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Bird Pairings

Photograph 2 different types of birds at once
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Face it: Almost every species of bird has been photographed a million times already. Even if you have a great picture of a nuthatch, big deal, there are hundreds of better ones than yours already available on the internet, in magazines, etc.

But what's rarer, and equally interesting, is pictures with *two* birds in the picture, of different species. For example, a nuthatch and a woodpecker clinging to opposite sides of the same tree trunk, one going up and one going down. Or a white-throated sparrow and a song sparrow competing for seeds right next to each other.

These photos are usually an accident, and that's sad because they are often strange and inspiring. I think people should seek them out. Sometimes a mockingbird, which on its own is a commanding creature, is dwarfed by - of all things - a Canada goose which has climbed out of the water to investigate the grasses. A pairing of a mockingbird and goose together is sure to fetch high prestige in the new photographic art of Bird Pairing.

Camera experts will also enjoy the new challenge of keeping two birds in focus at the same time; equal attention must be given to both of them, but there is still creativity involved as to how the exposure type should affect the characterizations of the two subjects.

phundug, Mar 04 2006

(??) MAURIZIO CATTALAN http://www.online.n...pture/cattalan.html
A few examples..... [xenzag, Mar 05 2006]

(???) National Geographic's best bird photo of the year http://www.kelloggs...nsamflyingright.jpg
[jellydoughnut, Mar 05 2006]

(??) Does this count? http://www.conmicro.../sparkyvssparky.gif
[jellydoughnut, Mar 05 2006]

cormorant and heron http://i836.photobu...noughroomfortwo.jpg
[po, Oct 15 2010]

Cardinal and White-Throat (but not really interacting) http://www.palemale.com/fe1920s.html
6th picture from the bottom [phundug, Feb 22 2011]


       So we're not going to shoot two birds with one bullet or blow them all up or something? What a nice and gentle idea this is. [+]
wagster, Mar 04 2006

       wow, a challenge...   

po, Mar 04 2006

       Shooting two birds with one flash. Mmmm...   

jellydoughnut, Mar 05 2006

       A bird in the hand is worth 2 in a photo. Or maybe the photo is worth more. Whichever it is, I'll bun this.   

DesertFox, Mar 05 2006

       A Toucan with a Wren perched on its beak - packing may camera now to go look for it. Reminds me of work of one of my favourite artists. (See link) It's an idea of true invention. Most excellent, and appreciated +
xenzag, Mar 05 2006

       Maurizio Cattalan reminds me of Recursive Jousting, an idea which seems to have vanished. It must have wandered into the Halfbakery triangle.
wagster, Mar 05 2006

       I'll see your 3; and raise you 5!   

       +5 more for me.
jellydoughnut, Mar 05 2006

       An African swallow and a European swallow?   

Texticle, Mar 05 2006

       I forsee a photo editing program being used here
shinobi, Mar 06 2006

       Did you take that picture, po? It's nice!
phundug, Oct 18 2010

MaxwellBuchanan, Oct 19 2010

       Hercmore. (Beautiful!)
blissmiss, Oct 19 2010


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