Thursday’s Special: How to tell a story through colour photography (response to guest challenge)
Taking part in challenges means stepping out of one’s comfort zone and trying something new. I have to admit that I took these photos before Allan suggested the theme. Let me show you my stories in photos and explain what I did wrong.
When I saw a goat at the petting Zoo in Maksimir (Zagreb) I went as I always do “awww…I must capture her” – and human figures were what they always are when it comes to photos with animals – obstacles. So I aimed my camera at the goat and chose “spot metering” which cast a fair amount of light on the goat (its darker side to be exact), but overexposed the rest of the photo which left me with the blown-out highlights that made the guy in the photos look as if he has vitiligo (which he does not!).
Man: Who’s a pretty goat?
Gril: Why won’t she pose with me?
– MISTAKE No. 1 – light metering – a poor choice of spot metering for this interesting scene (My argument: It is a funny story nevertheless, and I thought worth publishing).
I am still at the Zoo watching mischievous capuchin monkey and a ring-tailed coati. They are always up to something.
Capuchin: I am not scared of you, fatso!
I got you!!
-MISTAKE No. 2 – bad composition – a rule breaker. These two are never quiet, but still I could have made a better composition without cutting off half of the monkey, couldn’t have I? (In my defence: they were monkeying around and I was lucky to get any capture at all.)
I knew that crows were crafty and street smart, but I never expected to see this. Look at her plucking that bison’s hair off to furnish her nest, or was it the bison that asked her to relieve him of his too warm coat? Whatever the motives, he was too numb to move and object, and I was too astounded to make sure that the shutter speed is correct. The crow is not in focus.
-MISTAKE No. 3 – inadequateshutter speed (1/25 sec was too slow for this scene, and for the lens I used). What was I thinking?! (In my defence: I had to snap as soon as I saw them, and did not have time to check out the camera settings)
Now that you’ve seen my pictured stories, and read the arguments, feel free to vote:
Which (if any) of the above do you like best:
This is another Thursday’s Special post, as a response to this week’s guest challenge by Mofman.
Please join us with your stories in photos and leave links so that Allan can find you. Happy Thursday!
To see the entries to this challenge click on the titles bellow: