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The illusion of flight (theme)

I knew I wouldn??t have time to take photos of birds in flight today but I came up with the idea for this shot as I watered the garden yesterday evening. I found a fluffy feather stuck to a leaf and remembered the feather I found on a day trip some weeks ago. At first I tried dropping it in front of the lens and trying to capture it in flight. However, it rapidly became obvious I was onto a loser there as the feather kept veering out of my depth of field so all I got were blurry shots or ones of an empty black background! Instead I decided to create the illusion of flight by suspending the feather with some black thread which I have since cloned out. It may be an illusion but at least I managed to fulfil the theme to some degree!

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    • # Larry Nelson

      Very creative steps to make sure the shot was what you wanted. Thanks for letting us know how you did it. Excellent theme post, Helen!

      2010.07.01 Edited Reply Cancel

    • # Moira

      Yes I'm not getting your shots im my browse / friends list home page.
      Lovely idea, great shot.
      I wonder what bird this was from it looks black and white or is that just the shadows?

      2010.07.01 Edited Reply Cancel