Lauren Heerschap  

Tootsies by Lauren Heerschap

February 2021 - Tootsies

About the Image(s)

Titled, “Tootsies”. Taken at f5.6, ISO 250, with a long lens, 40-150 with a 2x converter on my Olympus OMD-1 Mark 3. New camera. I didn’t do a thing in post processing, but I love the fact that the flamingo’s feet appear to be above it on the left and the shadow, with the pink color in the water’s reflections of the other flamingo. Taken at the zoo, hence the number on its leg, Woodland Park Zoo in Seattle, they have a flock. Just a fun image that showed up in post!

5 comments posted

Karl Leck   Karl Leck
Hi Lauren, I wanted to enjoy the whole flamingo and its reflection but kept getting pulled to the partial bird at the top. My preference would be to crop/clone the top bird out. Cloning the tag is optional. You might just desaturate it. The result would be a pretty bird with wonderful texture variety in the water. That texture is what makes the image. Karl   Posted: 02/10/2021 10:03:39
Lauren Heerschap   Lauren Heerschap
I always wondered who reads the accompanying text. The use of photography for humor can be subtle. The title of this is "Tootsies" and I intentionally left in the feet at the top because the bird doesn't have feet at the bottom. I know better than to leave it like this otherwise.

I titled it "Footloose" at my photo club, and the commentator didn't get it either, so maybe it is too subtle? What do other group members think about photography and humor?   Posted: 02/10/2021 17:12:44
Peter Newman   Peter Newman
Hi Lauren, Unfortunately many, if not, most CC judges fail to see subtlety. I put in an image of a very mean looking raptor, he looked so tough that I put boxing gloves on his wings. The judge said: "birds don't wear boxing gloves." Not withstanding that, I also failed to see the subtlety. What I see is a nicely executed image of a flamingo, enjoying the color and shapes in the reflection. I think that if Karl's suggestion was followed, you would have a strong image.   Posted: 02/13/2021 18:49:47

Judith Lesnaw   Judith Lesnaw
Well, the reflections in the water are indeed spectacular, and cropping the top to remove the feet would produce a fine image. I do enjoy some photographic humor, but I totally missed this one. BUT--having studied the image I know why I missed the humor. Too much of the bird at the top is shown. If the image is cropped just below the body shadow only the two footed legs and their shadows would show. The title "Footloose" would then make instant sense - and humor to me.   Posted: 02/19/2021 14:54:30

Sandra Irwin   Sandra Irwin
Lovely colors! Love the reflections in the water. I agree with others I would crop out the bird at the top entirely.   Posted: 02/21/2021 14:23:22


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