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Which are you, photographer or birder?


Which are you, photographer or birder?  

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  1. 1. Which are you photographer of birder

    • Are you a photographer and birds are your muse.
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    • A birder who likes to take pictures
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40 minutes ago, IKLland said:

This. I feel like that if your more focused on birding then photography, or maybe even have the same interest level of both, binoculars are pretty much something you really need, even if they’re cheap. That’s because they allow you to pretty much observe the bird, versus just seeing it through the cameras viewfinder.  
 

Don’t take this post the wrong way, @Birds are cool or anyone else who doesn’t have binoculars, it’s not like I’m telling you to buy binoculars, I’m just simply stating my opinion. 

I have binos, I just don't like using them.

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1 hour ago, Birds are cool said:

I have binos, I just don't like using them.

Truth be told, I don’t have the most pleasant experience either. My hands are unbelievably shaky so I can’t really get a quality look unless I prop it against something. I can usually get an identifying look though, I just enjoy the bird with my naked eye sometimes.

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21 minutes ago, Snake Fingers said:

Truth be told, I don’t have the most pleasant experience either. My hands are unbelievably shaky so I can’t really get a quality look unless I prop it against something. I can usually get an identifying look though, I just enjoy the bird with my naked eye sometimes.

I actually did that this morning!

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On 1/18/2023 at 6:18 PM, Charlie Spencer said:

do you reach for your binos or your camera?

It depends-I often already know what the bird is so I don't necessarily need the binoculars. Next do I want to see the bird better? Yes put binoculars up. Next do I think the bird will cooperate for a photo if yes put the camera up. Unless the bird is really far away then my camera is the better choice to put up first. Also if the bird is rare I want proof so the camera goes up first.

I started as a birder with no camera so I'm definitely a birder. That expanded to a birder with a camera which then expanded to a birder/naturalist with a camera. I do not consider myself a photographer at all. I have a glorified point and shoot camera that is almost always on auto and a rarely photoshop my images. My photographs are mostly for me though I do share them with ebird and iNatualist. In both case where I share I do try to share only decent photos. With a few exceptions like proof of a rare bird. If all I get is a horrible photo the horrible photo gets shared. See below an image of my latest life bird. Can you tell what it is? Atlantic Ocean North Florida. It was good enough for confirmation on ebird. I will also make exception to sharing only decent photos if I think the photo shows something interesting for scientific purposes. DSCN7858.thumb.JPG.e7fa29be0b23332ca6025fc0eea280fe.JPG

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12 hours ago, Clip said:

It depends-I often already know what the bird is so I don't necessarily need the binoculars. Next do I want to see the bird better? Yes put binoculars up. Next do I think the bird will cooperate for a photo if yes put the camera up. Unless the bird is really far away then my camera is the better choice to put up first. Also if the bird is rare I want proof so the camera goes up first.

I started as a birder with no camera so I'm definitely a birder. That expanded to a birder with a camera which then expanded to a birder/naturalist with a camera. I do not consider myself a photographer at all. I have a glorified point and shoot camera that is almost always on auto and a rarely photoshop my images. My photographs are mostly for me though I do share them with ebird and iNatualist. In both case where I share I do try to share only decent photos. With a few exceptions like proof of a rare bird. If all I get is a horrible photo the horrible photo gets shared. See below an image of my latest life bird. Can you tell what it is? Atlantic Ocean North Florida. It was good enough for confirmation on ebird. I will also make exception to sharing only decent photos if I think the photo shows something interesting for scientific purposes. DSCN7858.thumb.JPG.e7fa29be0b23332ca6025fc0eea280fe.JPG

Red necked Grebe right?

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On 1/30/2023 at 5:40 AM, Clip said:

It depends-I often already know what the bird is so I don't necessarily need the binoculars. Next do I want to see the bird better? Yes put binoculars up. Next do I think the bird will cooperate for a photo if yes put the camera up. Unless the bird is really far away then my camera is the better choice to put up first. Also if the bird is rare I want proof so the camera goes up first.

I started as a birder with no camera so I'm definitely a birder. That expanded to a birder with a camera which then expanded to a birder/naturalist with a camera. I do not consider myself a photographer at all. I have a glorified point and shoot camera that is almost always on auto and a rarely photoshop my images. My photographs are mostly for me though I do share them with ebird and iNatualist. In both case where I share I do try to share only decent photos. With a few exceptions like proof of a rare bird. If all I get is a horrible photo the horrible photo gets shared. See below an image of my latest life bird. Can you tell what it is? Atlantic Ocean North Florida. It was good enough for confirmation on ebird. I will also make exception to sharing only decent photos if I think the photo shows something interesting for scientific purposes. DSCN7858.thumb.JPG.e7fa29be0b23332ca6025fc0eea280fe.JPG

Harlequin Duck

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