Grey Heron By the Lake
Grey Heron by the Lake is an urban wildlife picture.
Often wildlife photography is associated with far flung, uninhabited places on the globe.
There are places, of course, where living creatures are so unused to humans that they show little fear and allow a close approach.
Still the same is true in many urban environments where animals have got used to us humans and have found that we are no threat.
Grey Heron by the Lake Photo Facts.
As is often the case in photography, equipment and technique are not what it takes to get the picture.
For this photo of the Grey Heron the most important point was to identify locations where herons liked to be.
I was staying in central London and soon found that some of the parks were home to herons.
The main problem was that most of the day the parks were full of people, the weather was either dull and rainy which I tend to associate with England, or as it was summer, the light was harsh and over contrasty.
Another problem was the background – it’s too easy to think that just because you’ve found a suitable subject that’s the end of the matter.
The background is crucial, it must not be distracting and should give some sense of the environment even if you’re looking for the sort of fox in a dustbin approach.
My solution, as so often with wildlife and landscape photography was to get up early.
Setting out at 5 or so in the morning means there are very few people about, and often you can deal with wild creatures as they to respond to the light and begin their day.
I arrived before there was enough light to take the picture but by waiting patiently and keeping still I was able to find a good location.
This Grey Heron was cooperative and I was able to try several shots.
For this photo I used my Canon EOS 5D Mark 11 and a 75-300mm IS zoom lens – a combination giving plenty of detail while throwing the background out of focus.
This picture of a Grey Heron by the Lake comes from my Wildlife Gallery.
Beijing Hotel Windows
Beijing Hotel Windows is a photo that reminds me of when I lived in Beijing.
It was the beginning of a building boom which has continued unabated till the present day.
New hotels were going up everywhere.
As a photographer I wanted to record the changes.
There are many approaches to photographing architecture.
As a stock photographer I need to get recognisable photos of buildings in high quality.
This means emphasisizing certain standards of straight lines, sharp focus and good perspective.
It’s also better to use lenses which are well corrected.
However, it’s also possible to emphasize detail and abstraction.
Beijing Hotel Windows Photo Facts.
I’ve always loved monochrome photography.
This photo of Beijing Hotel Windows fits well with an abstract approach as monochrome removes a number of conflicting details and puts the emphasis on tone and shape.
I was looking for overall sharpness which meant using a small aperture to ensure sufficient depth of field.
I was attracted by the round windows and light straight lines.
I felt the recurring pattern of the round windows contrasted well with the diagonal compositions and the straight white lines to produce an abstract pattern picture.
This picture of Beijing Hotel Windows comes from my gallery The Beauty of Black and White.