Thursday, May 07, 2020

Three Quick Lessons for all types of Photography

Carolina Wren, nest building, Roosevelt Island
During the shut down, been hiking around Glover-Archbold Park, Roosevelt Island and the C&O Canal.  Photographing birds and other wildlife.  This exercise has reinforced three important concepts that I use in my work. It's been great practice.
Pileated Woodpecker, Glover-Arcbold Park
Light--it seems so obvious, but it is vital to see how the light hits your subject. Additionally,  knowing the technical aspects of your camera to properly capture proper exposures.  In nearly all cases, the light is given, you have to move into a position where the light hits the subject to make them look good.  In photographing nature, try to go in the afternoon, where the sun in lower in the sky or shoot in the shade, in both scenarios the quality of the light is softer and more pleasing on the subject.
Mallard, C & O Canal
Composition--In each case, attempt to crop out distractions,  make sure the subject(s) is emphasized.  Keeping in mind the arrangement of the subject and the elements, hoping to have the best camera angle and watching the foreground and background.  When time allows, take as many as possible shots.  Always nice to have options.
Fox Squirrel, C & O Canal
Patience--Watching for moments, understanding nuances and habits.  If the subject did it once, most likely they will do it again.  Being ready and prepared. stealthily...record what happens, take your time.
Baltimore Checkerspot, near the Potomac River
Canadian Geese Family, Potomac River
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