In our last article on how to improve our bird photography, we looked at composition from the photographers side and what we can do to position ourselves in such a way as to get the best possible composition here .
In this short article we will look at the posture, position, or if you like, the attitude of the bird.
Being patient is the key here, wait till your subject is in a good posture or position to show themselves off before tripping that shutter.
In this example below, the bird has wonderful, interesting, early morning light, falling on the face of the bird, we are positioned correctly, sun is behind us and we are down low so the profile is great, but I pressed the shutter with the birds head in the wrong position.
It doesn’t take much to ruin the image or to lessen the impact the image, could have had if one had been patient.
Having the birds face angled away from us like this, detracts from the image.
Remember, you are trying to show the bird off at its best, your photo should be all about the bird.
This image below has the bird looking alert with the face in a good position.
Here is another example of how not to take a picture of your bird.
Going away, head facing away, just about everything about this image is wrong .
Bad boy Tony lol.
Not all going away photos are bad.
This image still works well, because the all important face of the bird is still a strong feature in the image, especially the eye .
This next image should need no further explaining as to why it simply sucks.
It might be a tad over stated, it might be a bit on the extreme side, but we should be getting to point.
Be patient, wait, wait, wait, till you get a chance of a shot that flatters the bird and shows him or her off at his or her best.
This week I am starting a series of images on my face book page here that showcase New Zealand landscapes in the format of a virtual road trip.
Starting from the top of the North Island we will work our way down to Bluff at the bottom of the South Island on the West Coast side and then work our way back up on the East Coast.
We start our journey at Cape Reinga (Te Reinga or Te Rerenga Wairua in Māori), which is basically ,the northern most point of New Zealand.
The joining of two oceans, the Tasman on the left and the Pacific Ocean to the right , certainly no place to float a dingy .
Tourists watch the year ending as the sun slips quietly out of sight behind the horizon.
Sunset New Years eve 2012