Prior to taking up bird photography, I was a fairly avid macro photographer; and as pointed out by others, it sometimes seems to carry over into my bird photography. For some, it might be a bit "too much in your face". However, I've always loved detail & texture in my images and thought this conveyed contrasts between the black & white (with a splash of vivid red), along with the soft texture of the feathers vs. the roughness of the black "knob" on its bill. It was also a slow day yesterday, with poor lighting most of the morning!
This wasn't really planned. Sitting on the edge of some rocks waiting for some action, a couple of swans were feeding by the shore, just fired away focusing on their eyes as they popped their heads out from under the water. Thanks as always Bob.
Thank you Diane for stopping by. I have to agree, I also love all types of wildlife shots, whether they're wide environmental images, full frame images of the main subject, or close-ups focusing on details of various parts of the animal, bird, etc. Good composition of wider shots is usually what makes or breaks one of these types of image, and with bird photography, it is not always easy to get that composition without a lot of clutter in the image, especially with songbirds. I'd love to get up close and in the Snowy's face!!
Ans also Diane, I apologize, in a response to one of your earlier posts, I called you Francine by mistake.
>Thank you Diane for stopping by. I have to agree, I also love >all types of wildlife shots, whether they're wide >environmental images, full frame images of the main subject, >or close-ups focusing on details of various parts of the >animal, bird, etc. Good composition of wider shots is usually >what makes or breaks one of these types of image, and with >bird photography, it is not always easy to get that >composition without a lot of clutter in the image, especially >with songbirds. >I'd love to get up close and in the Snowy's face!! > >Ans also Diane, I apologize, in a response to one of your >earlier posts, I called you Francine by mistake.
LOL I noticed but didn't think anything of it. Not a bad thing to be called!
I once called my son by the dog's name---they were both underfoot and in my way. I still hear about that one!
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That is too funny Jim, how on earth did you remember and unearth a comment from over 3 years a go?
You're probably right about being hard-wired for detail, it has shown in my career, always worrying about the small details. And it has shown in my other hobbies, such as bird carving, where I was never satisfied until I "burned" in every last vane on each feather. But I do enjoy the "wider" view as well as close-ups or portraits in photography, but even with a wider view, I do pay attention to ensure the main subject is sharp and well defined.
This is an issue I've found myself thinking about quite a bit. (By the way, that is a wonderful shot.) One of the things I like about photography is that it lets me see the world in ways I can't see it with my eyes alone (and couldn't even when my eyes were good). A photo stops a moment and lets me look at it in detail and appreciate it in ways I never could otherwise. For me, the clarity I see in most of the photos in this forum are the gold standard for sharpness and detail. They are superb. It is a place I would like to get to some day.
On the other hand, I think that some powerful photos work by firing up the imagination. They suggest rather than delineate. I wonder if at some point a photo can become clinical, like something in a textbook, and the very sharpness might work against engaging a viewer's imagination.
Obviously, it all depends on what the photographer wants to accomplish, as well as the person looking at the photo. I guess I feel like there's room for all types of styles and approaches. Different photos can be powerful in different ways.
Mon 18-Feb-13 12:38 AM | edited Mon 18-Feb-13 01:22 AM by Dubes
Thanks Rob, and truly appreciate your thoughts. I can see your point about a "clinical" image vs. one that stimulates your imagination, but as you say, there's room for all types of imagery, just as there is in the art world. The works of sculptors like Auguste Rodin & Henry Moore are totally different, but yet each is a master in their own style of work. One lending itself to realistic lifelike beauty vs. one that stimulates your imagination in a different manner.
Beautiful image, Richard. Nicely exposed and a very nice composition.
It's great to see the variety of compositions. This is a great example of framing tightly and intentionally cutting off part of the subject. It works well - as I'm sure images pulled back some would also work well. Even the environmental images as referenced in the other thread.
It was meant to be "different" Eric from the typical pose to stimulate conversation, which I think it did. One of the reasons I prefer posting to a "forum" where discussions can be initiated rather than a gallery or a "Flickr" account.
Sat 23-Feb-13 06:18 PM | edited Sat 23-Feb-13 06:39 PM by Dubes
Thanks again Al, wasn't trying to fish for compliments. Just when someone says "interesting", it could be taken as a positive or negative comment. In fact, I like to hear both positive and negative responses, but I do appreciate the reasoning for thinking those thoughts. If one thinks something is striking, why is it striking; and if one thinks it misses the mark or you think it's a piece of cr*p, again why? Students don't learn to become better at what they do by giving them all an "A" even though their work is mediocre - sometimes you need to be challenged. I'm as guilty as many and don't expand on my reasoning at many times - it can be a lot of work providing valid critiques with your thoughts and at the same time possibly offending people you really don't know that well.
This is certainly a shot you hardly ever see. I detail in the feathers, skin texture and the droplets are certainly special. I like the feel of this. I've wondered how some of these birds would look if you were really up close. This just makes me want to keep trying. This is excellent---I really like it.