Right, I have two questions for you.
The first one has to do with this image.
Do you think that the focus in this image detracts from it?
Looking at the image closely you will see that my focus point was on the front animal and the shallow depth of field left the leopard in the back, the one with open eyes, a little soft and out of focus.
If we go according to wildlife photography ‘rules’, the eyes of a subject should always be in focus and the main point of visual mass in the frame.
So the question again.
Do you think that the focus – if we feel the need to stick to the age old belief that you must not, shall not ever break the rules – detracts from the image?
Does the shift in focus tell a different story?
I am still in two minds but I’m kinda leaning to the second option.
Let me know your thoughts in the comments section below.
Then, and this is something I have been thinking about for quite some time, the second question is simply this…
Is a wildlife image better, by default, when it has a leopard as a subject?
This might not be a bit of a tongue-in-cheek question but it does seem to me that a leopard image, almost regardless of how good it actually is, gets a huge amount of likes and attention when compared to a superior image of, dare I say, a lesser species?
Yes, this question can then lead to other ones like ‘do you really care about the amount of likes your images get?‘ – no – and ‘is not because the leopard is such stunning and seldomly seen animal that people like the images? – could be – which then leads to “so if I need more likes on my images or Facebook page I just need to post leopard pics? – ummm, ok?
What do you think?
Until next time.
Gerry van der Walt
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