We were waiting for the Palawan Tit when we saw Wild Bird Photographers of the Philippines Fellow Rocky Sison pointing to birding buddy Michael something in the in the nearby under canopy. We’re not so enthusiastic to go to their place as Rocky left his gear beside us, but when we saw Michael making positions and began shooting frames, we were forced to abandon our wait and go for another that is already there. There we saw one LOVELY SUNBIRD, female, in the middle of a dark understory cluttered with vines and branches. Unmindful of anything, the bird just kept on preening, which gave us sometime to find some breakthroughs and shoot. When Rocky saw our excitement, he hurriedly went back to get his gear, but as soon as he was ready to shoot, the bird casually left to his great dismay.
The prominent green, yellow and white colors of this so backlighted shot made me try to present it in black and white, and lo and behold, I was able to get the effect that I have wanted to present – a tranquil preening bird showing its glory in a serene yet eery environment. A contrast that can only be shown in monochrome.
LOVELY SUNBIRD, female, Philippine and Palawan Endemic, at Puerto Princesa City, Palawan, July 2013… 1/40, f/2.8, iso400, Partial Metering, Aperture Priority Mode EV-1/3… Canon EOS 7D + EF 300mm f/2.8L IS USM + Kenko 2X Teleconverter + Benro GH-2 Gimbal Head and Tripod… Photography Technique: Natural History in Monochrome, shot in color, no other major changes made in the photograph. 65% Crop (Enlarged by 35%).
Alain Pascua began in 2009 his crusade as a wild bird photographer using photos of wild birds in their natural habitats as tools for education and conservation. He is one of the founding-administrators of the "Wild Birds of the Philippine" Facebook Page (https://www.facebook.com/philippinebirds) where he and fellow bird photographers share their photos and galleries of Philippine wild birds to the internet world. He co-founded the Philippine Bird Photography Workshops and Tours (https://www.facebook.com/wildbirdphotog.ph) in 2011, and the Wild Bird Photographers of the Philippines (WBPP - https://www.facebook.com/groups/wbpp.admin/) in 2012. Alain Pascua’s photos of wild birds have graced the 2010 year-end advocacy ads and 2011 calendar materials of TeaM Energy, the 2011 calendar of Philippine Eagle Foundation and its 2011 advocacy posters and ads at Mindanews' Our Mindanao Magazine, the 2012 Peatlands in Southeast Asia advocacy poster of Global Environment Centre, and the newly published book Owls of the World A Photographic Guide by Heimo Mikkola. Alain Pascua won second place in the 1st Bird as Art International Bird Photography Competition organized by Art Morris in the Captive Birds Category. His galleries may be viewed online at the following sites: http://www.alainpascua.smugmug.com http://www.facebook.com/alainpascuaphotography http://www.facebook.com/philippinebirds
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