Fyledalen Sparrowhawk – Alan Jones
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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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