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Fyledalen Sparrowhawk - Alan Jones

Fyledalen Sparrowhawk – Alan Jones

Checkout more of Alan’s work on his site: http://barrowboy21.wordpress.com/ here are a few of my favourites:

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Enter Alan

My first camera was a Kodak Brownie so I guess I’ve been taking photographs for a while.

I’m an architect and a conservationist so the subjects range from landscapes and wildlife to people and buildings. I like the images to stand alone and not necessarily tell a story so visual impact is important.

This image is from a walk through Fyledalen, a wooded valley in southern Sweden beyond my garden. The image captures two dramatic moments a few minutes apart; a sudden burst of sunlight through the tree canopy and a hunting sparrowhawk that flew low across a wooded clearing in pursuit of prey. The first image capturing the shaft of sunlight called out for a focal point so I have added the bird, rendered the result in monochrome and pushed the contrast.

A lot of digital images are manipulated and generate debate about how honest a photograph is or should be. The final result here captures exactly the events of the occasion and has the visual impact I wanted but is it honest?

That’s an answer for someone else to provide.

Camera: Nikon D80
Settings: 1/60 sec, f/4.2, ISO 250, 70mm

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  2. Amazing shot Alan.

    • Thanks for taking the time to comment – following a very quiet few months of ‘offline’ distractions some new images will appear soon. Hope you’ll approve. Best regards.

    • I wanted to say ‘thanks’ for stopping by but somehow the comment I posted earlier didn’t stick. This is just to let you know I appreciate your taking the time to comment. Cheers. Alan

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  4. I might not have noticed the difference in lighting between the bird and the surroundings had you not called attention to it inadvertently. After you did, I found myself wishing you’d left the photo of the forest “as is”. For me photography “as art” is at its best when it captures the moment in its natural place – if it’s assembled artificially then the level of skill has to be high indeed to make it work at its best.

    So is it honest? I’m afraid not to me. The bird, yes; the path, yes – but not together. And that’s a pity, because either one would’ve made a magnificent photo and the shaft of light provides its own focal point anyway.

    • Thanks for your comment, John; I agree with the sentiments you express. Actually, the lighting for both images is the same as they were taken almost next to each other a few minutes apart and the angle of light was more or less identical. Adding one to the other was – if nothing else – a bit of fun and that’s why I mentioned it. I avoid dishonesty in digital photography unless the image is considered a montage and is stated as being so. Alan.

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  6. An impressive composition

  7. You have artfully created an interpretation of a meaningful event.

  8. It is honest if you are successfully communicating the message you want to say. Which you are by t he way. This is art, not news, photography so anything goes. I actually just blogged about this so you might enjoy another perspective on your thoughts: http://photoimpressionism.wordpress.com/2013/08/05/what-you-see-is-not-what-you-get/

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