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Going Fishing

By 3oldmen
Thought we'd try shooting some wildlife. Not much of it here in a large city. This white heron was carefully waling through the low tide searching for dinner.

We would like to know how best to frame the subject. Would it have been better to center the head in the frame. Based on the rule of third we were not sure how to frame this subject correctly. Thank you.

Tags: Fishing Animal Nature Bird Color White heron Wildlife and nature

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dudler Plus
16 945 1520 England
19 Apr 2019 5:08PM
Where there's soemthing moving, or with eyes, the conventional thing to do is to give a little extra room in front, so that it can move into the space.

So, here, you might leave a little more space at the top and on the right, trim tighter on the left. I'll see how much of htat I can fake up...

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3oldmen 23 United States
19 Apr 2019 5:14PM
Thank you,
19 Apr 2019 5:37PM
Two beautiful images.
banehawi Plus
15 2.1k 4036 Canada
19 Apr 2019 5:47PM
What also helps with a shot like this is to leave more space above the head, as well as in the direction the bird is facing.

You will often focus the shot in the centre, then you can recompose to get the framing, and try a shot. Theses are not unbreakable rules, - but from experience photographers in general will try to compose like this, as it just looks better.

Ive loaded a mod with space above and on right, and with a daylight white balance.


pamelajean Plus
13 1.2k 2094 United Kingdom
19 Apr 2019 9:17PM
You might have heard the expression "negative space" and this expression is often used to describe the compositional guideline that suggests where to leave space in your frame for best effect.
HERE is an EPZ article that gives tips on its use.

Firstly, your bird is walking across the frame from left to right, and this is ideal, as opposed to moving from right to left. The western eye reads from left to right and tends to enter a photo at the left. Therefore we are going into the picture with the bird, travelling with it.

When photographing moving subjects, consider which way they are heading. Generally, leave space in front of your subject into which they can move. The space gives the viewer a chance to wonder what is outside of the frame and where the subject will be headed next.

On a different subject, the top of the heron's back is over-exposed, or "burnt out", so that there is no detail showing, just white. It's often known as Blown Out Highlights, and you can read about it HERE . This was shot at mid-day, which is the brightest time of day, and you have a white subject, so the exposure is going to be difficult.

Shooting outdoors means dealing with challenging and changing lighting conditions which can sometimes lead to blown out highlights like this in your images. Overcast days are a photographer’s favourite ones for avoiding blown out highlights. Also, shooting during the golden hours is not going to completely eliminate the problem of clipping highlights, but compared to mid-day, the intensity of the sun will be lesser.
There are other ways to avoid burn-out, as you will read in the link, but carefully choosing the type and/or time of day is the easiest.

paulbroad Plus
12 131 1285 United Kingdom
20 Apr 2019 7:28AM
For me, the composition is perfectly OK for the type of bird and situation. The difficulty is a white bird and bright sun. The back has burnt out completely with no detail. Not easy to get right, but a stop less exposure at the taking stage would help, brightening shadows later in software.

3oldmen 23 United States
20 Apr 2019 11:02PM
Thank you everyone for your help. We appreciate all of your comments.

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