Birds of a feather
PhotoPlus : The Canon Magazine|October 2021
Shayne shows how ‘ordinary’ animals can be turned into extraordinary photos
Shayne

I’m an amateur Canon photographer who has loved birds ever since my parents would take me to feed the local mallards as a kid. I got my first Canon PowerShot S3 IS bridge camera about 15 years ago on a whim to try out photography. As my photography progressed, I moved onto a Canon EOS 7D and recently upgraded to the 7D Mk II with a 100-400mm lens. I’m eventually hoping to upgrade to a Canon R5, which would be the dream! I’ve been fortunate enough to be able to travel to see a lot of cool birds, from pelicans in California to puffins in Iceland, but my favorite shots always end up being of friendly ducks. I love seeing people’s surprised reactions when they see a cool picture of a bird they would probably ignore. I want to subvert the idea that you have to be on an expensive wildlife watching trip or spend 18 hours in a hide waiting for a rare bird, in order to get a good photo.

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