EXPERT INSIGHT Keep it cl ean
Background is another area where wildlife images often fall short. You wouldn’t take a portrait of someone with a rubbish dump in the background, and the same goes for wildlife subjects with leaves, twigs and other distractions in the background. Whenever possible you should position your subject – or more usually yourself – so that the background is as clean as possible, as this gives you more flexibility in terms of depth of field. At f/4 even a busy background will blur out, but if you want to set a smaller aperture to get your subject sharp from front to back – as with Tracy’s Hotshot here – the cleaner the background, the better.