Stills V3

February 13, 2009

Egret in the Wind

Filed under: Christina — Christina @ 06:47

Redington Beach



  1. Putting the photo aside for a moment…what a title! Poetry on Stills. Who’d a thought it.

    I love the way that you have managed to “capture” the bird but yet remain so in control of the rest of the photo that you have a design as well. It is interesting how this becomes just-a-bird-photo as the bottom of the pic is progressively trimmed.

    Comment by Colin — February 13, 2009 @ 08:23

  2. I can’t fault the title but it does come bearing the baggage of the song Elton John wrote for Diana on her death – a time when the UK totally flipped. It was bad enough being 7,000 miles away in Chile at the time!

    What Colin refers to is, I presume, good composition – which it is. Apart from the obvious loveliness of the feathers, it is probably the subtle colours that make this most appealing. It is good that the egret is in this pose conducting its toilette rather than just having its head up.

    All in all, apart from the title, exquisite.

    Comment by John Ellis — February 14, 2009 @ 08:12

  3. Bird on a rock! (Leonard Cohen)

    So I thought Ummm I’m sure I have windy egrets. Well I do but mine either are not quite sharp, not blown enough, have lost their feet or were stupid enough to stand on the wrong rock thereby including a specular sea.

    So mine stays on the HD…………..

    Comment by Rex — February 14, 2009 @ 08:24

  4. it is very well done – balanced, exposure control, all well handled. The action/ pose is intriguing too.

    Comment by Gordon — February 14, 2009 @ 11:39

  5. Interesting the title has gotten so much attention — John, I never gave that song a thought — though, of course, I’m familiar with it. Maybe because I’m not from the UK.

    Comment by Christina — February 14, 2009 @ 16:15

  6. The preening pose, the sense of wind yet sharp detail: all elevate this well above a bird-on-a-stick shot. Even the perch is quite interesting. I like, a lot.

    Comment by doonster — February 15, 2009 @ 10:02

  7. Can a wildlife photo be a still life? If so, this one is.

    Comment by matt — February 17, 2009 @ 13:45

  8. Matt – “What photograph isn’t a still life”, Garry Winogrand.

    the tonal variations in the birds feathers makes me think of a wedding dress, all the more because of the variations seen in the dark rock it is sitting on.

    It’s that dark triangle on the base tht gives this picture the graphical element that I enjoy.

    Comment by Robert Hoehne — February 18, 2009 @ 09:47

  9. Woodblock in appearance. All that background white is so strong and then just a mere whisp of sea to break it up. Stunning work and well seen.

    Comment by akikana — February 19, 2009 @ 05:53

  10. Thanks for your comments.

    Matt — it was my thought to find an image that was like a still life, so I was especially pleased that you caught that.

    Comment by Christina — February 20, 2009 @ 04:52

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