Nature Photography Photo Critique
Having squab for dinner
by Leonard Aschenbrand
Category: Nature Photography
Lens: Super-Telephoto: > 2
Exposure time: 1/400 ,
Description: Basically it was the brutality but beauty of nature in action. This red tail hawk was see all >
Basically it was the brutality but beauty of nature in action. This red tail hawk was being photographed by 6 different photogs while enjoying a fresh kill.
Subject of photo
Composition & Perspective
Use of camera, exposure & speed
Color & Lighting
Depth of field
I love birds of prey and this is a wonderful image that shows their beauty and nature all in one.
The composition is really nice - perhaps a slight adjustment down and to the left would be help slightly. By including the lower part of the branch and cropping from the RHS, the rule of 3rds would be stronger. I would have touched out the small branch on the RHS and in the front of the branch also - a little distracting.
Great focus - tree branch, prey and hawk are all nicely focussed.
Great exposure Leonard! Some lovely detail in the highlights in the feathers behind his legs.
The diffused lighting works well with this subject. If the sun had been stronger, and the conditions able to be more controlled, slight side lighting would have helped to bring out th etexture of the feathers and tree bark better. As it stands, under the offered conditions, the lighting works well.
Well chosen DOF - the hawk stands out beautifully from the background.
A great study of the bird of prey family. You captured it's beauty and nature perfectly, Leonard - I hope you managed to get several images as she fed!
How to improve your photo
With subjects like this, often time is of the essence. Try to compose and shoot as many angles as you can to ensure you capture the one that really does the subject justice.
Once you have the ideal composition, make slight changes to adjust for those things you think may improve the image even further.
Try to shoot as many different viewpoints as possible - wide, close, macro - makes for interesting studies and combining them for a triptych would be great.
Get feedback on your photos from Pro Rakesh Malik