At the moment I am working in my backyard ... the challenge there is to set everything up such that the light works and I'm not pointing a camera at a neighbor's backyard.
[I'm a wildlife photography newbie] and currently reading _Photography Birds: Field Techniques and the Art of the Image_ by Gerrit Vyn. I didn't realize the extent that bird photography depends on blinds. He uses a blind most of the time! which makes getting close much, much easier.
@amytabb Yeah, I have the same issues in my backyard. Don't want to freak out the neighbors 😅
I think with a 150-600mm lens, its possible to get close enough to a good amount of birds. Of course a blind would make it easier, but blinds seem inappropriate in my small local parks and reserves that do get visitors besides me. Hopefully at some point I will find a location where I'd feel comfortable using a blind
@ahdchild Ah ok.
I go to farms here locally -- sort of a hard thing to suggest, b/c you have to know someone, and then (I, at least) get permission to go even at my family's farm, b/c of hunting and other events. Have to watch out for: hunters (there w/ permission, or not -- so I wear blaze orange since bow season is in at the moment), sprays and re-entry intervals, and farm animals in the area. Some animals I can go in the field with, some not, and some, it depends if they have calves.
But, there's lots of wildlife in those little-to-big areas that aren't farmed within the farm -- woods, wetlands, the borders of fields.
This photo is from a neighbor's farm -- my father suggested the idea. It turns out he just wanted photos of Longhorns : )
@amytabb I'll keep this in mind. I don't know anyone who can give me access to a farm now, but this seems like the kind of knowledge that may come in handy at some point.
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