Finding a Rare Bird exhibition open
Joseph Zeno is an 18-year-old photographer based in Terra Linda. He has been taking photographs of birds around Marin County and beyond since he was 12 years old.
As a birder, I take photos to confirm an identification or document a rare bird. I spend a lot of time waiting for a bird to exhibit a characteristic behavior or approach me so I can obtain a higher resolution image. Each photo in this collection is of a subject that I have spent hours trying to see. Coming home with a “keeper” photo takes patience.
Generally, I try to capture a bird when it is frontlit and in an interesting position. Using the light level of my scene, I adjust my camera’s settings to optimize high resolution. Most important is observing behavior because if a bird is getting ready to take off, I have to focus all of my attention on it and be ready to hold down the shutter as soon as it takes flight.
My style of photography is inspired by the experience of finding a rare bird. Birds are among the most beautiful and readily visible animals to see in the wild. By capturing endangered and rare species in photographs, I feel like I can share my love for them with a wider audience, some of whom may have resources to protect them.