Art of Birding Photo Challenge – February Show Stoppers

In February the 2020 Art of Birding Wildlife & Nature Photography Challenges started with a drought-breaking raindrop theme, which required some ingenuity on the part of many around the world who were either snowed in or parched dry! Sprinklers, mist bottles, and glycerine were all experimented with, but it was Marian Jennifer Holmes (Saskatoon, Canada) use of a lens ball in snow (frozen rain drops!) that caught our eye the most!


By Marian Jennifer Holmes "Snow on Lens Ball BW with Reflection HR"



"Nature's Candy" in Week 6 was inspired by Valentine's Day and the week was filled with photos of glorious flowers and fruits. Erica Siegel (Australia) captured the cutest stingless bee sporting some fancy legwarmers stuffed full of pollen.


By Erica Siegel "Nature's Candy Carrying home the loot."


The “Bird’s Eye View” challenge in Week 7 encouraged participants to get a new perspective on their subjects. Ann Kilpatrick (Wellington, New Zealand) got this fabulous above and below photo of a rock pool using a GoPro. We can just imagine a wading bird at the ready to snag a fishy snack!


By Ann Kilpatrick "Rockpool"



Both Carol Jardine and Loralee Hyde blogged about the experience of photographing from a bird's eye view with some sweet photos included – do check them out and follow their photographic journey online.


What's the best camera to use? The one you have on you! For most of us, most of the time, that's our camera phone so the Week 8 challenge was to use our phone camera along with some creative apps to make some magic. Popular choices were TinyWorlds and Snapseed which you might want to take a look at downloading too. Marion Skelton (Auckland, New Zealand) created this gorgeous, grungy photo of a cactus flower using Snapseed – we just adore the colour!


By Marion Skelton "Cactus flower"



Feeling inspired? In March we’ll be looking for prickles, experimenting with analogous colours, celebrating the equinox, and getting up early for golden hour. Find out more and sign up at https://www.artbyjlm.com/aob2020.html- just jump right in with the current week – there's no need to catch up unless you’re ultra-keen.

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