Canon EOS 6D with Canon EF 70- 300mm f/ 4- 5.6L IS USM. Exposure: 1/ 60sec at f/ 5 ( ISO 800).
What we think: We love the frame- filling nature of this image, and the peacock's display gives your eye plenty to explore. Composing the shot so that the bird is looking ' into' the frame from the right- hand third was a good choice and balances the composition well too. As with Adrian's image on the previous page, Hooman has upped his camera's ISO to keep the shutter speed in check, although he has done well to capture such a sharp photograph at 1/ 60sec! Why it works A frame- filling nature portrait Nice framing and balance Good technique
Wildlife expert Ben Hall
“Peacocks are undoubtedly one of the most photogenic birds, and Hooman has done well to capture this individual in all its splendour. The most critical part of a portrait shot, no matter the species, is nearly always the eye, and here it looks pin- sharp. The lighting is soft and even, helping to reveal plenty of plumage detail. The composition is effective, with the eye resting on the upper right third, but I feel this image would also work with a central composition, especially if the bird was looking straight down the lens. This would suit the symmetrical nature of the subject. A smaller aperture such as f/ 8 or f/ 11 would have also helped to bring the tail feathers into sharper focus. There looks to be a slight yellow cast so I've edited a version myself ( left) – I've decreased the colour temperature in Lightroom. As the tail feathers are slightly soft, I softened them further using the Clarity slider to emphasise the bird's head. Overall, this is a lovely shot of a stunning bird.”