Lessons Learned: Poor composition

The following photo shows a Red-shouldered Hawk (Buteo lineatus) spotted at Huntley Meadows Park, Fairfax County, Virginia USA.


This image is SO CLOSE to being a good photograph! If the tip of the hawk’s right wing weren’t clipped at the upper edge of the photo, then the composition would be improved greatly. I tried to track the bird in flight by looking at the LCD on the back of the camera. I thought it would be easier to look at the larger image provided by the 3″ LCD rather than looking through the camera’s electronic viewfinder. The take-away from this very frustrating experience: It’s easier to track moving objects by looking through the camera viewfinder, especially at telephoto focal lengths.

Tech Tips: I shot the photo using a Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ150 superzoom camera in Shutter Priority Mode with a focal length of 108mm (600mm, 35mm equivalent). I selected a shutter speed of 1/2,000 second to stop action (bird in flight); the camera automatically selected an ISO of 100 and an aperture of f/5.2.

Copyright © 2013 Walter Sanford. All rights reserved. www.wsanford.com

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