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Black & White
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Copyright: John Stewart (jstewart) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 64 W: 0 N: 125] (609)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-01-29
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon CP 8800
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2006-01-29 21:38
Viewed: 3601
Points: 4
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Combining my two passions of cross-country skiing and photography today, I headed up to the Hollyburn Ski Centre in the mountains of West Vancouver. It was a cloudy day, snowing on and off. At the top of a long climb where people stop to rest there were opportunistic grey jays ("whiskey jacks") - see a later posting. But there were also 2 ravens in the snow, sometimes eating the snow, and being quite sociable; no doubt looking for handouts.
This is the common raven, Corvus Corax. Here in British Columbia, the raven plays an important role in the aboriginal mythology and culture. It is frequently depicted on totem poles. It is the dominant feature in Bill Reid's huge and magnificent sculpture, Raven and the First Men, at the Museum of Anthropology at the University of British Columbia. He also features it in his imposing canoe sculpture, Spirit of Haida Gwaii, which anyone passing through Vancouver Airport must see. Its in the International section.
Technically this was challenging. I used levels and hues, then the dodge tool to slightly lighten up the eye. Playing with sharpening, I found to my surprize that it looked best with the maximum. Never used that much sharpening before.

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Hi John,
it s a nice shoot of the raven. Foe me it's quite surprising that you could get this close to a Raven, here they are very shy and keep a good distance.
Well composed and good details. But it's not black and white,
it's has a grey tone. Maybe it was underexposed when you start wiht your PP. I did a WS.
Well done.

A fine closeup of this well captured raven, John.

Details, colors, POV, and exposure are well done, however, I agree with Gert's assessment, and feel his ws does improve your great shot.

Thank you for sharing it with us!

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