the black crest. The body and wings are grey above and the underparts are greyish-white, with some black on the flanks. The long, sharply pointed beak is pinkish-yellow and the legs are brown.
The birds breed colonially in spring in “heronries”, usually building their nests high in trees. A clutch of usually three to five bluish-green eggs is laid. Both birds incubate the eggs for a period of about 25 days, and then both feed the chicks, which fledge when seven or eight weeks old. Many juveniles do not survive their first winter, but if they do, they can expect to live for about five years.
The main call is a loud croaking “fraaank”, but a variety of guttural and raucous noises are heard at the breeding colony. The male uses an advertisement call to encourage a female to join him at the nest, and both sexes use various greeting calls after a pair bond has been established.
The grey heron has a slow flight, with its long neck retracted (S-shaped). This is characteristic of herons and bitterns, and distinguishes them from storks, cranes, and spoonbills, which extend their necks.
This species breeds in colonies known as heronries, usually in high trees close to lakes, the seashore or other wetlands. Other sites are sometimes chosen, and these include low trees and bushes, bramble patches, reed beds, heather clumps and cliff ledges. The same nest is used year after year until blown down; it starts as a small platform of sticks but expands into a bulky nest as more material is added in subsequent years. It may be lined with smaller twigs, strands of root or dead grasses, and in reed beds, it is built from dead reeds. The male usually collects the material while the female constructs the nest. Breeding activities take place between February and June. When a bird arrives at the nest, a greeting ceremony occurs in which each partner raises and lowers its wings and plumes.
The male calling from the chosen nesting site. On the arrival of the female, both birds participate in a stretching ceremony, in which each bird extends its neck vertically before bringing it backwards and downwards with the bill remaining vertical, simultaneously flexing its legs, before returning to its normal stance. The snapping ceremony is another behaviour where the neck is extended forward, the head is lowered to the level of the feet and the mandibles are vigorously snapped together. This may be repeated twenty to forty times. When the pairing is settled, the birds may caress each other by attending to the other bird’s plumage. The male may then offer the female a stick which she incorporates into the nest. At this, the male becomes excited, further preening the female and copulation takes place.
Grey herons have the ability to live in cities where habitats and nesting space are available.
The Andaman and Nicobar Islands one of the seven union territories of India, are a group of islands at the juncture of the Bay of Bengal and Andaman Sea.
The Group of islands covering a total area of 8,073 sq kilometers.Initially inhabited by multiple groups of indigenous tribes, the island was later used as a penal colony during the British occupation of India. Despite of the horrid reputation during the colonial period, the Andaman and Nicobar Islands this day are one of the most sought after tourist destination of India. The islands are famous for its serene, white sandy beaches characterized by sparkling blue waters.
These roughly 300 islands are known for their palm-lined, white-sand beaches, mangroves and tropical rainforests. Coral reefs supporting marine life such as sharks and rays make for popular diving and snorkeling sites. Indigenous Andaman Islanders inhabit the more remote islands, many of which are off limits to visitors.
Havelock is a picturesque natural paradise with beautiful white sandy beaches fringed with green canopy of the rain-fed forests and fun at the azure sea.
Neil Island is beautiful island with lush green forests and silver sandy beaches is connected by boat daily from Port Blair, which provides an ideal holiday for eco-friendly tourists.
These islands also boast of freedom fighting days’ historically significant landmarks viz. Cellular Jail, Ross Island, Viper Island, Hopetown and Mount Harriet. The Andaman and Nicobar Islands have been declared as two of the 218 endemic bird area of the world. As many as 270 species and sub-species of birds have been reported existing in these islands, 106 of them being endemic. The Andaman Wood Pigeon, Andaman Padauk and Dugong are declared as State Bird, State Tree and State Animal respectively.
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Photography especially Bird photography is a bit challenging as the subject is highly unpredictable. These feather friends have wings that give them freedom.And you need some decent gears like at least cropped sensor camera and one telephoto lens in the range of 300 to 400 mm. You have to devote a lot of time. One more thing if you are doing it just for hobby, think twice as it is a costly affair.
