Rich Ditch's Photography Blog

February 10, 2009

Looking into the image

Filed under: Birds, comparisons, composition, favorite places, Gilbert Water Ranch, style — richditch @ 1:58 pm
Rusty Blackbird

Rusty Blackbird

A lot of photographers follow so-called “Rules of Composition” when they make their images. Such guidelines can be helpful and serve as a baseline when you don’t have a vision, but I advise against using them rigidly at all times as I think they can kill any creativity.

One of the “rules” I see mentioned a lot on internet photo critique sites is to not have the subject looking away. But I see nothing wrong with doing this, and I often find it helps create a sense of depth that keeps the image from looking two dimensional.

Here we have a rarity for Arizona – a Rusty Blackbird that spent a few weeks along the nearly dry riverbed in central Phoenix at the Rio Salado restoration project. I was quite happy to get a usable shot of this rarity, so I don’t mind the areas of out-of-focus grasses.

Great-tailed Grackle surveys domain

Great-tailed Grackle surveys domain

In looking through other recent photos I was struck at how well this Great-tailed Grackle goes with the Rusty Blackbird shot. Again, I’ve got the grackle looking into the image (breaking the rule), as with the Rusty Blackbird. And the color palette is very similar, based on blacks and tans.

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1 Comment »

  1. The Rusty Blackbird’s background is actually very appealing and different – very nice shot.

    Comment by Owlman — February 10, 2009 @ 3:06 pm


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