I just returned from a great photo tour of Scotland put together by Strabo tours. Scotland is a magical place with steep mountains and misty valleys, beautiful waterfalls and some really funny looking cows! One of the most amazing parts of the trip was photographing puffins on Lunga Island. These puffins nest along a cliff edge over the sea, and you can get close, very close, to these birds. One thing I was reminded of photographing these puffins is how just a simple shift in position greatly improves an image. Take a look at the shot above. Initiallly I was lying flat on the ground thinking this level would make a good perspective. Instead, being this low put my puffin against a flat gray sky. But when I raised off the ground about 1 foot, then the puffin had a dark rock background behind the bird, creating better separation and a better shot. Remember, little details like this make or break many images.
If you are interesting in joining me on an international trip, I am headed to Croatia with Strabo in October; there are only 3 spots left! Come join me photographing this amazing country!