pretend to be someone one is not

All things have some beauty.  Even those pesky sea gulls that are constantly trying to steal your french fries have it but are hiding it well.

In search of natures beauty, Geoff and I spent an afternoon at the pond watching and snapping at the ducks and other water foul.  But the only bird brave enough to come near us was this gull and his henchmen.  So, of course, I’ll take any willing subject and this bad boy was full of pose.  I wanted to show off the gulls curious stare and expression so I used the midnight effect of the Color Effects Pro software from Nik.  One of my personal faves…BTW.  This made the background nearly disappear to black, desaturated the overall image and gave the highlights a sort of smeared glow.


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