Ravens are 61-66 cm ( 24-26 in) long with a wingspan of 1.2-1.4meters ( 3.8-4.7 ft). Ravens are excellent acrobatic flyers, on par with Falcons and Hawks.
The Raven is a symbol in many cultures and often appears in mythology. In the Northwest Native culture the Raven is associated with creation and knowledge. The Raven is known for both mischief and the bringer of light to humanity. The legend of the Raven says that in a mythical time, a greedy sky tribe captured and hid the sun away, leaving the human race in darkness. At this time the Raven was a white as snow. To relieve the misery of the human tribe, Raven flew down a chimney to retrieve the sun. After putting the sun back in place, black soot was in embedded in his feathers, leaving him permanently black. While Raven sacrificed his beautiful color for humanity, there are also many stories of how the raven’s mischievous nature got the best of him.
In other mythology the Raven was the emblem of William the Conqueror and of the Norsemen, who once ravaged England. It is believed by many that King Arthur still lives in raven form. It is a symbol of the English Crown: if the ravens leave the Tower of London, so legend says, the Crown will fall, and England, too.
The raven’s colours are appropriate: once white, it was turned black by the god Apollo, who was angered by bad news it carried. And, despite its omen as a bird of destruction, the raven can bring good fortune, too.
" PHOTO INFORMATION"
Though the original background was acceptable, I decided I wanted to lend more height and mood to this particular Raven shot.
I blended two photos ( the Raven & the clouds). I placed the Raven exactly where it was in the original photo into the photo of clouds. I changed both photos into black & white. I darkened the clouds and added a blur to them so as to add more sense of mood. I added a Topaz Simplify filter to the Raven photo. I wanted a more artsy feel to this composition. In Photoshop CS2, I combined the cloud image over the Raven and painted back the Raven. I than softened all the edges so not to lend a cut out feel to the Raven. No sharpening or cropping.
The Raven photo was taken in Nanaimo,( mid Vancouver Island), B.C., Canada.
Taken on June 18/11 at 3:40am.
Camera, Canon 7D
Lens, Canon EF 100-400 L iS USM Lens, using lens stabilizer.