Sunday, April 12, 2015

Low-angle photography technique: Redheads at Oceanside

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A drake Redhead. Oceanside, California. February 22, 2015. Greg Gillson.
Last winter I posted photos of Redheads on Mission Bay, with their heads tucked, resting ("Redheads").

Here are some recent photos of more alert ducks from Libby Lake Park in Oceanside. The photo above has a very low angle obtained by laying on my belly on the grassy shore--with the camera only a few inches above the water. The other photos were taken from a kneeling position to get down on the same level with the subject. The low angle brings the viewer (you) down to the same height as the swimming duck. It is supposed to make the subject more intimate; taking the viewer into the bird's world. [Here's a link showing technique and results of low-angle bird photography.]

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Hen Redhead.
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A pair of Redheads.
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