Image-Difficulty Multiple Choice Quiz « Arthur Morris/BIRDS AS ART

Image-Difficulty Multiple Choice Quiz

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    Click to enlarge and enjoy a slightly larger version.

    Brown Pelican start of wing stretch

    What Factors Made Creating This Image Quite Difficult?

    • A- Getting the framing right
    • B- Getting the right exposure
    • C- Getting both eyes visible and relatively sharp
    • D- A & B
    • E- A & C
    • F- A, B, & C

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    9 comments to Image-Difficulty Multiple Choice Quiz

    • avatar Jordan Cait

      C- Getting both eyes visible and relatively sharp. With the large bill and the potential for the bird blinking, the pelican would have to face you directly, have his eyes open and looking at you.

    • avatar David Policansky

      Artie: I tried to reply yesterday, but apparently failed. I said, and still think, answer E, which means A and C. Framing obviously is a challenge. To me, getting both eyes visible and relatively sharp is a huge challenge and congratulations for getting that. I agree with others that the exposure was no great challenge, especially for you. So that leaves only answer E.

    • To me, A & C would be my practical choices… Getting both eyes sharp and visible, and getting the framing right…

      Take care and see you soon!

    • avatar Tony Z

      Hi Artie,
      I would imagine exposure was not an issue.
      I’d say Framing and Getting both eyes in focus, given the head angle. So: E.

    • avatar Gary Axten

      I’m going with A – framing. A large in the frame bird with a huge beak will be tricky to handle.

      I figure that the a9 will cope well with the eye autofocus and you are using the zebra technique on a cloudy day so exposure should be fine.

      I really like the image, the open bill and engaging eyes are great.

    • avatar Edward Dow

      Pardon me Artie, if I ignore your multiple-choice quiz but here is what I find challenging in that picture. The long bill of the pelican pointing at you is always a depth of field challenge. At 1/320 of a second you were not set up for sudden movements so that’s a challenge. Framing looks like an obvious challenge as your subject moved. Exposure is a combination of light and dark but nothing out of the ordinary.

      • avatar Arthur Morris/BIRDS AS ART

        Thanks for commenting, Ed. You mention depth-of-field but that was not a problem. The d-o-f is what it was. I never try to go to a smaller aperture on the fly. But there was a very important consideration that I mentioned but that you did not address. The relatively slow shutter speed was a problem but I got lucky there. … Good ono the framing being a challenge and good on exposure being nothing to be concerned about. That rules out choices D and F 🙂

        with love, a

    • F. Warren’s reasoning seems right on.

    • avatar Warren Howe


      Framing is difficult because of the wing stretch and standing on 1 leg.

      The exposure was tough because the wing stretch shows the “shaded” lower side of the wing (and bright area inside the bill).

      And the eyes would have been difficult to focus on because there was only a small area to focus on based on the head angle. If the focus point was just a little off (i.e. left, right…) the you could have been way front focused on the bill or way back focused on the body. So, you had a small area to focus on with a moving target…

      Those are my first thoughts, at least…

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