ARCHIVE 202 – AUTUMN GULL, A FAVOURITE PICTURE (MONO)
December 16, 2015 15 Comments
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Herring Gull: winter plumaged adult at St Ives, Cornwall; 27 Sept 2012.
This individual is sitting on a wall, but I want to show nothing but the bird and its overcast backdrop and so have cropped the wall out. Mono simplifies the picture, and gives the impression of a tough and rugged individual used to enduring the dull, overcast, wintery conditions.
These birds have pure white heads in summer, but this one has the streaked head and neck that appears later in the year.
I like the detail in the feathering at lower left, especially the single feather sticking up from the rest.
D700 with 70-300 Nikkor at 300mm; 800 ISO; converted to mono with Silver Efex Pro 2, starting from the Antique Plate 1 preset.
UPDATE: one of my very favourite images, an image that I am both pleased with and proud of. I am of course a huge fan of natural things – unlike many other things in this world, they never, ever bore me. And here, in my eyes at least, is the portrait of a very beautiful living creature which, as I say above, ” gives the impression of a tough and rugged individual used to enduring the dull, overcast, wintery conditions.”.