Nature Photography Photo Critique
Sunset Hues Flying High
by Donna Gabrielson
Category: Nature Photography
Canon Rebel T2i
Lens: Telephoto: 50-200mm
Exposure time: 1/400 ,
Description: Seagulls have always been my choice for photography at beaches. Sunset makes a beauti see all >
Seagulls have always been my choice for photography at beaches. Sunset makes a beautiful background choice . They are truly amazing in their adaptation for which they fly.
Subject of photo
Composition & Perspective
Use of camera, exposure & speed
Color & Lighting
Depth of field
The fact that gulls are pretty common doesn't change the fact that they are interesting subjects, for the same reason that people throw bread to them.
The gull is a bit below the middle of the frame, and looking down. The image would be a bit better balanced if the gull were in the top half of the frame, as it would have more nose room (beak room?) to look into. The subject's eye line can carry quite a bit of visual weight. alternatively, you could frame it even a little bit lower in the frame to draw the viewer's attention to the fact that it's after something, but the risk there is that you would guide the viewer's eye out of the frame and therefore lead them to lose interest.
The bird's eyes seem sharp, as does its outline. Well done, particularly since capturing birds in flight can be pretty challenging.
Well done. Both the sky and the gull are well exposed, and the depth of field is just enough to keep the bird itself sharp. She shutter speed is plenty fast enough to counter both subject and camera movement.
Nice lighting, I like the way the light is falling on the gull and the colorful sky behind it.
Good overall job Donna, the lighting, lens selection and depth of field is right on. Keep shooting those gulls and having fun.
How to improve your photo
Shooting a flying bird is tough and you have to lead it with your camera rather than follow it. It is hard, but you have to anticipate where the bird is going so you can keep the bird where you want it in the frame.
If there is something distracting in the background lower in the frame, you have to shoot the bird higher in the sky.
In a perfect world, the "great" shots have at least three major "wow" elements, you have two: action and color. A third element could be having food in its beak or interacting with another bird. Obviously that isn't under your control but as you look at other photos, notice how the great ones go one step further. You have a good shot here, Donna, there are few photos that couldn't have something better! Keep up the good work.
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