When I started making images of birds they were either on the ground or perched in a tree or on a man-made structure. Which was all very well but birds are meant to fly — most of them anyway.
So, I began to point my lens towards the sky to try to capture birds in their element. The result? Some great pictures of blue sky and occasionally clouds. Of birds there was the occasional wing or tail tip but no whole bird. This was not going to be easy.
As Guy Edwardes, an expert nature photographer says in his book, 100 Ways to Take Better Nature and Wildlife Photographs (David and Charles ISBN 978-0-7153-3149-1), “One of the most challenging techniques to master in wildlife photography is photographing birds in flight”.
As I found out! Not only is there the problem of keeping the bird in the frame but it has to be kept in focus and with fast flying birds that is quite a problem. I soon gave up on trying to capture a flying swallow — they are just too fast and change direction too quickly and too often. Many of my blue sky pictures were meant to be a flying swallow!
If you want to capture birds on the wing, my e-book which details my learning curve may help you achieve your ambition. (Note: if you have my e-book Starting Nature Photography don’t buy this one as the details in it are already included in the book you have) If you don’t have the Nature e-book then either buy it or the one pictured here!
You can get it from Smashwords for most tablet readers here
or from Amazon for Kindle readers here
or as a PDF from my website here