|Sri Lanka Junglefowl|
It is essential for a wildlife image that the subject's eyes be sharp, since that is the first thing we look at, just as we do with portraits of people. If the eyes are unsharp, the entire picture seems out-of-focus, even if every feather is sharp as a tack. And with this fellow zigzagging all over the place, I was having a devil of a time getting anything at all. In the end, I took over a hundred frames, of which approximately 90% had to be thrown away: the eyes were soft. But happily, there was one or two where I managed to get what I wanted - and you know what? One is all you need.
Packing up my gear, and picking off the last of the leeches, I apologized to me guide, Saman, for all the foul language that came out of my mouth that day. "No problem," Saman said. "Wildlife photographers always talk that way when they're shooting!" Who knew?
Nikon D3, 70-200mm lens