Taken on my brother’s farm, Eastland, New Zealand.


From The Left by George Roberts

Don’s Review

This is a wonderful example of picking exactly the right moment to hit the shutter. The result is an image from photographer George Roberts that is bound to bring smiles to viewers’ faces. And yet, it wouldn’t have been nearly as interesting had the chook on the right not been looking to its left. Plus or minus a fraction of a second and the picture would only have been mildly interesting.

Practically speaking, there isn’t much George could have done to improve the composition of the picture. Playing around with the cropping by, for instance, changing the aspect ratio to something more banner-like, could potentially make this a stronger and less cluttered composition.

Subjects such as this one are fleeting by their nature and there’s not an awful lot you can do with issues such as the busy background or the wooden step on the right. The angle of view could possibly have been slightly lower to more strongly suggest a chook perspective, but such niggles only lead to a slight delay before viewers’ smiles light up.


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