The Art Of Birds
Santa Monica-based fine art photographer Cheryl Medow creates images that entice the viewer to enter her world that is both real and imagined. The birds had been photographed in their natural environment, but due to the exigencies of telephoto photography (where the background is unfocused), their enriching backgrounds were augmented by an alternative and at times dramatic landscape. These series of birds in her portfolio, Envisioning Habitat, won her First Place at the Digitally Enhanced category of the 2014 International Photography Awards. A few of her exquisite photos are showcased here.
Cattle Egret Portrait
”During mating season the cattle egret colors are like a rainbow,” says Medow. This portrait was photographed in Florida, with the pattern of sand dunes from Death Valley in the background.
Great Blue Heron With Chicks
Balancing on a branch, the great blue heron was photographed at the Venice Rookery in Venice, Florida, along with the chicks in a nest. The background was photographed in Bigfork, Montana.
Great Egrets, A Starry Night
The egrets were photographed in St. Augustine, Florida, and Devereux Lagoon and Slough, Santa Barbara, California. The night sky was photographed in Hanalei Bay, Kauai.
Greater Flamingo I
This flamingo was photographed on Isabela Island in the Galápagos in a brackish saltwater lagoon. The clouds were also photographed in the Galápagos on a different day.
Grey Crowned Cranes
Each crowned crane was photographed on an acacia tree near Richards Camp in Masai Mara, Kenya. Mount Kenya was photographed from a Cessna.
This bird was photographed at Little Estero Lagoon, Fort Myers Beach, Florida. The landscape was also shot in Fort Myers at a different time.
This mother and baby were photographed in the Masai Mara Game Reserve. The landscape was shot by plane in the same area, traveling from Sirikoi Lewa Wildlife Conservancy in Laikipia to Richards Camp in Masai Mara.
Credit: Cheryl Medow Portfolio