Hermit Thrush on Vine, Central Park 4/9/2013

Hermit Thrush on Vine, Central Park 4/9/2013
Hermit Thrush on Vine, Central Park 4/9/2013

When I shot this Hermit Thrush I knew I wanted to make it have an Asian look – like a watercolor on textured paper. Corel Painter is the perfect medium to make the possible. There are multiple layers involved.

Created with Photoshop and Corel Painter 10/6/2014. NIKON D7000, f-stop 6.3, exposure time 1/640 sec., ISO 100, focal length 600mm, and max aperture 5.

8 thoughts on “Hermit Thrush on Vine, Central Park 4/9/2013

  1. gardenersu 2014-11-28 / 2:06 pm

    Although I can see the Asian effect, this photo leaves me a bit flat.

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  2. Louise Fraza 2014-11-28 / 6:49 pm

    I liked the buff color of the Hermit Thrush and the autumn colors on the vine but the background seems rather empty.

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  3. port4u 2014-11-29 / 6:05 am

    I may add more empty space on top and on the right to emphasisze the look I am after. I want the background blank and like textured paper. I’ll try it and see. Thank you all.

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  4. Christian Benjamin 2014-11-29 / 12:43 pm

    I’m curious why you think the second one is a better composition. I think the bird becomes just part of the texture at that size…though I do see the crispness of everything else better. Somehow if the two could be brought together, bird size and crisp background…though as I look at it again I’m not sure that would work either. Is there something to bring the bird out more in the second one?

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    • port4u 2014-11-29 / 2:52 pm

      I see it as more balanced with more space on the left and top. That is how it was originally before I cropped it down because someone said I should zoom into the bird (I should have left it the way I envisioned it in the first place). Japanese screens are like this with art on one side and lots of empty tranquil space. The empty space is as important as the object.

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  5. Pearl Broder 2014-12-10 / 6:00 pm

    For me, the Japanese style background and the bird do not go together. They both distract from each other, rather than complement each other. i wonder what it would look like if the bird was more central on the ranch with red blossoms, without all of the empty space of the blue . I prefer the first one, but can see that is not what you were going for.

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    • port4u 2014-12-12 / 8:54 am

      I will refrain from editing this one as per your suggestion as it will make it just another bird picture in flowers. I thought of a Japanese screen when I took the photo. The focal point is off to one side with an opposing empty, tranquil area.

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  6. Lee Gaywood 2014-12-13 / 12:07 am

    Your empty space just a little too big, its a distraction
    balance between subject and space so you can see both with one look
    Just tighten it a little
    I can see it on a Japanese screen

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