What Makes A Great Image

Iโ€™ve taken some time out since the beginning of the year to think about my photography. I’ve been doing a lot of self reflection on what makes a ‘good’ or even a ‘great’ image.

I was challenged to consider this by the first series of Master of Photography on Sky Arts with judges Simon Frederick, Oliviero Toscani and Rut Blees Luxemburg.

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It really struck a chord with me and I’ve put it down to it being an image that makes you feel something by looking at it.  We see it a lot in the creative industry, e.g., a lot of people can sing really well but only a few people can make you feel something when they sing.

It’s inevitably something that will take a while to fully comprehend, so for the time being when I’m taking pictures I’ve got that question in the back of my mind and it’s actually helped me to think outside the box and think of creative ways to take an image.  An example of which can be seen in the two crane images below.

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You can seen the first image is a standard image of the crane (who I named Edward), one that anyone can take. An okay image but nothing special about it.  I’ve used a portrait style setting and captured the background to make the image create a story.  The difficult thing about this crane was he was very weary of me and I simply could not get close enough to him to get a better shot.

But from the second image you can see how I used the long grass to create a frame around Eddie.  It may not be a great image but definitely more interesting and a step forward, it gives off the idea of me stalking him and trying to get close. (Eddie who did not move between the 2 images but flew off when I took a step closer!)

 

So here’s to a new approach and trying to capture remarkable images.

Readers do let me know your thoughts on this and whether others are having the same reflections. ๐Ÿ™‚

 

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Daily Post Photo Challenge – Frameย 

I found this challenge  an interesting one and had to look into my archives!  But I’ve found a few – enjoy.

In Cyprus I came across these boxes which offered a great shelter from the sun and views of the sea but were pretty amazing on their own.

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I think this image could have been better by having someone jumping off the ledge but when I looked down there was a cliff of rocks – so probably not the best idea! lol

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I love this image as the fence creates an awesome frame over the bird’s face!

Cee’s BNW 2 different things photo challenge

Had to delve into the archives for this one – great topic though! The power of twos!

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This was a shot I took of a mother and son at a christening. I thought it was such a sweet image despite its graininess.

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Image I took in Australia some years back. Decks should always come in 2s, if not you’re not a real dj!๐Ÿ˜Š

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Couple’s shoe shot. Would have liked to have taken a wider shot so I could make it more panoramic so that the composition compliments the eye a bit better.

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Two sleeping lions…think it says it all  ๐Ÿ˜„

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Two page boys waiting for the bride. Cutest thing ever!

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Save the date pics I did for my friends. It was a lovely winging it session. Images came out beautifully – blog about this coming soon!

When I saw these 2 empty chairs I loved the composition. I was travelling on a boat hence the off centre shot  ๐Ÿ™ˆ (dont judge me! Lol) 

Well there you have it, my rendition of this challenge. I hope it was enjoyable. Any comments, reviews, critism is much obliged ๐Ÿ˜‹

Ceeโ€™s Fun Foto Challenge: Eyes

I’ve put up in the past a post about cats eyes which I think is relevant to this blog (but is a little late๐Ÿ™ˆ) but I like this topic and I have a few more pics on my phone that I’d like to share while on holiday.

Pic of my friend’s dog Red, how cute!

I love this shot, the bird was just starri g right at me like I was some punk and the fact that the wire fence is in the shot too, I think makes it all the more a great shot.

The same with this shot the bird was quite a fair distance away and when I was taking pics he looked right at me head on as if I was invading his personal space! 

One of my fav shots from my cats eyes blog post. 

As well as this one from my Photographers on Safari post.

I’d like to add more pics and new ones but as mentioned in my recent post I am on holiday ๐Ÿ˜‰๐ŸŒˆ

Photographers On Safari

I recently visited the Wildlife Heritage Foundation in Ashford, UK with Photographers on Safari. I would definitely recommend this opportunity to any avid photographer both pro or novice. You get incredibly close to the animals, literally just a wire fence between you and the mighty beasts! One stalked me and run up to the fence making me fall over!๐Ÿ™ˆ I managed to capture the ‘in the moment’ action shot….

Thank goodness for quick shutter speeds!
Example of how close you are to the big cats

I had never been so close to big cats before and they were incredible to watch and photograph.  John, the organiser of the shoot, has been working with the WHF for over 11 years and had great personal knowledge of the cats. He taught us how to shoot through a fence which is more difficult than you think!

Here are some of my fav shots.

Tigers just have a look about them that command royalty
There are only about 30-40 Leopards left in the wild!
A very photogenic Lynx
Aquarius the fishing cat
Puma with an ear and a half!
A black Jaguar in stealth mode

The biggest lesson I learned here was looking at the entire picture when capturing a shot. For example it is easy to take a shot and just focus on your target and then in post production realise you have bars or distracting things in the background.  Here John told us to try and make it look like these animals are in the wild so shoot without seeing the human fences, wires, man made items. This was a little tricky at first (well for me) because I was so excited of capturing the cats I needed to calm myself down and actually think about the pictures I wanted to take.  I am very pleased with the outcomes and took a lot of lovely big cat portraits. 

Feel free to check out more pics on my website and instagram,facebook,500px pages.

๐Ÿ˜‹ Arigato Gozaimasu

Cats Eyes

I’ve been going through my archives lately and noticed a lot of common themes (so I should be blogging more frequent).  This post is all to do with cats eyes.  I went to an animal sanctuary in Paphos, Cyprus last year and the sheer number of cats were astonishing!  They wouldn’t sit still enough for me to get shots of them so a lot of the time I caught their eyes as they were running towards me to stroke them!  And interestingly enough they made for some awesome pics!  Enjoy x

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I love the detail in this shot.  This cart was so picturesque!
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I was trying out an artistic flare on this image, messing around with luminance levels on Lightroom
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Some more luminance – I really enjoy the way it makes the image look painted and the eye still remains intense ๐Ÿ™‚
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I just love this guy – not the best looking in the bunch but a whole lot of character, I think he needs a hat and a pipe!

 

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I know this is a full image of a cat (and there will be more later) but her eyes are so strong in this image and really makes a point of our captivating they are.

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This one is so details and clear that if you look real closely you can partially see my reflection!!