Saturday, May 2, 2009

Magpie Shrike. . .latest bird series addition.

So after another long afternoon of trying to capture a few more birds for works to be included in my series, this is one that i was happy with. I had not thought of catching a silhouette but when i saw this Magpie shrike silhouetted with the bright and weird color light behind it I felt it was striking enough and also a welcome variation from the other type shots in the series.
I thought I had come away with several good images to work with, but it seems i might have onle a couple. It is such a tiresome waiting game to be ready for when these little guys sit in the right spot with the right pose. . .

13 comments:

Marco Crupi said...

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Sheila said...

Gary you have one of the most artistically superb styles I've seen in a long time. This reminds me of the vintage cut paper silhouettes that were delicate yet told a story. I love the color you chose and the bit of antiquing on the edges. Wonderful.

Julie Magers Soulen said...

Beautiful capture Gary! I understand the difficulty of capturing great bird shots. I have been trying to get a decent Stellers Jay shot for quite some time now. They are everywhere but so shy. The slightest sound or movement sends them to flight. Great job!

...love Maegan said...

WOW ..love it.

...also LOVE Chicago ...lol {the band, of course}

anusha said...

Gary, Beautiful and elegant work. I especially like the background color again the dark image.

Victoria Bennett Beyer said...

That shot is totally worth the wait. It's really striking.

drollgirl said...

that shot is simply fantastic!

i used to take photography classes years ago and the instructor said a good photographer is lucky to get one good pic out of 36 (back in the 35mm days). i think he was right and it can be frustrating!

Gary Heller said...

Hey all, thanks so much for the comments and the thumbs up on this one, it really means a lot to me. Maegan, I knew you would be into Chicago too, had a feeling.
DG, absolutely i feel like if i go on an outing and get a couple of good shots out of a hundred i'm satisfied.

Gary Heller said...

Sheila, thank you and yes it reminds me too of those cut out silhouettes.
Julie, good luck on that. Those little birds are so difficult even if they are still for a while because they are never in that right spot and so small that you need to be close even with a good telephoto lens.
Hope you nail it, and i'd love to see it.

L.Holm said...

This is gorgeous.

theresamillerwatercolors said...

Fantastic! You seem to be very patient, like a true photographer of excellence! Alfred Eisenstaedt once said that waiting for the exact moment was the key to good work, that he would sometimes wait hours for one good shot!

Manon Doyle said...

This is so beautiful! Wow!

David Burns Smith said...

Beautiful blue.