Kathy Triolo  

Hawking the Chicks by Kathy Triolo

November 2021 - Hawking the Chicks

November 2021 - Kathy Triolo


November 2021 - Kathy Triolo

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About the Image(s)

I caught this pair of hawks last year during my visit to the Everglades on the east coast of Florida. I've never seen two hawks together at the same time. I imagined what they could be thinking or communicating about and since they are birds of prey, I assume it's always about food.
This was created in Photoshop. I brought the photo I took of clouds during a drive near home with my cell phone into the same document as the birds. After selecting the birds and copying them to a separate layer, I enlarged the clouds and used only the big puffy one. I then added a solid color layer on top of the sky and reduced the opacity as well as used the Color Adjustment Layer to create the toned look. I added one more layer of "crackle" background to give it a vintage look. For the final touch, I added a text layer to invite the viewer into their thoughts.

12 comments posted

Peggy Nugent   Peggy Nugent
This made me laugh, Kathy!
Beautifully put together. I really like the texture, and the way you applied it on the background but not the hawks. The colors all work so well together.
It's a little darker than I might choose, but I think it works with the vintage look you have given it.

Personally, I might consider cropping a tad off the bottom and right hand side, but that's just a personal preference.   Posted: 11/10/2021 15:26:11
Kathy Triolo   Kathy Triolo
I'm glad it made you laugh!! Love that reaction Peggy!
Yes, I agree that it came out darker than I intended... Easy to fix I think.   Posted: 11/19/2021 16:08:37

Maria Mazo   Maria Mazo
Hi Kathy, you created a such beautiful image. I love this fellow and the look that you gave to them.
I have to congratulate you that I really like the result. I have been working lately on some of my images of birds putting them on different backgrounds and it's not easy to get good results.
I love the old look of the photo and the message.
The bird on the right, in my opinion needs a little more light on it and the part of the lower branches perhaps a little more shade so that the attention falls on the protagonists.   Posted: 11/10/2021 22:58:58
Kathy Triolo   Kathy Triolo
Thanks Maria! Yes, It's a bit too dark on that side. Easy fix.
Good luck with your bird images. I never used to think I was a "bird" kind of person but I've found that I love to take photos of them, especially Pelicans these days.   Posted: 11/19/2021 16:10:15

Alan Kaplan   Alan Kaplan
This is a wonderful shot without the textured layer and the text. I agree with the above comments that this could be a bit lighter and cropped as Peggy suggests. Surrealist painter Rene Magritte is famous for the text he includes in his painting of a pipe. Other than that image, I'm not a big fan of texts in paintings/photographs. It's just my pet peeve.   Posted: 11/12/2021 08:00:32
Kathy Triolo   Kathy Triolo
Thanks Alan!   Posted: 11/19/2021 16:10:34

Aavo Koort   Aavo Koort
I think it needs the comment to get the humor. As noted before the left bird head is lighter - almost like a sun beam hits only his head. Both birds could be lighter.
Over all a great idea and composition.   Posted: 11/12/2021 13:19:51
Kathy Triolo   Kathy Triolo
Thanks Aavo! Yes, I agree, needs to be lighter for sure.   Posted: 11/19/2021 16:11:04

Peter Nicholls   Peter Nicholls
Hi Kathy. This is a great composition and I love the texture. Have you tried it without the caption in the picture? You could then put the humor in the title. Just a thought. Also the birds need to be a little lighter as others have remarked. That yellow leaf on the left side pulls the viewers eyes away from the main subject - you might want to clone it out.
I really enjoyed this picture - thank you!   Posted: 11/13/2021 13:47:49
Kathy Triolo   Kathy Triolo
Thanks Peter! Welcome to the group!
Yes, those darn birds came out too dark with my overlays but an easy fix.
I'm playing with old fashioned type postcards so for now, the text stays in the photo but thanks for the good suggestion.
  Posted: 11/19/2021 16:12:42

Brad Becker   Brad Becker
Kathy, I love the vintage effect you've created here and agree with others about the darkness of the image. I feel you've created a nicely balanced image with a great sense of humor. It would be nice if there was a way to sharpen the eyes, particularly on the left bird as it has such a piercing stare.   Posted: 11/14/2021 11:29:47
Kathy Triolo   Kathy Triolo
Thanks Brad!
I tried sharpening it in Topaz Sharpen but I certainly can work on it some more.
They DO have such piercing stares! We have an old oak tree in my backyard that hosts at least one local hawk looking for prey and it's always fun to watch it and catch the "stare".   Posted: 11/19/2021 16:14:32


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