Sunday, April 19, 2020

Shelter in Place Photography or Simple Set Up

Yesterday I created a super simple set up for photographing birds in my yard. The chances are that if you have a bird feeder in your yard you can set up something similar. I stacked up two piles of some old cinder blocks underneath our bird feeder and put a branch across between them. You don't have to use cinder blocks you could use trash cans or sawhorses. Just something that would be close to eye level when you are sitting in a chair looking at it. I made one stack higher on one side than the other. Then I removed the perch off of the bird feeder so that the birds would have to land on the branch before they could fly up to grab food from the feeder. I set up my photoblind with an old office chair inside roughly eight feet from the branch. I used a pop up blind from Ameristep. You could use an appliance box or a camping tent for a blind. I had no shortage of birds coming to the feeder! I photographed Steller's Jays, Juncos and Black Headed Grosbeaks along with some squirrels.If you are interested give it a try. For more ways to photograph birds check out my book ,Secrets of Backyard Bird Photography. It is available on most online book sellers including Amazon. God's light and love to all, chris All images were created with a Canon EOS 7D MKII camera and a Canon 100-400IS v.1 lens with a Canon 550 EX Speedlight set to - 1 1/3 rd stops. #teamcanonusa


  1. Very nice collection! I love the grosbeak!

    1. Thanks, Caleb. A pair of them show up every spring and nest somewhere around the house in the forest.