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What Makes a Great Photo

Photographers are artists. And like art, the audience or viewers don't always see what the artist sees. 

There are many different ways to show your work, but probably the most popular these days are through social media avenues like Facebook, Flickr, YouTube, Instagram and 500px. I do my best to maintain the integrity of the photo, or at least present it as close as possible to how I see it. I would say almost 100% of the time my photos are shot "Raw", so there is some post processing involved, very similar to the old school methods of film and processing in a dark room, we just do it digitally now. During this process, the photo is brought back to life and this is sometimes what makes each individual photographer unique.

My passion is wildlife and pets. Because of this, there is a lot of emphasis on "tack sharp" images. Also, the background, light, angle, colours and the story you are trying to convey impact the strength of the photo. But probably the most critical factor is timing. Have you ever been in a situation where you said to yourself, "why didn't I bring a camera"? This is especially the case where wildlife photography is concerned. 

To the right you can see what i mean. A Great White Egret catching lunch. Yes, a camera that shoots 10 fps (frames per second) and a long telephoto lens sure helps, but timing is everything. Or catching a shot of Tick Tock with perfect light in the back ground, while yawning tells a completely different story than a simple portrait.

So, next time you are looking at a picture, ask yourself, "what makes this a great photo"?

“A great photograph is one that fully expresses what one feels, in the deepest sense, about what is being photographed.” 
― Ansel Adams