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Digital Photography Tip: Crop for Impact

Crop for Impact

Farmington Bay Waterfowl Management Area near Salt Lake City has ideal winter conditions, which often attract hundreds of bald eagles. Every eagle ignored me for several days of freezing temperatures until this eagle made a two minute fly over. While I would have preferred this eagle fly a little closer and slower (and more often), I was grateful it circled twice.

While it’s always better to compose with the camera, sometimes you have to take what is available. After downloading the image, I adjusted the composition by cropping it for maximum impact. The name of the game is to fill the frame! Never force a viewer to ask what a picture is about. Crop for impact!

Digital Photography Tip: Crop for Impact
What and Why

This digital photograph was taken by a Nikon D300 camera carrying a Nikon AF-S Nikkor 200-400mm 1:4G lens mounted with a Nikon AF-S TC-14II teleconverter zoomed out to 450mm. To get a higher shutter speed, the ISO was set at 400 plus the exposure was by aperture priority of f/6.7 with a shutter speed of 1/2000th of a second. The outfit was mounted on a Gitzo tripod mated with a RRS ball head.

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