Suby & Sins House

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Bird in Silhouette

Suby In the House.

Update 16:15hrs: Arrrrggghhhh to all those guys thinkijg this is a cut & paste job done with clip art or something, for the last time this is a shot and to prove it here is the original file. See and weep :)

http://suby.shutterchance.com/photoblog/4582.htm

I have never posted a silhouette shot. Not because I don't like them. I just never had the opportunity to post one or always felt that the whole shot told a better story.

This was shot at about the same time I shot yesterdays post. I was taking a rest while Sinem went horse riding, I had my camera around my neck having a chat with a couple when I noticed a bird heading towards us from the corner of my eye, I had the zoom len's in but the bird was traveling so fast I just about had enough time to raise up the camera, and take the shot. Thank God it was metered correctly.

Anyway I MANAGED 2 SNAPS (the other shot,  the bird is almost out of the frame) of this creature and when I got home as soon as I looked at the shot, I knew this was a silhouette shot if I have ever seen one.

The bird was already fairly dark against the clear white sky. NO THE SKY WAS NOT ORIGINALLY BLUE.

As I said, I would be stepping away slightly from my comfort zone over the next few weeks and exploring the imaginative side of Suby. I THANK EVERYONE for their lovely comments on "Open Range" yesterday. I am glad that shot was liked.

Words and photography by Suby

"Ars longa, vita brevis"

Bird in Silhouette

Suby In the House.

Update 16:15hrs: Arrrrggghhhh to all those guys thinkijg this is a cut & paste job done with clip art or something, for the last time this is a shot and to prove it here is the original file. See and weep :)

http://suby.shutterchance.com/photoblog/4582.htm

I have never posted a silhouette shot. Not because I don't like them. I just never had the opportunity to post one or always felt that the whole shot told a better story.

This was shot at about the same time I shot yesterdays post. I was taking a rest while Sinem went horse riding, I had my camera around my neck having a chat with a couple when I noticed a bird heading towards us from the corner of my eye, I had the zoom len's in but the bird was traveling so fast I just about had enough time to raise up the camera, and take the shot. Thank God it was metered correctly.

Anyway I MANAGED 2 SNAPS (the other shot,  the bird is almost out of the frame) of this creature and when I got home as soon as I looked at the shot, I knew this was a silhouette shot if I have ever seen one.

The bird was already fairly dark against the clear white sky. NO THE SKY WAS NOT ORIGINALLY BLUE.

As I said, I would be stepping away slightly from my comfort zone over the next few weeks and exploring the imaginative side of Suby. I THANK EVERYONE for their lovely comments on "Open Range" yesterday. I am glad that shot was liked.

Words and photography by Suby

"Ars longa, vita brevis"

comments (32)

Lovely. Really liking the result.
Though its placement in the frame and its angle of flight makes me wonder.
Otherwise I like everything else. Nice detail and you captured it at the right time.
Suby & Sinem: Uuuummmm, makes you wonder what? Placement in the frame... Thats exactly how I captured this shot, I did no cropping at all. As the bird was moving soo fast, I was glad I caught it at all.
Not just a bird but a raven. Perfect bird to be in silhouette. Like the broken feather look on front of wing but looks like a couple of white pixels on rear of wing that I thought were a spot on my monitor until they moved. Like the graphic nature.
Suby & Sinem: All intentional bro smile Images I put up these days have beeen through fine tooth comb, all you see in the images are intentional. This is experimental Suby time smile
  • idleye
  • Australia
  • 12 Jun 2006, 02:35
Cool!
Suby & Sinem: Thanks
strong graphic symbolic shot....great contrastsmile
Suby & Sinem: Thanks
  • Reza
  • United States
  • 12 Jun 2006, 02:56
Suby my man, I'm glad this one is experimental wink
Suby & Sinem: Does that mean you do not likey. Hey hit me with more substantial comments, what did I do wrong(if I did do anything wrong) what don't uou like, what do you like?

