Thursday, January 26, 2012
This is one of my favorite images of a red-bellied woodpecker. I had set up a branch directly across from the kitchen window to film birds landing on it before going to the feeder. Red-bellies are pretty shy birds, however, and he didn't even like me standing at the window watching when he came around. So, he would always peek to see if I was in the window before going to the feeder. Notice how setting up the branch against a distant background creates a pleasing blur and directs attention directly to the subject. I'm not saying it is always possible, but that is the photographic goal. It is also important to try to get a catchlight in the eye of the subject which makes them look more alive.