This Thursday, 2-21-2019 is the monthly Education Night at FM Camera Club and we will be photographing birds from the C.A.A.R.E Parrott rescue program in Fargo.
The Center for Avian Adoption, Rescue, and Education (CAARE) is an all-volunteer, North Dakota, 501(c)(3), non-profit, parrot shelter devoted to the welfare of companion parrots. This group rescues parrots and helps people better manage the adoption of these amazing birds through education and awareness of their unique capabilities and needs. They also educate the general public about the proper care of exotic birds whenever anyone not familiar with owning and caring for parrots comes into the shelter. Another benefit of this group is that they will go out to events and locations to do this education in person, for a donation to the organization.
What makes us want to photograph birds and how do we do it well?
Birds are amazing creatures for many reasons. Most of all, that they can fly. They soar and wheel and seem to float effortlessly while we mere mortals are stuck to the ground.
For this reason alone they are great photographic subjects. If we do it well, we can capture that grace and the aerodynamic shape of the bird in flight in a spectacular photograph which can take the observers breath away.
To capture birds in flight we must have long focal lengths and fast focus capabilities to make sure to get the subject sharp. This is many times expensive, especially for lower light opportunities, but with the right light, lower priced equipment can be used and will do a good job.
Another trait that lends itself to great photographs of birds is their color and texture. Brightly colored feathers can be very interesting in photos. Make sure to accentuate these colors and textures in your photos to bring the subject to life. Using contrast, and making sure to expose properly will bring out the colors and textures to the highest level.
The EYES. Many bird species can have very interesting eyes and if you are close enough or have a long enough lens, you will be able to capture some stunning photos.
If you get a chance to come out Thursday to the Education Night at First Presbyterian, make sure to bring your camera and tripod. It should be a very interesting night of learning.