Starling Stop

Starling_2015_08_18_9999_169-2When you are sitting next to a pan of water deep in the bush, awaiting that magic moment at a waterhole, some of the wildlife about you begins to get familiar, especially a few of the birds. This Starling (Lamrotornis mevesii) seem to take a shine to me and kept company for an unusually long time, posing like a fashion model on the runway with its glossy ‘attire’, presenting a few photo opportunities. These birds are endemic in Mana Pools, and commonly resident in the mopane woodland. Their glossy appearance is due to a single layer of hollow melanin granules on the surface of the feather barbules.
(Canon EOS 5D Mk III/ EF70-200mm IS II USM + 1.4x III; 1/500 sec; f/8; ISO 320; 560mm)

Picture ©2015 Andrew Field – Simply Wild Photography

A-Z of Photography

Tone refers to the lightness or darkness of an area in a photograph and might be otherwise described as luminosity by some, particularly with reference to monochrome images. In colour images, tone may also refer to colours in terms of their warmth or coolness, or, as some may argue, perhaps the different qualities and intensities of the colour. These parameters are more to do with hue and saturation though. Tone is more to do with the darkness and lightness aspect! Tonal range is the difference between the lightest and darkest part of the image, and gives rise to the use of the histogram in digital images, a visual measure of exposure to some, and the extent of clipping or shadows and highlights.

“Black and white photography does more to evoke an emotion and freeze a moment in time than any other medium. Looking back over the decades at such famous photographers as, Steigletz, Weston, Adams, and others has helped elevate black and white photography, to a fine art form. The subtle tones of greys, the strong emphasis of the blacks, and the softness of the whites makes one look much closer at the subject and composition due to the lack of natural colour. Emotions are always much easier to portray with black and white, because of the stark contrasts and the sharp focus on the subject”

– Bob Snell

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