Reviews

Are You Joining Me in Shenandoah National Park this Fall?

Are You Joining Me in Shenandoah National Park this Fall?

The-Digital-Picture_com
Our eyes are typically drawn to the areas of an image containing the strongest contrast. The head and antlers of a whitetail buck are typically this animal's most interesting features and placing those against a nearly blown-out sky utilizes the contrast principle, making them especially eye-catching.
 
Being in the right place at the right time is always a key for wildlife photography, but in this situation, a key to getting the desired framing was to adjust the camera height. Lowering the camera position until the foreground grasses were just below the buck's head and neck provided an angle that positioned the buck's head against the sky and void of distracting lines intersecting the animal. A lower camera position also makes it easier to get the catchlight sparkle in the eyes. Working from a monopod makes that elevation adjustment able to happen very fast.
 
The strong background blur created by the 600mm f/4 lens of course further emphasizes this subject. The blur this lens creates is addicting.
 
Are you joining me to photograph whitetail buck in rut in November? There are still spots open for this tour/workshop. Bring a friend, make new photography-enthusiast friends there!
 
A larger version of this image is available on Flickr.

Reviews

Katmai For Wildlife

Katmai For Wildlife

Outdoor Photographer - Articles

Reviews

TomTom Bandit review

TomTom Bandit review

Techradar Camera & Camcorder Review