Cockatiel Portrait





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Behind The Lens

This photo was taken at my home studio when I thought to play with light and my pets, at this time I had two of these little cute birds! =)
The strike of inspiration stroke me on January 18, 2014 at 11:43 PM while I was just playing with my little birds and had the ideia of making portraits of them.
I wanted this image to show only the bird and nothing behind him so it wouldn't distract the main subject and draw attention to the bird so I only used a single light and synchronized with the shutter so that all that's behind my bird would look black.
This was shot in a small Point & Shoot camera, a Sony Cybershot DSC-P100, No other equipment was used.
My birds inspired me, as I was playing with them and they where walking all around my body and giving me kisses, yes they where very sweet, and imitating me as I whistle I thought that I would really want to have and keep a good memory of them, so what better way to have it than a photography! So I forced them to pose for me!! It was very difficult because they really where restless but after some time and patience I got it!
Yes I did but just some minor corrections to the contrast and levels, corrected the white balance to get some better colors and sharpened a little at the end.
In my camera bag
In my bag I have a Canon 30D, 3 lenses: aCanon EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM, a Canon EF-S 17-85mm f/4-5.6 IS USM and a Canon EF 70-200mm f/4L IS USM plus the MTL 9251B Giottos Tripod.
Taking photos of birds is very tricky, specially so close like this since I didn't use a telescopic lens, so you need to pay attention to the light and use it correctly so that it only illuminates what you want. Then, because the birds are restless you must have some way to control them and be very quick when they are in the position that you want and then because they don't like to have so much light in their eyes and so close, you won't have much tries to get it right, so be quick and get it right at the first tries.

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