Category: Birds

Curved beaks in Allwetter Zoo

Last Wednesday I went to Allwetter Zoo in Munster for the first time. What a beautiful zoo. Very nicely laid out and the animals are spacious and beautifully housed. The animals are active and look good. A lovely place to photograph. Also the interior rooms are spacious, nicely accessible, making this zoo a good place to go with less beautiful weather. Recommended!

I share in this blog photos that I made of birds with a curved beak that day 🙂

 

Cinereous vulture

Cinereous vulture

 

 

 

Secretarybird

Secretarybird

 

 

 

Chilean flamingo

Chilean flamingo

 

 

 

Rainbow lorikeet

Rainbow lorikeet

 

 

 

Cinereous vulture

Cinereous vulture

 

 

 

Funny face

Again a number of photos taken in Planckendael near Mechelen. This time pictures of emu’s. Such funny animals ! I photographed two.

This is the first one I saw. A somewhat grayish type, but with a cheerful expression. They have beautiful expressive eyes.

 

Emu

Emu

 

This is number two. Much darker of “hair”. He/she was always close to the fence. I don’t know if it would have been safe to put my fingers through the fence. I did not do that to be on the safe side.

 

Emu

Emu

 

Striking is also the plumage. Not spectacular in terms of color, but because of the enormous mass of thin feathers that cover the body. This is on the back.

 

Emu

Emu

 

A bit more down, it looks like this. This is the other bird, therefore the different color.

 

Emu

Emu

 

To photograph the black one in up close, I risked my own life by hanging over the fence. :p (You have to exaggerate
a bit of course LOL.) But I kept in mind that he could peck, at me or the camera. Among others I made these two photos.

 

Emu

Emu

 

When I was home and saw this picture, I thought: Yes! Hanging over the fence was good. So funny!

 

Emu

Emu

 

 

 

The news paper

Had to try something new with my photos and Photoshop. It was a time-consuming search. 3 photos in this blog. I wanted more, but I did not succeed. Why that is, you can read below.

The idea was to do something digital with newspapers. It seemed a nice idea to me and I thought it would not be that difficult. The first image went well. I had help from an action in Photoshop: Newspaper art

You can download this action here: Download A video with explanation can be found here: Link

Coincidentally, I took this photo of a toucan first. A photo that I took in December in Avifauna. I thought it was a nice result. Let’s try another photo …. And that’s where I got stuck. I did not get a result with any other photo that I liked. I think that is caused by the clors and the hair/feathers. There is too much structure, which makes the result too vague. It will probably go better with human portraits. But that is not my thing 😛

Titel: Toucan

 

Toucan

Toucan

 

Time to try something else. I found inspiration and the technique in this video: Video of Phlearn. To achieve the following result, I spent hours editing and searching. Partly because I am a hair-splitter and stubborn and because also for this technique an animal photo is not ideal. A man with a beard and glasses is edited in the video. Great contrasts and color differences. You will have clear forms and a recognizable face without much effort. My chimpanzee is completely dark colored. As a result, the system with the filter gallery did not work. The face of Vakanga became a uniform color with two nostrils and two eyes. No further shapes. So I used another technique. This technique: Video with explanation about the stencil effect in Photoshop. After a lot of trying and tinkering with contrast etc., I had the basis with folders in Photoshop, in which I had to paste the newspapers. And then I came up with something else.

My portrait had to get a link with nature conservation and with one of my heroes in this world Jane Goodall. Then you have a new challenge. Finding suitable images of newspapers to use is not easy. Certainly not if it also has to be connected with nature conservation and Jane Goodall. After a lot of searching, I opted for a compromise. There are a few pieces with Jane and some neutral newspapers that are not about war and other misery. I wanted positive images. There are 3 photos of Jane. See if you see them 🙂

Here below the result. Title: Vakanga..

Vakanga is a chimpanzee lady I photographed with her son in Osnabrück Zoo a few weeks ago. I am still not sure about this image. I might try again.

 

Vakanga

Vakanga

 

Finally, an image with a technique that works with animals. Something that I shared earlier. New is the use of this snowy owl. A photo that I made two years ago in ZOOM Erlebniswelt in Gelsenkirchen. Extra this time: text. I have not found beautiful texts on newspapers. That’s why I used a page from a book and music paper.

My sons and I were huge fans of Harry Potter. They grew up with the stories and films. We have seen all the films together. Beautiful memories. Therefore the link to the snowy owl of Harry Potter.

Title: Hedwig

 

Hedwig

Hedwig

 

 

 

Say aah

Sunday afternoon, warm weather, time to play with Photoshop. A while ago I made a picture of two pelicans in the fly cage at Dierenpark Amersfoort. I thought it was a funny photo because it immediately reminded me of saying aah at the doctor.

I have made a few different edits. The first is the photo as I made it at the zoo.

 

 

Say aah

Say aah

 

The next edit that fits in my “On-black” series.

 

Say aah

Say aah

 

A first attempt to tinker some more with the Abstract-impressions action in Photoshop.

 

Say aah

Say aah

 

A version edited in Silver Efex Pro from the NIK Collection.

 

Say aah

Say aah

 

Finally, one more attempt with the Abstract-impressions-act in Photoshop. This version has more color and abstract shapes I made myself.

I keep practicing 🙂

 

Say aah

Say aah

 

 

 

Abstract impressions

Summer break, so time to play! 🙂

Playing with photos and Photoshop. A while ago I bought a number of “actions” for Photoshop. An action is an automated number of actions performed by the program. Goal is a beautiful image. This action is called Abstract impressions. If you’ve used it, your image is a big mess. A lot has to be done to make look like the images I’m sharing. But now I have time for that. I love doing this, now it’s so hot and I’m inside all the day from 12 o’clock onwards.

It is really a quest. I share the images in the order in which I made them. First with a white background and a little color from the original photo.

 

 

Abstract impressions: Tiger

Abstract impressions: Tiger

 

 

 

Abstract impressions: Lion

Abstract impressions: Lion

 

When I practiced a bit, I discovered that there was also a possibility to convert the image to a black background. Both photos again.

 

Abstract impressions: Lion

Abstract impressions: Lion

 

 

 

Abstract impressions: Tiger

Abstract impressions: Tiger

 

Later I decided that more color in the background could be beautiful. This is not in the action it self. For that I added things myself. All three photos contain colors that appear in the original photo.

 

Abstract impressions: Peacock

Abstract impressions: Peacock

 

 

 

Abstract impressions: Rainbow lorikeet

Abstract impressions: Rainbow lorikeet

 

 

 

Abstract impressions: Tiger

Abstract impressions: Tiger

 

Let me know what you think of it through the messages at the bottom of this post. I will also include them in the new shop, which I am still working on.

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