MENDIP HILLS 25 – MAGPIE, BARBED WIRE FENCE, AND TREE (MONO)

 

 

Magpie, barbed wire and tree
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Magpie flying over farmland beside East Water Lane; 7 Aug 2014.

I had in mind a Minimalist composition consisting only of the tree and the barbed wire and its fence posts, when a noisy group of Magpies appeared and by luck I caught this one.  The pale areas of its plumage merge with the backdrop, eating into its outline.  But it is flying towards the left, with the black cone of its head, neck and breast on the left, and its long, thin, black tail stretching out behind.  Its wings are frozen by the high shutter speed,  held up above its body.

One way of looking at this: of the three elements in the composition, the tree and the fence are static, with the third element flying into their space / surroundings.  Then again, the fence may be marching out towards the right, with its posts gradually disappearing down into a dip in the ground, or vice versa.  Everything is what it seems, until we start thinking about it.

D800 with 70-300 Nikkor at 300mm; 200 ISO; Silver Efex Pro 2, starting at the Antique Portrait preset.
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About Adrian Lewis
Photographer working in monochrome, colour and combinations of the two - with a great liking for all sorts of images, including Minimalism, landscapes, abstracts, soft colour, people, movement, nature - I like to be adventurous in my photography, trying new ideas and working in many genres. And I'm fond of Full English Breakfasts and Duvel golden ale, though not necessarily together.

14 Responses to MENDIP HILLS 25 – MAGPIE, BARBED WIRE FENCE, AND TREE (MONO)

  1. LensScaper says:

    However we choose to describe it, the bottom line is that it works very successfully as an image. Some of our best images are often the ones that ‘happen’. Happenstance is a wonderful thing!

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    • Adrian Lewis says:

      It certainly is – and I agree entirely that the image is all that matters – if it works, it works – no matter what factors have conspired during its production. Thanks for your thoughts, Andy – and I love the word “happenstance” >>> sounds like it should be somewhere in New York or New Jersey! Adrian 🙂

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  2. Malin H says:

    A lovely post, Adrian! It’s not always about luck… it’s about how you see things and that you’re prepared for something to happen. You’re a photographer, you know. And you have the eyes and the spirit! 🙂
    Fantastic image!

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    • Adrian Lewis says:

      Yes, I guess I do know what you mean – I heard the magpies quite some time before they appeared, and they were out to the right somewhere , and so I wondered if they were going to fly in somewhere across the composition. Thank you for your good words >> yes, I have the eyes and the spirit >>> but thanks for reassuring me!!! A 🙂

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  3. Meanderer says:

    Beautiful. Love the minimalism. The magpie has taken on the qualities of a more ‘elegant’ and peaceful bird – say, a dove.

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    • Adrian Lewis says:

      That’s a good point, the rapacious mobster does look more elegant and peace loving here – maybe I should go into public relations! 🙂 Thank you for your good thoughts! Adrian

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  4. icastel says:

    Very, very nice. It’s not easy to create a minimal image successfully. I think you’ve done here, man!

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  5. krikitarts says:

    That magpie may have decided to insert a distracting fly into your planned minimalist ointment, but i think his fly-by had the opposite effect. In spite of adding another element to your composition, his presence adds a comfortable balance to the whole. Silly magpie. Lucky Adrian.

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  6. paula graham says:

    Like this lots, Adrian..the simplicity, stillness and yet there is life. Very good.
    Like the processing too

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    • Adrian Lewis says:

      I have Minimalist tendencies, Paula, which I can only hope are not some kind of visual puritanism! Simplicity and stillness are great aims – simplicity of life, and the stillness that allows one simply to be, rather than always to be doing. This landscape has these qualities in abundance.

      Thanks for liking the picture, I’m glad you do. Adrian

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  7. Sallyann says:

    I like the minimalist effect. 🙂
    For some of us its never quite what it seems until we do think about it. 🙂

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