Birds make interesting subjects for photography. They are
also challenging subjects to be taken. The primary reason
being that they are generally small. In addition, they often
move at a fast speed.
Some places for birds photography in Singapore includes
the Sungei Buloh Nature Park where migratory birds stop
over around the month of september to march. However, unless
if you own one of those huge and expensive lense, do not
expect to get much close-up shots of the birds.
On the other hand, 'bird shooters' might have better luck
capturing birds in captivity. One such location in Singapore
is the Jurong Bird Park. While the entrance fees to the
park is rather high, photo opportunities are in abundance.
In addition to the various bird shows (where you can try
your luck in capturing birds like owls and eagles, both
in flight and at rest), the walk-in aviary is also a good
place to capture the birds.
additional 'tips' for shooting in Jurong Bird Park here.
A telephoto lens be indispensable given that a lot of birds
are small in size. Those with good prime lense might want
to double their zoom with a 1.4 or a 2.0 teleconverter.
Choice of films depends a lot on the individual. Some might
prefer to load up their camera with high speed films for
those fast inflight shots and for the relatively dim lighting
conditions in the aviary. Lastly, do not give those beautiful
birds a miss just because they are in a cage. With a long
telephoto lense and a wide aperture, it is often possible
to throw the cage completely out of focus when your lense
right up to the edge of the cage. Some of the photos here
are taken through a cage. Can you spot the difference?