This post continues the theme of following some suggestions made by readers of my blog. One commentator thought that the image of the African Darter drying its wings in my post Botswana – Day 4 (Part 5) might have been good in a square crop.
My original crop was based on the common advice that you should generally allow a subject space to look into the frame, rather than out of it. I’ve found that competition judges nearly always apply this ‘rule’.
Anyway, I have given it a go, following Adrian’s advice and here is the result. The bird now fills the frame well and the wings provide a sort of element of symmetry. Yes, I think it does work, though I’m still not sure which I prefer.
The original photo was entered in a Club Competition a while ago, and one fault that the judge pointed out was the lack of sharpness across the whole bird. When I took the photo, my focus had inadvertently been on it’s back rather than it’s head and consequently the bird’s bill had not been pin sharp. I think the extra contrast achieved with the B&W image below may go a little way towards alleviating that particular problem.
Does anyone agree?
Thanks for looking and any comments are welcomed.