Animal Photography Photo Critique
by Gen Liu
Category: Animal Photography
Canon EOS-1D MarkIII
Lens: Super-Telephoto: > 2
Exposure time: 1/3200 ,
Description: The camera was canon 1d mark ii, set ISO on 50. I took the pic on beach,where there w see all >
The camera was canon 1d mark ii, set ISO on 50. I took the pic on beach,where there were a lot of newborn bird chasing around, somehow this one left behind, it was getting cold and dark...
Subject of photo
Composition & Perspective
Use of camera, exposure & speed
Color & Lighting
Depth of field
An image with a lot of potential - and the subject of the image is very interesting, hence the score, but I am not sure about sme of the other aspects.
Again, the composition is quite striking - one little bird on it's own - but it is far from newly hatched, although it could be still quite young. The perspective is good too, with the distance and foreground "framing" the bird on the sand.
I'm not sure why, but while the sand near the bird seems to be in focus, the bird appears to be a bit soft, This may simply be that the sand is picking up the light and the part of the bord we can see is mainly in shaddow - or it may be a problem with "Online" photographs.
As far as I can tell, the exposure and speed are OK - within the limits of trying to shoot into the direction of light
I'm not sure if the photograph is supposed to be in Black and White - or if that is the way it comes over because of the light - but there does seem to be a small area of brown(ish) colour centre left of the image, which looks a bit strange. Lighting, unfortunatley, is where this image seems to fall down because of the shaddow covering almost all of this small bird, If it was a sharp silloutte, that may work, but if you could have used either a small amount of fill-in flash or a reflector just to give a little better light to the side of the bird we can see, it may have improved the photograph considerably.
Good - has been used to frame the subject well, with both the foreground and background being out of focus.
Not sure about the Colour / Black and White question and the very "Fuzzy" light on the main subject. This may just be the "online" image, but a little, soft refected light on the bird, or a harder profile may look better.
How to improve your photo
Consider using a small, hand-held, fill-in flash with a bounce-card when shooting against the main light source, when the main subject is presenting a shaddow side towards you, unless you are going for a sharp contrast outline look
If you are shooting with an assistant, consider investing is a small pop-up reflector that they can carry with them, just to bounce some light back for the same reason
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