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What is it with birds, me and collages?? :)

I asked myself that the other day. This piece was intended to be a diptych, but once again, it had other ideas. So here we are again with seagulls this time, down by the beach near my house. I sat on the beach for 30 mins and just kept taking photos of the 1000’s of gulls that were lazing around in low tide.

It was these larger gulls with brown wings and yellow-orange beaks that grabbed my attention, being territorial and needing space, they would scare the smaller everyday gulls out of their radius of space. Nature provides the most interesting scenes and circumstances.

I rarely work in high key. So this was a lot of fun to put together. All nine photos were cropped to square, desaturated, added blue filter, increased brightness and contrast, layered, positioned, flattened and had borders added.

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Canon 50D
55 – 200, 58mm

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bird, blue, collage, feather, high key, nature, parmi, seagull, white, wings, photomanipulation, manipulation, grunge, scratch, haze, shadow, dark, stain, mark, dust, layer, andrew, paranavitana, nostalgic, nostalgia, old, worn, framed

Andrew is a Melbourne born, independent photographic artist who has exhibited and sold works globally.

Recreating the world as we forgot it..

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  • Scott  d'Almeida
    Scott d'Almeidaabout 4 years ago


  • Wow that was fast! :) Thanks a lot mate

    – Andrew Paranavitana

  • rodeorose
    rodeoroseabout 4 years ago

    Cool as!! This totally rocks ;)

  • Thank you so much Rosie!! :)

    – Andrew Paranavitana

  • sfmilner
    sfmilnerabout 4 years ago

    Greetings Anthony; Fantastic work, love it.

  • Hey Steve, thanks a lot mate!

    – Andrew Paranavitana

  • James Ingham
    James Inghamabout 4 years ago

    Nice work Andrew !! Very cool.

  • Thank you buddy, much appreciated!

    – Andrew Paranavitana

  • micheleirene
    micheleireneabout 4 years ago

    You are such a talented artist Andrew! Great work and wonderful description of how you achieved it :)

  • Oh wow Shell! That is beyond awesome, thank you so much my friend, fastest feature ever!! :)

    – Andrew Paranavitana

  • Manfred Belau
    Manfred Belauabout 4 years ago

    Jonathon Livingston Seagull in person, well done Master of the flock, Andrew!

  • Ah there is one book I have been told to read several times! Thank you kindly Manfred, appreciate it greatly!!

    – Andrew Paranavitana

  • Linda Bianic
    Linda Bianicabout 4 years ago

    Fantastic Andrew,,,,, and congrats,, that Shelly is amazing,, featured mine a few minutes after Iposted too!!! oohh,,,fastest featurer inthe west??? she has special powers…. be nice!! ♥ luv ya girl!!

  • Isn’t she awesome? Haha fastest in the east and west combined! Thank you very much Linda, and congrats to you too! :)

    – Andrew Paranavitana

  • Maria  Moro
    Maria Moroabout 4 years ago

    Wow.. it must be a weekend for bird… (jake)… I love this piece Andrew… exquisite tones… each image perfectly compliments the next… another fav…
    p.s. this time I got in early…

  • Ah I need to come see Jake’s new pic! Thank you very much Maria. Trying to think of a suitable setting for part three, would like to turn this into a trilogy :)

    – Andrew Paranavitana

  • Danica Radman
    Danica Radmanabout 4 years ago

    holly mother!!! Andrew this high key is o u t s t a n d i n g – way beyond words …

  • Haha, thank you so much Danica! That’s a reaction and a half! Very pleased to hear you like this one my friend!

    – Andrew Paranavitana

  • LouJay
    LouJayabout 4 years ago

    You’re doing films again! Hitchcock’s The Birds this time! I love the collage of 9 squares thing you have been doing. I would like to play around with the 9 square thing! The blue filter is great too! This says essence of gull beautifully. They are great birds to watch.

  • Yeah I just can’t seem to stay away from them at the moment Lou! The 9 square is a lot of fun, frustrating and tedious, but a lot of fun. I wasn’t all clear on why I went with blue, but you are right in your observations with this one! Thanks so much mate!!

    – Andrew Paranavitana

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