Just love the light in this image by @isak.pretorius
#TBT - Still one of my favourite photos I’ve taken on a Thursday!
Southern Yellow-billed Hornbill, Mashatu Game Reserve in Botswana
1/2000 sec at f/4, ISO 1600 | Canon EOS-1D X + EF600mmf/4L IS USM lens | Aperture priority, -2 EV
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OUR REVIEW: I can only imagine the excitement Isak would have had when this hornbill took off leaving that trail of dust. Light is a difficult thing to photograph. Let me just clarify, your subject in light is not the same as photographing light, get it? There are a few things in nature that allow us to photograph light, fur/feather, dust and water. When light hit these "light elements" (yes just made that up) they catch and hold the light which allows us to photograph them. If the Hornbill and the dust was not there we would not even know there was a shaft of light in that space. The feathers edges and the dust allows light to illuminate that space. The fact that there is a deep shadow behind is absolute bonus, this emphasises the light. These light elements always add atmosphere or mood to a photograph, which this image has plenty of. In a quick flurry situation like this there is very little control on hold the image will be composed, as one does not know which way the bird may fly. I recently referred to "visual space" (another made up term) in which I describe space that animals can look into or move into with in a photograph. One would say there should be more space in the direction the Hornbill is flying into, however it being so close to the edge of the frame creates a tension in the scene, which raises questions, Why is it flying away? friend or foe? has it seen some food? These questions are important as it getting the viewer thinking. The empty space behind the bird is taken up by the illuminated dust.
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