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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.
Photography Troubleshooting: The Watermark FAQ"How do I protect my photography and art in general?"Photography Troubleshooting: The Watermark FAQ by Kaz-D
"As Eitvys200 pointed out, at least 1 journal per month makes it to the top of the list and is about stealing art. Sometimes this is something small such as posting a piece to facebook, other times you see hoards of pieces on a website selling wallpapers or something similar. Regardless of how it happens, or where, it can hurt just as much to see your hard work disregarded and especially someone else profiting or taking credit.
Protecting work is a huge deal for some people, and not for others. It depends entirely on your outlook - how you view your work and indeed whether or not there needs to be some constrictions on it due to the content being a child, or family member. But how do we protect our work properly from art theft and wrongful use? The simple answer is you can't provide for every eventuality. Even if you upload your work to a website where right click -> copy is disabled,
Macro-PhotographyWhat's Macro Photography? Technically a Macro photograph shows a subject that is life size compared to the size of the negative of a SLR or sensor in a Full Frame DSLR, that's a 1:1 reproduction ratio aspect. For example, if we take a macro of an object wich is 35 mm long, it will cover the whole frame, no matter what size the reproduction, if we are shooting with a Full Frame camera. Often a ratio aspect of 1:2 is also considered Macro, although that ratio shows subjects wich life size is half of the size compared to the negative or sensor, I preffer to call those pictures Close-up photograpies.Macro-Photography by MarcosRodriguez
Here is an example of what I'm saying: I shot a measuring tape with my D600, wich is a full frame camera, and my macro lens set at the maximun magnification. As you can see there's exactly 35 mm of the tape.
Example of 1:1 ratio aspect with a full frame camera
What do we need to do Macro Photography? Well, firstly a c
Ten Portrait Photography TipsPeople & Portrait PhotographyTen Portrait Photography Tips by Kaz-D
Check your Angles
Avoid unflattering angles, don't frame your model with their arms or legs chopped off unless it works for the image. If in doubt, fully frame them and do the chopping afterwards in post-processing! Don't forget to check that the tops of their heads and their feet are in focus. Missing feet are disconcerting!
Be the Director
As the Photographer, most people will be looking to you for direction. There's no time to be shy when you're behind the camera! Keep calm to help your model remain relaxed but make sure they're not made to feel awkward if you lack giving instruction. Pose them well, avoid direct bright sunlight and check out your background.
Eye contact...or not
Eye contact isn't always necessary, in fact candid journalistic style photographs often work best. Your subject doesn't have to be looking directly at the camera for it to be a successful shoot, but yo
Masters of DarkroomDarkroom PhotographyMasters of Darkroom by Kaz-D
The first photograph created was an image produced in 1826 by Nicephore Niepce. He did this on a polished pewter plate covered with a petroleum derivative called Bitumen of Judea. The image required an eight hour exposure time in bright sunshine. We've come so far since those days and those lengths of times to achieve an amazing image - but at the same time it's great to give a nod to the past, learn the basics from the basics and turn to the masters of their field for some inspiration and reminders about just how rewarding Darkroom photography can be.
One of the greats of his time, Cartier-Bresson worked almost exclusively in Black and White photography. His tragedy is that he gave up photography long before he died, choosing instead to paint (which is awesome too!) and locking away his camera and forgetting the craft.
A wonderful selection of photography tutorials to help you get started, or improve your photography skills!
Protecting You and Your Artwork by Whimsical-Dreams
So you've found an art thief by AdmiralFacePalm
FAQ #94: I would like to purchase a work I've found on DeviantArt or license it for use.
FAQ #155: How do I report a deviation which I think breaks the rules?
FAQ #257: What sort of permission do I need to use someone else's work?
FAQ #252: Model release forms? Do I need it? What is it?
FAQ #306: Does "Crediting" let me use whatever I want?
My Business Websites
Two Little Wrens Shop - Photoshop Actions | The Blue Wren Company | Whimsical Dreams Photography
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!