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Birds!

Colors! Textures! Shapes!  Serious birders, don’t leave.  There is more to photographing birds than grabbing a shot and checking a list.

Feathers of a Shining Sunbeam. You only get a glimpse most of the time. It takes patience to see all the colors.
© 2019 Diane Kelsay

It’s been a month since my last post – I have been in Ecuador’s Chocó Cloud Forest and then on to the Pantanal in Brazil.  I’m sharing some of my thoughts and photos from Ecuador in this post.

Racket-tailed Puffleg
© 2019 Diane Kelsay

This was my 4th time in the last 16 months in this region and I was determined to improve my skills for hummingbird photography.  It’s a challenge! They move fast. For the above image, I concentrated on the background I chose and with the depth of field I wanted.  I had my exposure right where I wanted it and then just waited for a bird to fly into my “zone” for focus (that would be the place it would hover and wait for its turn at the feeder).  I was lucky enough to capture several birds.  (I also got a few out of focus or parts of birds – ok, more than a few).

Andean Emerald
© 2019 Diane Kelsay

With this cutie, I captured it with a dark background (forest in shadows) and used the bounce-light from a wall behind the feeder to add the necessary fill light for an otherwise backlit bird (sun was to the right).

Violet-tailed Sylph
© 2019 Diane Kelsay

Violet-tailed Sylph
© 2019 Diane Kelsay

Using multiple flash certainly brings out the colors.  This is my favorite hummingbird.

Crimson-rumped Toucanet
© 2019 Diane Kelsay

Crimson-rumped Toucanet
© 2019 Diane Kelsay

While the bird is clearly named for its backside, which is quite beautiful, I just love the way the turquoise feathers play over the lime green in a graceful curl.

Toucan Barbet
© 2019 Diane Kelsay

This Barbet was dancing all over the place trying to get attention. It was a workout to get a position to show all the colors.  Gorgeous bird.

Blue-winged Mountain Tanager
© 2019 Diane Kelsay

Flame-faced Tanagers
© 2019 Diane Kelsay

Black-capped Tanager © 2019 Diane Kelsay

Masked Flowerpiercer
© 2019 Diane Kelsay

My favorite time was sitting at the reflection pool, watching birds come and go.  Every so often one lined up “just so”.  And oh yeah, I broke that famous rule about horizon lines going through the middle.  When I did, it was the most exciting composition for that scene.  And yes, I managed to ID the birds in this blog (newbie birder), but I’m still a “break the rules” artist first.  You can join us in Ecuador to improve your bird photography skills and bring home lots of exciting images (you might even learn a few names).  Our groups are small and our Ecuador guide is an expert birder.

Link to our Ecuador Birds Photography Adventure

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Costa Rica Photography Adventures

Post 1 – Costa Rica, diverse and special, friendly people, and to us, feels like home. We visited Costa Rica twice in 2014 and will again in 2015. We love the cloud forests and how it shapes trees and mountains into mystical scenes.

Cloud forest, near Los Quetzales National Park © 2014 Diane Kelsay

Cloud forest, near Los Quetzales National Park
© 2014 Diane Kelsay

Cloud forest, Los Quetzales National Park © 2014 Diane Kelsay

Cloud forest, Los Quetzales National Park
© 2014 Diane Kelsay

Cloud forest, near Los Quetzales National Park © 2014 Diane Kelsay

Cloud forest, near Los Quetzales National Park
© 2014 Diane Kelsay

Cloud forest, near Los Quetzales National Park © 2014 Diane Kelsay

Cloud forest, near Los Quetzales National Park
© 2014 Diane Kelsay

Costa Rica is a land rich in wildlife and diverse environments.  Below the cloud forests, flora and fauna call the photographer to design from trails in the rainforest canopy, capture birds and monkeys with long lenses, and discover the world of the rainforest floor with a macro lens.

Rainforest from a canopy trail © 2014 Diane Kelsay

Rainforest from a canopy trail
© 2014 Diane Kelsay

Lapa (scarlet macaw) © 2014 Bob Harvey

Lapa (scarlet macaw)
© 2014 Bob Harvey

Lapa © 2014 Bob Harvey

Lapa
© 2014 Bob Harvey

Rainforest canopy © 2014 Diane Kelsay

Rainforest canopy
© 2014 Diane Kelsay

Capuchin monkey © 2014 Diane Kelsay

Capuchin monkey
© 2014 Diane Kelsay

Hummingbird © 2014 Bob Harvey

Hummingbird
© 2014 Bob Harvey

Drops after the rain © 2014 Diane Kelsay

Drops after the rain
© 2014 Diane Kelsay

Kingfisher © 2014 Bob Harvey

Kingfisher
© 2014 Bob Harvey

Mangroves © 2014 Diane Kelsay

Mangroves
© 2014 Diane Kelsay

Little Green Heron © 2014 Diane Kelsay

Little Green Heron
© 2014 Diane Kelsay

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Costa Rica Photography Adventure

We began our Costa Rica Adventure in the high elevation cloud forests (7,000-10,000′). From here we created with dramatic light.  Light shining through a bromiliad shows its beauty and adds life.  We follow the light as it creates designs in the clouds and embraces the forest.  It’s like a dance with your camera to position the trees with moving clouds and colors, and to capture just the right moment before moving to the next scene.

© 2014 Diane Kelsay

© 2014 Diane Kelsay

Bromiliad © 2014 Diane Kelsay

Bromiliad
© 2014 Diane Kelsay

© 2014 Diane Kelsay

© 2014 Diane Kelsay

© 2014 Diane Kelsay

© 2014 Diane Kelsay

© 2014 Diane Kelsay

© 2014 Diane Kelsay

© 2014 Diane Kelsay

© 2014 Diane Kelsay

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