Suby
  • Veloran
  • Singapore
  • 12 Jun 2006, 03:00
Nice, this one looks more like a graphic design than a photo. tongue Very clean shot.
Suby & Sinem: Thanks Veloran. Wanted to blur the line between photography and design smile
  • Laurie
  • United States
  • 12 Jun 2006, 03:37
It is a very cool looking shot. It does look more like a renderig than a photo, which makes it all the more interesting to me.
Suby & Sinem: That was the aim of the shot and I am soo glad i have been aable to pull the effect off smile thanks for the comment.

Suby
  • Dave
  • Canada
  • 12 Jun 2006, 03:40
Excellent choice for a silhouette shot Suby! Thanks for your recent visits and comments on my blog too.

Cheers.
Suby & Sinem: You always welcome. smile
  • Laurie
  • United States
  • 12 Jun 2006, 04:43
Suby, I forgot to tell you thanks for the input about the Canon 5D.

The reason I want to wait and get the 5D as opposed to the 20D or 30D, is that those would be pretty much a latteral move from the Olympus I have. No, the Olympus E-300 isn't quite as good as the Canon, but it is fairly comparable, and I really think the Olympus kit lenses "feel" better than the Canon kit lenses, which seemed a little cheesy to me when I was looking at them. At the time I purchased it, the Olympus was the best bang for my very limited buck.

My husband actually had to convince me to go with a DSLR. I was looking at the semi-DSLR point and shoot cameras, but he convinced me that because of my past with photography, I would regret it pretty quickly. Obviously he was right.

It will be a while before I upgrade, and if I continue to do special event shoots, I will have the Olympus as a very reliable back-up, which I am told you should always have when you do a job.

I really put it and the flash through it's paces; shooting over 450 flash shots yesterday. It was quite a workout. Out of the 450 shots I was quite pleased with 432 of them. All of the most important shots were very good, so I really have very few complaints about the Olympus.

It looses performance at ISO 800 and above that would be my biggest gripe. The limited selection of accessories that go with the 4/3 system is the other, although I like the 4/3 system in practice and principle.

Sorry to take up so much space in your comments, but I wanted to thank you and explain my reasoning.
Suby & Sinem: Well since thats the reason, fair on you. I want to get another camera and although my heart yearns for the beautiful lovelu Canon Mark II, my pockets seems to be telling me it can only accommodate a 5D sad Oh well.

450 shots, in how many hours, All in JPEG or RAW, I only ever shoot in RAW (yes I know more work) but I am sort of a perfectionist when it comes to my images smile

This image and the last few ones where shot at ISO800, I have used a 5D and at ISO 1320 it still delivers some lovely shots, Ahh if only Suby had one smile

Feel free to take up space whenever you feel like. You always welcome
  • Yanik
  • Sri Lanka
  • 12 Jun 2006, 08:41
A short one following Laurie smile Nice one..
Suby & Sinem: He he he , thanks Yanik
Okay was this a capture from a Powerpoint Clipart????
Suby & Sinem: he he he he he, Unfortunately bro, I REALLY took this shot smile Will post up the origianl for you doubters later tonight smile

Suby
I think i would prefer the original, I dont quite know what to make of this version !
Suby & Sinem: Make of this version as a Silhoutte shot, almost a cut and past job, want people to ask themselves, is this really a photograph? If I have people thinking this way, MY JOB IS DONE smile
  • micki
  • 12 Jun 2006, 11:20
Oh yes, Suby! I am lovin' this silhoutte! How perfect is it?!! Nice work! This is a great way to start my week.
  • E Etomi
  • Nigeria
  • 12 Jun 2006, 11:27
What did you do to get the silhouette? This should be another theme!
Suby & Sinem: I soooo totally cheated. I did not use the normal methods of creating sihouettes, I just wacked up the contrast and that was it, he he he he smile

