Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Take Your Time, Take a Slow Walk Before You Take a Picture

Here's a very simple outdoor photography tip, but one that can be very effective.

When you see a potential subject, take a deep breath, relax, and take a nice walk around the subject. You may be surprised at new photo possibilities when you look at a subject from different angles (and with different lenses).

After two short walks . . .

The top right image was a surprise! It looks as though the kestrel has eyes in the back of its head (to ward off predators, no doubt.) I had never seen a photo like this before.

The bottom right picture was also a surprise. I noted an interesting rock formation while hiking in the Alabama Hills, CA, but the foot did not reveal itself until I followed my own advice about walking around a subject.

Explore the Light,
P.S. If you play golf: Playing golf is a great way to ruin a walk on a nice day :-)


Loyce said...

Excellent advice, Rick. I never knew that about the Kestrel. Now I've got to find one to photograph from the back :)

Cool "foot" as well.

Mary John & Katie said...

That Kestrel is adorable...I love the down bits still clinging to the adult feathers - the foot is amazing too!