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November 1, 2008

Up on the Roof

Filed under: Anita Jesse — anitajesse @ 23:33

Up on the Roof



  1. We get pigeons like this in our garden too…………………

    Comment by Rex — November 2, 2008 @ 18:07

  2. Well, I know that it’s not a pigeon … but which raptor it is I don’t know. It must be pretty thrilling to get one of these land on the roof – unless you have baby ducklings or chickens… . We get buzzard strikes from time to time but one has to learn to live with it and the sight of one gliding down the fields when it is disturbed makes up for the losses.

    One could say that this is fairly minimalist like Rex’s tree but that commanding and dominant presence needs all the space around it that it can get. A fierce creature for a demanding landscape.

    Comment by John Ellis — November 3, 2008 @ 07:47

  3. Nice illustrative shot. Good use of space. Demanding blue.

    Comment by Colin — November 5, 2008 @ 12:02

  4. Rex – Great line! Thanks for the laugh.

    John – According to my online research, it’s a red-tailed hawk. They do appear fiece, don’t they? When one comes swooping down at you to check you out and locks eyes with you, it gets your attention.

    As you can probably guess from the “decoration” left on our roof, we frequently have one of these guys up there. They take advantage of the spot to scan the field for unspecting critters in the grass. We won’t be getting any baby ducklings or chickens.

    Comment by Anita Jesse — November 5, 2008 @ 23:27

  5. Well I’ve tried photographing some birds and its hard and I’m not much good at it.

    The most impressive raptor in my garden was a juvenile sparrow hawk which knocked a blackbird down but saw us move to get a better look and let the blackbird escape.

    This is nice and sharp and well exposed, I now know that’s not easy!

    Comment by Rex — November 6, 2008 @ 21:41

  6. Good looking photo of a good looking bird. An impressive hawk. Nice that you show the tail that it gets its name from so well.

    The blue sky is “demanding” as Colin says. Because of my work designing for offset printing, when I see a blue like that I always think to myself “will not reproduce”. It is pretty on the web though, once I get past that automatic reaction!

    Comment by Christina — November 8, 2008 @ 15:44

  7. The only bird of prey I have seen here are those that catch worms and the one owl late one night.

    A powerful looking bird with an air of authority and seriousness. Well captured.

    Comment by Robert Hoehne — November 9, 2008 @ 10:04

  8. It’s a beautiful and deadly looking thing. Not much doubt as to what it’s about. Well captured indeed.

    Comment by matt — November 10, 2008 @ 13:38

  9. Christina – Since I am a total dummy when it comes to analying a photo in terms of its suitability for offset printing, can you give me a hint about what tips you off. Is it the color balance, the intensity or both? I didn’t do much with this in CS3—the sky was just that color that day. I am feeling the pain of my inexperience in printing.

    Comment by Anita Jesse — November 10, 2008 @ 23:54

  10. Robert & Matt – They are beautiful aren’t they, even sitting on a roof? And you wouldn’t mistake them for friendly creatures. But, in motion—ah, that’s a sight to behold. Occasionally I have seen two or three of them over our field, all participating in an amazing arial ballet.

    Comment by Anita Jesse — November 11, 2008 @ 00:04

  11. Anita – my comment was not meant as a criticism about the color of your sky — it was about the limitations of offset printing — the four color process using cyan, magenta, yellow, and black cannot reproduce certain colors well, and a true blues (also true greens) are those that suffer the most in a conversion.

    Comment by Christina — November 11, 2008 @ 00:37

  12. Christina – Tnank you for your reply, but I didn’t take the original comment as critism. I just wanted to shamelessly pick your brain. Your explanation helps. I have had my minor run-ins with coverting to CMYK for print (so the idea wasn’t foreign), but I was impressed by your eye ability to immediately spot a problem. I always discovered the problem after I was in the middle of the battle. The best part of this is knowing that my struggles with blues and greens in those instances were not exclusively my inexperience. Thank you.

    Comment by Anita Jesse — November 11, 2008 @ 01:40

  13. Very illustrative and a little too static for my taste. However, that blue is demanding and keeps me interested in this shot as a whole. That blue seems to contain many shades and goes well with the brown hues of the bird and its perch. This simple backdrop forces you to inspect the bird closer as well and I guess at a much larger size there is a wealth of interest within its plumage.

    Comment by akikana — November 12, 2008 @ 01:14

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