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Cormorant Madness

Post by minniev » Wed Dec 06, 2017 6:08 pm

Another dawn shot, experimentally processed in LR but without trying to remove the channel markers and bird boxes. I've seen as many as a dozen cormorants on the water here before, but never anything of this magnitude. This had to be every cormorant in the state and some from the neighbors. Plus a pelican and gull or two.

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Post by Psjunkie » Wed Dec 06, 2017 10:48 pm

The sepia look seems to work here minniev, well done...

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Post by LindaShorey » Thu Dec 07, 2017 2:12 pm

I'm seeing a reddish look, which doesn't fit the scene for me like a more golden yellow, or even gray (fog) would. Minnie, I'm interested in your referencing your decision to not include channel markers or bird boxes, which I infer as there might have been or will be a time when you would choose to do that. Did I understand correctly? 'Cause for me they are very much a part of the interest of the scene.

I have never seen more than 10 cormorants at a time, so this must have been fascinating!
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Post by minniev » Thu Dec 07, 2017 2:40 pm

Psjunkie wrote:The sepia look seems to work here minniev, well done...


Thank you Frank. An experiment, as always-
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Post by minniev » Thu Dec 07, 2017 2:44 pm

LindaShorey wrote:I'm seeing a reddish look, which doesn't fit the scene for me like a more golden yellow, or even gray (fog) would. Minnie, I'm interested in your referencing your decision to not include channel markers or bird boxes, which I infer as there might have been or will be a time when you would choose to do that. Did I understand correctly? 'Cause for me they are very much a part of the interest of the scene.

I have never seen more than 10 cormorants at a time, so this must have been fascinating!


Thanks for taking a look! I have never seen so many cormorants in one place, and these were absolutely frenzied.

It's just another experiment in toning, and did add a bit more reddish color than the pinkish gold that was in the capture.

I did not remove any of the markers or boxes in this shot. I have removed a stray bird box or channel marker when they seem to be a distraction such as when it's mainly a sunset image, but these were more part of the scene with that army of cormorants going every direction around and among them.
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Post by Charles Haacker » Thu Dec 07, 2017 4:10 pm

It's the migration! http://seagrant.wisc.edu/birds/Cormorant_migration.html The shot is lovely! (OK)
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Post by minniev » Thu Dec 07, 2017 10:34 pm

Charles Haacker wrote:It's the migration! http://seagrant.wisc.edu/birds/Cormorant_migration.html The shot is lovely! (OK)

Thank you Chuck for finding out what they were up to! They certainly don't all live here, though some cormorants are residents. And glad you like it.
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Post by St3v3M » Tue Dec 12, 2017 4:01 am

minniev wrote:... I've seen as many as a dozen cormorants on the water here before, but never anything of this magnitude. ...

I love the feeling that they are all coming at me and the color cast seems to work, a bit pinkish maybe, but I like it! S-
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Post by St3v3M » Tue Dec 12, 2017 4:02 am

Charles Haacker wrote:It's the migration! http://seagrant.wisc.edu/birds/Cormorant_migration.html The shot is lovely! (OK)

Great reference! S-
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Post by minniev » Tue Dec 12, 2017 10:35 pm

St3v3M wrote:I love the feeling that they are all coming at me and the color cast seems to work, a bit pinkish maybe, but I like it! S-


I added the toning to the already kind of gold look. Ever experimenting, and still undediced :) about it working. Would be interested in seeing yours from that shoot.
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