Just a note for those of you who subscribe (via email) to Earth Images. I also subscribe and sometimes it comes to me with the format broken. In other words, all of the images are not where they belong and some of the text is spaced improperly. I use the same format for every post so I know not what causes that. I just wanted you to know that the actual blog post should always appear “normal”.
I have split today’s post with two other image makers, and I am humbled to be on the same pages with them. Of course seeing that I am the only one that calls the shots at Earth Images, it is not a difficult task.
Just missed! Sometimes when you are very close to a wildlife subject, and using a long lens, well you just can’t quite get it all in. I think this image of a male Red-winged Blackbird is still good, but cropping the image tightly to a few key areas , would improve the shot. A photo that is “almost” complete, is not as successful as one that is either complete, or cropped to the most important areas.
I believe that no matter what your personal photographic style is, you can “see” in many different ways. I know a lot of photographers who don’t trust their instincts when they break with their own photographic traditions. There’s a lot in life to worry about, but sharing imagery that may not fit your usual style is not one of them.
All subjects do not need to be interesting in and of themselves. I am a strong believer that we honor our subjects most of the time, and then honor the process of our own photographic vision at other times.
Notice that an aperture of f40 allowed me to retain some shape and detail in those distant clouds. Doing that with a 105 telephoto/macro lens with subjects (the grasses) that are fairly close, requires as much depth of field as you can muster.
One surprising result that my exploration of photography through Flickr, Facebook and the world-wide web in general has brought me, is just how many Israeli nature photographers there are. Wildlife and bird photographers in specific. I have never been there but my thoughts for photography would run first to history, and then to landscapes and people.
Amir Ayalon is once such photographer, and after a very brief visit to his page of Kingfishers, I will suggest that you visit his website, Wildlife-In-Focus. I cannot however, use his photos on this blog.
Another Israeli wildlife photographer is Yossi Eshbol. The image below was indeed taken in Israel and is of a Golden Jackal. I had no idea that there are Jackals in Israel.
Guy Tal has become one of my favorite landscape photographers. His work is often a bit more understated (more understated?) than many who photograph the land. He sort of has that sensitive and personal approach. Much of his work is more minimalist than other photographers. Below are three diverse examples of his image making.
I never, ever copy from other photographers. Despite that fact I think that those of you who have viewed a lot of my landscape work can see a kinship between some of my landscape/sunrise imagery with Guy’s Monument Valley picture above. I developed that sky first and a sliver of land style of image making long before I knew of Guy or he knew of me.
Despite that fact that this image shows only small amounts of detail in its snow-covered ground, and the one clear object in the image is a coyote, I still consider this to be a landscape photo. Landscape photographers bring something different to images that contain wildlife, than wildlife photographers do. The exact opposite is also be true. I love minimalist imagery like this shot from Guy! Notice how much that coyote shadow means to this picture.
As always, when I display imagery on Earth Images that is not mine, I bring to you pictures from some of the finest photographers that can be found.
God Bless, Wayne