When viewers see in image in its “final” form they typically have no inkling of the various compositional versions of that image that may have been considered and rejected during processing. In yesterday’s Red-tailed Hawk post there was some discussion of that process by Ron Blanton, Patty Chadwick and others so today I thought it might be interesting for viewers to see some of the compositional possibilities I considered with two recent Turkey Vulture photos.
1/1000, f/6.3, ISO 640, Canon 7D Mark II, Canon EF 500mm f/4L IS II USM + EF 1.4 III Extender, not baited, set up or called in
Two days ago I photographed a couple of Turkey Vultures as they sat on a rustic corral in Box Elder County. The old wooden rails they were perched on supplied potentially strong graphic lines and multiple possibilities and challenges for composition.
For the first bird this is one possibility but the image approaches a squarish composition (which seldom appeals to me) and I would have preferred to have more room to the right. I had that room but…
I had a wooden post over there to deal with. After leveling the image the edge of the frame was too close to the right edge of the post for my tastes. Another possibility would be to crop the image in the middle of the post and I tried that too but I never did come up with an ideal solution.
1/2000, f/6.3, ISO 640, Canon 7D Mark II, Canon EF 500mm f/4L IS II USM + EF 1.4 III Extender, not baited, set up or called in
This is the second vulture. You’ll notice that its head isn’t as red as the other one suggesting that it’s a first spring juvenile. I took a few vertical shots of this bird which allowed me to play with some vertical crops. This one cuts the second wooden rail in half.
But another possibility would be to include that entire rail.
And an even more extreme version includes the strong graphic lines of three rails.
1/500, f/9, ISO 500, Canon 7D, Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM@ 263mm, not baited, set up or called in
This backed-off image provides context and shows you what I was dealing with. And when compared to the previous images it illustrates the effects of depth of field at widely varying focal lengths.
Composition of course is a matter of taste and sometimes I can’t decide which version of an image I prefer. It’s all part of the “fun” of photography…