Peregrine Falcon
Peregrine Falcon, Point Lobos State Reserve – 2011

I started shooting photos over 30 years ago. Since then, I have received wonderful guidance in little things like light and composition (thank you Laurett!). At the same time, I have focused on shooting quick and sharp.

I enjoy challenges in photography, and few things are more challenging than birds. They don’t stay were you want them to and then tend to hide. As I have said in the past, if blurry, dark, grainy images of birds ever become popular, I am set for life.

One thing that can help you prepare to shoot birds, is shooting sports. In sports things happen in an instance so you must be ready to shoot sharp and quick. But the game is controlled, so you can set up for a shot. There are places you can stand and expect to get certain shots. Let’s call it controlled chaos.

If you are looking for a photographer, I don’t do weddings. But I do little league games.

Tom @ TomCliftonPhotography.com
408 910 0035

Photo Credits:

Condors of the Columbia, Oregon Zoo, Portland OR
California Condor

T. Boone Pickens Life Then and Now Hall, Perot Museum of Nature and Science, Dallas TX
Limpet scars

Point Lobos Magazine, Spring 2014