I just returned from spending the morning in the home of a very nice couple that happen to have over a dozen exotic birds. The purpose of my visit was to take portraits to add to my stock portfolio.

Today’s featured image is the star of this morning’s shoot, Dixie. I have a bit of a history with Dixie, since he lived with us for a period of time around five years ago. He is an extremely handsome Cockatoo and loves to be photographed. I set up lights and a backdrop in the couple’s living room and then let the birds hang out while they took their turns being photographed.

One of the things I aim for in my stock image portfolio is diversity. With the addition of today’s bird images, my inventory will definitely become even more diverse.

(The full set of images can be seen here)

Canon 5D, Canon 70-200 f/4L lens – 1/160 second, f/9, ISO 100