Be Inspired By: Unique Images

Gerry van der Walt All Authors, Penny Leave a Comment

Over the last couple of weeks we have noticed an increase in conversation about ‘unique images’ and what makes an image unique or not.

With this in mind we have decided to make this topic our Be Inspired By theme for this week – Unique Images.

But what is the definition of unique, and how can one apply that to wildlife and nature photography?  How can a photograph of a wildebeest stand out from the mass amount of others and be defined as ‘unique’?

We think that the term ‘unique’, in regards to wildlife and nature photography, can be defined in two terms: content and approach.

Content includes aspects of the image such as:

  • The actual sighting:  is it an interesting scene/activity or is it just another sighting.
  • A subject or scene that you see everyday, such as an Impala, but is presented in a way that cannot be manufactured and duplicated again easily.
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Approach includes:

  • How you photograph your subject: – did you capture it at an angle that many people rarely use or have the opportunity to do, use artistic techniques or other creative ways to preset your subject in a different way (such as slow shutter speed, etc).
  • Processing: is the image edited in a specific way that makes it memorable.
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Please add a short description with your image as to why you think it is unique.


Gerry van der Walt - Wildlife Photography

We think this image is unique as although it is a common subject, the misty weather creates a specific look and feel to the image that cannot be easily reproduced.

So how can you participate?

Wild Eye’s Be Inspired By series of posts takes place on the Wild Eye Facebook page every Friday.

It works like this:

  • Each week we select a different theme which could range from destinations and species to photography techniques.
  • Throughout the day the Wild Eye team will share their own images with some thoughts on the image.
  • You can get in on the action by posting your own Be Inspired By images to the Wild Eye page and we will share it with our community
  • You can share your images on Twitter and Instagram using the #BeInspiredBy and #WildEyeSA hash tags too!
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 It’s easy, great fun and a wonderful way to share some great wildlife images!
Tomorrow’a theme is Unique Images.  Dont miss out on the opportunity of sharing your images and seeing what everyone else has to offer!
We look forward to seeing your Be Inspired By images!

Penny Robartes

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