Photographing large groups of people is usually a bit of a gong show.
It’s almost impossible to get a lot of people looking reasonable before someone starts blinking, getting annoyed or crying – and that’s just the adults!
With wildlife, it’s sometimes a different set of problems but challenges remain. Flocks of birds may make impressive photos for showing off sheer numbers but on second glance it’s hard to differentiate them from a mess. I guess that’s why good photos generally come with a focus!
When I find a smaller flock of birds, it’s hard to create a composition that doesn’t behead or remove significant body parts. Trying to crop around the crowd often ends up in a composition that looks ridiculously unbalanced.
The photo below tries to get the best of both worlds. By highlighting one sandhill crane in a crowd it somehow seemed OK to crop off a few body parts on the edges since it adds to the feeling of flying in close quarters. What do you think?
Just watching these large birds in close quarters made me quite impressed with their navigation skills. And I thot it got crowded during Christmas shopping!
Krahnpix note: I found a great article on sandhill cranes if you want to learn more about these remarkable creatures.