Monday, February 22, 2016

Bird Composites

 
 
I think winter bird photos are extra special because of snow!
 
But the chances of capturing a colorful bird on a beautiful tree
especially in winter are nil.  That's why I composite winter bird photos
and turn them into fine art that I sell below to hang on your wall.
 
Here is my original photo of the bluebird.  I love this, but the blue
berries in the photo above look even prettier.
 
 
First, I hiked through Dow Gardens which has a large variety of
trees and plants.  I looked at all the branches for interesting bird backgrounds.
 
 
I LOVED the red berries in this tree, so I photographed them as
backgrounds.
 
 
Then I hiked at our county recreation area and photographed
the red cardinal.  I composited the bird into the background.
  Looks so nice with the red berries!
 
 
The recreation area has a grouping of bird feeders where it is
easy to capture many colorful birds while feeding.
 
I find it much easier to photograph birds by feeders where you get a nice variety,
and they are still for a bit while feeding.
 
 
 
 
Then you can composite them into a new background.
Notice the bottom of the tail is missing from this red-bellied woodpecker in this shot. 
I simply positioned the bird to mask that behind a leaf.
 
 
Whenever you're out with your camera in the winter, look
for pretty and interesting backgrounds for birds.
 
Get in close and photograph single branches with a narrow depth of field.
(the bigger the aperture...the narrower the depth of field.)
 
I also added my white bokeh to the background from the white bokeh
 collection I sell here in my Etsy Shop.
 
Blue jay  
 
Chickadee

Female Cardinal

Female Cardinal

Red Cardinal in holly bush...looks like a Christmas card!

Mourning Dove

Wren
 
Yellowhammer

Robin the harbinger of spring.
 
These fine art bird photographs are for sale in my Fine Art Gallery!
 
 
But, you can create them yourself through compositing!

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