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Behind The Lens

This was taken in the Kruger National Park which is one of my most favourite places on earth. We were having lunch when I spotted this little guy building his nest for his mate's approval. I watched closely how he was weaving the grass, then chose my moment to take the shot.
It was around noon, when the sum was at it's highest, so I had to take the light into consideration.
It was bright sunlight, so I had to make sure I did not overexpose the shot. I zoomed in as close as I could and used aperture priority to expose the bird and nest as best I could.
This was hand-held. I used a Nikon D40 with a Sigma 300mm lens. I used a piece of string I carry with me to use as a make-shift tripod with the apex over the camera and the base of the triangle being under my feet (slight spread).
I love bird photography, so I studied his movements and how he hesitated after each weave to inspect his work. His total concentration is what caught my eye.
The only post-processing app I had at the time was Picassa, but was a complete twit on exactly how to use it. However in this shot, no post-processing was done other than slight sharpening.
In my camera bag
Usually I carry my standard kit lens and my trusty 300mm Sigma lens. The odd things I carry are a bean-bag head pillow (ideal for the Game park as tripods are too cumbersome for a car, and this reduces shake from the running car engine) and my piece of string for a make-shift tripod. I carry extra SD cards in case I run out ( I take loads of pics and with any luck find one that is THE shot).
Patience is probably the most important asset as birds are usually flitting in and out of trees, it is sometimes difficult to get a clear shot, so being ready for that moment is vital. Make sure your camera is set up beforehand with aperture priority, auto-focus and continuous, so there is no messing about. Having continuous set up, as least one of the shots might be in focus without blur if they are in flight.

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