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The Cockatoo by moonfullofstars The Cockatoo by moonfullofstars
The cockatoo who visits our window ledge daily for food and the nearby woods in fog. This would have looked better if I'd had a higher quality scan of the woods, but alas (- it was also taken from a moving car!). Maybe I'll try to get one later, but I hope you can still appreciate what I was going for. I don't know about you, but to me there's something a little sinister-looking about that cockatoo in this photo which I think fits well with the eerieness of the fog-enshrouded, dead trees in the background. There's also a sense of stillness and quietude in both the bird and the trees, I think, though this is probably more salient to me, knowing how devoid of life the forest was for some time after the fire. Anyway, enough from me. Your comments please!

[edit 10 Mar 05: as per suggestions, I have fixed up the funny coloured bit previously at the bottom, and added soft-focus to the woods]
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Psitt Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2012  Student Digital Artist
I think the 'sinister' look you are reffering to is the impending mischief

He want's to get into everything in your house, I bet.

Lovely shot~
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oldblueford Featured By Owner May 4, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You ask me this deserves a DD!
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escapism-artist Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2010
Wow, I love this. You're so lucky to be living somewhere where they're wild.
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flamingantares Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2007   Photographer
ahhhh the first 'moonfullofstars' artwork to be submitted. its got sumthing special in it!
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moonfullofstars Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2007
Ta :)

Well, the first moonfullofstars artwork to be submitted and not scrapped ;)
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flamingantares Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2007   Photographer
haha how many have been scraped?!
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moonfullofstars Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2007
I was in a bad mood one day and scrapped about a third of my gallery I think :D
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flamingantares Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2007   Photographer
:omfg: as if :omg:
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moonfullofstars Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2007
Don't worry, they weren't very good. That's why I scrapped 'em :movingon:
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loverofmythology Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2006  Hobbyist General Artist
cutie
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moonfullofstars Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2006
:nod: Thanks so much for the fav! :)
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loverofmythology Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2006  Hobbyist General Artist
no problem ;) it just so cute, and i also faved the gekko, cute things, you take really good pics! i'm taking photography class now, is that you'r job, or just for fun?
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moonfullofstars Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2006
Thanks, yes, that was a really cute gecko!

No it's just a hobby, but thanks for the compliment :aww: Lucky you to be taking a photography class. I think that would be interesting. I haven't ever done anything like that, but I think I just learn from experimentation and from things I see on DA and tips people give. I rather like the idea of making money out of photography, but I think it would be really hard.
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loverofmythology Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2006  Hobbyist General Artist
thanks :P but sometimes it can be really boring! i think that it would be hard to do it as a job, but it would also be lots of fun
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moonfullofstars Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2006
Yeah, sometimes studying something can take the fun out of it a bit.
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loverofmythology Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2006  Hobbyist General Artist
you're telling me! sometimes i wish we could just go out and take pictures! instead of studying everything about the camera
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Shady-V Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2006   General Artist
thats so pretty
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moonfullofstars Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2006
Thanks! I'm glad you like it :)
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Nile-Paparazzi Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2006  Hobbyist Photographer
wonderful
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moonfullofstars Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2006
Thank you.
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gg12 Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2006  Hobbyist Digital Artist
i guess everyone else has said it all, bu i like the "oneness" of the colour..
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moonfullofstars Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2006
Thanks, I appreciate your comment. Yes, I like that about it too, though I never really planned it. It just kind of worked out that way :)
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punkromance Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2005
oh wow
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gimmyfood Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2005  Professional General Artist
cockatoos are Rad :D w00t for Australia :woot:
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moonfullofstars Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2005
:giggle:

Yeah, they're rad, except if they're waking you up in the morning with their little dawn gatherings :shakefist:

[What's this? Previous/Next 25?! :faint: Woah, I gotta submit photos of cockatoos more often! :w00t:]
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gimmyfood Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2005  Professional General Artist
Yes, i know what you mean!!! ~shakes fist~

Where abouts in Aus do you live>?
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moonfullofstars Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2005
In the "heart of the nation" (that's Canberra. Apparently).
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gimmyfood Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2005  Professional General Artist
Hahaha, oh yeah that place :P

I live in the Blue Mountains west of Sydney! ^.^ we have some mountains n stuff!
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moonfullofstars Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2005
Sounds nice :)
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greglief Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2005  Hobbyist Photographer
I can't believe I missed this earlier! You took this from a moving car? I'm impressed! The only thing that I would have liked was to see slightly shallower depth-of-field (more focal emphasis upon cockatoo and less upon forest), but that's just nitpicking. Great job! ;)
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moonfullofstars Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2005
Yeah, we had some fun "interpreting" this one too :D

