All anyone really gets to see on my blog, is my best shots of wildlife and landscapes.
I don’t normally keep, let alone post my mistakes and failures for all to see , that is until now.
Some examples are intentional for this series, others are just plain bad form.
In this series of articles we will look at some of the most common mistakes we make that, all though for many, may not completely ruin the image, certainly detract from what it could have been had we been more careful and been PATIENT.
Everyone makes mistakes and in this first series we are going to cover 4 common mistakes we need to correct if we want to excel at our art.
1. Bad composition.
2. Bad posture of your subject
3. Bad timing
3 Unwanted distractions
Part 1 Composition.
First up we will look at composition, from how we position ourselves for the shot to the aspect ratio or how we crop and frame our finished image.
The Photographers posistion
The ideal position in most cases for birds is going to be lining the camera up on your subject at the same height level as the head of the bird.
This often means getting down low when shooting over water and sandy beaches.
This often means getting a wet bum.
Below Steve on the right and I on the left have chosen this washed up log to use as a rest for 3 reasons.
1. Keeps our bums off the wet sand while giving us a low profile .
2. Puts us low to the ground
3. Gives us a semblance of cover.
Steve used this log to break up his profile to kind of conceal himself and scored a back rest at the same time lol.
If you cant find cover do what ever you have too, to get down low.
Not every one can get down onto the ground and get back up and its getting harder for me as each year passes .
May I suggest to purchase a small but stable unfolding stool to sit on.
Me laying down on the job.
This is not the way to do it and wont work on many birds 😀
Cropping and positioning .
The composition of this Male Wood Duck is pleasing, the viewer is looking right at the bird.
I was down low to take the shot initially and then in the processing stage I cropped the bird so that the eye was in the top third of the image.
The early morning light on the bird add impact to the shot as well.
pāteke or Brown Teal
If for some reason you cant get down low it may be possible to raise the bird up to eye level, in this case I asked my new assistant to raise the bird up, it helps if it is fluffy and cuddly as Louise shows, she’s more than pleased to oblige me lol.
Next week we will look at the birds posture.
Finally with winter here, its full speed ahead for my winter workshops on birds and landscapes in the greater Wellington area.
For INFO check out my workshop pages here