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on Jun 13, 2019 in Wildlife Photography

Yeah, That’s Too Small

Blackpoll Warbler
captured by Z6 / 800mm

There is one overwhelming temptation in wildlife photography that almost no photographer can pass up. And that’s the minute detail that you see and miraculously captured and so you want to share that photo with the world saying, “Look what I captured.” The problem is, the detail is so small, only you see it cause it’s your photo. I learned this a long time ago at the merciless hands of a photo editor who asked if I was going to supply all their readers with a magnifying glass so they could see what I saw. Yeah, that comment left a mark but it was an important lesson I’ve never forgotten. Case in point …

Blackpoll Warbler
captured by Z6 / 800mm

I was at the marvelous Magee Marsh a couple of weeks ago. Such a brilliant locale for great bird photography. I was shooting with the Z6 / 800mm cause my subjects are already really small, about the size of your thumb. This Blackpoll Warbler like many of the warblers were fueling up for the trip across the Great Lakes. They were eating nats the size of a pinhead. If you look at the photo with the arrow, you can see the nat. You can only see it because I inserted an arrow. In the photo without the arrow, the warbler just caught the nat. Truly a fun capture. Now without this lengthy caption or the photo with the arrow, you would have no clue of that minute detail. The point to this is, when you have to point out the small detail to someone else to explain your photograph, yeah, that’s too small!

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