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Scott Bourne

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I am intrigued by how bird photography as art connects technical craftsmanship with the dynamics of the natural world.

At a deeper level, however, I pursue this art form because of its spiritual qualities—the act of envisioning an image, creating it, and making something tangible that I can share. The experience of creating in nature, where the photographer is secondary to the subject – the birds, the light, the terrain.

I learn all that I can about the natural factors behind each photographic opportunity, but I never know how they will ultimately play out. The craft of bird photography shines a light on the beauty of things that are random. Avian subjects operate within their own free will, on their own time, and according to millions of years of imprinting.

I am devoted to a craft that requires finding order in elements over which I have no control. I observe bird behavior and study patterns. But as a nature photographer, I must be at peace with my subject on their terms, not mine. The only way to be successful is to give up all control.

When I switched to Olympus, it was because I wanted to break free from heavy gear and concentrate on the vision and the craft. The birds are my real passion. The new M.Zuiko Digital ED 150-400mm F4.5 TC1.25x IS PRO allows me to connect with that passion and achieve things I never before thought possible as a bird photographer.

M.Zuiko Digital ED 150-400mm F4.5 TC1.25x IS PRO

M.Zuiko Digital ED 150-400mm F4.5 TC1.25x IS PRO

Super-telephoto PRO lens that enables 1000mm equivalent handheld shooting.

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