Prince of the teasels
by Mark Gunn Canon EOS 1200D with Sigma AF 135- 400mm f/ 4.5- 5.6 APO lens. Exposure: 1/ 100sec at f/ 5.6 ( ISO 100).
What we think: This is the sort of scene that bird photographers wait all day for – a subject resting in an elevated position, bathed in warm, soft light. Mark framed the shot nicely, with the composition showing some of the bird's environment. There's some softening of the image – this could be down to camera movement or a slight breeze. Don't be afraid to raise the ISO rating for a faster shutter speed and also stop down slightly for more optical sharpness. For example, ISO 800 would allow for 1/ 400sec at f/ 8 in the same conditions. Why it works 1) Great subject in nice, warm light 2) Good framing and composition 3) Telephoto renders background soft