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Photographing Wild Birds Hardcover – 26 Jul 2001

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: David & Charles; First Edition edition (26 July 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0715311131
  • ISBN-13: 978-0715311134
  • Product Dimensions: 21 x 1.7 x 27.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 549,688 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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If it's birds that tickle your photographic fancy, then look no further. -- Amateur Photographer, July 1, 2005 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

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.


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I bought two books at the same time - the much praised "The Art of Bird Photography" by Art Morris, and this book, the "Photographing Wild Birds" by Chris Gomersall. In my opinion, this book is by far the better! But then, just like Chris Gomersall, I am a Nikon photographer living in Europe. If, like Art Morris, you are a Canon photographer living in America, then maybe his book is a better choice. But, while Mr Gomersall is a Nikon photographer, he doesn't go on and on about it, like Mr Morris does about his Canon stuff. It seems being a bird photographer in Europe is a bit more complicated than it is in America. Firstly, European birds are really wild and not keen on having humans at close quarters, so getting close seems to be more of a challenge here. Secondly, most European birds are less bizarrely colourful than their American relatives, and so take a bit more creativity to make interesting images of. One excellent feature of Gomersall's book is the invitation of several other photographers to share some of their images and thoughts on bird photography. It gives a broader view on the subject than the work of one, albeit fantastic, photographer alone. I would recommend this book to anyone seriously interested in bird photography, especially if you live in Europe. If you choose between this book and Morris' book, buy this one. It's not that Morris' book is any bad really, it's just that this one is better - in my opinion.
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The photos in this book are stunning. For any wildlife/bird photographer this book is worth reading. It covers all aspects of photographing birds, from Composistion to hides. The author was a photographer for the RSPB and he knows his stuff.
I superb book, even if you just want to look at the photos!
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I bought this having just started getting interested in birds after years of interest in photography, and certainly don't regret it. Gomersall knows his subject, and happily includes contributions by other excellent photographers. He's also concerned to get across the message that good photography must not come at the expense of the creatures and their habitats. The book is written primarily with film in mind, and I'm now a digital SLR user. Also, while the talent of the photographers is beyond question, the equipment and time at their disposal is greater than most of us amateurs will ever enjoy, so with the best will in the world, we will not become Chris Gomersall. However, it's extremely readable, and there's plenty in here to improve the technique and composition of we mere mortals, and if I never took another photo I'd have paid the money to look at the pictures.
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As with the other reviews, I agree that this is a great book for the bird photographer enthusiast. Packed with valuable hints and tips, in-depth discussions of techniques and equipment, and many great photos, with details of how they were taken. I like the fact that different photographers contributed images, it adds to the variety of images and photography styles.

Highly Recommended!
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A good read aimed more towards beginners. Can't be blamed for not being much about digital as digital was in its infancy when this was published and much of the theory is the same for both film and digital. Nevertheless there are one or two "odd" comments for example - "... file transfer speed and data storage capacity are limiting, and you really need a laptop computer on hand to review images properly". LCD screen and a bit quicker still than having a film developed and printed even then!! Most of the images are pretty uninspiring by modern standards but Chris's images now far exceed these and they were good for their time. Taken in the context of when it was written which is only fair I would say this is still a good read for any wildlife photographer even today.
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I bought Photographing Wild Birds after winning my way to the final round of UK's Best Photographer '09, which was to be held at Slimbridge Wildfowl and Wetland Trust in Gloucestershire, UK. I had no knowledge of photographing wildlife at all, so needed to start somewhere!. Chris Gomersall's book provided the entry level insight I needed to produce some interesting images on the day. I would say this is an entry level book as it covers all the basic techniques used to capture any wild animal in its habitat, but it does lack the creativity and vision now prevalent in the upper reaches of wildlife photography.
As the book was written a few years ago it can't have predicted the phenomenal technological increases in digital cameras, which sees ultra high ISO's with little or no noise, and the advances in autofocus technology, which makes photographing moving subjects a relatively straightforward affair now as long as you set your camera correctly!
In summary - a good starting point for wild bird capture, but for me, lacks any really inspiring shots.
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I have been photographing birds for more than 40 years and have an extensive library on the subject. Chris Gomersall's book is one of the few I come back to again and again. It is also one out very few I have bought as present to people with an interest in the field of bird photography. If you don't have it - buy it as long as it is available!
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