The eyes have it!
When I photograph wildlife, I try to do one of two things, either tell a story, or to do a portrait of the critter. Sometimes you luck out and can combine the two, but it doesn’t always work out that way.
Generally, I’ll save and possibly post a photo that tells a story but isn’t a technically good photo, on the other hand, I prefer that portraits of critters be very good to great shots. But, what do I do with a shot like this?
Those aren’t very good photos, but the fox squirrel is just so darned cute, how can I not post them?
For photos that tell a story, those aren’t too bad, but there’s not much of a story there. Squirrel interrupted while digging for nuts, I’ve got at least a hundred others, most are better, but the squirrels in those photos weren’t nearly as photogenic as this one was.
Part of my criteria for whether or not to post a photo is how many other photos of the same species I have already posted, therefore, I keep raising the standard for some of the more common species. I have already posted quite a few photos of some species, such as chickadees, nuthatches, and great blue herons, so any newer ones I post will have to be exceptional in some way or another.
Then there are those species that I haven’t posted many photos of, like titmice.
So I need to add more photos of them, hopefully good ones.
They are really kind of an odd looking bird when you see them at this angle.
When I am going for portrait shots like these, I try to get a clear view of the subject’s eyes, as if I was doing a human portrait.
Of course it helps if I can get close…
…and I mean really close!
Sometimes I focus so intently on the eyes of a subject that I forget to see what else is going on as I snap the shutter.
But then sometimes I get it right.
And sometimes the results can be humorous as well, like in this series of a red bellied woodpecker searching for food.
“Come on out, I know that you’re in there!”
“Don’t make me dig you out!”
In the world of birds, there are no eyes better to photograph than the eyes of raptors.
If only that branch wasn’t in the way, I would say that the last one was just about perfect!
I guess I’ll have to keep on trying until I get a photo that captures the intensity of a raptor’s stare, but without the branch in the way.
That’s it for this one, thanks for stopping by!