Photography 101: Birds, Beauty and Light

Here is another great edition of Photography 101 from a post on Stephen Dennstedt’s blog.

Expat Journal: Postcards from the Edge

Male Chimango Caracara – El Calafate (Southern Patagonia) Argentina

Birds are absolutely gorgeous critters but not always easy to photograph. Few things in life give me as much pleasure as capturing a terrific bird shot. Amongst the various bird species I have a profound fondness for the raptors, they are both fierce and graceful at the same time: their über-keen eyesight, sharp talons, powerful wings and seemingly effortless flight all make for a very efficient killing machine—albeit a killer without passion or anger. Unlike man they kill to survive and not simply from carnal pleasure or greed. Photography allows me the challenge of the hunt without the kill—I call that a win-win.

Galapagos Hawk – Galapagos Islands, Ecuador

As a boy and young man I used to hunt with my father. I fired my first gun at the age of five, received my first BB gun at around seven and my…

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