If this is the first stick, the proposal, he is either courting the prettiest girl in the swamp, or just not taking any chances.
He took his time flying by, he was almost getting tangled in his small tree. Finally he did land in a near by tree but I could not see how it went. This tree had maybe 4 – 5 couples nesting. The males made trips as long as I was there. One stick at a time. I think this is going to take a little while.
This is a series of images that I thought were meant for black and white. I may be stuck in a rut but I have old scenes I shot a ‘little’ while back that are what I view as traditional B&W photography. The images here are very close to the same look.
Above is basic 8×10. The composition is centered on the main subject, pieces are ‘chopped’ on the edges. Unless you had unlimited darkroom resources you did the best you could. Now in digital color I would try to never have this. Here it’s an old normal look.
Above a standard landscape, under exposed. My preference more than anything else.
This was processed with an Agfa 35mm film filter in Silver Efex.
Color and reflection are what pushed me to this photograph over the other shots taken at the same time. The dripping water from the bird, down to the reflection you can’t plan.
This bird, in this light, is a hard image. The colors are vibrant, almost too much so. These birds, vivid yellows and red eyes are actually too dramatic. During the development here I softened the colors. Twice I checked myself to see if I had pushed colors. I did not.