Thursday, April 11, 2013

Photo Art Friday

 
Photo Art Friday
 
Bonnie's PAF prompt this week is light and shadows.  My raptor pictures came to mind immediately.  The others I came across while doing other things.  They were all fun ... as always.
 
This is a Red Shouldered Hawk flying to the perch in the flight cage where she was strengthening her muscles so that she could be safely released.  The sun was coming in from the west and it was so bright that what I got was like a silhouette.   I changed the coloring and added a pdpa texture that rather muffled the lighting effect of the background, but allows the hawk to stand out
 
This is my beloved Vulture friend who used to sun himself in one of the classrooms at the Nature Center.  One knows that I could not pass up a photo op like this.  This is one of my favorite photos of Jr. and I have many (that I will share some day in the future). I blacked out the background and then used PS poster edges filter to accentuate his coloring.  Vultures get a bad rap by the public for they are truly beautiful  and useful birds.
 
Here I used a pdpa texture to give it a little more drama.
 
These are actually lights shining on the sidewalk next to an outdoor ice skating rink.  I snatched the picture as we were leaving the restaurant next door, never imagining how I would use them.   Of course I have played with them until I found something I liked (sorry don't remember what I did).
 
Then I added a Pdpa texture to give a different effect ... just for fun :)
 
This is probably my favorite ... I love this cat.  She is the exemplar model ... her lines are exquisite and she has so much drama in even the simplest pose.  Here she is sitting on my kitchen counter eying a treat.  The sun from the skylight is shining on her casting the shadow. 
 
Of course, I had to play with it.  I added a Pdpa texture and a public domain window plus some dabbling in PS.
 
 I wasn't expecting this to be my last PAF for a while, but I enjoyed it as much as if I had known.  Be well, Bonnie and enjoy your well deserved break.  We will be looking for you in June ... or whenever you know you are ready to come back. 

12 comments:

  1. Jr. is wonderful........you've transformed him beautifully.

    ALL your photos are just stunning! I love them!

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  2. I love your vulture photo. One year, I was lucky enough to be able to photograph a couple of them. They are just exquisite, and so majestic looking.

    As for your kitty, well I have to agree that she is a beauty, and a fabulous model. The texture makes her look like she is one with the wall. The determination on her face is so strong. What a fabulous shot! You have a great night my friend. Hugs, Edna B.

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  3. Andrea I just love this shot of the vulture. How dramatic this is and how beautiful this bird looks sunning himself. I think they are very fascinating birds! and you have certainly captured this!

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  4. Just in case no-one has told you today - Goodness you are CLEVER. These are beautiful. Raptors and cats are close to my heart and while we don't have vultures I find them truly fascinating.
    Thank you so much for a delightful post.

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  5. What wonderful pieces, but the cat is just beautiful. I think you had fun this week?

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  6. What a great collection of shadow shots. I love that vulture shop!

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  7. What gorgeous examples of shadow and light. I find the vulture pictures especially dramatic and original, and the cat photo perfectly captures the essence of "feline."

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  8. The cat photo and the vulture photo with the turquoise background and light shining down are my favorites,

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  9. such a wondrous collection, Andrea!! I learned, I sighed, I smiled, I remembered...
    you surely had fun with this post. it reflects BEautimously throughout!!

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  10. Wow...! All are great, but the vulture and the cat are breathtaking! Beautiful photography and exquisite editing - truly magnificent!

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  11. Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous work Andrea! The vulture pic is amazing, both with and without the texture!

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