Freddie Kelvin  


KE-Squawk by Freddie Kelvin

June 2022 - KE-Squawk

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I'm not a bird photographer, and this certainly isn't fine art, but couldn't resist this as it is a cousin's pet parrot!

f2.8, ISO 6,400, spot metering. I only cropped slightly, and increased the clarity and the exposure...so very little editing.


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6 comments posted




Karl Leck   Karl Leck
Hi Freddie, Good technique and no fear in raising the ISO! An interesting thing about the image is the color palette. We often think of parrots in terms of bright tropical colors. This is a duller hued variety set against a brightly colored background. That takes it out of the ordinary and can be viewed as artistic interpretation.
As a step further, one could try manipulating both Hue and Saturation of the image. I'm not sure what the parrot would prefer, but I thought he might appreciate some extra color to display at the next family gathering. I added three layers, each with its own hue value and increased saturation. One layer was neck and head. Another was the wings and back while the third was the background. Karl   Posted: 06/02/2022 15:17:10
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Lauren Heerschap   Lauren Heerschap
Yikes Karl, not all parrots ae fluorescent green! This is a bit shocking.   Posted: 06/10/2022 19:23:42



Gerard Blair   Gerard Blair
Freddie - I appreciate the clear focus on the parrot's eye and the gentle swoosh in the background behind the chair
For me the depth of field is a little too narrow in that the very rear tail seems to draw my eye. I think the glory of this bird is in the neck feathers which are nicely sharp and I would suggest accentuating these with a little more contrast and a closer crop
  Posted: 06/05/2022 16:51:07
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Lauren Heerschap   Lauren Heerschap
I agree with Gerard that the eye is the striking part of this image. What I find confusing is the light through the rods of the chair, which I think are going into it's head. Maybe it would work to tone the brightness of those lines down a bit. I like him just the color he is, and wonder how many years he will live - some live for 100 years.   Posted: 06/10/2022 19:27:07



Judith Lesnaw   Judith Lesnaw
I really like this image. The tack-sharp focus in the eye, and feathers on the neck and head grabs my attention. I cant help wondering what he was telling you. The blur of burnt orange colors is striking. The angle of the blurred black chair back generates depth and a nice diagonal, and the slits through which the orange diffuses adds additional abstract elements. The bird seems to me to be emerging from another dimension. I do believe this image is fine art.   Posted: 06/10/2022 20:52:11



Lynne Hollingsworth   Lynne Hollingsworth
The parrot really seems to be trying to tell you something which adds a dynamic element to the image. You have captured the eye and head feathers nicely. The light coming through the chair rails doesn't bother me. I would consider lightening the beak slightly to provide more separation from the back rung of the chair. Overall this is a fun image and makes me wonder what this bird is trying to say.   Posted: 06/12/2022 05:43:29