Scavenger Hunt #33 – Two shades of green

Macro photography of green bird feathers, one shade dark/blue, the other light/yellow.

While I used the previous Hunt to experiment with composites and story-telling, I wanted to go “back to basics” for this Hunt, and try to get maybe closer from my comfort zone, but also closer to pictures that feel like “me”. But, for the personal challenge, I shot everything with my 100mm macro lens!

For my “Two shades of green”, I first wanted to shoot some malachite, because malachite is pretty, AND usually two shades of green. But I don’t have any malachite around. So I looked on the Internet, and ordered a bunch of small gemstones that did contain one malachite stone. They were very pretty, but the (presumed) malachite one was not bicolor 😦 I still got a 52Frames “Curves” shot out of the set, and I managed to get a shot for two shades of green too:

Four small oval gemstones, aligned on the four corners of a square, on a grey cardboard background. The upper right and lower left stones are white, the two others are dark green and light green.

Despite significant effort (aligning these things has been a challenge), this picture was my least favorite of the set at the time I took it. In particular, I wasn’t happy with the grey background and was considering re-shooting it on black.

Buuuuuut we happen to be doing some bird-sitting for friends (who have a bird and went on holidays), and that bird is…. mostly green, and two different shades of green at that. So I took some shots at a time where it was standing on Pierre’s arm (which is, like, its favorite place in the whole word, or so it seems), and managed to get this one.

Body of a green bird with different layers of feathers.
CameraPentax K-1 II
Lenssmc PENTAX-D FA MACRO 100mm F2.8 WR
Focal length100 mm
Exposure time1/60 s

I exctracted the close-up and played a bit with the colors to match the theme a bit more closely, and that was it!

The complete Scavenger album is available here: the Green album.

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