Size Counts

Today’s essay is all about size really does count.

Mostly this post is dealing with birds, big birds, little birds, huge birds and tiny birds.

Often we isolate our subject from any surrounding distractions in order to draw the viewer’s attention to the finer details of our subject, feather patterns, colour , shape and in doing so we divorce our subject from its place in the world.
We take away the relationship our subject has with its surroundings.
It is hard to tell their real size when the image has completely divorced the bird from its environment.
Remember our image tells a story to the viewer and size can be a very important part of the story .
Right lets start off with this little critter a young Variable Oyster catcher chick.

We have a nice closeup of the chick, plenty of detail to look at but just how big is it ?

Variable Oyster catcher-1678-Edit


Lets zoom out a little bit  and give the chick a bit of environment so we can tell just how big he or she is.

Variable Oyster catcher-1669-Edit

Just having the driftwood in the frame gives us something to compare the size of the chick with.

Lets try another bird, this one is a terek sandpiper.

Terek sandpipers

This is a pretty good shot of a fairly rare bird in New Zealand .
Again lots of detail  but tells us nothing of the true size on the bird.

Here is mister Terek again , this time we have some Bar tailed Godwits to make a comparison with.
Mr Terek is a very small bird not readily apparent in the first shot and has quite  a nervous disposition .

The Southern Royal Albatross is the heaviest flying bird in the world and only just misses out on the widest wingspan to the Snowy Albatross by a fraction.

Southern royal albatross-9974-Edit
This picture above does not give credit to the birds real size.
These birds are enormous.

The following picture gives us a better idea of the true size of these monster birds.
the lead bird is a White Cap Albatross , not a small bird by any standards but it is dwarfed by the Southern.

Southern royal albatross-5314-Edit

Next up is a pukeko chick.
most of us know the average size of the pukeko  so here we have a reference point , the head of the muma pukeko


Now here is a day old Banded Dotteral Chick
We know its small but just how small is it?

Pretty freakin small lol

Banded Dotteral -9434-Edit
Landscapes can also understate your subject without a reference point.

Elephant rocks in Otago , they look alright but how big is how big ?

Using Steve as our reference  we can grasp the size more accurately.
Now Steve aint the tallest person on earth but we can still use him as a comparison.

Finally  there is nothing like an open space to give context .
A young Spurwing Plover out in the open.

Spur-winged plover

Keep pressing the shutter button folks .
Spring has well and truly sprung, lets make the most of it before the heat shimmer makes late morning photography a delusion .



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