Seagulls

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A very simple photograph this week! I know this would be better with a stronger zoom in a way, but I actually just really like the clarity of the seagulls against the blue sky, the contrast that they provide and the sense of freedom that they project.

Personally this is a pretty big step forward – it isn’t that long ago that a photograph like this would have been dismissed by me as ‘just a picture of some birds’.

All I have dome is crop it to make the Seagulls more central and dominant, and sharpened the image up so their wings are darker.

As a side note, I have only just learnt that the Seagull is sort of the ‘official’ bird of Almerimar, which is why its symbol is on a number of the logos that can be seen around the port. So there you go not only a picture but a little bit of knowledge as well.

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10 thoughts on “Seagulls

  1. Gary

    > and sharpened the image up so their wings are darker

    For every bit that gets darkened when you sharpen, there’s an adjacent bit gets lightened. That’s basically what the sharpening does – it increases contrast along an edge. So, I wonder if there wasn’t some other stage which slightly darkened the image?

    If you want to darken an image, or part thereof, there are numerous tools can be used. eg Curves or Levels. But not sharpening…

    Whatever you did, I wonder though, if you haven’t perhaps darkened the wings a little too much? Several of them now appear to have black underwings, (Is that a word, underwings?)

    I do like what’s happened to the colour of the sky though, presumably as a result of the same operation.

    Apart from that, nice job! 🙂

  2. Chris Marshall Post author

    Underwings is the correct term, and they are naturally darker than the top of the wing.

    I am pretty happy with it – going to use it as the backdrop to the Intro clip I am sorting out for AlmerimarLife TV.

  3. Danny

    Like it Chris,
    Funnily enough this shot is a bit more like a desktop wallpaper! :p
    But I do like the colours.
    D

  4. Mac Sokulski

    Sometimes the simpler an image the more striking it is. Especially if used as a desktop. 🙂

  5. Mac Sokulski

    I bet. I wonder what is the resolution on the samsung? Meaning that pretty much any picture will look good on it. 🙂

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