Results 1 to 9 of 9

Thread: The InGlorious Twelfth

  1. #1
    BPN Member William Dickson's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2013
    Location
    Fife, Scotland
    Posts
    4,235
    Threads
    635
    Thank You Posts

    Default The InGlorious Twelfth

    Attached Images Attached Images
     
    Canon 1DX
    f/4 500mm with 1.4
    f/5.6
    1/1000
    ISO 1600

    I made this image of a young Red Grouse yesterday morning, and tomorrow is what 'they' call 'The Glorious Twelfth'. The first day of the Grouse Shooting Season. I think this image portrays it well, the young bird looking over his habitat. Tomorrow will be its first 12th, where it will endure excessive shotgun noise, and the barking of dogs leading to all sorts of stress. I hope this wee guy survives. Maybe the solitary flower, in amongst the burned heather will give it hope. Not your usual purple heather grouse image(which I also captured), but, an image telling a story, where hundreds of Red Grouse will be killed.

    Will

  2. #2
    BPN Member dankearl's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2011
    Location
    Portland, Oregon
    Posts
    6,261
    Threads
    873
    Thank You Posts

    Default

    i might clone out the oof flower and boost the saturation a tad.
    Maybe a small bit of the top.
    Nice post and habitat.
    Dan Kearl

  3. #3
    Avian Moderator Stu Bowie's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2008
    Location
    Centurion, South Africa
    Posts
    20,203
    Threads
    1,191
    Thank You Posts

    Default

    Hi Will, lovely low perspective here, and I like the soft light. You have captured a nice pose with the head at least parallel to you, and the overall detail looks good.Although you have mentioned the flower, I do wish it was in the DOF to show up better.

    Im not a fan of any hunting, and what is the purpose of going wild and shooting these guys. Yes I also hope he survives.

  4. #4
    BPN Member Juan Tolentino's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2016
    Location
    Miami, FL
    Posts
    287
    Threads
    88
    Thank You Posts

    Default

    Poor guys! I like the HA and details. I find the OOF flower a little distracting and not adding to the image. I'm also hoping that this guy can make it. Thank you for sharing the picture and the story.

  5. #5
    BPN Member gail bisson's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2011
    Location
    Nova Scotia
    Posts
    9,517
    Threads
    657
    Thank You Posts

    Default

    What an interesting and sad story you have shared with this image.
    Because of the story, I completely agree with keeping the little flower in the frame. But from a purely critical view point the flower is a bit distracting.
    I think the bird needs a bit more contrast.
    Great POV and love the burned heather,
    Gail

  6. #6
    BPN Member Mike Poole's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2014
    Location
    Manchester, England
    Posts
    1,987
    Threads
    192
    Thank You Posts

    Default

    Nice work Will, the whole story of this stupid season of shooting the birds is enhanced with the single flower. I particularly like the environment here, the ones I have access to don't have anything like this interest on the ground. Even better is the complementary BG.

    Mike

  7. #7
    Lifetime Member Ákos Lumnitzer's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2012
    Location
    Sydney, Australia
    Posts
    1,266
    Threads
    66
    Thank You Posts

    Default

    At first, I thought the flower was a moth. LOL Sorry mate.

    I'd probably remove it too, it just draws attention from the gorgeous bird. Great look-back pose BTW.

    I can only feel for these birds and all other beautiful creations of nature as they endure the onslaught of humans...

  8. #8
    BPN Member
    Join Date
    Mar 2013
    Posts
    2,076
    Threads
    312
    Thank You Posts

    Default

    What a beautiful bird William. You couldn't have asked for better light. Very sad story indeed. if it wasn't enough stress and worse, for these and many other wild animals of this area,
    the annual burning of the heather must be as devastating. From what I understand if heather was allowed to grow without burning, birch trees would grow.

    Ákos, I agree with your sentiments regarding humans.


    Geoffrey

  9. #9
    BPN Member William Dickson's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2013
    Location
    Fife, Scotland
    Posts
    4,235
    Threads
    635
    Thank You Posts

    Default

    Thanks for that, much appreciated.

    Will

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  
Web Analytics