BIRD PHOTOGRAPHY with Nikon Z6 | camera settings, camouflage, permanent photo blind and coffee..

BIRD PHOTOGRAPHY with Nikon Z6 | camera settings, camouflage, permanent photo blind and coffee..


Bjørn, you have to be quiet when they come… It’s still quite dark outside and too dark to
photograph. I arrived here before sunrise, around an hour and a
half before sunrise, just so that the birds would not see us come here.
I’m here with Bjørn, and he’s very excited. I have to make him pull his head in very soon when the birds start to be able to see. I think they’ll be here in about an hour
if they come, so it’s just a wait-and-see. Bjørn, get that head in. Bjørn! I’ll just let him do it because for the
rest of the day he has to lie over there and sleep so he doesn’t scare them away. So now, it’s his little free hour. It’s so nice to be in the photo blind. A lot of
things have been made – a little table, a good friend of mine made a table, some hangers for
the bags and stuff I want to show you, and outside there’s also been some
improvements and I’m going to make even more. But more about that later. Right now it’s
just really, really nice to be here. It’s just to spend the day here waiting for the
birds and yeah, it’s awesome. So now, I’m going to set up my camera, make sure the
settings, everything, is perfect and I think this is the perfect
opportunity for a cup of coffee! A cup of coffee! You don’t want coffee! You don’t want coffee! Ok, are you done?
Because then I’m going to take this off. Okay let’s get that coffee! But first, set up the camera! The Jay has just been here, and I really
hope he comes back so I can show you. I got a few photos, and some video, and then the magpie came. I think he saw the lens
or something. Oh, I hope he comes back. He didn’t seem
that shy – he just basically landed on the stick and then jumped down, took some seeds,
and then off he went again. Yeah, let me just show you… It’s so nice with the grass, and in this
low position I can shoot through the grass to make it very blurry – it’s
really nice. There’s not a lot of things happening out there today… I was lucky to get the Jay, and I can’t
wait to see the photo on the big screen at home, and also looking forward to showing
you what I got. But it has been really quiet out there. There’s been some
magpies, some crows, far away in the trees but… yeah. I’ll say this is a typical day
in the photo blind. It’s not always that I’m so lucky that I get buzzards, and
magpies, and jays… It was a jay! The jay was landing out there, out of nowhere! And then it flew straight
towards me. That was fast! And then it landed up there on the
roof! I don’t know why I’m whispering because it’s not there anymore so I can
just talk and they’re not super sensitive for sound. I don’t know
why I have the habit of whispering all the time! It’s just because you get so excited when… Time for a coffee! That was good! It’s gone now, no birds. So, I’ve been waiting for quite a
long time now. It’s been about six hours since I came this morning and only a few times
I’ve seen the jay. It was crazy that he just landed on the roof in here
but he hasn’t been back since, so now Bjørn has been sleeping for a
while, and now… he’s still sleeping and now I’m going to pack my gear,
go home and look at some of the pictures. I’m looking forward to showing you what I got
today. It was not a lot but this, I think this was what I was about to say
say before, this is a typical day down here – it’s not always I just see
buzzards and magpies, jays and crows and ravens. Most of the
time I go down here I spend 10 hours, 15 hours, in the blind and if I’m
lucky I get a picture of a bird. If I’m not lucky, I come home with no
pictures at all. But it’s also the nice thing about nature photography
and wildlife photography that we can’t always just predict. Even though I
have a nice blind, even though I put nuts out for the birds and small seeds it’s
just you know there are other things they can eat in nature, they don’t have to
come here to eat. It’s wild animals! I can hear the magpies but they don’t come. So yeah, I think I’ll come back tomorrow. I don’t know if I have the time… I’ll come back if the weather is nice. I’ll come back. And when I say nice, I mean no sun. Today is perfect with clouds and stuff and when it’s sun it’s too hard, the light down here. But yeah,
looking forward to showing you some of the photos of the jay from today. So, see you out there!

100 thoughts on “BIRD PHOTOGRAPHY with Nikon Z6 | camera settings, camouflage, permanent photo blind and coffee..”

