The wonder of ravens

When the light is really soft and even, the patterns and subtle colours in their feathers, the scratches that tell stories in their beaks and their intelligent eyes provide great material to work with.  These images are from a little shoot with a curious couple who spend their time at one viewpoint pullout along the Icefields Parkway in the Jasper National Park.  On this day, the clouds were hanging low in the valley and heavily diffused the sunlight so that even the darkest shadows were only a muted grey.  Perfect conditions to photograph these birds around their hangout.  I posted one portrait of these birds a couple of days ago and with a little more time now, I enjoyed putting together a few more images for this entry.

The snow fell intermittently and provided another element to work with.  What had already fallen to the ground over the past week created clean backgrounds and when coupled with wide apertures allowed the ravens to stand out with a nice dimensionality.

The camera I photographed with here, the Canon 5D Mark III has a slight bluish colour cast at higher ISO settings.  These are easily removed in any photo editing software but I really liked the iridescent quality in the image above.

Drawing closer in, the lines drawn by the feathers around the face and neck create really great patterns that go unseen when ravens are usually seen given the dark colours.

11 responses

  1. AmyJane

    Hello, Id just like to let you know that these beautiful photographs of your inspired by A level art project, so thank you!

    January 8, 2014 at 5:05 pm

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  3. Reblogged this on bearspawprint.

    November 21, 2012 at 2:06 pm

  4. elmediat

    Superb compositions. I was fortunate to get some shots of a pair of foxes a few weeks ago, Considering the challenge of getting shots of wildlife makes your pieces even more remarkable.

    November 9, 2012 at 5:42 pm

  5. I keep thinking you’ve posted something you can’t top, but you keep proving me wrong. These are truly ‘wonder’ful – and you’re going to reel in Mr. Krahn yet…

    November 3, 2012 at 11:41 am

  6. fantastic!

    November 2, 2012 at 3:57 pm

  7. Pleasantly surprised once again by these ravens. Those beak marks do have tales to tell.

    November 2, 2012 at 12:06 pm

  8. These are my favorite birds. You captured their magic perfectly.

    November 2, 2012 at 12:01 pm

  9. beautiful portraits!! these are such amazing, intelligent birds….

    November 2, 2012 at 11:27 am

  10. The first & the last are just …… wow!!! Like them 🙂

    November 2, 2012 at 11:20 am

  11. Wow!!!

    November 2, 2012 at 11:19 am

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