Carrion Crow over our back garden, not long after dawn, in Bristol; 27 Nov 2011.

Two things to say about this.  First, the large dark cloud coming in from the left hand margin is quite an important feature in this picture, and if you follow the line of its slightly downcurved snout, you are almost following the line of the bird’s flight.

Second – the bird is sited where “rules” say it shouldn’t be, right down in the bottom of the frame, and about to exit the frame unless we reach out to superhumanly drag it back.

What do I like about this picture?  I certainly like the pale orange clouds, and I find that my eyes keep moving between these clouds and the bird, which is probably a good thing.  And although the bird is purposely sited “wrongly”, I think being positioned where it is – just about to exit the frame – emphasises its unimportance and miniscule size in relation to the vast reaches of the sky and clouds. 

But these vast reaches of the heavens are the bird’s element.  It doesn’t often feed in the air, but it does use these vast reaches of sky to patrol large areas, looking for food on the ground – and it is very much at home in these sometimes stormy skyscapes.

D700 with 70-300 Nikkor at 200mm; 800 ISO.


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.


  1. Malin H says:

    And what do I like about your image?
    The sky and the clouds… just wow… and the bird is in a perfect position too.

    Liked by 1 person

  2. wow looks like a Turner sky


  3. dave says:

    That vastness, an affirmation of the unlimited freedom of flight.

    Liked by 2 people

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