To get this shot we actully got down into a dirty ditch covered with grasses and weeds. After checking we would not get bit by snakes or Insects we found ourselves face to face with this gentle giant.
We suggest you at least get down on eye level with the creature you are photographing. If for some reason you can not reach eye level look at surroundings near you. Find other things such as paths, old buildings, people, Implements, Etc. Find an unusual angle or something that will make the shoot more interesting. In a word -" think". Think how you can frame a shot in a special way.
Here we found the tall grasses and Indian Blankets lend much to the picture. I've named it "Someone is Watching You". We purposely avoided the Rule of Thirds because of the way the Indian Blankets are situated. I will cover the Rule soon.
There is a big difference between a snapshot and a Photograph. A photograph takes thought and planning. A knowledge of photographic theory is a start.
I'll post more later regarding the Rule of Thirds and some basic Principles of Photography. I prefer to call them "suggestions". The value of a photograph is your ability to capture beauty or emotion. Sometimes both are captured.
Remember this! You can do everything right and have a photograph that others will ignore. You can break all the rules and have a shot that will touch hearts. The key again is capturing beauty and emotion. The manner you do will take thought and experience.
Take lots of pics. Even a novice gets lucky every now and then. :-)