As someone would say…dabbling along in monochrome again!! 🙂 Going lighter with this one to let the textures show with a very monotone display. The regal Great Blue Heron does look wonderful in color, but the plume shadows across the face made it irresistibly interesting to work on in black and white. The Great Blue Heron was shot against a bright baby blue sky with no powerful clouds or particular features other than the light on the bird and its shadows and textures. So this images tries to capitalize on the high key lighting and tonal variations in the light, shadow and natural dark and light feathers of the bird itself. Because I generally feel as if something is missing when the background is plain, I added a bit of texture into the featureless sky to round out the portrait. The plumes attracted me to the treatment with the geometry of the parallel shadow lines on the bird’s face. The chest plumes and dark lines along the neck add to the linear textures.
Thanks for looking and your thoughts and criticisms are always welcomed with this experimentation.