March 23, 2017 6 Comments
I’ve waddled down the garden a few times early on these soft and wonderful summer mornings, and enjoyed the stillness and lushness immensely. Yesterday, in addition to the Swifts screaming overhead, there was an unknown song from the jungle on the other side of the back fence. I gently hissed and pished at it a bit, and in due course a male Blackcap popped into view to see who I was.
Pished? Its a birding technique most effective in North America, where hissing and making “pish” noises drives warblers crazy, such that, otherwise obscure in dense vegetation, they at once spring into view. And it works here in the UK a bit too, and in Africa. This Blackcap’s provenance is uncertain. He may be one of the increasing number that remain in the UK throughout the winter, or he may have made the journey up from sub-Saharan Africa just to breed in the thickets behind our back fence.
And I’m really not a gardener, but I did hear that severely pruning Buddleias in the spring brings of floods of blooms later on and so, having made a note an age ago in my diary, I got out there and hacked it to blazes awhile back, and we’re now reaping the rewards.
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Technique: D800 with 50mm Nikkor lens used in DX format at 75mm; 800 ISO; Silver Efex Pro 2, starting at the Film Noir 1 preset and selectively restoring colour.
UPDATE: this image is an example on my Mono + Colour work, where I read a colour image into Silver Efex’s black and white, and then use Silver Efex to restore one or more of the image’s original colours. SEP2 doesn’t always get the colour restoration 100% accurate, but this can give the image a slightly strange look – which I value! Two effects are used here. First, I simply wanted the flowers’ colour in the shot, with no other colours – and restoring this single colour in an otherwise black and white image was the perfect solution. Second, there is a compositional device here. My eye is drawn immediately to the bloom on the right, which is both in focus and the largest area of colour in the frame – it is close in to us, it’s tiny flowers are peering out of the frame at us. Then my eye goes left to the second bloom, which is out of focus and smaller, and then it is taken on left again to the very diffuse areas of colour on the left. In this way, my gaze is drawn into and back through the picture. Does this have the same effect on your gaze???