Do you ever get the idea we have seen enough photos of bugs, buds, birds, bees, blooms, and butterflies on blogs to make blogs lose their fascination? Oh yes, guilty myself. I pretty much am bird and bee crazy.
Lens 105mm f2.8 – shot handheld at f8 1/100 ISO 400 – 20 August 2014
Even really good images taken by top professionals, what makes the images any different when posting these common subjects? I just downloaded a really nice e-book for free from Ian Plant, a professional photographer. You too can get Essentials by following this link. Just get it before it is no longer available.
What makes the photos more interesting and different is explained in his book. One suggestion is “wait for the decisive moment”.
Horses are also common, ordinary animals portrayed on blogs. I was thinking about this question when seeing the big equine grazing in the fields. Sure, one can see differently, maybe shooting from different angles or close focussing on horse “parts”. Ian will tell you…
“And then I came to a profound realization: great photography doesn’t come from gear or Photoshop. Rather, it comes from showing people something they haven’t seen before.”
Ian shows images most of us have not seen, yet his animals are ones we have seen often, although not likely in person just in photos. He has a creative way to portray them. You will see wonderful images with the explanation why they are well done when you get his e-book.
Not everyone can go to these places, often inaccessible to many, but his explanations allow you to get more creative with more commonly found animals. I am not sure how I could have gotten this buck to do something interesting though, although I do follow his suggestion to focus on the eyes – even getting catch light. I certainly did not want this majestic creature to charge me for a really cool photo!
On my last post, I thought I showed birds in different perspectives than usually seen, I am just not sure how to show that which has not been seen before? It really takes patience to wait it out, to see unusual behaviors. This is one to ponder. Maybe it is a bit like the image below where I chose not to focus on the horses, add some mood, and just see them through the hedgerow. He suggests, “change the perspective” which I do often with birds.
Ian’s photos are inspiring and his suggestions are very important to know. Like his beginning down the path of photographing, we all have to find that inspiration which takes the images we shoot just a bit further. If we are seeing the same bugs, buds, birds, blooms, bees and butterflies on blogs, maybe they need just a little something extra? It is the same too rehashing information over and over. Download his e-book, you might read something to inspire you.