As photographers, we are constantly looking for sources of inspirations. For Minneapolis advertising photographer Paul Nelson, he found his inspiration from the bird illustrations of James Audubon’s The Birds of America.
The Wild Birds Flying is Paul’s personal project that captured songbirds in mid-flight using a specialized high-speed camera rig. By using this camera and shooting against a white background devoid of the birds’ natural surrounding, Paul’s able to create surreal images that almost has the look of highly-detailed illustrations.
The video below shows how you can also create a similar high-speed rig using 3 speedlights, a white background, and a high speed trigger like the Trigger Trap.
No birds are harmed in any way to create this imagery.The photos are taken at bird bandings when the birds are released or when wild birds are feeding and not captured strictly for the sake of photography.
Below are several more images from the project. To see the rest of Wild Birds Flying, you can visit WildBirdsFlying.com.
Thanks to Lost at E Minor for the find.