Nature Photography Photo Critique
A heron waits
by Rob Lester
Category: Nature Photography
Camera: Canon Rebel T1i
Lens: Zoom: Variable focal
Exposure time: 1/300 ,
Description: I wanted space in front of him , I liked the balsnce of the foliage to him and the wa see all >
I wanted space in front of him , I liked the balsnce of the foliage to him and the way he stod out against the sweeps of water reflection
Subject of photo
Composition & Perspective
Use of camera, exposure & speed
Color & Lighting
Depth of field
Wildlife is always an excellent subject and this fine Heron is a very good example.
I am intrigued as to the square format which I do not like. I am purist in so far as I like to see a portrait or landscape format. Square compositions tend to reduce any impact and the eye drifts around the image. There is a reasonable balance in this case however with the foliage counterbalancing the Heron.
Focussing on the main subject with a soft background is correct for the subject but I would like to have seen the water even further out of focus.
I dont know what lens is used but assume it was something circa 200mm. An aoerture of f4 or even f2.8 would have been better to throw the background further out of focus and bring the subject even sharper into the image.
Good light and natural colour
Good but as I said previously, a wider aperture would have been better.
A good subject nicely taken in flat but good lighting conditions. There is good contrast but I dont like the crop. I would like to have seen more of a landscape shape to the image. The balance of the foliage and Heron is good.
How to improve your photo
If the edges of the frame were not wanted in the image then try to get closer.
Picture lacks any action, hang around with a situation like this and wait for the bird to be active.
Use the full frame.
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