  1. Brilliant Morten. This brought back so many good memories from the last few days. You capture the feelings so well with your amazing cinematography and carefully chosen words. Setting up a blind with my daughter over the next few weeks…

  2. The photographer who doesn’t try to become a youtuber, but yet makes one of the best photography videos. I love his dedication, passion, and pure love for photography.

  3. A nice day out! If and when you do another photographer Friday I'd be interested in hear about what your Z6 was mounted on.

  4. Excellent video and story telling once again Morten, since I started watchin your channel nearly 2 years ago, stories like this have pushed me so many time to get out more and more.  Days when I have found myself sitting on some mountain for 8 hours trying to get a Condor, or trying to find a nice Elk, many times in the back of my mind when wondering if should go or should I leave a site early since seems no activity, I think to myself what would Morten do!  In doing so, I found myself sitting longer and enjoy just the overall experience of being out in nature and regardless if I got a photo or not, the days were always good.Yesterday was a long day for me doing just such, and though not a whole lot of action found myself alone overlooking a field where Tule Elk were know to be and not seeing anything for hours, the thinking of what would Morten do made me stay a little longer and finally it paid off and I saw a nice Bull Elk off in distance.  Was able to get a shot, though not the best due to distance and heat reflection between him and my lens, manage to get a shot nonetheless and proud of it and it will bring back memories for years to come.Best to you and Bjorn

  5. My favorite thing about watching your videos is how it brings me back to reality, reminds me it's ok to do things for the passion of it and not focusing on trying to make money from it. It's hard not to get wrapped up in the rat race of today, with YouTube and Instagram making it so easy to feel like you need to be famous from something you like

  6. Hi…this is Thiru,I'm a Nature Lover.I love photography too…,
    # you are the Best photographer in the world… You the inspiration for me.# Best video.

  7. Start the week with a video of Morten Hilmer…his dog… the coffee and the birds…

    What better way to avoid going to the office and rather take his camera to enjoy the wonders of nature 🙂

  8. Wonderful video Morten. Thank you.Settings set up was really helpful. Any chance of. video on how to hide train a dog. My Spaniel would have spent the whole time sat on me. Any tips on the post process to lift the Jay out so well

    Keep them coming.

  9. Your approach towards photography and these videos is so refreshing. It’s always about the experience and the subject instead of the kit and the tech. It’s so pure and classy. In your hands, even a humble magpie becomes the rarest of fauna.
    Big fan of both Bjorn and you! Cheers!

  10. HI Morten love this video have you seen the invisble photographer he is this young guy from hungary he has some amazing photo blinds i think you might enjoy watching him being scottish myself i hope to see you up in glencoe sometime soon cheers Davy

  11. Hi Morten, thanks for a new intressting video with bird photography.
    You have inspired me a lot the last year and I have spent some time in blinds myself photographing birds.
    Please check out my web page www.hakeproj.com and my instagram https://www.instagram.com/lensharkey/

  12. Hello, you take very high-quality photos and videos, don’t take your eyes off, come to the city of Magadan which is located on the coast of the Sea of ​​Okhotsk and you will see a lot of wild places, animals and you can capture them in your photo, video gun 📷, what are your upcoming projects ?), I’m very grateful for such videos, don’t stop you will discover the secret corners of nature 😁👍💫

  13. Fantastic, beautiful and outstanding!

    Thank you Morten, this are the type of videos a nature photography amateur loves to see!

    You deserve at least 1M subscribers and you'll reach it 👍

  14. Como siempre me quedo sin palabras, me encanta como trabajas y con la dedicación y esmero con que lo haces; enhorabuena.

  15. You know Morten, i purchased expansive gear for wildlife photography, sometime i get bored because of too much of work, staying with family and keeping them protect and spending time with friends, than suddenly i think of quitting Wildlife photography & selling my gear, but wait Boom here Morten hilmer uploaded a new video than i am be like, no way i'm gonna sell my gear and quit photography, Man you are the only person that keep me going. Thank you sir <3 Bundle of love from Pakistan

  16. I love your enthusiasm for all animal species Morten and not just the more exotic animals that most of us don't have access to due to time and the financial cost. One of my favourite photos i have taken this year is a crow in an elevated position behind long grass. My favourite trip this year was to the Scottish highlands to photograph the deer rut with Geoff Cooper/@tapiopix. Beutiful animals and a great weekend in the glens. I'm developing a garden hide myself and look forward to finishing soon. I must ask, can you actually go to sleep with all the coffee you drink? 😉👍🐦🦌🦊

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  18. Brilliant video and I loved seeing someone using the Nikon Z6 in the field. I do really love seeing the journey in this video. Have subbed, looking forward to more.

