Isaac Vaisman M.D., FACRO  

High contrast Anhinga by Isaac Vaisman M.D., FACRO

February 2021 - High contrast Anhinga

February 2021 - Isaac Vaisman M.D., FACRO


About the Image(s)

High Contrast Anhinga Reflection was created at the end of the day in a pond. The anhinga was sitting there as they normally do to dry their feathers after fishing, since they do not have oil glands on their skin to waterproof the feathers. The name derives from the Brazilian Tupi dialect which means “devil Bird”. They are also called snake bird since when swimming, only the neck appears above water looking like a snake. I used a Nikon D500 with the Nikkor prime Lens 300 mm f/2.8 with the 1.4x TC for a total of 420 mm (equivalent to 630 mm in full frame) and with these settings: ISO 640, f/8 and 1/2000 sec with “ 2/3 EC. The image was processed in LightRoom and then in Photoshop with the Silver Efex Pro 2 (formerly Nik and now DxO) using one of the very high contrast preset including the frame and cropped vertically.

5 comments posted

Guy Davies   Guy Davies
It is an unusual treatment for a nature image, taking us towards the creative image scene. The bird and reflection have produced a very dramatic shape, but I feel that this should be the starting point for some further creative adventures. I had a little play with the image and got the result here. I duplicated the image layer, flipped horizontal and set the new layer into Difference Blend Mode. There are other interesting possibilities also. One thing I would do is to clone out several black spots in the plain white background before doing anything else.   Posted: 02/06/2021 09:56:01
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Isaac Vaisman M.D.   Isaac Vaisman M.D.
Guy, great rendition and a very graphic arts example. Thank you. I did debate on whether or not remove the blemishes (black spots) which I did remove some but not all.   Posted: 02/06/2021 10:23:43

Vella Kendall   Vella Kendall
This is beautiful to me as I love silhouettes, black and white and birds. To me the black spots represent the water droplets from the anhinga and debris that floats on water. I think this lovely.   Posted: 02/08/2021 14:05:21

Ian Chantler   Ian Chantler
Hi Isaac
Absolutely love this what a great idea and for me you pulled it off,also love Guys rendition I am not talented enough to do another variant but so enjoyed seeing this.   Posted: 02/10/2021 14:00:06

Erik Rosengren   Erik Rosengren
A good creative portrait Isaac. Your subject is perfectly placed on the canvas. The Anhinga's beak works well as a leading line and the image is tack sharp. I agree with Guy that the spots are a distraction and like his version as well.   Posted: 02/22/2021 13:56:17


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