Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Want Your Opinion

Seeking your opinion on this image. The original image was taken in Alaska on a small rocky island filled with breeding puffins. The image originally had a green grassy background. But I wanted to create a more artistic representation of these two puffins, who were positioned perfectly.

So I used Photoshop to drop out the background and replaced it with an off-white tone.

So the question for you to answer is this:
Does this image look interesting and artsy, or does it look odd because it is clearly not a realistic representation of nature?

It is important to note that this type of image should NEVER be submitted in a nature or wildlife photo competition, and should NEVER be used in a textbook on birds or nature. It is only intended as an art piece, an interpretation of nature, not a realistic representation of nature.

So what do you think? I want to hear from you so please be honest and direct.

1/2500 sec., f/13, ISO 1600. Canon 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II lens with 1.4x extender set at 560mm on Canon 7D Mark II body. Handheld.

TODAY'S QUOTE: "Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep."  --Scott Adams


  1. Hi Molly, I love it! I find it more interesting that a straight, realistic representation. Your artistic interpretation and the symmetry of the birds is far more compelling to me. Hope all is well with you!

  2. Thanks MariAnne! I really appreciate your comments. Yes all is well. Life is good!

  3. I think this image is beautiful, but would have loved to see the grass background (blurred?) also for comparison. It "sings" to me!

  4. Thanks Georgette! You may get your wish and see the original version with the grass background!

  5. My initial reaction, before reading your commentary, was that it was striking in its simplicity. And I liked it. So, I would say you achieved the artsy quality. Based on my knowledge I figured this was not the original background but that didn't detract from finding it to be a lovely image.

  6. Thanks for your in-depth comments. Glad you find it artsy!