I had a really hard time yesterday trying to bring the color out in the orange Cardinal’s feathers because the sun bleached them so effectively. I could see it, but it was pale compared to what my eyes had seen. But this morning, it was a whole different story. He came back. It was shady and now you can see how really orange he is. You can also see, even on these pictures how different the color is where the sun was directly on the feathers. It’s a huge difference.
It can take hours before you get anything even remotely similar to what your eyes saw. It take a lot of time and the result, while interesting, are never exactly what you were looking for. It’s frustrating to want to get what you saw to show up on screen. It’s frustrating, slow work and half the time, I don’t like the result and toss it anyway.But today was great. Almost all the pictures were exactly what I saw: orange, more or less the color of our orange Jeep Renegade. Just like this picture.
Maybe Jeep came to our home in the dead of night and used wizardry to change the Cardinal;s feathers to match our car? Nah. I don’t think they need sales quite that badly. Or maybe they do. Times are pretty hard for car dealers these days. Pretty hard for almost everybody. 2020 will never be anyone’s “good old days.” Right now, we are in survival mode and the birds are one of my few releases. Here are more. All very orange.