Stills V3

July 4, 2009

A Proposition

Filed under: Christina — Tags: — Christina @ 03:13

Least Terns / Treasure Island

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  1. If it was offered to me, I too may be thinking of a quick get away. Again, another lovely study and perfect DOF and positioning of subjects within it. I’m a real sucker for that thin line of in-focus sand. Given the brightness, all the detail is held and those yellow beaks are just the right amount of colour splash. As with your ‘Grabbing a Bite’ shot, I’d like to see how a little more space above and right would alter this for the good or not. The positioning of the heads/eyes of all three creatures forms a very pleasing curve in to the photograph.

    Comment by akikana — July 4, 2009 @ 05:59

  2. Nearly perfect but there is no catchlight in the eye of the FISH! :-)

    I like the composition with the rectangle in the centre and the echo of the terns’ heads. Te DoF does a beautiful job of avoiding the confusion of the background whilst still giving a sense of place.

    I’ve emailed the URL to the chairman of the club who sent me this Just spent an hour this morning trying to get yet another photograph of a tern with a sandeel or fish in its mouth. Bloody things move too fast……. At least they’re not on a stick

    So although I don’t take into account the difficulty of obtaining a picture when doing a critique, well done at catching the critters. :-)

    Comment by Rex — July 4, 2009 @ 06:50

  3. Rex — photographing a Least Tern with a fish in its mouth is not that difficult when at a colony where they are courting. These two spent a long time “playing the game” with him offering the fish and her being “coy”, though still seemingly interested. It is a fun ritual to watch.

    Comment by Christina — July 4, 2009 @ 23:00

  4. “It is a fun ritual to watch” – but a bit tedious with humans!

    What to say? Most has been said already. I don’t think that more space is needed: with what is here, the sense that a head is just about to bob is strong and the angles of the tails also play well.

    The colour palette of birds and sand really vibrates.

    Comment by John Ellis — July 5, 2009 @ 08:59

  5. The male’s slightly larger head gives an interesting visual perspective. Yet another well-observed piece of bird behaviour.

    Comment by doonster — July 5, 2009 @ 16:17

  6. Just the perfect amount of DOF isn’t it? I do wonder if all the space up top is necessary, but it doesn’t really distract.

    Comment by matt — July 6, 2009 @ 12:53

  7. The thin line of in-focus sand is such a strong photo characteristic. Somebody drawing this scene would have taken liberties with the ground and it would all have become a wash.

    Comment by Colin — July 9, 2009 @ 21:23

  8. This is so clean, simple, and clear (in story-telling) that it feels more like a painting. I like the way the texture of the sand falls away and turns into perfectly clean background.

    Comment by Anita Jesse — July 12, 2009 @ 00:56


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