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WILDLIFE BABIES

I’ve been a professional wildlife photographer since 2008 and for all of that time I’ve been trying to take pictures that will invoke an emotional response with people. In my experience, there is nothing that does that quite as well as baby animals. It’s probably got [...]

THE BEAUTY OF BACK-LIGHT

A rufous-tailed hummingbird in Costa Rica Back-light is, as you might expect, where the light on the subject is predominantly from behind. What this does is produce a dramatic effect, outlining the subject in rim light. All the more stunning if that light is warm in [...]

Bird Photography

In this article for Landscape Photography Magazine (when it had a wildlife photography section) I looked at how to get the best out of bird photography. You can download a PDF of the full article for free here: LPM Bird Photography I was a reluctant birder. It took my first [...]

By |2019-04-05T13:22:55+01:0031 Mar 2015|Birds, Magazine articles, Magazines, Technique, Tips, Wildlife|

How to Photograph Birds in Flight

Male purple-crowned woodnymph hummingbird, Costa Rica. This shot required a very fast shutter speed of 1/4000 s as well as flash. It was also manually pre-focussed Photographing birds in flight is one of the most common things to want to achieve in wildlife photography, but it can be fiendishly [...]

By |2019-04-05T12:41:08+01:0026 Sep 2014|Birds, Technique, Tips|

Flight of the Hummingbird

July 2014 cover - my green-breasted mango hummer! Did you know that hummingbirds can fly sideways, backwards and even upside down? And that they effectively go into hibernation every night to save energy? Hummingbirds are among the most colourful species in the wild kingdom, yet far from easy [...]

Costa Rica 2014 Part 3

[iq-testimonials-page id='4'] Long-billed hermit hummingbird. No, it's not a seahorse Parts 1 and 2 were about getting some images out into the world after my recent photography trip to Costa Rica. Of course there are lots more images here too, but I think it's about time I went [...]

Notes on a summer photographing swallows

Bringing home lunch More lunch! It's an uplifting experience to be heralded into the office by two duelling robins, each belting out a bright song from a nearby tree, with me receiving a glorious stereo mix in the middle. It's not robins I [...]