ARCHIVE 244 – LARK (MONO + COLOUR)
September 9, 2016 11 Comments
I love being out on Tealham Moor when these larks are singing. Their music is far carrying and all embracing, somehow it is all around. And, bird lover and enthusiast that I have been for these nearly 50 years, I never fail to be impressed by all of that sound emanating from such a tiny speck that rides the winds in another world, high above mine. Often, with the song pouring over me in waves, my experienced eyes still fail to locate the singer.
I’ve posted before on the Tealham Skylarks. Those pictures were in colour and taken much closer in; you can find them here.
This picture is a small part of a larger image. In case you’re not sure what you’re looking at, the bird is hanging in the air, facing away from us. Its wings are the pointed shapes on either side, and the prominent, slightly bulbous shape pointing towards upper left is the spread tail.
D800 with 70-300 Nikkor at 300mm; 1600 ISO; Silver Efex Pro 2, starting at the Low Key 2 preset, with a little restoration of original colour.
UPDATE: I like this image very much. Although it would be hard to show less of its subject, it is a portrait, a portrait of a small living creature high up in – and eminently at home in – the wild vastnesses of its element, the sky. Unless we are lucky enough to be able to pick out this well camouflaged little bird on the ground, this is how we see it – a small dot, often far smaller than this, high up in the heavens. Thinking of these little creatures high up there in the air belting out their songs really gets to me, I have to say. This is both an integral part of the Somerset Levels, which is where this photograph was taken, and a picture of the Natural World – an entity which is never, ever boring – just getting on with it, doing its thing.