Harriet Ciccone  

Untitled by Harriet Ciccone

September 2021 - Untitled

September 2021 - Harriet Ciccone


About the Image(s)

I have many nesting boxes in my barn, but it seems these two Australorp hens are always vying for the same spot to lay their beautiful brown eggs. I was drawn to the early morning light coming into the barn making the rye straw almost iridescent as well as the hens’ feathers and combs. I straightened the perspective, cropped in and then increased the shadows to bring out the feather structure.
I phone x f1.8. 4.00mm ISO 160

3 comments posted

Norm Solomon   Norm Solomon
Hi Harriet,

This is I think a good environmental `portrait'. Because the hen feathers are so dark you may however want to use Photoshop (or a similar program) to reduce the shadows and the blacks and also try to enhance the red in the image. Also, you may want to try sharpening just the eyes of the hens. These adjustments may help the image really `pop'.   Posted: 09/09/2021 13:02:03

Barbara Asacker   Barbara Asacker
Hi Harriet,
Good story. This image brings a smile to my face. The texture and color of the hay and wood provide a nice background for these beauties. Following Norms thinking to decrease the shadows would improve the image. I noticed in the foreground that the perspective may need to be straightened a bit more.   Posted: 09/11/2021 08:51:18

Marcela Stegemueller   Marcela Stegemueller
Hi Harriet,

Your life is so interesting and you have all these wonderful creatures to photograph. It makes me nostalgic of my time living in our farm.

Norm's suggestion to use PS to try to make the lower hen stand out more may work. Another thing you might try is to lighten the area where the hens meet. Background is perfect. It makes the hens stand out. You could straighten the picture a little to make the foreground piece of wood appear to be straight.

Great picture, Harriet.   Posted: 09/14/2021 18:59:19


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