Karl Leck  

Birdhause by Karl Leck

November 2021 - Birdhause

November 2021 - Karl Leck


About the Image(s)

November's image resulted from a playdate with Photoshop Elements. The base image for Birdhouse is an image of a tree and temple folly in Winterthur Gardens taken with a Sony NEX-7 mirrorless camera from which sensor filtration was removed for ultraviolet, visible, and infrared wavelengths. A LifePixel Super Blue filter was used on the lens to admit only blue and infrared wavelengths. The infrared light reflected from non-sky elements in the scene appears as red/magenta. Three bird images from the Galapagos Islands were composited into the base image. These include the eye of a boobie in the circular opening of the folly.

This round’s discussion is now closed!
5 comments posted

Stephen Levitas   Stephen Levitas
(Group 32)
Very interesting and creative, Karl, as usual.
I note the disquieting perspective alteration of the temple, suggesting a very low viewpoint. The open sky pediment effect adds to the surrealism. I see a bird of prey with rapidly beating wings, and perhaps a bird of peace gliding serenely. Will there be an attack? Inside, I see an all-seeing eye, watching especially me.
I can't get much from the color scheme, although it certainly gets my attention.
See Lance Lewin's discussion this month in Group 87 about tension in images, and his notes in the Group 87 Bulletin Board. I think this overlaps a little with your surrealism work.   Posted: 11/05/2021 15:20:25

Judith Lesnaw   Judith Lesnaw
The colors are spectacular. The horizontal flip and crop generate a pleasing composition. The bird over the tree on the left adds a third element to the composition. I would match its color to the pink. The bird in the blue triangle over the pillars detracts from the image for my eyes, as does the added eye. Also the blue color of the triangle disturbes the wonderful minimalism of the colors. I really love the simplicity, both in color pallet and shape of the original.   Posted: 11/13/2021 11:28:36

Lauren Heerschap   Lauren Heerschap
Is this for a bird's eye view of the all seeing eye? I think the bird in the triangle is stretched into the image. Perhaps another bird or just not stretching it to fit so much. I like the flipped image because the tree would be the start for the flying bird. Very fun infrared image colors to play with!   Posted: 11/14/2021 14:27:26
Karl Leck   Karl Leck
I have enjoyed reading how group members think the image could have been developed. Thank you for the comments. They help with knowing how others view the images. This image was just for fun. It's an attempt to include 3 Galapagos birds into a garden folly. What could be less meaningful in the grand scheme of life!
The more I shoot in color infrared, the more I think of it as just for fun illustrations. For 'serious' work, I plan to stick to pure monochrome infrared with a 720 nm or higher visible light cutoff. Karl   Posted: 11/15/2021 09:12:07

Freddie Kelvin   Freddie Kelvin
This is very clever, and beautifully done. As such, I'd like to see more color infrared, Karl. It is such fun and elevates the spirits. Hospital and clinic offices really need these kinds of work! Is the spelling of Birdhause deliberate...I believe it is.
If so, it adds to the image in an even more humorous way.   Posted: 11/21/2021 22:28:15