The Lone Osprey. So many things to learn from this image. Photographers, when seeing an opportunity to photograph a bird, will generally attempt to inch closer and closer in order to obtain a more frame-filling image. A frame-filling image can be beautiful and I’ve taken many of them, but they can be less artistic and less creative than an image where the bird is small in the frame simply because there is more to work with when you have a subject small in the frame in terms of placement, what you decide to include or exclude, etc.
However, because of all of the possible options, it is much more challenging to make an artistically pleasing photo of a bird which is small in the image, but in my view it is very worth it to try. When done right, these images can be highly memorable and impactful.
When I saw this Osprey land in a dead tree, I looked immediately to see what opportunities there may be to make a pleasing image. The tendency is to get closer – instead, I walk away. How far? I walked away until the tree was fully visible in the whole frame. A much more impactful image resulted in my view.
But getting a great image is only half the battle. How do you present it? In this case, I wanted to enhance the artistic impact by enhancing the silhouette effect by adjusting levels and curves. Then the image was run through the Fractalius processing software where I selected options to create a small white boarder around the silhouette to make it stand out a bit more. Lastly, a texture overlay was added to the background to complete the effect.
I’m liking it!! How about you??