BIRDS MAKE FOR CHALLENGING SUBJECTSSCOTT BOURNE MAKES IT LOOK EASY
MEET SCOTT BOURNE:Author. Lecturer. Acclaimed Wildlife Photographer. Bird Whisperer.When it comes to photographing birds in their natural habitat, there are few people in the world who are better than Scott Bourne. Using his training as an ornithologist — kind of a bird whisperer — he combines 40 years of photography expertise and endless patience to capture some of the most stunning bird photos you’ll ever see. Scott’s work has been featured in more than 200 publications, and he’s traveled the world shooting birds in an attempt to “speak for the creatures who have no voice.”Scott became an Olympus Visionary after switching to the Olympus OM-D system. He previously used big, bulky DSLRs and lenses until his surgically repaired shoulder couldn’t take the stress of holding heavy cameras. He found the perfect solution in the OM-D — lightweight, portable and powerful. Scott’s remarkable photography career continued without missing a beat.
SCOTT BOURNE’S 10 TIPS WILLINSTANTLY MAKE YOU A BETTER BIRD PHOTOGRAPHER
Pay attention to the direction of the wind and sun. If they are coming from the same direction, the conditions are perfect for photographing birds in flight.
Try and keep the sun at your back. Most published bird photos are lit through the sun or open shade.
Shoot birds in flight when the sun is low in the sky. If it’s too high, the bird’s underside will be in shadow.
Sunrise and sunset are ideal times to underexpose the subject and create a striking contrast for a beautiful silhouette.
When shooting flocks of birds, you’ll get better composition if you wait for them to separate so their wings don’t overlap.
Photograph birds on a clean, simple background so your subject will stand out better.
Know your subject. The more you understand the way birds behave, the better your images will be.
Have patience. Stick with an area, and don’t give up. Eventually birds become used to your presence and will approach you.
Birds scare easily. Keep yourself low to the ground, and don’t move too suddenly.
Know your gear. Learn about your camera’s features and settings before you’re out in the field.
ALL THE FEATURES YOU NEED TO CAPTURE BIRDS(PHOTOGRAPHICALLY SPEAKING, OF COURSE)Think of an OM-D camera as a DSLR that went on a diet, lost weight and shrunk a few sizes. OM-Ds are one-third of the price and weight of a flagship DSLR and much smaller in size. For bird photographers like Scott Bourne, that means not having to be exhausted from lugging around big lenses and a bulky body.
PROTECTS ITSELF FROM BAD WEATHERLousy weather often takes you by surprise. The OM-D E-M1 Series and our PRO lenses have you covered. It's splashproof, dustproof and freezeproof [down to 14 ̊F / -10 ̊C]. There's no need to carry protective gear, so you can focus on keeping an eye on your subject instead of watching out for your camera.
COMPACT WITH SUPERB IMAGE QUALITYLet the OM-D Series set you free. Our compact camera bodies and small, lightweight lenses with the performance of pro DSLR systems. You'll have greater freedom of movement, and that just means better bird photos.
M.Zuiko Digital ED 300mm F4.0 IS PRO + OM-D E-M1 Mark II VS Full Frame DSLR
KEEP UP WITH FAST-FLYING BIRDSThe speed of the OM-D E-M1 Series blows away most DSLRs. You can capture an astounding 60 frames per second (fps) with S-AF and 18 fps with C-AF using the silent electronic shutter. With the mechanical shutter, you can achieve speeds of 15 fps with S-AF and 10 fps with C-AF. All ideal for rapid fire shooting when you need it.
NEVER MISS A SHOTLet's say you're watching a bird about to spread its wings and take off. Our Pro Capture feature helps you get the exact shot. Press the shutter button halfway to start taking and buffering a running series of images in RAW or JPEG. Once you see the precise moment you want to capture, press the shutter button to get that image, plus the previous 35 frames.
PRECISE AUTOFOCUSINGPhotographing a bird in flight takes an incredibly responsive and fast autofocus system. The OM-D E-M1 Series’ DUAL FAST AF features 121 points of Phase Detection plus Contrast Detection AF that blanket the image sensor. Each point is cross-type for superior detection of horizontal and vertical lines, delivering superior accuracy.
TECHNOLOGY HAS REPLACED THE TRIPODLeave your tripod behind and let our industry-leading 5-Axis Image Stabilization help you take sharp photos. Providing up to 7.5 shutter speed steps of compensation, capture crisp stills while having the freedom to react quickly to fast-moving subjects.
