Three requirements of a picture.

I continually mention on this blog how the Slough in front of my house has little activity. I’m going to classify that as whining as I’ve come to a realization. I take a number of photographs every day, today I took 500, some days that is tripled. Granted each image is taken in JPG and RAW, I edit the later and save both. I am a liberal deleter, if the the image is just a bit soft I am now tossing it in the oval paper filer.

If there is little activity on the Slough what in the heck am I taking pictures of?

My niche is taking images of birds in flight, it’s a challenge for a person with disabilities but that’s why I chose it; it improves my physical abilities. It takes an immense amount of practice resulting in a substantial deletion ratio of which I’m comfortable with. Aim, Focus then shoot, do not take an image until those are met. Slowing thoughts down, not rushing then insure the focus is right on then take the image.

Most of the time there is an element of pure luck as with the photo above. Taken this morning (5-24-2021) I took a series of shots thinking one bird was in each and consequently missing with several not realizing until I edit an empty screen. As luck would have it the two birds ended up in the same frame with an added plus; they are both in razor sharp focus. This photograph may easily be split into two then cropped for a stand-alone pair of images.

The common Tern pictured above has a dash of luck in it as well, if the bird had not tilted its head, the beak and face would be one glob of an unidentifiable substance. As it ended up it remains a so-so image but it is successful enough for a blog. If I find myself as I do with this image thinking “what am I looking at?” the viewer will not have a clue; I wouldn’t be able to recognize this as a Tern if I hadn’t shot it. Much to the same point the viewer may not know what it is if I had not mentioned it. Free-standing alone this is not a successful picture; I don’t like it because it is not self-defining.

The reason I use my own photos in my blogs, and make no mistake I take them exclusively for my blogs, is each one tells a story. My goal for every image to be a success is for it to be able to stand-alone, be recognizable and arouse an emotion. In a story each needs to be present in that order, for a photo display the reverse order is important. Without arousing an emotion no-one would pause to take a look. The next time while flipping through photos think about what it is that makes one pause, go back for a second look for what causes one to stop to take a deeper look.

The photo of the Canada Gander is a successful photo it conjures up all three it tells a story, it’s a stand-alone image and for me at least it conjures up an emotion.

Jacques Lebec Flutter Shutter

#person with disabilities #chronic pain #photography

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