James's juvenile by ltodd

James's juvenile

It is slow going cleaning up my LR catalogue, but today I found this shot of a young James's Flamingo taken on my trip to Bolivia a few years ago. It takes about two years of feeding on carotene-rich algae for the white-grey feathers to turn bright pink. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/James's_flamingo

Fun facts: both flamingoes and flamingos are the accepted spelling of the plural, and the collective noun is a 'flamboyance of flamingoes'.

I replaced the background because the salt flat was certainly not as regal as the birds !
The flamingo is spectacularly captured and the processing emulates a painting. But are there two backgrounds? a bit confused by the double ground line.
December 12th, 2016  
I love the misty background. It makes this look like an Audubon painting.
December 12th, 2016  
I really like this type of look. I've been trying this style when I have the right starting image. Fav!
December 12th, 2016  
Love this image! Fav.
December 12th, 2016  
Stunning photo...great composition
December 12th, 2016  
beautiful editing Lyn.
December 12th, 2016  
Absolutely stunm
December 12th, 2016  
Well ofcourse I mean stunning...
December 12th, 2016  
Stunning Fav
December 12th, 2016  
@jyokota the trees rim the lake that is behind the shallow muddy foreshore area. This is the local lake where I go often & placement was concious - mmm I will review to see if it is logical. Thanks for the prompt! :-D

@overalvandaan LOL - I thought it was yet another urban acronym that was over my head!

@mikegifford thanks Mike - I had wanted to try a white on white look for a while - it was a different challenge to rely more on contrast in textures than colour / focal contrast for adequate subject separation.

@pandorasecho Thanks Dixie - that is a style I really love - perhaps a little 'staid & old fashioned' these days, but I vividly remember spending hours in the museum as a child, looking at the 'magical' avian diorama display cases in wonder. Ha ha, I guess I was taken to the museum instead of the pictures because unlike the movie theatre, it was free entry! Whatever the reason, I enjoyed the 'fantasy world' of yester-year.
December 12th, 2016  
Fabulous shot and editing. I love flamingos, they always remind me of the three years we spent in Cyprus. flamingos used to migrate there every year to feed on Salt Lake at Akrotiri.
December 12th, 2016  
Outstanding image
December 12th, 2016  
love the background treatment
December 13th, 2016  
I see what you mean now. Thanks for the explanation. The baseline and the background at first seemed on the same plane, but now I see what you mean about the rim. I wonder if you had a little more on the left to show that rim? I do love the flamingo processing!!!
December 13th, 2016  
Gorgeous composite image! FAV!
December 13th, 2016  
Wonderful background replacement especially the feet
December 13th, 2016  
And the white on white
December 13th, 2016  
December 14th, 2016  
Wow....incredible. Fav
December 15th, 2016  
Beautiful image!!
December 16th, 2016  
Great processing- it looks like a picture you'd see in an Audubon book.
December 17th, 2016  
@olivetreeann maybe I was born in the wrong era! :-D
December 18th, 2016  
For all the world, this looks like a segment of an old Master's painting! It's just beautiful, and the softness of coloration suits that muted flamingo perfectly!
December 22nd, 2016  
wow. these are an absolute work of art.
January 4th, 2017  
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