Sunday, 12 July 2009

I ♥ Faces - Week 27 - Pets

The rules for this category say this is an 'anything goes' pets week, so obviously a bird of prey cannot really be considered a pet as such - and this one is certainly not mine! This is an African Martial Eagle, being trained for displays, at our local town show this weekend. It was such an amazing bird and this was the first shot I took of it (and was actually my first shot of the day too!). I love the way Snowdrop is just staring me (and you) down!

It was a good shot to begin with, but I have played with it in Picnik:- rotated, sharped, local contrast checked and then reduced a bit, B&W applied to background and then faded out to 6% to leave a smidgen of colour in the crowd, applied boost and vibrancy (erased from trainer and background) both taken down to about 30%, border frame and vignette (faded strength and reduced size). I like what I have here.

All comments and suggestions gratefully received. I have a lot to learn still :-)

And when you're done don't forget to go & take a look
at all this week's the other lovely 'pets' over at

Post Script - YEAH!!! I came 8th!! WOW!! - I am honoured :D
Thanks I ♥ Faces for all you have taught me so far :D

Click the button at very top of this post to see all the other winners this week.


Buckeroomama 13 July 2009 at 10:53  

Wow, this one took my breath away! The details of the eagle are so sharp --especially the feathers on its wing. I liked how you edited the photo, the colors, the soft focus... Love it!

Jana 13 July 2009 at 11:10  

Wow!! What a beautiful eagle! I love how you edited the photo. Looks great!!

TidyMom 13 July 2009 at 11:37  



Christina@ingallslife 13 July 2009 at 12:19  

yep, i feel like i'm the next meal. good job!
ps thanks for "visiting" me. have a great week!

Jenny 13 July 2009 at 15:51  

Wow, look at those eyes!

Alice 13 July 2009 at 16:08  

oh my word! it looks like he's trying to decide if he should eat us or not! great shot!

i have my photos posted now also. feel free to come on over for a visit anytime :)

Emily 13 July 2009 at 16:15  

A very cool shot. Love your post processing too.

Justin 13 July 2009 at 16:45  

One word: FIERCE!!! Check out my shots!

theArthurClan 13 July 2009 at 16:53  

This is a breathtaking capture...wowza!!

co-founder of iHeartFaces

Dana-from chaos to Grace 13 July 2009 at 16:55  

Oh MY!! Awesome shot! And I assume it's SOMEONE'S pet...he does have a leash! LOL

Dot O 13 July 2009 at 17:04  

Stunning!! I can get a photo of a beagle any day of the week but this capture is truly one in a million.

Thanks for stopping by my blog!

Rosina 13 July 2009 at 17:09  

What a BEAUTIFUL bird! So grand, mysterious--you've captured its essence..well done!

Foursons 13 July 2009 at 17:10  

Great photo- and I love the editing! Thanks for visiting me- love having new visitors who comment too. Woohoo!

way outnumbered 13 July 2009 at 17:21  

Just to chime in with everyone else - the color edit is FABULOUS! very dramatic - thanks for sharing!

Taylor 13 July 2009 at 19:51  

Amazing shot! You really captured his sinister stare LOL!

ninabakke 13 July 2009 at 21:06  

Scary look!

Annette 13 July 2009 at 22:54  

Wow, check out his eyes. He looks scary.

The Animator's Wife 14 July 2009 at 05:39  

Whoa, that's amazing! My only suggestion would be to include more of the handler in your composition ( I saw your original elsewhere on your blog). He is part of the "story" of this shot.

But your timing on this capture is right on and I think the editing you did really strengthens it! NICE!

Kate 14 July 2009 at 08:18  

I so love your processing and composition of this shot! Amazing!


Fotografia Squared 14 July 2009 at 16:19  

Beautiful shot. The birds eyes make you feel like you're right there!

homemakerchronicles 15 July 2009 at 04:45  

What a beautiful creature and a great capture!

The Animator's Wife 18 July 2009 at 16:57  

CONGRATULATONS! Your shot rocked! Way to go.

Michelle 19 July 2009 at 22:21  

This is an excellent picture!



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