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Cooper's Hawk by Clyde Comstock

Cooper's Hawk
by Clyde Comstock

Clyde continues this month as a Visiting Artist to the Gallery. This month he returns to his beautify composed "nature" photography, capturing much more than just recording what different animals and birds look like. 

It is an amazing image. It has mystical/magical characteristics, displaying this beautiful bird in flight, capturing the critical moment in its wings position.  It is not just positioned in the center of the photograph but moving from left to right against a blurred background the forest.  This focuses the viewer's attention on the bird.  The twigs in the bottom the photo balance the entire image.....providing three planes of composition (front, middle and background). 

The white snowflakes integrate the photograph....they are appear almost as individual points of magical light, a wonderland that our Hawk moves through with its ease. 

With the almost monochromatic coloring , the Hawk has  an amazing chiaroscuro plumage, Clyde sets it against a minimally saturated background and then introduces some color in the foreground. 

It appears as if the bird is flying by the viewer, on way to a rendezvous with a mate, a meal or something else. A wonderful  photograph that one can enjoy for many years to come!


Whirligig Geyser by Phyllis Hackleman

Whirligig Geyser @ Biscuit Basin
by Phyllis A. Hackleman

Phyllis’s abstract photographs are a conscious effort to capture the varying thermal features create colors, layers, textures and patterns that continually transform. 

Whirligig was so named because when it erupts the water swirls in its crater while its rhythmic sound can be heard around the basin. The iron oxide deposits around Little Whirligig make it one of the most colorful features in the Basin

Phyllis appropriately oriented the camera in a portrait or vertical position to accentuate what appears as a coastline of the geyser. She captured it in perfect light, likely early or later in the day that highlight the shadows and creates a three-dimensional effect to the photo. The bright midday sun would have been harsher and lacking the shadows which are Phyliss’s friend. The diagonal composition is also important creating pleasing triangles throughout as well as leading lines that assist the eye to view the photo. 

In a beautiful collection of abstracts, Whirligig Geyser stands out for its muted color palette and its three-dimensional feel. Thank you, Phyllis, for sharing your peak into the other world of Yellowstone National Park.

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