Terry Clark  

Did You Hear That? by Terry Clark

June 2020 - Did You Hear That?

June 2020 - Terry Clark


About the Image(s)

It was a miserable rainy early fall day in coastal Maine. Not photography weather.
I was waiting for a bridge to open when I began watching some gulls and eventually made a few images. These three seem to be focusing on the same activity so I cropped to them.
The image was processed by individual passes thorough the DAP Benson and Illustrator filters. The rightmost bird required a separate run just to process the darker tones. The resulting images were stacked over the original and treated with partial blends, localized erasures and adjustments to HSL and curves.

This round’s discussion is now closed!
6 comments posted

Excellent cropping and treatment of the birds-- plus a cute title.   Posted: 06/12/2020 15:11:34

Cindy Gosselin   Cindy Gosselin
With this image, you have now proven that there in NO DAY in Maine that is not "photography weather." I love how this image has been rendered, especially the sky and birds. I might suggest reducing the contrast on the roof just a bit, so that it could more seamlessly blend into the painterly and subtle tonal qualities of the sky and birds. Job well done.   Posted: 06/13/2020 09:45:20

Nancy Speaker   Nancy Speaker
Excellent Terry. You have a strong diagonal and group of 3s. The direction of view by the bird creates and story line and makes me wonder what is so interesting in that direction with your title. Great compositional elements. The colors go well together and this makes an outstanding piece of art.
  Posted: 06/24/2020 11:37:38
Terry Clark   Terry Clark
Thanks Nancy,
There is just something about these three that attracts me. I keep having the sense the right most bird is surfing down the roofline.
I don't know what this style of painting is called but I am just happy I could rescue something from the dreary original.
  Posted: 06/24/2020 14:20:46

Pat Centeno   Pat Centeno
It's funny how several of us shot originals with dark, murky skies, but the final paintings came out looking bright and eye-catching. With editing applications and painting apps, there's hardly any weather that can't be photography weather anymore. If you see a scene that cries out for at least a record snapshot, go for it!
It sounds like you did a lot to get the final image, but great job, Terry! I also like the faint painterly background that ties the birds together on their slanted roofline perch. (During the pandemic, I've kept our 3 feeders full and have been enjoying watching a variety of birds (without necessarily photographing them.)) Your painting makes me smile.   Posted: 06/24/2020 16:26:04

Trey Foerster   Trey Foerster
I like how the roofing shingles were transformed into tiles with coloration that matched the gulls. It makes the viewer wonder what all three gulls are looking at. The sky dramatically contrasts with the roof. A very successful transformation!   Posted: 06/24/2020 18:24:00