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on May 23, 2012 in Wildlife Photography

Background, Background, Background!

Here’s the deal, backgrounds are everything! No matter the subject matter, the background not only sets the stage for the subject but also tells the rest of the story. How simple or complicated a story is up to you since it is your photograph. Here’s an example of what I mean. You basic Pronghorn doe in the Blackhills last week during our K&M Adventures. Shot with the D4 and 200-400VR2 shooting out the window of the van (BTW, love the D4!). The gray sky, generally not a good background for critters visually wraps around the prong enveloping it rather then making it pop. Not good.

With the same focal length, subject to camera distance and exposure, look at the difference just moving 15′ can make in the background and to the point, the subject! The eyes are sooooo important. Look at how the darker background makes the darker eyes pop. Logically, you’d think the lighter background would make the darker eyes pop but such is not the case. That is in part because the background is so far behind the subject, it’s is out of focus so sharpness rather then color makes them pop. Want or need to learn more about this stuff, here ya go That’s why we came up and are offering the Short Lens Wildlife Photography Course. 760.924.8632, call today!