Sunday, May 10, 2015

Check The Angles

Regardless of what you photograph, composition is key. Every successful image must have visual integrity.

This shot of an osprey has a diagonal composition that adds strength and power. When photographing birds in flight, it is difficult to pick and choose a composition when the action is occurring. While he was angled somewhat when I clicked the shutter, I took the liberty of tipping the image a bit more in Lightroom to improve the diagonal flow.

I was lucky that his flight path was such that he was backlit, making the tail and wing feathers glow and appear somewhat translucent.

Osprey are eagle-like birds that are more prevalent and less reclusive than eagles. They can often be found near many water courses far inland. I have seen them in Yellowstone, as well as at the ocean and other locations.

Their wingspan is impressive, and their vocalizations are unmistakable. They are the most photogenic when they are fishing, soaring overhead searching the waters for their next meal.

Shutter Speed 1/1600 sec.  Aperture f/7.1.  ISO 400.  Lens: Canon 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II, set at 200mm.  Camera: Canon 7D Mark II.  Handheld.

TODAY'S QUOTE: "Birds are a miracle because they prove to us there is a finer, simpler state of being which we may strive to attain."  -Doug Coupland

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