Bird portraits 1

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Above, Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias)
Below, Sandhill Crane (Grus canadensis)

These are two images from a series of bird portraits that I’ve started working on.

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8 thoughts on “Bird portraits 1

  1. Oh what beautiful images to wake up to, Katrina! Stunning over the black background. I’m not sure about the haze around the heron’s head and beak, but that’s being very picky. In both portraits,the eyes are pin sharp and the colours just glow. The portrait approach is such a good idea! Chris

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    • Thanks, Chris, for pointing out the “haze”, which was in fact the heron’s throat down. But I was up very late last night, squabbling with Elements, and had 2 versions going, then I uploaded the wrong file and didn’t realize…fixed now, or at least looking much better.

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  2. Nice! I felt a bit awkward writing this bit of the comment, but now I am glad I did. Hope you are having a great day… It’s rainy here and I am house bound, but using the time to devour a bird photography book I just bought… You might be interested. It’s called “The Handbook of Bird Photography” by Markus Varesvuo, Jari Peltomaki and Bence Maté, published by Rocky Nook.

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    • Don’t feel awkward, Chris. I want people to tell me stuff like that! I want my images to improve, I don’t like publishing anything that I’m not happy with, though a few times I’ve done that. Sometimes I like something, publish it then wish I hadn’t. Either because I don’t like it as much as I thought I did, or because I rushed it, or because there are things that I messed up on and didn’t catch until later. So feel free to speak up. :-))

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    • LOL! Thank you, Eliza. 🙂 My goal is at least 12 images. I think they would make a great calendar!
      I confess that although the light on the birds is natural, I have painted in the shadowing. And I want to emphasize the painted part, using digital brushes, and spending considerable time on each. I haven’t just thrown the images into a software program and let the software do its thing. For me this is a form of artwork, each one processed individually… I definitely like the idea that the birds look as if they were posing in a studio. But these are wild birds, no studios for them, lol!

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