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What are these beautiful blue birds you photograph?
These are actually blue Fairywrens, or otherwise known as Superb Fairywrens. They are one of Australia's favourite, and most prettiest birds. These beautiful birds live throughout the east coast of Australia. They are found in areas of open forests, low dense shrubs, and bushes. They often visit residential areas and parklands too!
The blue coloured fairywrens are actually male, and their brightly coloured feathers help attract a harem of female brown fairywrens. Breeding season is between September to March, so you can usually find small nests in low bushland areas. The female fairywren tends to the eggs, and both female and male wrens feed their young. The blue fairywren commonly helps search for food for many of the nests nearby, as they do like to mate with more than one!
What makes these blue wrens so special?
It's hard to explain, really! My obsession began as a teenager, when I first spotted one whilst bush walking. Their behaviour is very fascinating, as they sing beautifully to call the females nearby. I began photographing them in 2008, as a personal hobby initially. Since then, I have a large collection of blue wren stationary, teapots, teacups, plates, just about everything you can think of! They are so beautiful to look at and have sweet temperaments. It's hard not to love them!
Where can I find more blue wren photographs of yours?
I now have my own business with my partner, parvanitis, called The Blue Wren Company. We are full time bird/nature photographers, and make fine art greeting cards & postcards with our photographs. Together we share a passion and love of birds, especially blue Fairywrens, and spend most of our days either photographing in forests or editing. We sell our greeting cards to tourist shops in Australia and the demand for blue wren photographs seems to keep growing!
With every purchase of a fairywren greeting card, we donate a portion to Edgar's Mission Farm Rescue. It is a wonderful cause as the people from Edgar work very hard in rescuing mistreated "factory farm" animals, injured or malnourished animals etc. You would be contributing to something very worthwhile.
If you'd like to read more about Fairywrens or hear them sing, click here.
Ten Tips for Nature PhotographersThis article came about after a deviant specifically requested that we write ten clear, simple tips for Photographing Nature. Troubleshooting articles and information can be very useful, but sometimes breaking it down into manageable memorable chunks is so much easier. So without further ado please enjoy our Ten Tips for Nature Photographers!Ten Tips for Nature Photographers by Kaz-D
1) Get into your environment
Yes, it's rhubarb. To be a true photographer, you must be at one with rhubarb.
When we talk about photographing Nature, we don't necessarily mean wide expansive rolling landscapes. Whilst they contain any number of elements that are nature focused and made up from natural resources - Nature Photography is about getting into your environment and getting up close and personal with these elements. So think of it like you are Photographing the components that make up that beautiful lan
Photography Troubleshooting: Snap to ProThis week we bring you another issue of Troubleshooting for Photographers, to hopefully give you some tips and explanations behind how to make your Photography look that little bit more professional. Aeirmid noted that while there are a lot of folks in the photomanipulation community who enjoy taking photographs, there is also a great desire for people to learn a bit more about how to make them look more professional.Photography Troubleshooting: Snap to Pro by Kaz-D
Firstly combining the elements of many of the articles that have already been written in this series (see the bottom of this article for links) will assist anybody in gearing their photographs up to look more professional. However IsacGoulart summed it up quite neatly with this rather epic quote...
“Beauty can be seen in all things, seeing and composing the beauty is what separates the snapshot from the photograph."
Getting your work up to some sort of standard is always tricky. Especially if you are setting the standar
The essentials of Macro photography.Hi, deviants! This week is Community week, and I am giving my best to introduce some essential tips concerning macro photography.The essentials of Macro photography. by OliviaMichalski
But first of all: What is macro photography?
Macro photography - what is it about?
Wikipedia tells us things like "extreme close-up photography, usually of very small subjects, in which the size of the subject in the photograph is greater than life size" (Source: Wikipedia.org)
But is that really all that matters? It is a common fact that many people believe that macro photography is photography which refers to life size
Photography 101: Chapter 01: Basics and LookingSo, a few days ago I decided to ask through a poll and see if you guys were interested if I were to write about photography, how I work, and so on. I got a 100% positive outcome on that, so I decided to just go ahead and write a complete guide on photography. Considering I aspire to be a teacher one day, this is a great opportunity for me. Today, as I publish the first chapter of this guide, we start off with the basics, because these are important stepping stones in becoming a photographer!Photography 101: Chapter 01: Basics and Looking by Yuukon
Photography 101: A Photography Guide
Chapter One: Basics & Looking.
When you want to get into photography, or when you just want to get better, it helps to know what terms like exposure, aperture, shutter speed and so on mean. That was my first step of getting into photography: some theory, and actually understanding that theory.
Let’s start off with what photography really is.
When browsing to the Wikipedia page on Photography, you’ll
A wonderful selection of photography tutorials to help you get started, or improve your photography skills!
Protecting You and Your Artwork by Whimsical-Dreams
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Updated: A little about me in 2016...
I never know what to write in these things, so here it goes! My name is Sarah-Jane. Lovely to meet you, dear fellow deviant artist! Thank you for visiting.
Well, many would describe me as a big softie, but those that truly know me well would probably say I am a fiery redhead. They're both true! Make no mistake, I may look young but I have enough wisdom to know better! I have a big heart and I don't like to deal with anyone that lacks kindness or understanding.
Mostly I am honest and goofy. I say silly things sometimes and I tell terrible dad jokes. I'm friendly and love getting to know new people, especially those passionate about helping the community!
I believe in random acts of kindness. Positivity. I have great compassion for anyone enduring depression or anxiety. I love meeting new people. I think hugs are the greatest thing. I giggle snort a little too much. I will try make you laugh at the most inappropriate times. I will always mean things in good spirit, even if it doesn't come across through online words.
Very much looking forward to meeting you! Drop by and say hi sometime. I would love to return the favour and check out your gallery too!