Wildlife photography can be a hit-or-miss affair but snuggling up to a bird feeder tilts the odds in the photographer's favor. To capture this series of photographs I needed to be close so I set up my Ameristep Outhouse blind this morning ten feet away from the primary feeder. This gave the birds a few hours to become comfortable with it before the afternoon shoot. Once the sun had dropped a to a suitable angle it was time to enter the blind and wait for the shots to materialize. The low-angle light illuminating this cardinal against a deeply shaded background made for a dramatic image.
This cardinal paused while hopping from branch to branch through a dead poke weed as he approached the feeder. The earthy browns contrasting with the cardinals brilliant reds, black face mask and shadows playing across his body made a striking image.
With so many perches for the birds to chose from lighting angles and backgrounds vary a great deal depending upon which perch the bird chooses. With a rather shallow depth of field the distant woodland become a pleasing soft brown background.
For a productive session of wildlife photography setting up close to a busy bird feeder is a nearly sure-fire recipe for an action-packed outing. And if you pay attention to details the resulting images may become some of your all-time favorites.