ARCHIVE 594 – STILL LIFE, IN FLIGHT

 

 


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Black-headed Gull, Chew Valley Lake, Somerset; 27 Sept 2013.

A still life?  Really?  Well, one way of looking at this is that, since the camera shutter was only open for 1/1600th of a second, it has effectively frozen this instant in the life and doings of this living being – and so it is “Life”, yes, but it is also “Still” – or, more correctly I suppose, “Stilled”!    And living things e.g. plants can of course be included in still life assemblages – if their movements are too slow to register in the resulting image.

But the real reason for my calling this a still life is that when I looked at the whole of this image and saw this powerfully down-sweeping wing, I was struck by its beauty, and so cropped the image to make it the main feature – with the bird’s head just peeping into the picture to add a little context.  So that, ok, it is a bird in flight, a moving object, but to me it has now become more of a design, or a set piece if you like. 

The fundamental difference between this image and a conventional still life is that it is not supported on anything that we can see, like a table top for example.  All support here is provided by the whirling and invisible air.

Click onto the image to open a larger version in a separate window – recommended.

Technique: D800 with 70-300 Nikkor lens at 300mm; 400 ISO; Color Efex Pro 4.

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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.

24 Responses to ARCHIVE 594 – STILL LIFE, IN FLIGHT

  1. Really like the way you’ve cropped the image. Love the monochrome feel

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  2. Beautiful composition Adrian…delightful
    ~ smiles hedy ☺️

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  3. Beautiful, Adrian, and I like the crop a lot.

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  4. Meanderer says:

    Wonderful – and a pretty unique crop! Love it 🙂

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  5. krikitarts says:

    This is one of my very favorites of your gull shots. You really nailed this one.

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  6. Wow…Simply stunning brother ❤❤❤

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  7. I sure do like the backlighting through the wing.

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  8. Jane Lurie says:

    I love this concept and result, Adrian. Your image is exciting and beautiful. “Stilled” life… good one. 🙂

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  9. Helen Cherry says:

    Very effective. ! I like this very much. Bird’s wings have such lovely texture

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