Sha Lu | Judges’ Choice, Birds

2020 Showcase Top 24 Winner

About Sha

I live in the San Francisco Bay Area, northern California.  I am a software engineer but developed a passion for bird photography less than 3 years ago. 

Raptors are my favorite birds to photograph, because their behavior is very interesting to me.  Most of my photos were taken at local parks, but I also take my gear with me on family vacations if possible, and look for bird photography opportunities. 

Getting the shots is only half the work; post processing is also important. I try to process some photos every day, keep improving my techniques.

About two and a half years ago, when I was on a family vacation in Yellowstone National Park, I took some bird photos using my entry level DSLR and kit zoom lens. That got me hooked on bird photography. I found predator/prey behavior to be most exciting to photograph.

Locally, there are opportunities for me to shoot things like Bald eagle hunting on the lake, cormorants/terns/kingfisher catching fish, white-tailed kites food exchange, etc.  I often wait at a location for hours in hope of catching some great “action” shots.

Explore more of Sha’s work on Facebook @sha.lu.33633


As a NANPA Member

I am a relatively new member, joined in September 2019. I enjoy browsing photos in the NANPA Facebook group and post some of my photos in the group.