Saturday, February 18, 2012

Ol' Blue Eyes.....


It always amazes me how the same subject for an image can look totally different depending on the  angle or light. This Little Black Cormorant sitting quietly gazing out at the comings and goings of the marina through his startlingly blue/green eyes (click on photo below to see this unusual colour) ignored me taking his picture from the pier looking inwards towards the cafes. I must say I did enjoy the rusty reflections from the steel girders in the water.....
The same bird, not having moved one gleaming feather was totally unaware that I was still clicking when I was sitting having a skinny cappuccino (minus pastry!!) in one of the above mentioned cafes, but this time looking out towards sea, the light and reflections became so much more defined....I hope that you enjoy a café et pâtisserie at your favorite cafe this weekend.....

39 comments:

  1. These are superb shots. I think we have these birds here. We have a lot of anhingas, which are almost the same. Love the colors and the light you captured!

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  2. Fabulous shots, intense and relaxing all at the same time.

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  3. He was certainly a willing subject so that you could get some outstanding photos!

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  4. Terrific captures, Grace, and he does seem to be posing for you! I, too, love the colors and the light! Hope you have a great weekend! Enjoy!

    Sylvia

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  5. Beautiful photos. These reflections on the surface gives the photo life. You can see how the surface ripples. Last Post - laundry baskets. Perfect idea. I really like me. It's funny. Sincerely, Peter ... And thank you for your comment.

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  6. He certainly does have great eyes! The water looks so wonderful Grace.

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  7. Like painting... beautiful!
    Sue C.

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  8. Seeing the photos full sized, they are brilliant.

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  9. Wow! We got the greyblue ones. startling!

    next you'll show us. . . . black SWANS or something equally preposterous! LOL


    Aloha from Waikiki
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  10. look lovely when enlarged!
    beautifully captured Grace!

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  11. How very calm. That bird knows how to set up a photo. The geometry and balance of the first one is terrific.

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  12. Superbe photo !!!! J'aime beaucoup.:)

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  13. Bonza photos. He's definitely a clever little fella :-).

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  14. Bird eye colour doesn't often show up in MY photos - well done!!

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  15. Sometimes the light works with us and sometimes it's against us. Love the clarity in the reflection in the last image.

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  16. Beautiful light...now if the bird only sang like Old Blue Eyes.

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  17. He is posing patiently for you, a real model.Nice light.

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  18. Great shots. Its amazing how some critters seem almost oblivious to you when you don't appear a threat. The eyes are really great and the rust reflections make a great reflective highlight. You really captured many fantastic details in these shots.

    Darryl and Ruth :)

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  19. I wonder which side was the birds "good" side? Looks like a great spot to cool down a bit! Although I'd prefer your drink to cool down :D

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  20. I like the place and the 'portraits'!

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  21. You are so right, two totally different looks!

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  22. It's so satisfying when our subjects cooperate so nicely for us! :)
    Bon weekend dear Grace.
    V

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  23. Reminds me of that Ozzie movie about Sinatra giving a concert in Australia. Forgot the name of it.

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  24. I like the way the bird is slowly balancing on the rope, like if he was dreaming..

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  25. Nicely composed, Grace. I like these birds. They are kind of homely. I feel a kinship . . .

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  26. all light all directions he still makes an excellent subject!

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  27. Wonderful images Grace.. they are a beautiful bird to see..

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  28. Here's another Cormorant - on the hood of a classic Packard automobile.
    ;-D

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  29. simply enjoyed this series Grace! lovely fotos.

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  30. Very nice photos - I always enjoy the different view - and the shot showing the color of his eye was great!

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  31. Cormorants have invaded Lisbon and that's a good sign, it means they have plenty of food in the waters of the Tagus River. I especially like watching them with wings spread warming under the sun.

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  32. Beautiful! Great captures, Grace.

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