The Most Horrible Photo
When I look out my window and see a bird sitting there, well within my reach, I have to grab the camera and take some photos. Especially when it's a raptor, like this juvenile Cooper's Hawk. I'm passionate about the raptors!
So here this bird sat, on the darkest, rainy day, which made for absolutely horrible photos. I captured several shots, but I was drawn to this one, where he was looking up at the water droplets falling from the electrical wire above him.
Normally, I wouldn't do anything with a shot like this...but that POSE! I loved the pose and decided to brighten him up and see if I could create some fun art. In looking through my background collections and resources, I finally decided he needed to be in a winter scene. So I added this colorful winter background, added some snow overlays, and I removed the wire from above, which had now becoming distracting. Now it appears as if he was watching the snow fall!
I love being able to take my birds from one scene to another. And doing so gives me a use for the "horrible photos", which I get plenty of, often thanks to low light situations. When photographing from home like I do often, I also get many of the same shots over and over, because there's only so many things around here for the birds to land on, like this wire. By using different backgrounds to spruce things up, I can create several different looks for my birds, even if they land on the same wire over and over again.
I'm happy to see this bird has started visiting. He was back the next day hopping all over my fence, as well, and I have a feeling he has chosen my yard for his wintering spot. I usually get one of these hawks a year who "moves in", and they are always a delight to watch. Not so delightful for my songbirds, of course, as they know they could be his next meal if they're not careful!
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Note: This art was created with the help of the Winter 1 Background Collection with snow overlays, available here.
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