From the Kaua’i files once again and on this occasion I was able to get a pleasing shot of a red footed booby in flight at Kilauea Point. There was a steady stream of seabirds, boobies and laysan albatross, riding the air currents as they swirled up the sides of the sea cliffs. These birds were swift, agile and graceful as they soared through the air seemingly without effort. No vigorous flapping of wings here, just a slight angling of a wingtip is enough to go into a vertical banking manoeuvre like this. I did a couple of things to the image, firstly in the original frame the bottom wingtip was close to the edge of the frame, not clipped, but I felt compositionally the image would work better if there was more sky visible underneath. So I added some canvas and extended the sky. I also wasn’t sure whether I preferred the image as a horizontal format or vertical format, so with some cropping I created a vertical shot as well. I’ll present both versions here and let you the reader decide your preference, I’m still not sure which I like more, but I like both. :-)
Does it work better when cropped to vertical format?
Google + continues to build, I’m finding some really interesting stuff through the G+ community which appears to be very photography oriented, and I’ve been delighted at the number of people who’ve included me in their circles in the short time I’ve been involved. If you’re looking to spread your wings (yeah, staying with the theme of the post) photographically, then I recommend you take a look. Whilst on the subject of G+, I’m in the process of putting together an article about how you can create a neat profile banner image for G+ too. More on that latter. ~KD.
One thought on “Red-Footed Booby in flight, Kilauea Point, Kaua’i.”
RedWillow says: 23 October, 2011 at 6:56 am
Gorgeous. Just Beautiful. I like both but do like this last one for this frame. You've composed these so nicely and your images are Outstanding.
**** Update 10.2.17: An image gallery is now online - Seabirds of Kilauea Point. ****