Starling Sky

More of yesterday’s starlings that came and filled my sky with foreground.

And then flew away.



Canon EOS 5Dii, Canon 100mm/f2.8 lens, ISO 640, f13, 1/1250th.


8 thoughts on “Starling Sky

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  3. I can’t put my finger on it directly, but there is something very special about this! I was going to bring attention to the Hitchcock aspect of this, but I see you’ve already made that parallel, Ehpem. I truly love this, my friend, it’s moody and full of rich tension. Fabulous work here.


    • Thanks Toad. I agree there is something here (and it is usually lacking from my photos so I should come to understand it) which is hard to put into words. I find the birds lead me right out of the picture – a kind of disappearing over the horizon feeling, leaving. Impending emptiness or something.


  4. I detect some grain reminiscent of my old push processed film days. It’s a very nice treatment, especially for the subject. So far I have not experimented with digital grain, but now I just might look into it.


    • Hi Ken. That grain is not intentional, though I too really like it. It is an artifact from my processing though its exact source is a bit of a mystery to me. It showed up during tone-mapping. I think it is noise from the original exposure somehow revealed by the processing, though with my camera ISO640 is really very clean.. The processing also has emphasised a lot of little specks, the larger of which (removed) looked like dust on the sensor though of those only one or two are visible in the original image. Perhaps they are darker pixels coalescing somehow in the processing. In any case, it is an interesting effect and if reproduceable at will, a useful one too.


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