What makes a Photographer

Wildlife photography is sort by millions and in todays digital world, is there a true understanding of what it takes to be a true wildlife photographer.

The gear is just a small part of what it takes to get the image you are so proud of.

As I explained before the Barn Owl is my favourite bird and with an unique opportunity to use land from a lovely lady, I cannot turn down a great sunny day with blue skies. Sounds daft but to have the good light for 6 hours is a rare opportunity here in the UK.

With the ground frozen and it only 1 degree i was in position for 9am. After 3 hours I had to move for body circulation reasons.

With 3 locations to choose from I moved and sat for another 2 hours with no sign of the Barn Owl. The Buzzard flew over, a Kestrel and a Sparrowhawk made an appearance.

After 5 and a half hours I decided to call it a day when I looked up and Barny was there in front of me. She left the barn and flew away into the distance. It was then when I went back to my first location. Sitting ready she came back and put on a display for me

The images of her looking down into the grass in a majestic way gets my heart racing.

The Sony A7r4 Locked on to all 50 images of her without one being out of focus, together with the Sony 200-600.

Sony A7r4 200-600
Sony A7r4 200-600
Sony A7r4 200-600
Sony A7r4 200-600
Sony A7r4 200-600
Sony A7r4 200-600
Sony A7r4 200-600

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I am 63 years old and and since a boy have had an interest in wildlife and in particular birds. I help my Dad with the rearing of young finches and other birds. I had many small birds as pets and as i got older and joined the Military i purchsed my first Camera, and fold out Kodak. Over a 22 year period i enjoyed many countries outside the uk and observed many species of birds. When i left the military in 2000, i bought my first digital camera a Canon 450D with a Tamron 70-300 and started my journey on capturing images of birds and animals. I quickly learned that there was a lot more to getting a good image of a bird, so i started to research the best settings for my camera in order to capture a better image. Over a 12 month period i realised that needed to invest in a better camera and lens and after research bought a Canon 50D and a 100-400 Lens. It was 2013 when i really got to grips with the setup and came across a lovely Short Eared Owl. From that meeting i started to concentrate on Owls as they fasinated me. From Canon to Olympus i recently jumped ship again to Sony. The variety of birds i have captured over a 10 year period is vast and at present i have a wildlife hide in lancashire where most of my images are captured.


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