Flamingo Kiss

Flamingo Kiss

Monday was a clouded, rainy day, but I still went out to observe the birds. To my surprise, I met a flamboyance of Flamingos. Did you know that a group of Flamingos is called a flamboyance?! I didn't, until today. I was observing these beautiful (and weirdly built) birds for a while, and managed to catch a pair of adult ones in what can only be described as a kiss.

What do I like about this photo? The colors - the two "kissing" Flamingos are adults, therefore pink. The rest are younglings, and grey. The pose, of course, is very interesting. I used an open aperture to get a shallow depth of field, so the Flamingos are sharp but the rest is not. This had to be done since there were some water plants between me and them.

What would I want to improve? A better position on my part might have gotten me a more direct view, without the obstructing water plants. An even more open aperture (which, unfortunately, my lens doesn't support at this focal length) would have blurred out the background better. A lower point of view would have created a more dramatic photo (but would have caused the water plants to obstruct the view even more).


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