wildlife ex­pert Ben Hall

Digital SLR Photography - - Photo Skills -

“Im­ages that de­pict move­ment can give a real sense of artistry and creation. Per­son­ally, I have al­ways been a big fan of this tech­nique, and Ron has man­aged to por­tray the mo­tion in these gulls per­fectly here. This can be a tech­ni­cally dif­fi­cult style of im­age to get right; the bal­ance be­tween the shut­ter speed and the speed of the sub­ject's move­ment is ab­so­lutely crit­i­cal. How­ever, Ron's choice of 1/ 15sec has given just the right amount of mo­tion blur to the birds. The re­sults are that he's cre­ated a dy­namic im­age where it is im­me­di­ately ob­vi­ous what the sub­ject is, yet the viewer has to look closely to see the sub­tle de­tail that is ev­i­dent in the im­age. I feel that it would ben­e­fit from be­ing light­ened slightly in post- pro­cess­ing, es­pe­cially in the shadow ar­eas, to cre­ate more of a high- key look. Other than that, hats off to Ron for a dif­fer­ent and com­pelling shot of a com­mon sub­ject!”

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