Birds do it, Bees do it, Let’s fall in love…

By Matthew Bamberg / Oct 12, 2005

After visiting the Singapore bird park, I can remember walking over the disinfectant mat of this meticulously spotless place. (I guess it has to be with all of the news about Avian flu in Asia). Spending countless hours photographing the enormous collection at the park in some of the most sultry weather on the planet, I found a pair of birds that communicated a relationship, one whose series of actions matched some of the feelings I go through with my mate.

I held my shutter down for a series of rapid-fire shots catching the avian action, action that tells somewhat of a love story.

Two Tips:

1. If you see two animals together and want to tell a story of their interaction, set your camera to take a series of pictures, one after another. On a Canon Digital Rebel XSi  you can take a series of pictures at once by pressing on the button on the body to the right of the lens (the same button that sets the automatic timer) until you see a stack of rectangles on your LCD screen.

2. For the best shot, zoom in from far away so that the background is blurred, giving your subjects focus and your shot depth.

About the author

Matthew Bamberg

Matthew Bamberg has provided photographs and written articles for various Southern California newspapers and magazines, including The Desert Sun and The Press-Enterprise. More recently, Matt has been teaching at UC Riverside while also authoring several books like the Quick and Easy Secrets book series (Cengage), Killer Photos with Your iPhone (with Kris Krug and Greg Ketchum, Cengage), the 50 Greatest Photo Opportunities in San Francisco (Cengage) and Digital Art Photography For Dummies (Wiley).