But once you get into it, it is a heavenly fun you will never regret the decision you have made. If you are living in a remote area where no national park, wildlife reserves or landscape present, choosing bird photography is the best option to satisfy your desire to get close to nature.
Birds are everywhere; only we need to have keen, loving eyes to watch them. fI you are not a good bird watcher you can never think of being a good bird photographer. you have to learn a lot about bird identification, their behavior, breeding pattern, how to get close to them without disturbing them.
I think to try to shoot more common birds which are present in your proximity then try the one in a wild environment.
Bird photography can not be learned by attending 2 or 3 teaching lesson..it is always a field experiment.
Common Myna shot taken with my all time Favourite Canon gear 7D and Lens Canon EF 100-400 mm
Here are some basic tips for the beginners-
Need For Speed-
Always shoot with high shutter speed minimum 1/800. It must be 1/200 when you are capturing a bird in flight shot especially a fast flyer. For slow moving bird like heron and egret, 1/1000 can bring a good result.
Only bird perching and not active can be shot at slower speed 1/200 or 1/300. I recommend using tripod or monopod if shooting at slower speed
2.Always focus on the eyes
If the eye of a bird is in focus, it grabs the attention of the viewer, and he will forget the rest of the bird. You need to wait for the bird to turn face sideways and always focus on eye level.
3.choose background wisely
Decide whether you want a smooth background, bokeh effect or you want to tell a story. For telling a story you need the background experience where the bird is living, but then the background should be pleasant enough and not distracting,
4.Fill the frame –
A tight portrait with the totally smooth background is always pleasant, but this is not true in all situation, sometimes you need to include the surrounding to tell the actual story. Like a bird perching on a dry log lying in a river. You sure want to add that to express the true story. Remember picture speaks thousand birds than your lengthy mention to be patient and wait for the bird to act naturally. Images with a bird sitting on a bench are dull, so try to capture interesting action instead.
5. Use a hide
Try to hide behind a bush/tree or use an artificial blind. Most useful is your vehicle.
6.Use of Flash
Use flash if required.But only fill flash.Having a flash camera extender such as the “Better Beamer” is very helpful for fill flash, especially to photograph birds under tree leaves or in darker areas.
7.Shoot Lot Of Images
Shoot lots of images. I typically shoot a single image first, then take a look and make sure that the pictures are sharp and in focus. If everything looks good, I will shoot the bird in bursts of 5-10 frames at a time. Having a fast camera that can handle 5-6 frames per second is very helpful. I then go through hundreds or sometimes even thousand of pictures at home and delete the images that I do not want.
8. Your position matters-
Try to position yourself with your back towards the sun. Sometimes having the sun to the far left or right is OK, but having it behind you will give you the best light.
9.Timing of shooting
Shoot either early in the morning or closer to the evening. You will find that early morning or later afternoon provides the best opportunities because the birds are hungry and are looking for food. I prefer to shoot early in the morning – that’s when the birds are most active.
10. Take note of weather condition
Try not to take pictures of birds in flight during a cloudy day. Photographs of birds with white or gray backgrounds don’t look as good and are hard to deal with during post-processing.
It is more important to be a bird watcher first before you try to make some good bird pictures. You are going to learn much skill in the field rather than in front of your PC as far as bird photography is concerned. It takes time to develop muscle memory and learning new skill is always a cerebellar process ..!!
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We are sharing some selected samples shot with the Nikon Coolpix P500. The Coolpix P500 offers a 12.1 effective megapixel CMOS sensor in a genuinely compact body,36x wide-angle optical Zoom-NIKKOR ED glass lens .Nikon Coolpix is equipped with VR Image Stabilization System.Its’ 3-inch Vari-angle LCD with 921,000 dot resolution gives the desirable flexibility in operation.
I have some special attachment to this camera. As This is the first digital camera gifted to me by my wife.My photography journey began with this lucky champ. Though today some high-end Canon gear have been added to my bag, I keep my all time favorite Nikon Coolpix P 500 always in my bag. Still, this is my favorite camera to shoot landscape, family pictures and traveling pics.
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