Sophia Cao: 1001 Word Description


This is an iPhone portrait-oriented photo with an aspect ratio of 3:5 (which means the image is 3 units wide by five units high). The camera was pointed down onto the ground (approximately a seventy degree angle from the ground) when the picture was taken. It is also tilted a little horizontally, approximately 80 degrees from the ground on the x-axis.

The setting of the photo is in Maui so the temperature is warm and tropical (not necessarily sunny). The lighting then was ambient due to the rainclouds in the area, so all the shadows are fuzzy and unclear, barely existing. The picture was taken under a roofed gazebo so there are no sharp areas of contrast in terms of lighting. The light source is mostly from all around (horizontally), though the lightest parts of the image are from behind the camera and in front of the camera.

The background is all horizontal wood planks, with uneven boreholes across the upper right quadrant of the photo, approximately half a feet apart. The planks are varying colors from dull grey to light tan to reddish tawny beige, but worn and splotchy from wear and dust and assorted spills.

There are worn, wooden picnic benches on the left spaced about five feet apart. The light green paint is pretty smooth and mildly reflective of the grey sky outside, but is gently chipping off through the wear and tear. The planks are horizontal to the camera (perpendicular to the camera’s line of sight). One of the tables takes up a quarter of the photo’s background. The other has a tiny bit (not even a plank’s width showing) of the table part sticking out of the very lower corner, and has a darker green paint splatter on it. The structure of the tables is like so: each plank is half a foot wide. The side supporting the usable surfaces are configured in an H shape (the vertical planks are tilted slightly towards each other), with the table sitting on the top of the H and the chair-benches sitting on each side of the horizontal line of the H. Spanning from 3/4th of the table to the middle of the H-horizontal line is a supporting plank, holding the table up and facing upwards. The benches have very fuzzy and barely existing shadows directly underneath them.

In the foreground in between the tables, a male peacock poses, head facing the left of the picture (perfectly profile view) and tail back. His torso is turned to his right slightly (our left) but is otherwise straight in front of us. He looks sassy and indignant. The bird looks to be approximately 4 feet long, two and a half feet tall, with neck and legs spanning a foot vertically, and its tail two and a half feet long. The body is approximately one and a half feet wide, two feet long, one foot tall, in a perfect oval shape. The tail isn’t that long (considering it is a male) but it does have that iridescent coloring typical of peacock feathers (though the tail is not open, just dragging behind him and touching the floor). We aren’t able to see any of those iconic peacock feather “eyes,” but the texture is the same (like extra long pine needles brushing the floor like a broom). The head, neck, and the front half of his torso are covered with shimmering, dark, blue-green feathers, with a few patches of white surrounding its eyes and beak. Specifically, the white is arranged in two stripes: the thicker one ranging from the crest to the bottom of the beak, and another thinner one from the tear-duct area of the eye to the top of the beak. The coloration of the shiny feathers darkens to black around the white. The feathers are mostly smooth, but if you focus you can see that the feathers are arranged in a scale pattern (especially in the darker areas where the iridescence plays with the shading). There is a typical peacock crest on the head, a collection of long, dandelion-fluff shaped blue feathers in about a 60 degree angle range atop his head about two inches tall. One of the tufts (the most forward one) is super short, a third the length of the others. There are a few patches of black on his neck that seem to be lacking feathers or coloration: one at the base of his neck (where it attaches to the body) and another in the middle of the neck, slightly to the left. The upper beak is about one to two inches long and a splotchy grey, though the bottom beak is white.  His legs are displayed left one in front of right one (his left, our right). The feet are like chicken feet, approximately the length of his neck and toes arranged like chicken feet (3 toes forward, one back) with claws. They are darkened towards the toes, likely due to walking in mud. The legs are light colored and pretty spindly; it has very knobbly knees halfway down like an emu. His feathers on his body are arranged in layers aside from the neck. The top is a black and white striped layer covering about the top ⅓ of his body, with the stripes not just like pinstripes but in a very fine and thin stereotypical scale-like feather pattern. The border where this pattern stops is almost perfectly horizontal and very clearly separate. The uppermost layer of the region nearest to his neck is tinged  yellow-green instead of white, gradually fading out to white on the sides. The next layer is solid black, ranging horizontally from past his feet to his tail, and vertically right under his striped layer down to ½ his body. The lowest layer is a solid light salmon pink; only a sliver of it is viewable. The peacock’s shadow falls behind and to his right (our left), and is clearer around his legs and fades out into indistinguishable blurriness.



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