Variations on a Theme… « Arthur Morris/BIRDS AS ART

Variations on a Theme...

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This image was created with the Canon 800mm f/5.6L IS lens and the EOS-1D MIV. ISO 400. Evaluative Metering +2/3 stop: 1/4000 sec. at f/6.3.

The image above was created from the image immediately below. The original image was created at Nickerson Beach at the eastern end of Lido Beach, Long Island, NY. About an hour before sunset the lower western sky began to glow gold. I knew exactly what Denise and I would be doing as the sun approached the horizon.

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This is the original image.

As there was obviously too much room on the right side of the frame, my first thought was a square crop that included all three birds. The result was the image below.

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The bird on the left, the one flying west, bothered me a bit…

So I used the Clone Stamp Tool and the Patch Tool to remove it. The result was the square image below.

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I was getting closer now, but the bird at the top of the frame was a distraction and I found myself wishing for the traditional 3X2 format.

So it was back to work with the Clone Stamp and Patch Tools to create the final version that I present again below.

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I like that the distant dunes are reminiscent of a mountain range. As I type we are hoping that it stays clear so that we can enjoy another golden yellow sunsest fill with Common Terns.

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