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Majestic - The American  Bald eagle by Wes Odell

January 2022 - Majestic - The American Bald eagle

January 2022 - Wes Odell


About the Image(s)

"Majestic -- The American Bald Eagle"
This fine specimen is a "Rescue Bird" that was rehabilitated in an Aviary and then "trained for the camera." (Birds seem to think the long lens is the eye of a predator and need to be trained not to be skittish.) I originally printed it as the full bird, but found that this crop to a Head Shot was better. It has done well in color. I converted to B&W using the Kelby Method (Channels in Levels), and have used it on my Business Cards and some prints. In an effort to "keep the image viable" I have experimented with various printing, matting, and framing schemes. This one shows a torn paper image. So: The image as a head shot has been good both in color and mono. My Question: What is your opinion of the printing on "torn paper?

11 comments posted

Diana Magor   Diana Magor
I'm not a fan of so much white around the head, though the scrappiness of the torn edge is fine. I think you've lost detail in some of the white feathers on the head in both the colour and the mono. The mono loses the bright splodges in the background so it is better than the colour one.   Posted: 01/08/2022 08:40:10
Wes Odell   Wes Odell
I think I can bring out more detail in the head feathers. I did that in another version of this image.   Posted: 01/08/2022 16:57:08

Stephen Levitas   Stephen Levitas
I think your torn paper border is a lot better than some of the border effects I have seen elsewhere. Also, it reminds me of old books with torn edges. I think this is tasteful and artistically understated. Good choice.
I did not comment on the rest because you only asked about the border, and I see that Diana has addressed that.   Posted: 01/08/2022 16:50:52
Wes Odell   Wes Odell
Thanks. w
  Posted: 01/08/2022 16:57:28

Wes Odell   Wes Odell
Here is a version with more detail in the crown of the head. although the detail may not show up in this thumbnail. It does look better.   Posted: 01/09/2022 10:39:27
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Tom McCreary   Tom McCreary
Great portrait of the eagle. I like your crop on the monochrome image. The background colors are a distraction, so I like the monochrome better. I think that the torn edges are okay, but there is too much white around the edges. Your recently added image is an improvement.   Posted: 01/09/2022 12:32:28
Wes Odell   Wes Odell
good suggestions. thanks   Posted: 01/09/2022 14:00:25

Jennifer Doerrie   Jennifer Doerrie
Eagles are so impressive. I think your head shot portrait cropping works well with this image. The torn paper border is fine, but to me, it is a little bit tight at the top of the image. I'd like to see it extended a little bit further above the head. In addition to the detail added to the crown of the head, are you able to add a bit more to the head feathers on the right side? Those look bright on my monitor, but as we've established my monitor needs calibration, that could be the issue.   Posted: 01/09/2022 23:35:46
Wes Odell   Wes Odell
thanks. good idea
  Posted: 01/10/2022 07:26:39

Lynne Hollingsworth   Lynne Hollingsworth
The torn paper is fine, although im my opinion there's too much white around the torn paper. I think it competes with the eagle. Glad you added more detail to the head - it's a good capture.   Posted: 01/11/2022 06:05:08
Wes Odell   Wes Odell
right. When matted it'll be tighter.   Posted: 01/11/2022 06:58:36


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