  19. Wonderful Video Morten, I’m am always so entertained by you style, I was in Hokkaido last week and photographed a Jay, I found out through research after the fact that it is a sub species endemic to Hokkaido that the Jay has a Brown cap on its head instead of the typical speckled cap, if your interested to take a look I posted it on my Instagram about a week ago, stunning birds. Thanks for all your hard work vlogging I have learned so much from you and your adventures. Instagram page is @kumakafe

  20. Hello Morten . As always it's really nice to watch the video. I would recommend if you find some time visit India once.

  21. Miss you Morten i wish you can upload sometimes twice a week and even when you not shooting at least show us a bid of your Private life with your friends and family..inspiration

  22. The opening shot of you lighting the candle brought to mind the 17th century artist, George de La Tour’s paintings. Lovely. It’s amazing to watch your storytelling, photography, and cinematography combine to convey your feelings and thoughts 🤗. And it’s sweet to see Björn again as well! 😉 Have yourself a fantastic rest of the week! 👋🏼

  23. Björn was looking over your shoulder? was there someone else in the room 😀 – Lovely video Morten, jay's are so difficult to photograph without a hide! – https://youtu.be/_KqcnBHkWc8?t=224

  24. Morten, I just finished watching one of your wonderful videos with your great little dog. I have not seen your previous videos and can't wait to get caught up on the rest. I have a question about the length of time you spend filming. It appears that you leave the camera recording the entire time. How long do the batteries last? I also have the Z6, my fifth Nikon, and enjoy it a lot. Another question I have is about the lens. It is obviously quite long. I don't believe Nikon has a Z Mount lens that long. If I am correct, you used the Z Mount adapter which seemed to work out well. What is the make of it? Thank you for your wonderfully informative and inspirational posting.

  25. Thank you Morten for another enjoyable video. I like your passion and excitement, whether you have a good or bad day in the field. It helps me greatly to remain humble and appreciative for the time I get to spend in nature, especially on those days when it seems nothing comes into view for a good photograph.
    I do have a question, I am curious what brand of coffee you like to drink? It always makes me want a cup when you are enjoying one. Is it a brewed/steeped type or an instant?

  26. vengo de parte de { un poco de todo} lo que haces es genial me gusta muchísimo la naturaleza es preciosa.. y mas aun que tu muestras los videos con una calidad de video y de editacion

  27. Amazing how times runs ! Already 6 hours have run away, as you said and it seems only 17 mn to me ! 😂 Staying in the warm shadow of your hide with you and Bjœrn is a pleasure ! 😉

  28. Hi Morten lovely video and I love the Jay images they were just beautiful, I also love your dog I bet he's great company.

  29. excellent again Morten, and good to be back to the old relaxing music too… the Z6 seems to have plenty of batteries 🙂

  30. awesome as always. loved watching Björn sticking his head out the hole to see. such a great little guy. love your work!! happy shooting

  31. Hey Morten, I can’t express how much I appreciate and love your videos. After a long of day of school, sitting down with a cup of tea is so relaxing and it makes me almost forget about stress and anxiety. Thank you so much!

  32. Hej Morten Jeg så en engelsk naturfotograf der havde et lignende skjul, men det var gravet en meters penge ned, så han sad på en stol og kiggede ud i jordhøjde 😉

  33. Jay's a bird I admire. Very intelligent and capable of imitating quite a lot. He can imitate the buzzerd sound to kidnap other birds.

  34. May be someone says Quality in this video is sometimes not like the "standards" in Cine and TV! But most important for me is the information about: how was your day, how do you work! And in these cases the documentation is worth every "footage". A high quality video has a perfect message, not in every case a perfect looking footage. And be sure, your videos are 99% perfect in all aspects! The remaining 1% is the job, because we do it;-) Best regards from Germany. Rolf

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