Nikon D700, 175mm, 1/1250, f/6.3, ISO 1600
Sabi Sands, South Africa
At what point does the subject make or break an image?
You see, on all our photography courses we always discuss the fact that the camera only ‘sees’ and shoots in two dimensions. As the photographer it’s up to you to play with variables such as aperture and distance from subject in order to create depth in the frame and make your subject pop.
In the above scene the main subject has been captured sharp and in focus, but the second animal was just too close for it to be thrown out of focus enough to disconnect it from the main subject.
Yes… it looks like the one leopard is coming out of the other one’s butt.
I still like this image because I was there, I shot it and I have great memories of this morning but now I find myself asking this…
If I were to replace the two Leopards with, let’s say, two Impalas… would I still like the shot?
Yeah, I guess it would but not as much as this one.
To answer my first question – yes, I do think that, all things being equal, the subject can make or break an image. This shot works because of the content; the leopards, whereas the same frame with different subjects might not have been as striking.
That being said light, composition and that photographic x-factor (whatever it is) will always be the most important things to look for.
Not just leopards.
What do you think?
Until next time.
Gerry van der Walt
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