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Chris Gomersall was a staff photographer at the RSPB for 14 years, and for the last 9 years of that time was also their photographic manager. He is now a freelance photographer, represented internationally by Bruce Coleman, RSPB Images, the BBC Natural History Unit Picture Library and Wildlife GmbH in Germany. His work is published regularly in magazines and calendars and his photographs have been highly commended at the Abbeville Festival de L'Oiseau in France. Chris lives in Pottor Bedfordshire. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Amphoto Books (August 1, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0817464166
  • ISBN-13: 978-0817464165
  • Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 8.3 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,694,045 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Conrad J. Obregon VINE VOICE on July 1, 2002
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"Photographing Wild Birds" fills in a space that's been almost empty. This book concentrates on how to position yourself to take good bird pictures, with lengthy discussions of such things as composition and the building and use of blinds (or, as the English prefer, hides). This may reflect its author's European orientation where it appears getting close to birds may be much harder than in the U.S. Many of the top American bird photographers, like Arthur Morris and Moose Peterson seem to prefer the unconcealed approach. On the other hand, that unconcealed approach leads these same photographers to suggest that 600 mm lenses with 2X teleconverters are essential to good pictures. The bird photographer without $10,000 to spend on big glass may prefer to consider Gomersall's techniques. And even the owners of extra-long telephoto lenses may find the techniques suggested by Gomersall useful to get that really difficult bird.
After his discussion of field craft, the author discusses several different assignments that he's had and how he approached them. While interesting, this just supplements the meat that he's provided earlier in the book. Finally Gomersall discusses post-production problems like cataloging and marketing.
Throughout the book there are cameos by other bird photographers like Niall Benvie, but these seem more like interesting garnish than helpful hints. If you are interested in hints from Benvie you'd be better off reading his "The Art of Nature Photography", a good work in its own right.
I'd be remiss if I didn't compare this book to the bible of bird photographers, Arthur Morris' "The Art of Bird Photography". The Morris book devotes more of its pages to the technical aspects of bird photography like film and exposure compensation.
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Similar in scope to Art Morris's book, but by a Nikon user. Of course, neither _really_ depends upon using a Nikon or Canon, essnetially the same lenses are available from both manufacturers. The techniqe is the thing. But here they differ somewhat as well. Art Morris likes to 'stalk' birds; Chris Gomersall prefers a hide (blind). Perhaps both methods should be studied!
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It's aged due to using film BUT the theory is still, and always will be valid as far as technique and exposure goes. A lot of good info.
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