I’ve been trying to photograph pheasants at my neighbors. And of course when you think of pheasants, the rooster is the king with his gaudy plumage with its broad spectrum and iridescence. For the first few days however all I saw was hens. They are “plainer” than the males, as are the females of most species of bird, but what a graceful form, and beautiful subtle pattern of warms and grays against the stark snow.
I eventually was able to click the shutter on a few roosters, but I kept coming back to the initial hen images. I love the understated simplicity, and the subtlety of these hens, I’m a good ways into this piece, still have a ways to go to do her justice tho. I’m enjoying trying to capture that balance of plainness and undeniable beauty. I will post a closeup of the finished image when done.