Garden Birds

Home - 2011

As most of you know I'm not a bird photographer, you have to try things that are out your comfort zone sometimes. These are a simple set up by the pond, during a really bad winter 2010-2011. The pond froze and the birds had little food, we had unusual visitors that year, Mistle Thrush from the fields and Reed Buntings from the marshes, all hungry.

The orginal background would have been the garden covered in snow or bare branches. The easy answer, was to add my usual textures and the traditional sky backgrounds. This worked well for the Goldfinch and Reed Bunting but I wanted more interaction and interest in the images. I love Long Tailed Tits, which are frequent visitors to the garden. By adding the extra bird you could get the interaction I was looking for. This adds emotion to the shot. It did very well at the time, amazingly nearly ten years ago. The style and idea has been copied very successfully many times.

I've only come across a flat .psd at the moment when I find the full file I'll post the details of the shot.

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