"Photography is about compromise" Pete Dobre, professional landscape Photographer told me that. I was never quite sure what he meant, but that was when I was on one of his specialised photography workshops and there wasn't too much need for compromise. But I soon learned what he meant. So many things are against you when tyring to get a good shot. With this image I was up against it, I only had the choice of taking one lens and this was before I could see where I would be shooting so my most versatile lens would have to be my choice, Canon 24-105mm but that meant I had to compromise a bit on clarity and focusing speed compared to other lenses I have in my kit that had either too long or too short focal lengths for where I guessed I would be shooting from. I was going on a tour not specifically for photographers so this presented another list of compromises, would I get a clear view? I decided to sit close to the side of the boat so I wouldn't have people in front of me getting in my way but I found out too late that I had to remain seated on the boat which meant that I had to shoot what I could between two safety rails on the side of the boat this of course meant that I was limited to the focal length I could use creating even more compromise, had I known, I would have sat in the middle of the boat where I would have been allowed to stand. So many of my shots had the safety rail in them! Then there was the lighting, as I had no control over which way the boat faced or how close the Croc was coaxed towards the boat it meant that most of the time the croc was half in shadow and half in sunlight, not one or the other which meant that a lot of my shots were either over or under exposed or both. As I assumed that the action would be quick, I decided to use shutter priority so I would have a fast shutter speed and no burr which meant I had no control over aperture but I couldn't go full manual and control both aperture and shutter speed because of the unpredictable light. This meant that in some of my shots there were too many distractions in the background when the camera chose a smaller aperture and not enough clarity and emphasis on the subject, More compromise! You always hope that things are going to go your way and if you have enough time you can usually sway the odds in your favour but on a one hour tour with so many compromises to be made I was lucky to get this shot where everything lined up for me, including the croc.
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Once I have the basic structure completed the site should always continue to evolve, with new content as I travel around and take new images.
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