Herring Gull, an adult in winter plumage, beside the harbour in St Ives, Cornwall; 20 Oct 2016 – the bird already shown in colour here.

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D800 with 70-300 Nikkor lens at 300mm; 400 ISO; Silver Efex Pro 2, starting at the Fine Art High Key preset.

About Adrian Lewis
Photographer working in monochrome, colour and combinations of the two - with a great liking for many types of subject, 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.

10 Responses to BIRDS 87 – HERRING GULL 2 (MONO)

  1. bluebrightly says:

    Beautiful – I like that high key preset sometimes – it all depends on the photo though, doesn’t it? Wouldn’t have worked for the steps! I always appreciate the way your photos of birds pay more attention to the individual creature’s essence than some preconceived idea of what a proper bird photo should be. Too many bird photos are almost like ID shots. Yours are portraits.

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    • Adrian Lewis says:

      Lynn, your words have materially brightened my Sunday morning! Yes, “proper” bird (or any other type of living thing) photos are not the thing. I like to get in close if I can, and I am trying more for portraits, something that shows more than just “what the beast looks like”! Thank you very much for recognising that – well, we are both birders, and as well as that I think we share visual appreciation and other aesthetics too.

      And, yes, I do like to try different looks. SEP2’s dark and gritty often works, but there are many other possibilities – variety, not always doing the same thing, is the spice! Thank you again. Adrian


  2. paula graham says:

    This processing works very well…for this bird.


    • Adrian Lewis says:

      Yes, for this individual in this pose, its always a case of looking at each image separately, isn’t it? In our time-poor society, Lightroom is frequently trumpeted as facilitating automated processing which will save us precious time, but I always look at each image individually, each image needs something of its own.


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