Beaney gallery questions

For this task I had to chose three pictures from the gallery The Beaney in Canterbury and answer the questions for each one. 


Here are my answers for each photo I chose: 

Photo 1:

Photographer: Dickie Duckett

Name of photo: Great-Crested Grebe

1. The photograher used a wide aperture to focus more on the bird and to blur any other details such as the background. The photographer also used a high shutter speed, just in case the bird decided to move, allowing the photo to be still in great detail.

2. It has a bright exposure, so no detail is lost from the picture being to dark from the forest but not to bright otherwise the picture would lose its meaning and a little bit of detail.

3. It has a shallow depth of field as the animals are more focused than the background.


(I) The picture is very centred.

(II) A couple of points of interest are placed on the Great-crested grebe’s. 

(III) It has a very good vertical layout.

5. The photographer spent several days photographing their activities and learning how they behave, so he could position himself on the right riverbank

6. The photographer is trying to convey the feeling of peace and also relaxation.

7. The young birds with the adult are waiting for the other adult to return with food.

8. The photographer used a tripod to get a steady shot of the birds.

9. The photographer is in colour and if reversed, would not be able to convey the same feelings anymore, this is because colour is used to show life in the picture and without it, would give the picture the opposite effect.

10. The photographer used light to show that giving life and protecting it is a bright and wounderful thing to do.

11. I have learnt how focusing allows more attention to certain details and allows the photographer to get ride of any unnecessary detail they don’t want in the picture. I have also learnt how light can have many meanings to it.   

Photo 2: 

Photographer: Russel Savory

Photo: Geronimo

1. The photographer used a very fast shutter speed to catch the owl in high detail without it blurring. The photographer also used a wide aperture to focus more on the owl and to lose the background detail as it was unnecessary to the photo.  

2. The exposure is like a normal England day, not to dark but not to bright ether, allowing detail to be shown without nether light or dark effecting it. 

3. The photo has a shallow depth of field, focusing more on the owl and the log it is about to land on, losing any detail in the background so the view will focus more on the owl.


(I) The photo uses the rule of thirds by having the owl very centre.

(II) It’s layout is done very well, it is laid out horizontally with the bottom being the log, then the middle being the Owl’s bottom half and the top being the owl’s head.

(III) It’s point of interest are good as well, being near the owl.

5. He stayed in a mobile hide for months, watching how the Owls behave and how they fly to the roof.

6. The photographer is trying to convey the feeling of excitement by catching the owl in mid flight, about to land.

7. An Owl that is in mid flight that is about to land on a log.

8. It says that the photographer used a beanbag on a window of a door frame, this way the photo can be steady, and not lose any detail form being not still.

9. The picture is in colour and if reversed would help the picture to show more detail in the owl landing. However the photo would lose its feeling of excitement as colour helps to convey that excitement to the viewer.

10. The photographer uses normal lighting of the day to show that incredible wonders happen everyday and that we should open our eyes more on the little details.

11. I have learnt that sometimes photos are better in black and white to show detail but it could also cause the photo to lose some of it good aspects.

Photo 3: 

Photographer: Tomos Brangwyn

Photo name: London Starling Gang

1. The photographer used a low angle shot to get it eye level to the starlings, The photographer also used a fish eye lens to widen the perspective.

2. The photographer used a normal level exposure but used two flash guns, this is because the photographer want to show a normal day without making it too bright, so the photographer used flash guns to light areas where photo was too dark for detail to be shown.

3. The photographer used a little bit of a shallow depth of field, this is because she wanted to have more focus on the starlings without losing all the detail in the background. This way the starlings have more attention but don’t overpower the background.


(I) The photo follows the rule of thirds very nicely by having it in sections vertically.

(II) The birds are near points of interest in the photo.

(III) The photo is very centred, with the closes starlings in the middle.

5. The photographer did research into the starlings behaviour.

6. The photographer is conveying how cheeky and curious the starlings really are.

7. The photographer says “I want to bring out the cheeky and curious side starlings have that no one knows about”.

8. The photographer used two flash guns, a remote trigger and a fish eye lens. The photographer uses a remote trigger because the photographer wants to capture the starlings up close which means she has to be at a fair distance to not scare them. The fish eye lens is to capture all the starlings in one photo and the flash guns are used to allow more detail to be shown without turning up the exposure.

9. The image is in colour and if the photo was reversed it would cause the starlings to lose their characteristics.

10. The photographer uses light to give meaning to the photo, telling the viewer that the starlings have a fun, good side to them as light resembles pure and good.

11. That light can have both practical and metaphorical uses at the same time.



One thought on “Beaney gallery questions

  1. Jack, some good observations and analysis here, particularly on the techniques and settings the photographer would have used to create the photograph, however, your work in how the photos use different techniques to create meaning needs more consideration.


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