Wild birds flying photographed by Paul Nelson

Paul-Nelson-wild-birds-flying photographyMale Cardinal

Wild Birds Flying is project developed by Minneapolis advertising photographer Paul Nelson. Nelson writes:

The project was inspired by James Audubon’s illustrations. His portrayal of birds in their natural habitat without the distraction of complex backgrounds strikes a balance that is both beautiful and intimate. The detail in his work is captivating, leaving the viewer feeling as if they could almost touch the delicate feathers of the birds. That which strikes most people upon first viewing these photographic images is the surreal quality of a bird frozen in flight. It is something we rarely, if ever, see with songbirds causing us to question the medium used to create these images. The images are captured using a portable high speed camera rig designed specifically for this project. 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.

Cedar-WaxwingCedar Waxwing

Paul-Nelson-wild-birds-flying photographyFemale Goldfinch

Paul-Nelson-wild-birds-flying photographyChickadee

Paul-Nelson-wild-birds-flying photographyMale Redwing Blackbird

Paul-Nelson-wild-birds-flying photographyCardinals

Paul-Nelson-wild-birds-flying photographyWhite Breasted Nuthatch


Paul-Nelson-wild-birds-flying photographyOrioles

 Rose-breasted Grosbeak Rose-breasted Grosbeak

The set up:

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