Um, this is photomanipulated in a rather extreme way (which is probably why you thought it didn't look quite right). It's 2 photos: cockatoo on window ledge (taken through office window) and woods in fog (taken from moving car). I don't think I can get the cockatoo any clearer than that, but I could certainly blur the forest up more. Seemed really blurry to me to begin with though (poor quality scan, before I got my lovely digital camera!), so I'm reluctant to degrade it more. But you could be right. It might be interesting to see what would happen. Thanks for the suggestion!
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greglief Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2005  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you very much for the background information! It's not that I thought it didn't look quite right... I liked it, but misunderstood... I thought that you had taken the cockatoo photo from the moving car! ;) Now it makes more sense, and I am further impressed by the way that you combined these two photos. No need to blur the forest or make any changes on my account... as I said earlier, it was really just a nitpick.
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moonfullofstars Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2005
I put the original photo of the cockatoo in my Scraps if you're curious.
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greglief Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2005  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks for telling me... I had a look at the original, and am even more impressed with your treatment of it! :wow: Although I try not to be a Luddite, I must admit that that is very close to magic for me... how you were able to so perfectly swap out the building and parking lot for a mysterious forest. So many things to learn, and so little time in which to learn them. Thank you for sharing this!
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moonfullofstars Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2005
Ah, it's just a matter of putting the cockatoo and woods in two different layers and (painstakingly) erasing the parts of the cockatoo image I didn't want (i.e. building, car park etc.). Learning it would take about 2 seconds. Putting it into practice maybe a few more ;)

And thanks so much for the fav!
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greglief Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2005  Hobbyist Photographer
Ah... layers. I have heard about them, but know nothing about using them. Yet another thing on my must-learn list.... {sigh} Anyway, you did a fantastic job!
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moonfullofstars Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2005
Happy to oblige. I think my "Artist's Comments" were a little ambiguously written (though not intentionally).

Well, I'm *notoriously* slack about actually taking people's suggestions and using them to try to improve pictures, but rest assured that I keep them in mind. One day the mood might strike me to try them out and see what happens, so I am grateful for all ideas, no matter how "nitpicking" the suggestor might regard them to be :)
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greglief Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2005  Hobbyist Photographer
In that case, I shall continue to offer you suggestions when they leap to mind. That's part of what makes DA a great community... most people here (at least the ones that I have encountered thus far) are supportive of each other, rather than treating this as if it were merely a gigantic art contest.
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moonfullofstars Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2005
Wow, you were right on the money about softening the focus on the background - it worked like a charm! I think it's a vast improvement. The depth of field makes it look more realistic as well as making the background less distracting and the cockatoo more focal. And I needn't have worried about messing up the woods by making them blurrier - I think they look better this way! It hides the low quality and goes well with the foggy atmosphere anyway.

So yes, please do continue to give suggestions when they occur to you. Like I said, I might not get around to actually putting them into practice in a timely manner, but that doesn't mean I don't appreciate them. I'm just lazy ;)

I agree, the DA people have always been good to me. If they've said anything less than favourable to me, it's always been in a constructive manner and I far prefer that to being ignored altogether :) As for competing, for me it's more a matter of competing with myself. I want to do the best that I can do, and hope that somebody out there likes it.
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greglief Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2005  Hobbyist Photographer
BRAVO! :)

As for competing, for me it's more a matter of competing with myself. I want to do the best that I can do, and hope that somebody out there likes it.

I agree with you 1000%!
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jo-i Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2005
really nice image

would maybe work even better in grayscale; that little bit of color at the botten of the picture looks a bit out of place to me

I like the contrast between fore- and background since the fogged trees behind really look dead; and then in foreground something that's (still maybe) alive
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moonfullofstars Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2005
Yes, you're spot on about the greyscale. Once again, I didn't have a vision of how I wanted this picture to look in the end. I just fiddled with it until I liked it and then stopped. I realised afterwards that that bit in the front does look a bit weird since it's kind of colour. But by then I couldn't be bothered changing it. I suppose it really wouldn't be that difficult though :) I'm actually surprised you're the first one to mention it!

Maybe alive? Of course it's alive! Hungry maybe, but definitely alive :)
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jo-i Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2005
well, it didn't flutter out of my monitor so I couldn't really tell :)

And since it fits so nicely to the grayish background one could think it it belongs to the (apparently dead) trees and also shares their main attribute of being dead :)

But it also looks kind of a leftover from a past time. The only thing left after life has gone from the woods *philosophize* :)
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moonfullofstars Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2005
I suppose I have the memories of this cockatoo being extremely lively and tapping (or should I say banging?) on the window quite insistently to get our attention, but from your perspective I can see how it might have a ghostly quality to it. Especially since I somehow managed to drain all the colour out of it :)

Yes, many philosophical connotations. In the end. I actually just tried a few backgrounds randomly to begin with, so it's kind of lucky that this one worked out so well, and with such meaningful overtones. Oh the joys of artistic interpretation... ;)
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jo-i Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2005
*chuckes* yeah, and most of the time one interprets things not even thought of by the artist *gg*
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ghaib Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2004   Writer
its cute ;)
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alexisicon Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2004  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Nice White tones, how you framed the picture and overall is excellent!! +fav
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moonfullofstars Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2004
Wow, my first favourite, ever! I'm so excited! :boogie:

Thanks so much. Glad you liked it.
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alexisicon Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2004  Hobbyist Interface Designer
You are welcomed, really nice picture you took.
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moonfullofstars Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2004
Yeah, he is pretty cute, and very persistent!

The two photos were taken on the same mountain (Canberra, Aus), though admittedly about 6 months apart. Nevertheless, the cockatoos do hang around in winter, so it's not too unrealistic :)
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