Good Morning Everyone,
When we were young, we were always told to 'watch the birdie' if we were having our photograph taken. It was a good way of ensuring complete concentration on the camera!
When I took this shot, at Morecambe, that phrase came into my mind, for obvious reasons.
Morecambe has implemented a theme of birds along the promenade area of the town. There are some splendid statues: on the rocks, on the walls, on the railings, and they are well worth a visit to see them.
This shot shows cormorants on the rocks. They look splendid as they stand, wings outstretched in a petrified pose, for all to see.
They are the photographers friend. They never move!
Obviously, with such a subject, there were other photographers taking advantage of the subject and the late afternoon sunshine.
Click here if you would like to see further images of Morecambe's promenade with some other bird statues.
Many thanks for stopping by.
I hope you enjoyed the visit.
Please feel free to offer feedback on any aspect of the photograph. Bev :-)
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saxo042 (37968) 2009-01-28 0:46
There is a very fine diagonal line here from the photographer and through the birds. Even the backpack seems to be a part of this line. The view of the sea in the background is also fine. The red jacket is the real eyecatcher!
rodgerg (55767) 2009-01-28 0:46
Very astonishing, very funny. A good idea: the phtograph and the cormorans!. Nice composition too, a very good ballance with a beautiful diagonal. Greta propsect to the sea too.
Have a good day,
mikolaj_kawa (0) 2009-01-28 0:49
Hello Beverley! Wonderful rocks and sculptures. Interesting scene. Nice contrast. Good composition. Original work. Good luck!
Valerka (8171) 2009-01-28 1:04
A very curious look not without o wink of smile.
ChrisJ (119013) 2009-01-28 2:31
The red jacket of the photographer, contrasts well, against the blue grey sky. Good sharpness, & upward pov, on the interesting bird sculptures. Tfs!
Nicou (152118) 2009-01-28 3:56
Trois mangnigique soiseaux sur ces belles pierres, ils sont mangigiquement scultpés, avec les autres rocher, la mer, mangigique vue.
Braov et amitié
snunney (107513) 2009-01-28 4:12
Sausages also come to mind in this context :-) A very nice composition with a touch of humour. The fellow photographer is well placed and brings a nice touch of colour with his red jacket.
Greg1949 (9011) 2009-01-28 4:47
Bev, interesting shot and great detail and color. I had to look twice to see these were not live animals and then in that inspection I see it is a really fine shot with the subject(s) spread diagonally across the frame, great capture.
zeynepe (0) 2009-01-28 4:47
Hi Beverley ,
So lovely note with lovely composition.The photographer with red color is very eye-catching however the most beautiful part is the fantastic birds:)
Congrats and have a nice day,
feather (51130) 2009-01-28 6:56
For some reason I was thinking it was Morecambe that had Antony Gormley's 'Another Place' Now I know different! This is an excellent shot of the cormorants with a perfect imaginary diagonal line from the photographer (your husband?) up to the highest point. The red coat makes a perfect starting point for the eye. I see you've had some pleasant weather on your side of the Pennines.
gracious (20025) 2009-01-28 9:03
I loved the afternoon sunlight over the whole place that brings perfect sharpness and colour over the image in great details!
It's good to included the photographer taking a great shot on the statues of the bird!
the red jacket makes a great contrast in the image as well
many thanks for the sharing
lousat (98367) 2009-01-28 14:17
Hi Bev,what a nice and a little comic scene! Beautiful unknown place to take and show..and what a fantastic background! Perfect work,my best compliments,Luciano
gunbud (34066) 2009-01-28 21:46
A lovely picture of the picture taker and his focus on the birdies.
Excellent texture to the giant rock and a lovely pastel sky backdrop to this fine coastal image.
graffer (1800) 2009-01-29 2:02
What impresses me first about this image is the way your exposure has dealt with all those different shades of white so well.
You have taken a leaf out of Gunnar's book with that red jacket in the FG - mind you, the Old Masters of oil painting knew about that trick centuries ago.
Do these birds escape the attentions of vandals and graffiti artists? Sadly, Maggie Hambling's scallop shell on Aldeburgh beach is continually the target of graffiti painters, but being made of stainless steel, they seem to be able to strip the paint off regularly.
Anyway, this is a fine composition, with the eye being led so neatly through the image from bottom left to top right.
Kielia (24077) 2009-01-29 10:30
this artwork is really very photogenic! I like this composition a lot because it reveals a very nice sense of humor. As already mentioned, the red jacket is the icing on the cake! TFS!
Disabled_A (0) 2009-01-29 14:33
I think it's simply an excellent shot! I like it very much: both the excellent compositional line (the photographer below and rocks with birds a little higher) and the colours (even with an enlivening "red element" present in the picture ;)), and it made me smile as well! :)
Of course the statues themselves are wonderful, they are very interesting, and I have never seen anything like that before; so your photo is double interesting :)
But also, I like it very much that you included a photographer in the composition :)
Good luck ;)
and best regards,
Clementi (52514) 2009-01-29 18:18
a beautiful scene, the photographed photographer while it is capturing with his lens these strange birds.
Budapestman (82620) 2009-01-31 7:36
Very lovely shot with spectacular diagonal composition and superb lights. I ike the romantic environment and the attractive sculptures. Splendid shot. Have a nice weekend!
LamCam (3603) 2009-02-01 13:07
By coincidence I came to your site straight after viewing a shot by 'danos' of some other very well behaved models! I know these cormorants quite well and I really must take the train and visit them, along with the newly restored Midland Hotel, before too long. The pale blues and greys of your shot give a good sense of the feeling of space on this broad estuary. The red jacket does a splendid job in spicing up the scene and your placement of the birds against the sky is spot-on!
hdl (7035) 2009-02-03 12:28
Nice statues. I think it's a good idea of the town council. Your title is well chosen, just as your subject. tfs!
macondo (19806) 2009-02-07 21:54
Greetings from the inferno.
Thought it was about time to look in your gallery, as I have been away a bit recently. I do like the terrific sharpness and fine colour rendition in this one, it looks so natural. I think the square format is good here, allowing the diagonal arrangement of the birdies and the rocks to please the eye. And the splash of red from that bloke's jumper adds a nice bit of colour. Highlights could easily have been over-exposed, but they are just right. Simple frame is great.
Didi (60590) 2009-03-08 10:21
Interesting original picture.
The presence of the character gives us an evaluation of the rocks scale.
Well done for the lights quality.
ikeharel (79263) 2015-12-13 2:46
Is this real? you almost fooled me to think they are.
From knowledge, most cormorants are black, like those I see here on winters along the Yarkon river. Nice idea with statues placed atop of the rocks... a great take, scaled by photographer posing for best POV.
Have a nice Sunday,
- Copyright: Beverley Robinson (Royaldevon) (43965)
- Genre: Lieux
- Medium: Couleur
- Date Taken: 2009-01-24
- Categories: Nature, Oeuvres d'art
- Camera: Nikon D200, NIKKOR AF-S 18-70mm f/3.5-4.5G ED DX
- Exposition: f/11, 1/180 secondes
- More Photo Info: view
- Versions: version originale
- Thème(s): Morecambe Lancashire [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2009-01-28 0:33