Three Brown Creepers

I started with three images of a Brown Creeper photographed near the point in the Rambles of Central Park and made a composite using masks. The birds were not the sharpest, so I duplicated the layers, merged them, and used shake reduction on the birds. I also added a few adjustment layers in Photoshop.

Brown Creepers, Central Park 2/25/2016
Three Brown Creepers, Central Park 2/25/2016

Pelican’s Belly Can

“A wonderful bird is the Pelican.
His beak can hold more than his belly can.
He can hold in his beak
Enough food for a week!
But I’ll be darned if I know how the hellican?”

A limerick by Dixon Lanier Merritt

I remember hearing this as a child. My memory was jogged by a post on Though Open Lens

White Pelican, Regents Park 12/31/15
White Pelican, Regents Park, London 12/31/15

Church Street WS Doors

Church Street Workshops is a gateway to a small alley leading to a set of doors on a quaint set of little buildings (possibly old worker’s cottages) on Church Street, in Stoke Newington, London on December 23, 2016. Now they are little specialty shops.

Created for Norm’s Thursday Doors February 25

Church Street Workshops, Stoke Newington
Church Street Workshops, Stoke Newington
Church Street Workshops, Stoke Newington
Church Street Workshops, Stoke Newington

A Sweet Moment

Starting with a photo of a sweet moment between my niece and nephew in Sydney, Australia in 2008, I created these two digital art images in Corel Painter.

Niece and Nephew with Cherries 4/27/2008
Niece and Nephew with Cherries 4/27/2008
Niece and Nephew with Chihuly Glass 4/27/2008
Niece and Nephew with Chihuly Glass 4/27/2008

Chihuly and his team make marvelous glass. I have an old slideshow of photos I took of Chihuly’s installation at the New York Botanical garden in September 2006. Please excuse the distracting transitions. I made this a long time ago.

Trouble in Paradise

BirdNation

Yesterday we talked about how magnificent and amazing Laysan Albatrosses are.  I’ve learned so many cool things about them, but I also learned that they have some big problems to face. They are not problems that are exclusive to Laysans, but effect many other ocean/shore birds and marine animals. One major issue is plastics. I’m mainly going to talk about the effect on Laysan Albatrosses since they are the seabird I’m the most knowledgeable about.

albatross-plastics-midway-atoll-jh-ibr-420px_419x318 (Image by Jay Holcomb)

Laysan Albatrosses are ingesting plastics that are floating in the ocean when they are hunting for food. One source of food is fish eggs and sometimes egg strands will attach to debris. Laysans will eat these strands and the plastic it is attached to it. According to a study by Barbara Mayer of the Midway Atoll National Wildlife Management, plastics can make up to 50% of indigestible material in a…

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Mural with Turtles – ABFriday

To create my impression of a day in Chinatown I started with a mural at Second Avenue and 1st Street, East Village, NYC in Photoshop. I then imported turtles taken at the Chinese Market under the Manhattan Bridge at East Broadway. I used a blend mode “divide” opacity 65% duplicated the layer and used a blend mode “subtract” opacity 20%. I duplicated those two layers and flipped them and placed part on the left wall. The result is a ballerina floating among cloud like turtles.

For the After Before Forum, Week 76, February 19, 2016

Turtles over Mural 1st Street and 2nd Avenue, NYC 2/6/2016
After – Turtles over Mural 1st Street and 2nd Avenue, NYC 2/6/2016

Two images used for the composite:

Merchant Taylor’s Door

The Worshipful Company of Merchant Taylors is one of the 110 livery companies of the City of London. Originally known as the Guild and Fraternity of St. John the Baptist in the City of London, was founded prior to 1300. The Company was an association of tailors but by the end of the 17th century it became a philanthropic and social association. They now sponsor and organize the “Golden Shears” competition for aspiring young tailors. Its seat is the Merchant Taylors’ Hall between Threadneedle Street and Cornhill (Financial center of London), a site it has occupied since at least 1347.
(Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Worshipful_Company_of_Merchant_Taylors)

The livery companies of the City of London stem from London’s ancient and modern trade associations and guilds. London’s medieval guilds evolved into corporations responsible for training and trade regulation. During the Middle Ages livery companies had close ties with the Church of Rome (prior to the Protestant Reformation). Most livery companies retain their historical religious associations, now members are free to follow any faith or none.

The reason for the camels on coat of arms, or crest, over the door is because St John the Baptist, the Company’s Patron Saint, wore a garment of camel hair.

Created for Norm’s Thursday Doors February 18

Merchant Tailors Co. 30 Threadneedle Street, London 12/19/2015
Merchant Tailors Co. 30 Threadneedle Street, London 12/19/2015

Panama – Digital Art

Yellowish Flycatcher, Boquete, Panama 5/29/2014

Yellowish Flycatcher (Empidonax flavescens), Boquete, Panama 20140529
Yellowish Flycatcher, Boquete, Panama 5/29/2014

This wistful Yellowish Flycatcher had a plain bright green background of out of focus jungle. I wanted to show the location, so I added an image of the jungle taken a few days before to the background and gave it my blur and outline technique in Photoshop.

Composite created in Photoshop with 20140519_Boquete_14.jpg for background. NIKON D600, f-stop 5.6, exposure time 1/1600 sec., ISO 4000, focal length 400mm, and max aperture 5.

Black Vulture on Gold, Boquete, Panama 5/24/2014

Black Vulture (Coragyps atratus)
Black Vulture on Gold, Boquete, Panama 5/24/2014

The original background was gray. By this Black Vulture a gold leaf background I mad it look like an Asian screen.

Created in Photoshop and onOne. NIKON D600, f-stop 5.6, exposure time 1/800 sec., ISO speed IS0 -720, focal length 400mm, and max aperture 5.

Cecropia and Blue-grey Tanager, Boquete, Panama 5/28/2014

Cecropia and Blue-grey Tanager, Bajo Mano, Boquete, Panama 5/28/2014 v2
Cecropia and Blue-grey Tanager, Bajo Mano, Boquete, Panama 5/28/2014 v2

Adding a blurs, selective highlights and edges to the leaves creates how I imagined the scene. Boquete is a magical place.

Created in Photoshop. NIKON D600, f-stop 5.6, exposure time 1/800 sec., ISO 2000, focal length 400mm, and max aperture 5.

Panamanian Tree, Boquete, Panama 5/28/2014
Panamanian Tree, Boquete, Panama 5/28/2014

Putting the focus where I want it and gives the image a hand painted look. I adding a blurs, selective highlights, color enhancement and edges to emphasize some parts and deemphasize others.

Created in Photoshop. NIKON D600, f-stop 5.6, exposure time 1/800 sec., ISO speed IS0-1800, focal length 400mm. and max aperture 5.

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