Hello all, long time lurker and admirer. I am struggling to improve my photos, especially on the compositional and story-telling aspects. I went to the zoo last weekend and after looking through my pictures I was quite pleased with the following.
In the first picture I really quite like the detail. But with such a picture I always wonder if it tells enough of a story to stand on its own? Also I think the background is distracting, but not overly.
In the second picture I like the story of the prairie dog looking out over its moat. But should I have tried to make the prairie dog not overlap with the grass in the background? Is the rock in the bottom left too big? Does it tell enough of a story to stand on its own?
I was quite disappointed by this picture when I took it, the bird wouldn't stop moving for me to take a nice (hyper-)realistic picture of it, however when I opened it up in my raw editor, picked the right white balance and cropped it a little I think it is quite a nice abstract piece now.
I am looking forward to hearing what you think.
PS: How do I make the images visible in the post?