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Oliver Rogers' "Posing": MeFOTO Instagram Weekly Winner

  by Colleen Carlisle-Nicholas       Category Bird Photography, Travel Photography       Tags MeFOTO Giveaway, sidekick360, Instagram giveaway

Love photographing animals, but having trouble getting out into the wilderness? Why not try a small, local zoo? SideKick360 winner, Oliver Rogers did just that when a surgery forced him to stay close to home.

"This photo was taken at the Naples Zoo. I had ACL surgery that week, so I wasn't able to do my typical photos of wildlife and fish on my own. I had to go to a place that was accessible for me. My first thought was the zoo. I found a very friendly pair of Military Macaws. This guy loved modeling for me." - Oliver

Alexis Behilo's "Stompers' Eye": MeFOTO Instagram Weekly Winner

  by Colleen Carlisle-Nicholas       Category Bird Photography, Macro Photography, nature photography, Giveaway       Tags MeFOTO Giveaway, Instagram giveaway, chicken eye, close up eye, eye

Feel like you're stuck in a photography rut? Like all your photos are starting to look the same? It happens to us all occasionally, when we reach a certain level of comfort in our craft. Instead of feeling discouraged, shake things up! Try a different point of view. Get up high on a ladder or down low on your belly. If you usually shoot with a wide angle, try a long lens. Prefer color? Challenge yourself to create some black & white images you really love.

This week's SideKick360 winner, Alexis Behilo, provides us with a great example of a familiar subject shot from a fresh perspective. Alexis used a macro lens to zoom in for this unusual image of her pet chicken, Stompers.

Bill Kominsky's Burrowing Owl: MeFOTO Instagram Weekly Winner

  by Colleen Carlisle-Nicholas       Category Bird Photography       Tags MeFOTO Giveaway, Instagram giveaway, sidekick360, burrowing owls, Piccolo Park

The Burrowing Owl, named for its habit of nesting underground, can be found in open grasslands throughout North and South America. Bill Kominsky, SideKick360 winner for May 23rd, found this beauty near his home.

"This image was taken at Brian Piccolo Park here in South Florida, and is famous for the Burrowing Owls. Using my Nikon D3 with a 500mm lens, I lay in the dirt and moved very quietly so as not to disturb them or impact the area." - Bill

Thom Barbour's Little Costa: MeFOTO Instagram Weekly Winner

  by Colleen Carlisle-Nicholas       Category Bird Photography, Giveaway, Travel Photography       Tags SideKick360, MeFOTO Giveaway, Instagram giveaway, Costa hummingbird

For Thom Barbour, our May 9th SideKick360 winner, persistence pays off:

"Arizona has a very large hummingbird population. I planted specific flowers last summer and waited for blooms to attract the birds this spring. Shooting both in plain sight outside and through the window inside, it was hard to get a good image because the birds don't stay long and zoom around the flowers so quickly.

I originally started out freehand to allow a lot of movement, but found out quickly that a tripod was needed for stability. After mounting the camera to my MeFOTO BackPacker and practicing quick movements and focusing, I tried again to capture the birds with mixed results.

On the fifth day, I went outside to take a phone call and the birds didn't seem phased by me being right next to the flowers, so I went inside, grabbed the camera and fired off shots of this female Costa while still on the phone. Fortunately, the camera was already mounted on the tripod and I didn't lose any time framing or refocusing...seconds later she was gone. Just goes to show that after all of the planning, it pays off to remain flexible in the moment." - Thom

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Sean Eikman's Keeping Clean: MeFOTO Instagram Weekly Winner

  by Colleen Carlisle-Nicholas       Category Giveaway, Travel Photography, Bird Photography       Tags MeFOTO Giveaway, MeFOTO Backpacker

What Sean Eikman, our BackPacker Giveaway winner for 1/17/14, loves most about photography is the opportunity to really notice what is there and to capture that revelation.

"I enjoy photographing animals and plant life to examine the colors and textures that only nature can create." he says.

Sean was certainly successful in capturing the textural details in his winning image of a White Ibis preening. 

"While walking in the Florida woods and wetlands, I keep my camera on Auto. When something happens I might have absolutely no time to do anything but stand where I am and shoot away.

When I saw this Ibis, I at first thought that there was a problem. She appeared to be performing some sort of avian yoga. I then realized that she was expertly using her tools to keep clean. I stood still (shot a few frames on Auto) then changed to Aperture priority, about f8, 1/250. She undoubtedly knew I was watching, so I sat down on the ground to get still (no tripod, darn it). Finally, the  light seemed good and as I was ready to take the photograph, she stood on one leg just to show off.  This bird is so simply complex and beautiful." - Sean



Care to try your hand at photographing birds? Here are some tips to get you started!