Getting Close: Too Close

I would say it’s a rare problem, but sometimes you can be too close! In this photo of a Lesser Antillean Bullfinch, I was focused on getting sharp detail in her face and didn’t even realize her legs and tail were being cut off. It seems like a silly mistake, but it’s rare that a bird is spilling out of the frame, especially a small one. For most of my bird photos I’m doing at least some cropping on the computer. I guess lesson here is that even though getting close may be the most important task facing a bird photographer, you can’t afford to ignore the other aspects of your shot.


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