This shot shows the underside of the massive conveyor belt from Wallaroo’s grain silo complex to the jetty where the grain is loaded onto ships (see yesterday’s pic). The support structure is used by hundreds of cormorants for roosting.
And a wider shot:
Both shot in the evening.
Birds flying home over the Coorong.
The colours are mostly artificial. I warmed and tinted the scene in Lightroom as well as boosting the blue of the sky. I like the contrast of the bright highlights and dark undersides of the clouds but the birds needed to be bigger to make the photo a success, I think. Maybe should have selectively un-warmed the foreground grass: looks a little muddy in tone. Ah well, lessons learned.
Last night I went to the first of six sessions in an introduction to printmaking course at Leicester Print Workshop. Our first lesson was in drypoint. We’d been asked to take along some sketches or ideas so I printed out a load of photographs that I thought might translate. I thought the one of a seagull (posted here on 27-Apr) would be easiest for me to complete yet give an interesting print, with this as the result.
I have to say that I made a real mess with the ink and stuff and scratching out the image onto the plastic made my hand sore but the thrill of seeing the image revealed after running it through the press is really wonderful. I’m really looking forward to the rest of the course.
And maybe next time I’ll remember that the image comes out reversed and will reverse all my photographs first