Bathed in Golden Silence

bird creek reflection silhouette photofool

“Life has taught us that love does not consist in gazing at each other,
but in looking outward together in the same direction”
— Antoine de Saint-Exupery

Did a little bird watching over the weekend. Decided to do minimal post processing for this image.

There are a few ingredients needed to make this shot: a medium telephoto lens and some patience to stalk the birds without chasing them away, a circular polarizer filter to reduce the glare from the water surface and to boost the color saturation, luck and timing to get the birds to pose, and light: it’s always about the light. Last but not least, when I shoot these, I always think, “What can I remove from my composition to allow my image to speak clearly?” Here’s a zoom out scene of what the creek looks like about five minutes later. I post the zoom out image shot at 70mm not only to show the light and colors in the actual scene, but to demonstrate how “selective seeing” makes a difference in a photograph. Sometimes, less is more.