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PostPosted: Fri Sep 20, 2013 9:51 am 
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Hi guys,

Have been looking into building a little bird photography setup, most likely in my backyard. There are just some problems I encountered, mainly getting a blurry and calm background. My yard is not really big, and I don't really have any plants that are big enough to provide me with a nice green background. I will have to be right on top of the setup to create the nice blurry bokeh that I am after, so that will be a challenge too.

My question: does anybody have experience with building these kind of setups? I have already been on the lookout for interesting perches to put down to photograph the birds on, and have been looking into what kind of food or water to provide the birds. Just setting it up so I can get those perfectly sharp pictures with a nice background seems to be a challenge. Have even been playing with the idea of making really blurry pictures in multiple natural colors (brown autumn leaves, green leaves etc) and print those really large and hang those behind my perches. Don't really know if that will work, but maybe worth a shot.

I also have the possibility of going out into the nearby park and setting everything up there, but this would mean that I would have to carry all the stuff I need (perches, food, water features, maybe a blind, tripod, camerabag etc) to some more appropriate spots for a bird photography setup that actually do have a nice natural background.

Really looking forward to seeing if anyone has any experience in this matter! :)

- Mike

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PostPosted: Fri Sep 20, 2013 10:43 am 
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no idea, might be easier to build a hide and take photos in their natural environment.

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PostPosted: Fri Sep 20, 2013 11:26 am 
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Well one thing that I found, and that I hear and read a lot, is that it is way easier to get the birds to come to you than to go hunting after them. I think setting up perches and a hide in the "wild" is an option too, it's just that my backyard would be even more awesome because it is just a couple of steps away. And with a baby on the way I will probably not have lots of time to leave the house to take pictures.

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