Take Advantage of the Rain – Do Bird Photography!

Esther BeatonBird photography, Photography Techniques, Quick Tips

Red Wattlebird, capturing a Brown Katydid insect which feeds on pollen, in Callistemon bush, National Botanic Gardens, Canberra, Australian Capital Territory
Red Wattlebird, capturing a Brown Katydid insect which feeds on pollen, in Callistemon bush, National Botanic Gardens, Canberra, Australian Capital Territory

See the raindrops in the background? Red Wattlebird in Callistemon bush, capturing a Brown Katydid insect which feeds on pollen, National Botanic Gardens, Canberra, Australian Capital Territory.

I had business in Canberra a few months ago and I grabbed a couple spare hours to do some bird photography. I chose the bird-abundant National Botanic Gardens. But alas it was late in the day, dark and raining. But knowing how I could push my ISO into the “danger zone” and still be able to repair the damage (ie, the noise) later – I gave it a go. A couple good results proved the point: don’t let bad weather prevent your photography attempts. 

White-browed Scrub Wren, Canberra, Australian Capital Territory.

The other important tip is this: even if you’re hand-holding, as long as you’re using flash, you’ll get super sharp results. And they’ll be aesthetic as well. And colourful! You’d never guess all these photos were shot in steady rain, would you?

Superb Blue Wren, female, Canberra, Australian Capital Territory.

Superb Blue Wren, female, Canberra, Australian Capital Territory.