Bathed in Golden Silence
“Life has taught us that love does not consist in gazing at each other,
but in looking outward together in the same direction”
— Antoine de Saint-Exupery
Did a little bird watching over the weekend. Decided to do minimal post processing for this image.
There are a few ingredients needed to make this shot: a medium telephoto lens and some patience to stalk the birds without chasing them away, a circular polarizer filter to reduce the glare from the water surface and to boost the color saturation, luck and timing to get the birds to pose, and light: it’s always about the light. Last but not least, when I shoot these, I always think, “What can I remove from my composition to allow my image to speak clearly?” Here’s a zoom out scene of what the creek looks like about five minutes later. I post the zoom out image shot at 70mm not only to show the light and colors in the actual scene, but to demonstrate how “selective seeing” makes a difference in a photograph. Sometimes, less is more.
EXIF & Info
- Canon EOS 5D
- Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS USM
- Hoya 77mm DMC PRO1 Digital Circular Polarizer
- [F16] [1/180s] [200mm] [ISO 200]
- Exposure Mode:
- Date Taken:
- March 28th, 2009
- March 31, 2009 at 12:36 am