British Wildlife Photography Awards

I selected three photos from the British Wildlife Photography Awards exhibition at The Beaney in Canterbury and analysed them.

Barrel jellyfish and St Michaels Mount- Charles Hood

This photo titled Barrel Jellyfish and St Michaels Mount by photographer Charles Hood was taken in 2014. Hood has used a wide aperture to make the jellyfish appear in focus and clear to show all the detail and St Michaels in the background not in focus to put the Jellyfish as the main focus of this image. A fast shutter speed has been used to get rid f any motion blur caused by the Jellyfish. The deeper water in this photo has been underexposed to the natural light as the light can’t reach to that depth but the rest of the photo is not under or over exposed because natural light is being used.

A shallow depth of field has been used in order to get the Jellyfish in full focus and be able to see all the detail of the Jellyfish and push St Michaels out of focus. This photo has been composed with the Jellyfish in the centre of the image and falling on a point of interest with the rule of thirds to make the Jellyfish stand out more. Also there is a split between the lighter section of the photo above the water and the darker section under the water.

The research Hood did in order to capture this photo was learning that there were many Jellyfish that were floating close to the surface in this area and then waited for the perfect moment. I think Hood was trying to convey the beauty of Jellyfish in this photo by showing all the details of it and all the different colours and by having the Jellyfish in this lighting to really be able to show it off. To capture this image Hood used a Nikon D3 Camera with a Nikkor 16mm f28 lens.

If this photo was in black and white instead of in colour it wouldn’t look as vibrant and you wouldn’t be able to se the beauty of the Jellyfish or all the detail on the Jellyfish. The light in this photo has been used to make the Jellyfish appear more alive and vibrant and this allows for the beauty of the Jellyfish to be displayed.

Dew covered Crane fly- Alex Hyde

This photo is called Dew-covered Crane Fly and is from photographer Alex Hyde and was taken in September 2015. This photo has used a slow shutter speed to capture all the individual water droplets in such a high level of detail and a low ISO has been used to make the image appear clearer and finer. Also a wide aperture has been used to capture the Crane Fly in focus to show all the detail.

This photo does not have any parts that are under or over exposed. It has a narrow depth of field in order to accurately capture the Crane Fly in the foreground and in focus. This photo has been composed so that the head of the Crane Fly is the main focus of the image and the main body of the Crane Fly has been separated by the rule of thirds grid lines. I think the feeling that Hyde was trying to convey with this photo is how amazing nature can be as the water droplets are all reflecting an image and these have been captured in high focus and this adds more to the photo.

If the photo was in black and white the reflected image in the water droplets would not be as clear and the photo would not look as good as it does because of this.

Cranes in hot pursuit- Mark Hughes

This photo is called Cranes in Hot Pursuit by photographer Mark Hughes. This photo has also used a wide aperture to make the main action in the foreground, the Fox being chased by the Cranes, in focus and the background where nothing is happening out of focus in order to draw peoples attention to the animals. This photo has not been over or under exposed. Quite a shallow depth of field has been used in order to make the animals in the foreground in focus and detail and the plants in the background out of focus.

There is a clear split in the photo where it changes from out of focus into focus. This has been done by composing the image using the rule of thirds. The Fox and both Cranes all fall on points of interest in the rule of thirds grid. I think the photographer was trying to convey that in the wild animals fight and its not always the predators who come out on top in these confrontations. This photo was taken after the Fox was trying to get to the Cranes nest and get to their young but the Cranes discovered the Fox and starting chasing it away. I don’t think that the mood of the photo would be changed if it was in black and white instead of colour.




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