Gerry van der Walt - Great Migration - Wild Eye

I Like It

Gerry van der Walt All Authors, Gerry 2 Comments

Do you think we sometimes overthink our own images?

I do.

I think that all too often we look at and judge our images by rules imposed by the larger photographic community and popular photographic culture.

Looking at the image below I could say:

  • I love the depth of field and how the herds fades into the background.
  • The image has nice depth because of the various layers leading the viewer’s eye from the front to the back of the image.
  • The use of a slow shutter speed to blur some of the faster moving animas adds a nice dynamic feel to it.
  • The contrast in the image reflects the narrative in the frame.

This could go on and on and I could look at every technical foundation and compositional rule out there and convince myself that I either like the image or that it’s not good enough.

I know for a fact that some of you reading this will sit for hours obsessing about whether a particular image is technically and creatively good enough or not.

Isn’t that wrong?

Yes yes, I get that there are certain yardsticks out there against which we could, whether for good or bad, judge our images but I think sometimes we miss something.

Sometimes, and more often than not in a good wildlife image this is the case, the whole is greater than the sum of it’s parts.

What happened to looking at an image like this…

Gerry van der Walt - Great Migration - Wild Eye

.. and just saying “I like it”.

Simple as that and that should really be all that matters.

Until next time.

Gerry

About the Author

Gerry van der Walt

I am a private and specialist photographic safari guide, public speaker, co founder of Wild Eye and wildlife photographer. Visit my website at www.gerryvanderwalt.com or follow my journey on Snapchat, Instagram, Twitter and Periscope.  I look forward to changing the way you see the world! Have you checked out The Wildlife Photography Podcast?

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