ARCHIVE 203 – CROW, IN WILD SKY
December 18, 2015 2 Comments
I very much like the limited palette of colours but – as is so often the case – I prefer this version to monochrome. The crow – which looks for all the world like a Photoshop insert! – is purposely positioned away from any of the composition’s visual strong points, but with space ahead to fly into. Actually quite a reasonably sized bird, it looks so small here against the vast sky and very solid looking clouds: this is intentional.
Nikon D700 with 70mm-300mm VR Nikkor at 200mm; 800 ISO.
UPDATE: as with the previous archive post , a picture of a bird – and of course I’m biased, having been a really enthusiastic birder from 1967 to 2002 or so – and still retaining a very deep place in my heart for “Our Feathered Friends” right now. I like the previous post because it is a somewhat intimate portrait of a wild creature – it is a close up look, there is eye contact. The photo here is also a portrait, but of a quite different type. For here we see very few details of the individual itself, but what we do see is this creature in its wild element – a small thing soaring gracefully in a vast, wild and angry sky – in its wild and angry element – and quite at home, amply at home, in that element.