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A Perch With A View

Happy Monday. I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday weekend. We had a busy weekend filled with lots of family, friends, fun and of course way to much eating.

We head back to New York and the South Street Sea Port for today’s image. I found my fine feathered friend here enjoying the relative quiet of the morning and taking in the great view. I think he had the best seat in the house.

For processing I used Topaz Black & White Effects and then used the selective adjustment tool to bring back a bit of color. (You can save 15% on any Topaz Labs products when you use the discount code ELPHOTO.)

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53 responses

  1. It’s nice how you’ve pulled all these elements into one image. I love it!

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    April 9, 2012 at 8:04 am

  2. Andrew

    Great foreground/background play. I haven’t used the Topaz products before. This looks like it was tone mapped. Do you know if the b/w effects tone maps the images in one of it’s processes?

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    April 9, 2012 at 10:16 am

    • Thanks Andrew. I actually shot 3 brackets and tonemapped it but wasn’t happy with the results. I then ran only one exposure through Photomatix before bringing it inot Topaz B&W Effects. I don’t believe that B&W Effects tonemaps an image. Topaz Adjust does have presets that will give you an HDR look.

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      April 9, 2012 at 1:39 pm

  3. Andrew

    I haven’t used Topaz at all. Do you know if the b/w effects plug-in you used here tone maps the image at all?

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    April 9, 2012 at 10:18 am

  4. Amazing shot! Fascinated me dear Edith Levy, with my love, nia

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    April 9, 2012 at 11:29 am

  5. Nicely sharp

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    April 9, 2012 at 11:40 am

  6. Awesome! Love the use of selective color and bokeh. This is a really great piece all the way around, Edith 🙂

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    April 9, 2012 at 11:49 am

  7. Love the composition and the processing is outstanding, Edith. Really like the velvet effect. 🙂

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    April 9, 2012 at 11:51 am

  8. Love that single spot of colour. Well shot, Edith

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    April 9, 2012 at 12:48 pm

  9. Good shot but he looks cold.

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    April 9, 2012 at 1:10 pm

  10. Mark Summerfield

    Don’t know if the slight color tint in the background was intentional or it came from the return of the color to the viewing scope, but I think it really works well. Nice image, Edith.

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    April 9, 2012 at 1:18 pm

  11. Oh my!

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    April 9, 2012 at 1:19 pm

  12. Very nice shot Edith. And I really like the subtle use of color.

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    April 9, 2012 at 1:20 pm

  13. Terrific shot Edith!

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    April 9, 2012 at 1:24 pm

  14. Wow, love this shot Edith! So creative!

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    April 9, 2012 at 1:31 pm

  15. Very nice Edith. The background is blurred just enough to add a crisp feel to the foreground, yet still remain recognizable.

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    April 9, 2012 at 2:45 pm

  16. Rick

    I like the dof in this shot. Well done!

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    April 9, 2012 at 3:28 pm

  17. Jim Nix

    great comp and perfect use of SC Edith, nice work!

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    April 9, 2012 at 7:19 pm

  18. myallegro31

    Beautiful work and sharp focus on the bird Edith! Well done!

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    April 10, 2012 at 8:31 am

  19. Edith, wonderful shot and selective color!!

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    April 10, 2012 at 9:00 am

  20. chrisnitz

    I bet he left a little “present” behind when flying away. Nice work!

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    April 10, 2012 at 9:17 am

  21. Awesome catch, Edith. This really turned out wonderfully.

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    April 10, 2012 at 9:20 am

  22. leadinlines

    This works very well Edith. I like the iconic bridge in the background, unmistakably NY.

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    April 10, 2012 at 9:59 am

  23. Rich McPeek

    Very nice shot Edith! Terrific composition and dof here!

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    April 10, 2012 at 10:07 am

  24. cfrailey

    Love the bokeh in this Edith. Amazing.

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    April 10, 2012 at 10:17 am

  25. cooleur

    Its so good.
    One of the best images

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    April 10, 2012 at 12:21 pm

  26. Len

    Expertly composed and processed Edith (I would expect nothing else from you). Really like the selective color.

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    April 10, 2012 at 1:04 pm

  27. You catch the coolest things Edith, nicely done!

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    April 10, 2012 at 2:12 pm

  28. You did a nice job of lining up of the key elements here.

    I remember walking across the Brooklyn Bridge in the summer of 1985 and taking some black and white 3D photographs with my old Stereo Realist camera.

    Steve Schwartzman
    http://portraitsofwildflowers.wordpress.com

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    April 10, 2012 at 11:02 pm

  29. doephotog

    Really good comp on this one!

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    April 11, 2012 at 12:04 am

  30. A great set up for your photo – I’m sitting with the idea of ​​gull either it have such good eyes that don’t need binoculars or it might just have no money to put in it… 😉

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    April 11, 2012 at 6:41 am

  31. Awesome Edith! I like the way you composed this.

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    April 12, 2012 at 8:55 am

  32. sil

    Wonderful capture! Love the editing here. Well done!

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    April 12, 2012 at 1:25 pm

  33. A very nice capture. The single spot of colours works wonders here, but for me it’s still the expression of the seagul that makes the picture for me – of course up against Brooklyn brigde. A great photograph.

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    April 13, 2012 at 2:49 pm

  34. WOW! I LOVE this!!

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    April 18, 2012 at 7:17 am

  35. kpadhnan

    thank you for following my blog….I like you blog….
    yes…i got a new friend….
    thank you dear…

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    May 4, 2012 at 11:49 am

  36. kpadhnan

    nice shot…

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    May 4, 2012 at 11:49 am

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