More Op Art Birds!

Common Grackle, Canon 40D, 70-200mm f2.8 lens (No Photoshop)

Common Grackle, Canon 40D, 70-200mm f2.8 lens (No Photoshop)

Common Grackle, Canon 40D, 70-200mm f2.8 lens (No Photoshop)

Common Grackle, Canon 40D, 70-200mm f2.8 lens (No Photoshop)

Molting Juvenile Northern Cardinal, Canon 40D, 70-200mm f2.8 lens (No Photoshop)

Molting Juvenile Northern Cardinal, Canon 40D, 70-200mm f2.8 lens (No Photoshop)

Molting Juvenile Northern Cardinal, Canon 40D, 70-200mm f2.8 lens (No Photoshop)

Molting Juvenile Northern Cardinal, Canon 40D, 70-200mm f2.8 lens (No Photoshop)

Molting Juvenile Northern Cardinal, Canon 40D, 70-200mm f2.8 lens (No Photoshop)

Molting Juvenile Northern Cardinal, Canon 40D, 70-200mm f2.8 lens (No Photoshop)

Molting Juvenile Northern Cardinal, Canon 40D, 70-200mm f2.8 lens (No Photoshop)

Molting Juvenile Northern Cardinal, Canon 40D, 70-200mm f2.8 lens (No Photoshop)

Molting Juvenile Northern Cardinal, Canon 40D, 70-200mm f2.8 lens (No Photoshop)

Molting Juvenile Northern Cardinal, Canon 40D, 70-200mm f2.8 lens (No Photoshop)

House Finch

House Finch, Canon 40D, 70-200mm f2.8 lens (No Photoshop)

It’s time for even more op-art* bird photos. These are Victor Vasarely-inspired designs. Like the previous images, these are straight-on photos of birds perched on an op-art bird feeder… without any Photoshop trickery. I designed this image to go with Common Grackles that were always raiding the feeder. Unfortunately, the printed artwork acted as a bit of a “Grackle Repellant,” because very few have shown up now that I’m trying to get photos. On the positive side, some of the other birds look good on this background. Previous op-art bird photos can be seen at http://blog.bohanart.com/2017/06/op-art-birds  and http://blog.bohanart.com/2017/07/opartbirds2/.

I designed this artwork using Adobe Illustrator. After printing each piece, I placed it in the backyard on a special feeder I built. It’s designed to attract birds as well as to support the artwork, which is sliced into two sections, with one positioned in front of—and the other behind—the bird. The images were taken with a 70-200mm f2.8 lens on a wirelessly triggered, tripod-mounted camera. Except for small adjustments like cropping and straightening, no Photoshop techniques were used to manipulate these photos!

* Op art, or optical art, is a form of abstract art that gives the illusion of movement by the precise use of pattern and color OR in which conflicting patterns emerge and overlap.

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