Sunday, November 15, 2009

The Birds in Flatonia

Just in from a weekend road trip to Lost Maples. I'm just starting to process some shots. This was my last shot this weekend as we stopped for diesel at a filling station in Flatonia, Texas. The birds of course caught my eye and I needed to do something to make myself quit watching the total sale amount on the gas pump rolling ever higher, so I made a photo.

Title: "The Birds in Flatonia"

Shot data: 1/30s f/2.8 at 24.0mm iso800
Camera / lens: Canon 40D / Canon 17-55mm f/2.8 zoom
Post-processing: Adobe Camera Raw > Photoshop CS3 > Topaz Adjust plugin


Doug Haass said...

I see the birds; where's the painted church? Your eyes just never quit looking for something to shoot, do they?

Nice job on the exposure. I've been seeing a lot of birds wire sitting lately, even here locally.

Cindi said...

I am so jealous, I have always wanted to go to Lost Maples...but the one time I tried I really did get lost and never made it. I really like how you used the birds to frame the...well, the gas station, and it looks great but this technique would be fantastic with a little more interesting architectural subject (sorry if you really are into gas stations). Still the silhouetted birds, the clouds, the lit up building, very nice.

Barry Armer said...

Thanks Doug and Cindi!

Doug - Thanks for the heads up on the "Painted Churches" tag; I went back and corrected the last few times I incorrectly chose that particular tag from the pull-down list!

Cindi - I agree that a gas station isn't a very noble subject but when life gives you lemons you gotta try to make lemonade! :-) I really couldn't think of anything else to do with the image other than crop out the gas station entirely and I didn't like it that way when I tried it. I probably should have taken a few frames of the birds by themselves!


Larry J. Patrick said...

This is Texas--cloudy sky, birds on a telephone line and a gas station. Colors and composition are spot-on.

Barry Armer said...

Thanks Patrick!

Would that be Texacana? Is that a word?