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Ovenbird



Ovenbird in its home, built between a wireless Internet antenna and a sealed box containing fiber converter and switch.

Ovenbird in its home, built between a wireless Internet antenna and a sealed box containing fiber converter and switch.
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Behind The Lens

Location
The photo was taken on a sunday, in Farroupilha Park, the most important park of Porto Alegre City, Brazil. I was working on a photo book and my deadline was pretty close, so I took the sunday to shoot several places and themes, intensively.
Time
It was around noon, on a very hot and sunny day.
Lighting
Nothing special about lighting, except the fact that I used a polarizing filter to dark the blue sky.
Equipment
This was shot on a Nikon D90, with a 18-105mm f/3.5-5.6 lens. For this shot, I set 1/200 seg and ISO 200 in shutter-priority mode, and the camera gave me f/14. I used a polarizing filter.
Inspiration
I was working on a photo book to show technology available in Porto Alegre City. It was a job for the company which is responsible for all data processing and public technology solutions of this town. I wanted to show technology integrated in nature, and I already knew about this bird’s house, built between a wireless Internet antenna and a sealed box containing fiber converter and switch. I just had to wait for the bird to come home. Lucky me, it took no more than 20 minutes to see the bird coming home to a pit-stop. I prepared the camera and started shooting, but when the bird turned forward and looked in my direction, I knew: that’s it. I like to think that I captured how confident and comfortable the bird was feeling about this house.
Editing
I shoot in raw, so post-processing is a need. I always use lightroom and start by trying out the effects of different levels of HDR. After this, I do the fine adjustments in exposure, saturation and vibration. For this image, no other filters were necessary.
In my camera bag
My kit is a Nikon D90 with a 18-105mm, a 10-24mm and a 55-300mm lenses. All lenses are protected with a UV filter. I also have a polarising filter for each lens. Depending on the kind of photo, I also carry a SB-900 Flash unit and/or a heavy tripod.
Feedback
As Ansel Adams said, “a great photograph is one that fully expresses what one feels, in the deepest sense, about what is being photographed”. We never know if the way we feel about a photo will be the same for the public. So, I always choose shooting with my heart. It’s a kind of a magical moment when I feel that my click captures the essence of the moment. And the essence of this shot was a combination of story, composition and the bird’s expression. That simple :-).

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