Jose Cartas  

High-key Flamingos by Jose Cartas

July 2024 - High-key Flamingos

July 2024 - Jose Cartas


About the Image(s)

The Laguna Colorada (Red Lagoon) is a shallow salt lake in Bolivia, not far from the Uyuni salt flats. Its waters are red due to sediments and pigmentation from algae. Flocks of flamingos are easy to spot and photograph there. Among the many photos I took, I was quite pleased with the original (cropped), which shows very well the colors of the lagoon and the flamingos. But I started experimenting with increasing the exposure and converting to B&W, and then ended with the high-key image I submitted this month for comments. Technical specifications: 300 mm. Lens, 1/40 sec. At f/14, ISO 100, tripod.

2 comments posted

Bob Benson   Bob Benson
I really like your treatment. The original is mostly one color anyway, and this high key effect adds a lot of impact.The center of the image would also make a great image, or even the left third.   Posted: 07/09/2024 15:08:42

Kirsti Näntö-Salonen   Kirsti Näntö-Salonen
Hi Jose, I think that the treatment brings a fine bird image to a next level. You show
the essence of the birds in a graphical way, and I love the way their reflections behave. My eye picks first the lonely bird taking a step in the middle, and moves round the image with all the variations of pose of the little groups and individuals.   Posted: 07/11/2024 09:30:28


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