Sharing the Air

Sharing the Air

Here we have a Griffon Vulture and a Hooded Crow making eye contact while in flight. The Crow is no small bird, but look how the Griffon Vulture dwarfs it! The size difference is immense... That being said, Crows are fearless and groups of them can often be observed scaring away huge raptors.

What do I like about this photo? It shows just how large an impressive the Griffon Vulture is. As noted before, the Hooded Crow is no small bird, but it almost gets lost near the amazing Vulture. The eye contact between the two also adds interest to the photo. I used a fast shutter speed (1/1300 of a second) to "freeze" the action, so the Vulture and the Crow are sharp. I used an open aperture (f/6.3 - the most open my lens supports at the focal length of 400mm that I used) to have a shallow depth of field, so the birds are sharp but the background is blurred out. This way the birds stand out. The background is still interesting, though, adding to the photo.

What would I want to improve? If they would have been a bit closer, I would have been able to get a bit more details on them. A more open shutter would have blurred out the background more, which would be preferable on this photo, I believe.

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