A lot of the times when photographing wildlife you will not have time to check for lines and shapes as you need to try and keep up with the action. Over time your eye does get trained and you see these lines and shapes much quicker so the old saying still holds true - practice makes perfect! It is those times that you do include it, whether planned or just by plain luck, that an image will have that little bit extra and stand out above the rest. Something to think about next time you go shooting wildlife and landscape images. Will have a look at some of the images on Photo-Africa and next time look at all the various factors influencing Composition and after that Exposure.
One more thing before I finish off. Why is it that people want to change their camera bodies more than I change my socks? The moment a newer camera body gets announced they just have to have it! Hey, I like my toys as well but damn! Have you used even half of the functions on your camera? Are you ever going to actually to print anything that big that warrants you having one extra megapixel? Do you have any idea how the bracketing feature on your camera works? Do you really need to shoot at 9 fps when photographing your cat or grandmothers cakes? All on automatic?
It feels to me that for someone, who does not shoot professionally, to get a newer camera body "to take better pictures" is like a fish getting a bicycle to swim better... It does not make sense!!! Why not rather spend money on a lens or a course of sorts so that you can learn to take better images with your current body? Just a thought... and with that I'll get off my little pedestal and go and see what is for lunch! :)
As always I look forward to your comments!
Until next time!