22 September 2011

Butterfly at the Copenhagen Zoo

I am about to post a lot of photos from our trips to Copenhagen & Berlin.
Most of the pictures are standard family tourist pictures - but there were a few times when I wanted to do something different and, with a little effort was able to get what I was envisioning. I am so pleased with the photography from this trip!

One challenge that I've given myself lately, is to try to frame the shot before clicking. To imagine that these photos will be printed straight out of the camera with no cropping or editing, and line my shot up accordingly. You may remember the last post about the little boy's birthday party. That almost ruined all of my shots for me because everyone was running around - but when you're photographing things that aren't moving as quickly as 2 year olds on a sugar high, I realized that it is much easier.

Earlier this year, we visited a photo exhibition of the 2010 Veolia Environnement Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition. It was a stunning body of work - especially the children's work. I think they have an advantage over adults, because their imagination helps them see the story in what they're looking at. Sometimes adults are too focused on the technical side, what they think will win, or other things and forget to let the wildlife show itself.
The winning photo was from right in the middle of the age range of winners - a 25 year old named Bence Mate. Here's his photo:

This inspired my shot of a butterfly at the Copenhagen Zoo

I wish that larger, thicker leaf had been moved out of the way so that you could see the whole shadow of the butterfly and not just the legs in the smaller, thinner, leaf on the right.
But I still like the photo - what do you think?
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