Mike Cowdrey, MPSA  

Silhouette by Mike Cowdrey, MPSA

October 2019 - Silhouette

About the Image(s)

October's offering is a totally straight shot with just
a frame added, in an effort to prove that creativity can exist without Photoshop.

Silhouette. Early morning in September I was at Highfields Lake, Nottingham, the water was abnormally
still and I noticed reeds silhouetted with a bird on them. I was pleased with the resulting shot which needed
no post-process work, apart from a frame. I am offering it as my October image, hopefully to demonstrate
that creativity can be produced in-camera. 5 seconds after taking the shot, the bird flew away!

8 comments posted

Andrew Hersom   Andrew Hersom
This is creative in my book. Good shot. It reminds me of Harry Callahan's snow pictures.
It's not a total silhouette, I think there is still some detail in the bird and I would be tempted to make it totally black and white, with no mid-tones.   Posted: 10/02/2019 07:08:23

Mark Southard   Mark Southard
Creative or not but I really like this image. Might crop out that one spot at bottom left center?   Posted: 10/02/2019 12:48:19

Stephen Levitas   Stephen Levitas
(Group 32)
Striking image. See a similar effort this month by David Bornmann in Group 90.   Posted: 10/08/2019 19:56:28

Ian Ledgard   Ian Ledgard
You are right to remind use that we can be creative before we press the shutter and that creativity is not solely to be found in all those pieces of software at our disposal.
You have created a simple image which is most striking. Why did you not make it black and white? - that would have made the bird stand out even more. To be super critical I would also clone out the various little dots.   Posted: 10/11/2019 03:32:15
Mike Cowdrey   Mike Cowdrey
Since sending this to you I have indeed made a black and white version.   Posted: 10/11/2019 05:18:59

Jennifer Empey   Jennifer Empey
It's great how it was done in camera, and makes an interesting image.   Posted: 10/16/2019 08:47:38

Tom Pickering   Tom Pickering
This is magical, especially since it's basically SOOC! I could study this for a long time and not grow tired, despite all the white. Truly amazing, Mike! Nothing to be changed here. Bravo!   Posted: 10/19/2019 00:29:08

Mike Cowdrey   Mike Cowdrey
Thanks to everyone for their comments.   Posted: 10/19/2019 01:00:49


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