Seagulls

Took these photos when we went to the beach during the recent Mother’s Day weekend. The flying seagull photo was just a lucky shot – no fancy lens was used (everything in auto mode, hand-held)!

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~ by Photography Mommy on May 14, 2007.

3 Responses to “Seagulls”

  1. Hi S–nice to be poking through your photos (smile). I’m going to challenge you with a thought: when you look at a subject you want to shoot, how can you capture something about it that is unique to it?

  2. Okay, that’s one thought-provoking challenge, but I’m going to give it a try anyway.

    To compose a unique picture out of an ordinary subject, one has to first know the 3 basic things about photography – knowing the theme of the subject, how to draw the viewer’s attention towards the subject and simplify the theme (omit other items in the composition that might become a distraction). We then focus on capturing an image of the subject that is not always seen by a regular person, say from a different angle.

    Let’s say we are going to shoot a wildlife, like a tree frog. They are small and have striking colors. We will look for one in the jungle, came across a pair that is mating, assumingly in a gravity-defying position(!) on a twig in the dark damp jungle. So the mating tree frogss’ theme would be recreating life; the mating process itself would be a unique one because not everyday a regular person would come across such sight. To draw the viewer’s attention towards the frogs, we focus on the eyes, and to simplify the composition, we fill up the frame with the frogs as much as possible. To create a more unique shoot, I’ll try shooting from different angles not seen from the regular person’s angle of sight, such as getting down on my knees and shoot from bottom up.

    Hope this answers the question. My gosh! I just started my photography course and am still barely halfway through Lesson 3, and you are already posing me a challenge! Just kidding – it’s good to exercise the mind. Thank you, TNP!

  3. Hi S–nice response. Now, shoot those frogs (or another animal) and let’s see what the end product feels like.One question you might wish to ask yourself before you shoot is: what feeling(s) am I trying to communicate to the viewer? (wink)

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