TOP TECH TIPS
FOR PHOTOGRAPHING BIRDS WITH AN OM-D
Presenting a few convenient tips to help you use some of the advanced technology you’ll have at your fingertips. Think of it as a quick guide to bringing home some stunning bird photos.
SET YOUR MODE DIAL TO APERTURE PRIORITY.
Manually control your depth of field while the camera automatically chooses the shutter speed. This mode is indicated with an “A” on the E-M1 Mark II’s Mode Dial.
USE THE CONTINUOUS SHOOTING LOW DRIVE MODE.
At 10 frames per second, this is the OM-D E-M1 Series' fastest mechanical shutter speed with continuous focusing on moving subjects. It’s an ideal setting for photographing birds in flight.
This setting lets you continuously focus on a subject while the shutter release is pressed halfway.
USE THE 9-POINT AF TARGET.
Choose the 9 AF points just below the center of the viewfinder, because that’s where you’ll typically position a bird in your frame.
CHOOSE THE RIGHT ISO.
When it’s sunny, ISO 400 works well. But on cloudy days or at sunrise and sunset, you may need to boost the ISO as high as 2000 to achieve a shutter speed fast enough to freeze a flying bird.
KEEP YOUR FINGER ON THE EXPOSURE COMPENSATION DIAL.
Lighting conditions can quickly change, especially when shooting outdoors. Keep your finger on the exposure compensation dial, conveniently located at the front of the E-M1 Mark II so you can lighten or darken your image.
YOU DON’T NEED A LOT OF GEARTO BE A SUCCESSFUL BIRD PHOTOGRAPHER.The OM-D system is lightweight, feature-rich and easy to pack. The versatility, portability, and speed of the system allows the OM-D the mobility to outperform big and bulky DSLRs.
An advanced system of innovative technology and features designed to forever change your photography. The E-M1 Mark II is part of an amazingly compact, lightweight system with unrivaled reliability no matter the weather that’s packed innovative technologies to create the ultimate shooting powerhouse.
Ideal for a wide range of bird photographs including portraits and flight shots. A fast, constant F2.8 aperture helps you capture crisp images in low light conditions. Whisper quiet operation is perfect for use in the field.
Scott Bourne has been shooting exclusively with Olympus for years. Here’s a look at what’s in Scott’s gear bag when he’ s out on assignment.
M.Zuiko ED 7-14mm f2.8 PRO
M.Zuiko ED 7-14mm f2.8 PRO
M.Zuiko ED 7-14mm f2.8 PRO
Heavyweight performance, lightweight portability. Though it is amazingly light and compact at 1.18 lbs., the M.Zuiko Digital ED 7-14mm PRO lens (14 - 28mm 35mm equivalent) is a heavy hitter in the field. This lens is portable and weatherproof so you can take it anywhere. And with an ultra-wide angle of view and a bright f2.8 maximum aperture, you’ll capture more of every scene, from sprawling daytime panoramas to electric, super-sharp night scenes.
Get all the imaging power of a big, heavy super telephoto lens in a compact size. This lens is ideal for extending telephoto reach and features superior close-focusing capability. Just imagine capturing all the detail and color of a bird’s eye from a distance.
When used with the E-M1 Mark II, it creates one of the world’s most effective image stabilization systems for sharp, handheld telephoto shots. No tripod required. You’ll have the mobility and freedom you need to capture your best bird photos.
When paired with our 300mm F4.0 IS PRO lens, you’ll have the range of a super-long, super-heavy, incredibly expensive 840mm lens but in an easy-to-handle size. It’s all the imaging power you need to shoot birds in spectacular detail from great distances. Can also be used with the 40-150mm F2.8 PRO.
This dustproof, splashproof and freezeproof powered grip is designed for the Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II camera. With the HLD-9, photographers have the power of one BLH-1 lithium-ion rechargeable battery in the camera body and a second one in the HLD-9 grip. The grip is equipped with a directional arrow pad, two control dials, two function buttons, and shutter release for identical controls whether the camera shield in a vertical or horizontal position. The optional AC-5 AC adapter may be used for studio photography or other shooting situations that require extended periods of use.
This externally-mounted dot sight is perfect for super-telephoto photography of wild birds. This accessory assists in framing when photographing far-away subjects. The brightness and position of the reticle can be adjusted. Because it is powered by a coin-type battery, it can be used when attached to the hot shoe or cold shoe.
The high-intensity FL-900R boasts a guide number of 58 meters (at ISO 100) and covers a wide range of focal lengths with an electronic zoom head. A built-in wide panel enables you to use wider focal length lenses and have perfect coverage, and a catchlight panel illuminates your portrait subjects’ eyes effortlessly.
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