The thing is I am extremely lazy and always trying to find shortcuts to create the PPing I want. Thats the beauty of Photoshop, there are so many ways to achive your aim, it's all about finding out what they are and how and when to use these techniques smile
  • Petra
  • Netherlands
  • 12 Jun 2006, 11:34
reminds me of those artworks where silhouettes are cut out of black paper...
Petra
Suby & Sinem: Exactly, Seems I actually am acheiving my aim witht the comments I am receiving. Me a happy camper
Nice shot
Nice Shot
Suby & Sinem: Who is this? Leave your name next time smile
love the silhouette! more creative than the usual bird image!! cheers smile)
Suby & Sinem: Aww that coming from you, you have made me happy bunny smile Suby
  • Chantal
  • Netherlands
  • 12 Jun 2006, 11:55
great captured silouette!!
Suby & Sinem: THANKS Chantel. How you doing? WEhats up with your site?
  • faustina
  • United States
  • 12 Jun 2006, 13:38
wonderful silhouette. I love the definition of the wings. Not sure if any else noticed but there is a small grey smudge or something near the bottom left corner. Wonderful photo suby!
Suby & Sinem: Thanks Faustina, what type of screen you using? i have looked at this shot on at least 6 different screens and see no smudge. Me going blind or what? smile

All I see it white(I am slightly colour blind) but still don't see it smile

Suby
  • Attah
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 12 Jun 2006, 14:00
I really this Subs. nicely done
Suby & Sinem: Thanks Attah
  • david
  • Come on England!
  • 12 Jun 2006, 14:59
almost too perfect a silhouette i think; as with countless others it reminds me more of a graphic than a photo, but i love great graphics so it's all goood to me!
  • Alicia
  • United States
  • 12 Jun 2006, 16:06
It look like line art or an illustration that's for sure!
  • sk
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 12 Jun 2006, 18:02
Microsoft clip-art??? ME NO LIKEY
Suby & Sinem: Aaaaarrrghgghhh me have posted the original photo up (NO editing whatsoever). Doubters of Shutterchance, IT IS A PHOTOGRAPH smile
At first i thought it was a painting, very unreal to be a photograph given the way its been processed. Well done!
Suby & Sinem: Thanks Ashish. I have actually posted up a link to the original shot. Hope that quells any rumours that this is a clip art job smile

Suby
  • Reza
  • United States
  • 12 Jun 2006, 20:29
Suby, I dont like this one. I know its experimental, but I just hope you stick to your portraits smile lol.

To be honest, I really dont know why people like this one. Maybe they are saying "SWEET PHOTO!" so they get comments on their blog from you.
But me? I'm gonna stick to my guns and say this is better if stayed as a test or an experiment on your computer.

I just dont understand the whole concept. It's smack dam in the middle, its black, its...a clip art, like Jide said. Sorry If i sound mean lol.

About Sinem's PhD: I just took a guess that she was getting her doctorates in literature. smile Waiting till tomarrow.
Suby & Sinem: Now thats better, next time say what you have on your mind when you get to Suby's & Sin's House smile I wanted to turn this shot into this "graphic" as you call it SO I guess I was very successful. You do not sound mean.
  • Steve
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 12 Jun 2006, 21:57
Sorry Suby, I agree with Reza. It don't do nuttin for me. However, the original which you posted is, for me, much better - looks like there might be quite a bit of detail and nice lighting in the feathers. Looks like your sensor could do with a clean too smile
Suby & Sinem: Yup sensor is dirty, need to get it cleaned. Thanks for the comments. ALways say what you feel when you in the Substers house smile
  • BeakerSt
  • Shutterchance
  • 12 Jun 2006, 23:47
This doesn't demonstrate any experimentation to me other than a step in the wrong direction. Even if you are playing around and trying other things you still need to stick to the basics. The subject is too centrally positioned therefore suggests a stock clipart image 'for use'. The other thing is that apart from the nice separation of feathers at the wing tips there is no interest and the subject is quite blocky. A direct image from underneath would have been a more interesting silhouette. Sorry man just not seeing what your loyal flock appear to be loving.

Keep experimenting though...it brightens my day. wink
Suby & Sinem: Have another expiremental shot coming up tomorrow smile Hope it meets your approval.

You taken part in the edit theme on Friday?

Suby
  • Vidya
  • Singapore
  • 13 Jun 2006, 07:01
Lovely !
  • Mike
  • United States
  • 23 Jun 2006, 19:16
I like how this came out. Cool idea. Looks like it could be a logo for a football team or something.
  • chinny
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 25 Jun 2006, 10:57
Dont really like this to be honest.it just doesnt look very real to me. not my kinda thing.x
  • MrC
  • Kingdom of Kernow
  • 9 Jul 2006, 11:50
nice bit of work on this one! excellent silhouette wink

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