Camo Duck in Black and White
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Camo Duck B & W version -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2011 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D700 + Voigtländer 125mm f/2.5 — 1/250 sec, f/5.6, ISO 560 — map & image datanearby photos
Camo Duck
B & W version

Daniel Cutter asked whether I'd tried the “Camo Duck” shot on my previous post in black and white. The nature of the original shot had it almost all monochrome to begin with, except for the duck itself, but prior to Daniel's comment I hadn't thought to take it all the way to pure monochrome.

But, it's easy enough with Lightroom (as simple as the “v” keyboard shortcut). Wow. I then tweaked the B & W conversion a bit to melt the duck away a bit further, and here we are.

I'm not sure whether it's photography, but it's fun. Thanks for the idea, Daniel.

It's all the more fun in this case because I took the original shot in passing (literally, while walking) just because the duck happened to be there as I was going by. I knew instinctively that I'd probably just delete it as soon as I got home, but upon inspection, the patterns in the water and the uncharacteristically sharp focus on the feathers saved it from the bit bucket.

Serendipity.

And for a bit more serendipity, while I was typing up this post, the zoomed-up version was sitting on my screen, and it's nice enough that I'll tack a crop onto the end of the post for good measure...

Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2011 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/

All 6 comments so far, oldest first...

Very cool. That *is* a *sharp* lens.

Scott

— comment by Scott Wolfington on March 26th, 2011 at 2:35am JST (6 years, 9 months ago) comment permalink

Also now don’t we just see how pretty clever the camo duck is to blend in so well! 🙂

— comment by Annie Robinson. London on March 26th, 2011 at 3:59am JST (6 years, 9 months ago) comment permalink

Very nice. Definately a keeper 🙂

— comment by Casey on March 26th, 2011 at 5:12am JST (6 years, 9 months ago) comment permalink

Natures version of “Dazzle” camouflage!

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dazzle_camouflage

–Bill

— comment by Bill on March 26th, 2011 at 5:24am JST (6 years, 9 months ago) comment permalink

Thanks for the interesting link, Bill. I learned something today.

— comment by Grandma Friedl in Ohio, USA on March 26th, 2011 at 11:30pm JST (6 years, 9 months ago) comment permalink

Now this is definitely cool!! This is something that i’d love to do with some of the people in wedding parties that I have to deal with. Camouflage them so they don’t show up in the picture!! Love these!!

— comment by Chi Pritchard on March 28th, 2011 at 4:43am JST (6 years, 9 months ago) comment permalink
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