birds, sky, mexico photographed by luxagraf
SONY A7II with a Minolta 50mm f/2 lens, f/8 for 1/250 sec at 80 ISO.

Birds, Sky

My friend Mike and I took a quad ride through the country one weekend in San Miguel. It was a good trip, I wrote about it here, but at one point we stopped for water and a huge flock of either ravens or crows came circling overhead. I like to think they were crows, since that would make them a murder of crows, but I couldn’t say for sure, I had no binoculars on me. I thought I’d maybe take a picture and see if I could zoom in later and figure out what they were. That idea failed, but I ended up with this picture which I really like.

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On a whim I decided to see if I could figure out how to get dramatically black skies in Darktable using the newer workflow tools, and I thought of this image. I think it works better as black and white, especially with the dark sky. It’s dramatic, but the moment was dramatic so for me at least, it works.