Wednesday, March 17, 2010
This female cardinal was attracted to the feeder at Blendon Woods Metropark a few weekends ago. When I evaluate my bird photography, I'm looking for two things. The first is whether the bird is looking straight at the camera. In this case, you'll notice that the female cardinal is looking slightly to my left and a bit downwards. If she was looking right at me, this would be a shot I would be really happy with. The second thing I look for is to make sure the bird's eye has that little sparkle in it, called a catchlight.
Anytime you photograph anything living, having this catch-light is critical for making the creature look alive. If the catchlight isn't there, you'll have a dull and boring photograph. The easiest way to get a catch-light is to shoot with the sun behind you. Some photographers use flash to add catchlights, and others add them later on in post processing. Take a look at your bird photographs, look at the ones you like the most, and I'll bet the bird is looking right at you and has a nice catchlight in its eye.
Also- I'll be speaking and showing some of my photography to the relatively new Scioto Audubon Photo Club tomorrow night at 7:00 (thursday night), just south of downtown in the brand spanking new Grange Insurance Audubon Center. Everyone is welcome!