Story and Photography by John E. Marriott
There it was on social media for the world to see — her first great red fox shot. The problem was the image really wasn’t all that great. Yes, it was a wild, unbaited fox, and yes, it was in some fantastic light. She had even nailed the exposure and the composition. The image was sharp as a tack too, the face of the fox looking right at her. But despite all of that, if it had been my shot, the image would have hit the floor.
Think about that for a second. How is it possible to photograph a sought-after subject looking right at you in wonderful light, nail the sharpness, exposure and composition, yet come out of it with an image that isn’t a keeper?
Subject? Light? Sharpness? Check, check, and check. Composition? Exposure? Body position? Check, check, and, uh, what was that?
The answer to this photo riddle contains the final piece of the puzzle: the body position of the animal you’re photographing.
To read more of John E. Marriott’s column on “It’s All About the Body” to discover the importance of body position in your compositions, please pick up the Summer/Fall 2015 issue of OPC today, or subscribe and never miss an issue!