Michael Hrankowski  

MALE CARDINAL ON AGAVE by Michael Hrankowski


About the Image(s)

This image was taken during a trip to Hawaii just this past March. I recently took a class through my Camera Club on creating digital art. This image was created in Photoshop using multiple Topaz Studio 2 filters and several different masks.

Sony a6600; 1/1,000; f/13; 18-350 zoom at 328mm (492mm equiv); ISO 2,000

4 comments posted

Mary Ann Carrasco   Mary Ann Carrasco
Very creative and colorful photograph. The cardinal is sharp and there is the glint in the eye. I also like the angle. The bird is looking at the viewer with curiosity. The background looks like a painting but is subtle so the cardinal really stands out. On what is the bird perched? It looks like a cactus but the blue color throws me. Very nice creative shot.   Posted: 05/02/2021 16:54:05
Michael Hrankowski   Michael Hrankowski
Mary Ann, the title says it! The bird is perched on an Agave plant. There is a field of blue agave plants growing in the desert on the other side of our friends' perimeter wall on the Big Island of Hawaii.   Posted: 05/02/2021 20:03:27

LuAnn Thatcher   LuAnn Thatcher
Beautiful photograph, Michael; I love your post-processing technique; Topaz is fantastic software! Yes, I agree with Mary Ann; the angle of the bird works for me as well. You have a lovely triad color palate; this is probably why the photo works nicely; it fits a color scheme. There is excellent feather detail and texture on the plant for interest, and you also have a perfect catch-light in the eye. The textured background almost looks like hydrangea blooms in a soft blur.

I only have one suggestion. Try flipping the image horizontally and see what you think; this may be another excellent option for this photo. This view allows the viewer to move from the lower-left corner and study the details in the body feathers before moving to the bird's face.

LuAnn   Posted: 05/06/2021 13:22:12

Ruth Sprain   Ruth Sprain
Michael, I enjoy how the cardinal appears to lean forward with a clearly sharpened face. The bird's eye is especially sharp with a pleasing white glint. I like the softly blurred background with the agave. Depending on the dimensions you want, you could consider cropping the left side slightly. I also like LuAnn's suggestion to flip the bird so that it looks in the opposite direction. Beautiful image, Michael.   Posted: 05/12/2021 10:16:26


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