Using Props Section 2

In the image below I wanted to try something different besides shooting the same old angles and getting the same old shots, so I threw my 100 mm Macro lens on my camera. I fired the camera with a wireless remote from about 20′ away.

What I did was align a feeder and a branch (out of frame) directly in line with each other, then, lay a straight object between the two. In this case it was a broom. I used a branch as a launching/staging point for the birds to sit on then fly UP to the feeder. Notice I said UP. If the branch and the feeder were the same height and close to each other the birds will simply hop over to the feeder. We want flying shots not hopping.

While setting this up, my wife was was looking at me from the kitchen window, I wonder what she was thinking? I wonder what the neighbors are thinking? Oh well.

Anyway, once I placed the broom on there, I aligned my camera on a tripod about the middle of the broom handle, then manual focused on the handle.
Instantly my keeper rate went up!! Of course not every bird will fly the exact straight path from the branch to the feeder, but it did make a difference and I satisfied myself knowing I could do the best I could do.

Zero in on the Birds While photographing birds flying from a prop to a feeder, you may notice that you aren’t getting the right flight angle, and missing some really cool shots. Something that helps me zero in is looking at the failed images, and viewing the background to re-align my lens position.What I mean is by reviewing the missed images that had birds in them, I used the trees, landmarks, bushes, and sky in the background to zero in on the flight path.

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