This is a copy of my forum post this morning.
I received a PM from a gentleman yesterday pointing out the reasons why my wildlife and bird images are not up to his standard, he set out a list of things I should do to improve.
Whilst I totally agree with the fact that his work is far superior to mine and that the message was sent with my best interests in mind I feel I must draw up my own list as why in my case it is not possible.
All but a very few of my images are taken while out with my dog Patch, most of you know him very well, the reason I go out is for his and my exercise and the photography comes a close second.
I do not have the luxury of carrying a tripod or sitting in a purpose build hide with perfect backgrounds but rely on spotting a subject in the wild and sometimes I get lucky and get close enough to get a shot, thatís if Patch as not already ran in front and scared it away.
I feel I have to write this because not all images should be judged against each other but circumstances should be taken in to consideration.
I except that my level of ability and circumstances means I will never be the best but still enjoy photography and that should be what it is about surely.
This image is a prime example, not perfect but had I not been out with Patch I would not have seen it let alone photographed it.
Regards. - gary