Rich Ditch's Photography Blog

September 22, 2010

Size doesn’t matter

Filed under: backyard, Birds, composition, style — richditch @ 7:29 pm
Costa's Hummingbird

Costa's Hummingbird

It isn’t always necessary to fill the frame with the subject of a photograph, such as this Costa’s Hummingbird taken in my backyard on 12/12/2004 shortly after buying my first digital camera.

I believe that an image can be successful with the subject small in the frame as long as the photographer uses other elements of the setting to “build” the complete composition. Here, I’ve kept things simple by using two bits of the agave plant that the hummingbird likes to roost on. The larger “leaf” provides some nice color and a strong graphic element to the image, while the smaller leaf  provides a counterpoint to balance the Costa’s. I’ve also used one of the classic guidelines of composition by placing the hummingbird at the “1/3rd point” where lines dividing the framed into thirds horizontally and vertically intersect. I’ve also made sure the hummingbird is “looking into” the composition by placing the larger amount of space in front of the bird.

An alternative horizontal composition can be seen in this recent post.

Nikon D70, Nikkor 300/2.8 AF-S with TC20E (2x), ISO 400, 1/160th second at f/8, fill flash from Nikon SB-800.

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