For The Birds ~ The Lucky Photographer

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For The Birds ~ The Lucky Photographer

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As a professional photographer, I have spent many years working on my own style and dedicating myself to what appeals to me.

Often, that shifts fluidly as I take on new challenges and enjoy variety. The world has always seemed like my visual candy store. I often take pictures with my eyes and mind and hide them away like I would on a hard drive. These are mental images that I create, intentionally knowing that I am seeing something I will never see again in this life. It will have come and gone in a moment and I have no camera to record it.

When I watch movies my eyes seek the best still image from an action sequence and I think to myself, oh yes I would love to frame that!

One of the things I often chuckle about is when someone says to a photographer, ‘Oh my God, what a lucky shot!’ I know I am not the only one to cringe at hearing those words!

~ The harder you work, the luckier you get.

This has been my life mantra in many ways.

Why am I so lucky that I get to play music 20 hours a month for a full time living? That does seem very lucky doesn’t it? Or, alternatively, did I invest in myself musically? Did I invest thousands of hours singing and playing for free at parties and campfires for anyone who would listen? Lucky indeed.

When I showed one of my bird images to a fellow Whaler, they exclaimed something unimaginable. You’re never going to guess!!!

‘Oh my God, what a lucky shot!’

I present to you a series of lucky shots from this last summer. Hopefully my luck rubs off on you and you also decide to dedicate thousands of hours to getting lucky with your photography too.

The Huntress Scanning For Food




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This little sweetheart built her nest just outside my window next to my desk. She just loves this one spot on my front deck. She loves that little perch because she can fly from her nest on the side of my house to the front deck and land on her spot with pinpoint accuracy to spot some food and then she's off like a bolt of lightening.

So there was my dilemma. Being as fast as lightning, she only stays put for a couple of seconds. Grabbing focus on her before she bolts is like trying to nail jello to a tree. Basically it's the Image Focusing Olympics, don't steal that tag it's all mine lol.

The other problem is that I don't have much of a telephoto. I'm not exactly shooting for NatGeo. So I also have to be very stealthy, very still, very quiet and very invisible. No problem. Hope you like miracles!

Bonus Shots From This Summer! Random Birds at The Big Apple

The Rock Star

The Head Banger

The Prima Donna

Hope you enjoyed the shots, please refer back to my Photography Basics Crash Course Right Here!!

The understanding you will gain from that one post will improve your photography luck drastically.

Happy Snaps,
Bug (@TheBugIQ aka TheBooGeek)

©All Images TheBugIQ

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Excellent photos, you must have a great camera! Just kidding, don't you hate it when someone says that? It's like telling a master chef that he must have a great stove!

I've just started here, I love your bird photos. I'm also a bird photographer and I'll be posting once I've learned the ropes here.

That's very impressive! How long did the birdie hold the bug in its beak? I can imagine that it was an instant... and to catch that on camera - wow! I love birdies. They're such sweet creatures. Well, really, I love all the animals!

Well done!

What beautiful photographs! They are beautiful, I really loved them. I love photography and I want to be a great photographer. I am preparing myself because that is one of my dreams, I know that there are techniques and rules that must be followed and for this, I am taking intensive courses in photography. I will follow you because I want to learn from the best and for your photos I can clearly see that you are an excellent photographer and I congratulate you. Greetings my friend

Some lovely shots there @artist; I really appreciate the sharpness of each shot. I find the hardest thing about birds to be their "sudden quick" movements, causing blur and lack of focus. I probably take more shots of birds (to get a single good one) than any other subject matter.

[start sarcasm] I can't believe it! You must have a really good camera! or... you are very, very lucky to get a shot like that. Maybe it is a combination of both?! [/end sarcasm]

Amazing shots of those birds! It must have been so much fun watching how the birds are getting their food. I have a lot of respect for your patience @thebugiq, must have taken a while before you got a shot like this, let alone the skills to actually get it sharp like this. 🙇

When you enjoy intensely what you love you live with blessings. I congratulate you, for the love you have for your work and for nature as a source of luck. Let me tell you, luck is the positive energy that you put to things.

Nice photos, it should be exciting to capture with the camera, opportune moments to complement the theme of a photo.