The power of the close up

Close up photograph of a pelican

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I was walking through St.James’ Park near Westminster in London the other day with some of our students. The pelicans who have made themselves at home, were sitting very close to the path next to the railings around the lake. Lots of tourists were taking pictures with their cameras and iPhones. Moving between the students giving them advice, I thought it would be interesting to do a really close-up picture of a pelicans head to show them what could be achieved. After all, it’s not everyday you get the chance.

Crouching down I shot through the railings using my Leica D-Lux 6 in aperture priority. I zoomed to the maximum that the camera allows and this is the result. As the famous photographer Robert Capa is credited saying ” if your pictures aren’t good enough, it’s because you are not close enough”.

Technical Information: Leica D-Lux 6 handheld, 24 to 90mm Vario-Summilux lens(35mm equivalent) at 90mm. The exposure was 1/200th of a second and the aperture was f/2.1, the iso was 200.

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