Wildlife Photo Hint: The importance of getting Sharp Eyes

The eyes are so important to living being.  When we see a kitten, a dog or a bird, being able to see the eyes make all the differences in appreciating the picture or not.  Whenever you can, make sure the eyes are open, in the focus and sharp.  This is the most important Wildlife Photo Hint.

When I came on board of the air boat for our sightseeing tour in the Everglades, the boat Captain told me that my lens, a Sigma 135-400mm, was way too big.  We would get just a few feet away from wildlife and a normal lens would do.  I kept my long lens on my Canon XSi, which gave me an effective focal lens of 215-640mm.  We were just a few meters away from the wharf and this Pelican came to land right of the air boat nose.  This shot is as seen at the 135mm end of the zoom. Wow!  This was close.

My rule of thumbs is that you can rarely get too close from wildlife.  This picture, although we do not see the bird in its entirety, is interesting.  I like it mainly because of the eye.  The eye is so sharp and vivid, it’s just like the pelican would start moving.  The details in the head are great also.  Getting close is never a problem.

Moreover, there were so many distractions!  By getting closer, it helps the bird stand out in front of the distraction.  With an aperture of f/5.6 and an effective focal length of 215mm, the background is nice and blurry.

There are some distracting elements.  Noteworthy is the bright spot being the bird itself, I would have hope for a darker, less distracting background.  Back in 2009, I was less conscious about Background in photography.   Now I am more conscious about background and I pay greater care about it.  Learn more on Background Photography here on rawtests.

Later on, however, I liked my long lens so much!  Multiples shots would have been just a waste of time without it.

Wildlife photography means long lens.  That’s the end of it.

These are just some Wildlife Photo Hints.  Should  you be looking to put some valuable time on Wildlife Photography, consider the Photographing Birds in the Wild by Neil Losin on Craftsy.  I am particularly fond of Neil’s work with National Geographic and the World Wildlife Fund.  Here are 8 Lessons that are worth your time:

Lesson 1. Introduction
Lesson 2. Equipment
Lesson 3. Technical Basics
Lesson 4. Weather & Light
Lesson 5. Getting Close
Lesson 6. Flash
Lesson 7. Composition
Lesson 8. Editing & Post-Processing

Do you have another Wildlife Photo Hint to share with our readers?  Do you have sharp eyes to share with us on rawtests.  Please use the comment section below to link to a picture of your Wildlife that you are proud of.  I want to see it!