I have been wanting to capture pictures of animals in a zoo setting and turn them into a classic portrait. The bird above was kind enough to stand still and pose for me. I worked in Photoshop using a slight oil filter and Color Efex Pro and a great texture from Dirk Wuestenhagen I also used a lot of layers with black and blue in them to get the lighting just right.
The birds below were just beautiful and I again worked with them in Photoshop and Color Efex Pro. Textures are by Dirk Wuestenhagen, 2Lil Owls and Brooke Shaden. I again worked with black and 50% gray layers blended so I could get the lighting just right. Both images were taken with my Fuji X-Pro 1 hand held.