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.


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 or follow my journey on Facebook, Snapchat, Instagram and Twitter a look forward to changing the way you see the world.  I also host a Wildlife Photography Podcast and I Vlog!

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