The BIG picture
So next time you photograph something, don't look around with 600mm eyes, but look around with varying focal lengths, so to speak. Try different focal lengths and compositions. Sometimes people want to see more than just the subject. Often, the surroundings can add SO much to improve the photo.
Another caribou shot with the AK range....
"Alaska Railroad"- There is a train along the bottom third, if you didn't notice. I used the mountains to emphasize the "Alaskaness" of the photo.
I just couldn't leave out all the flowers....
Of course there is a time to get close, and not let the surroundings swallow up the subject. But try not to totally forget the enviroment that is around the subject. Then decide whether it would complement the subject, or detract from the photo.
Photo credits: Elimitchell.