Afternoon with a Flicker
Dear Friends, spring has finally come to our northland and lots of outdoor activities to keep us outdoors. This Northern Flicker kept me company for a couple of hours this week while i kept my eye on a fresh wolf kill to see if anyone would return to the crime scene. When i first drove up i thought i saw a dog shape creeping away, but he did not return. I liked the high key treatment to reflect the brightness of our early morning sun. Excitement in the Crex Meadows as the ducks and other birdies are returning to find some nesting sites, til Tomorrow MJ
Feather details in Ice-Part two
Friends, more bird (Northern Flicker) feathers in ice. Using the same technique as in a previous post these feathers were frozen in ice. In a single image, the whole field was not focused as the feathers were on different planes. Multiple images (8) with different focus points were taken and combined as layers in a single photoshop image. Briefly all the layers were selected and the two commands auto-align layers and auto-blend layers were run sequentially from the edit menu. This process combines the images with layer masks that only allow the focused region to be part of the overall image. I love the bright yellow shafts and the small details that show up in the feathers and in the ice.
These feathers were found in Crex Meadows and are from an unfortunate Northern Flicker. The feather identification was facilitated by an online data base at this address http://digitalcollections.ups.edu/slater/ til Tomorrow MJ