11/17/2010: feathers

I wanted to give you a break from digisocped birds this morning (or maybe I wanted one myself) but going back through the images on my SX20IS I am reminded that no one goes to the Rio Grande Valley of Texas for the scenery.

This little still life, perhaps a bit sad unless you can see the larger picture of nature at work, comes from my largely fruitless trip to a Photo ranch on the north edge of the Valley, where I hoped to photograph larger wildlife. There is beauty in this random scatter of feathers, in the fine details and the pattern. I think they might be Pyrrloxia, and are undoubtedly the remains of a Sharp Shinned Hawk meal.

Canon SX20IS at about 290mm equivalent (zoomed in for the detail) @ f5.0 @ 1/200th @ ISO 200. Landscape program.

Processed in Lightroom with a bit of Recovery, Fill Light, Blackpoint right, added Clarity and Vibrance, and Sharpen narrow edges preset.

4 Responses to “11/17/2010: feathers”

  1. 1 Rafi
    11/17/2010 at 9:12 am

    Very nice..

  2. 2 Wendy Hollands
    11/17/2010 at 9:17 am

    that is a very interesting compo, beautiful tones!!

  3. 3 Mark Mowery
    11/17/2010 at 9:34 am

    Nice contrast with the two different types of feathers.

  4. 11/17/2010 at 4:00 pm

    This is definitely worth looking at a larger scale – nice definition between the individual strands of the feather. It is also a nice sideways look at birding – slightly unconventional and thought-provoking.

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