Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Birds Of A Feather

Photographing birds is great fun, and can be very exciting. Of course it can also be pretty darned difficult to get sharp images when they flit past you at lightning speed. So there are times when photographing calm, stationary birds is a nice change of pace.

A flock of captive flamingos was enjoying their water hole and generally moving fairly slowly. It gave me time to study their feathers and look for shapes and swirls that would translate well to an abstract image.

There was nice light on this bird, creating highlights and shadows, and providing a three-dimensional look to the feathers. As photographers we live and die by the light. Great light helps us make great images.

Regarding composition, the swirling feathers comprising the bottom half of the image create a curving base that brings the eye up into the flatter feathers along the bird's back. There is a slight variation of color in the feathers, and hidden under a few of them are lovely patches of strong pink tones.

Shutter Speed 1/1000 sec.  Aperture 7.1.  ISO 400.  Canon 400mm f/5.6L lens on Canon 5D Mark III body.  Handheld.

TODAY'S QUOTE: "There is no abstract art. You must always start with something. Afterward you can remove all traces of reality."  --Pablo Picasso

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