ARCHIVE 496 – MAGPIE, BARBED WIRE FENCE AND TREE (MONO)

 

 


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Magpie flying over farmland beside East Water Lane, on the Mendip Hills, Somerset; 7 Aug 2014.

I had in mind a Minimalist composition consisting only of the tree and the barbed wire and its fence posts, when a noisy group of Magpies appeared and by luck I caught this one.  The pale areas of its plumage merge with the backdrop, eating into its outline.  But it is flying towards the left, with the black cone of its head, neck and breast on the left, and its long, thin, black tail stretching out behind.  Its wings are frozen by the high shutter speed, held up above its body.

One way of looking at this: of the three elements in the composition, the tree and the fence are static, with the third element flying into their space / surroundings.  Then again, the fence may be marching out towards the right, with its posts roped together for safety, and gradually disappearing down into a dip in the ground, or vice versa.  Everything is what it seems, until we start thinking about it.

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Technique: D800 with 70-300 Nikkor lens at 300mm; 200 ISO; Silver Efex Pro 2, starting at the Antique Portrait preset.

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About Adrian Lewis
Photographer - using mono, colour and combinations of the two - many types of subject, including Minimalism, landscapes, abstracts, soft colour, people, movement, nature - I like to be adventurous, trying new ideas, working in multiple genres. And I've a weakness for Full English Breakfasts and Duvel golden ale, though not necessarily together.

10 Responses to ARCHIVE 496 – MAGPIE, BARBED WIRE FENCE AND TREE (MONO)

  1. bluebrightly says:

    Another interesting treatment…I like it. 🙂

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  2. I like your photo, Adrian, and think the square format suits it perfectly. And then there’s this: “Everything is what it seems, until we start thinking about it.” Words to live by.

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  3. Magpie makes it. Not thinking. Simply knowing.

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  4. krikitarts says:

    Great composition–so typically one of yours. And your own photo angel provided the magic magpie just when you could use it to best advantage!

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  5. Helen Cherry says:

    Another of your less is more specialities which I love !

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