Friday Photo: 13 June

June 13th, 2014 at 9:07 am by Chthoniid

One of the persistent challenges to photographing , is getting on the same level as they are.  Otherwise you’re always pointing the camera upwards.  Which is distortionary and it generates a lot of views of backsides.  The latter isn’t a very popular subject.

So in this case, I’d spotted that the birds were feeding off the berries of a ti kouka (cabbage tree) and I could get on the same level.  With a bit of patience, it was possible to capture a variety of photos.

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27 Responses to “Friday Photo: 13 June”

  1. Redbaiter (7,522 comments) says:

    Good God, what a shallow talentless disaster.

    Can’t even see the bird’s face.

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  2. mikenmild (10,600 comments) says:

    Reddy really has a thing for Chthoniid.

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  3. Redbaiter (7,522 comments) says:

    Actually Milky, I hold back quite a bit.

    To be perfectly candid, I can’t really say how bad I think these Friday Photos are, and it amazes me the photographer believes they merit public display.

    Surely in all of the photos he says he took of that bird, there must be a better choice than the one he has selected.

    To me its just baffling.

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  4. RRM (9,414 comments) says:

    Oh, The grand old Duke of York,
    He had ten thousand men;
    He marched them up to the top of the hill,
    And he marched them down again.

    And when they were up, they were up,
    And when they were down, they were down,
    And when they were only half-way up,
    They were neither up nor down.

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  5. Chthoniid (2,026 comments) says:

    @mikenmild

    He amuses me. Apparently the unforgivable transgression is not giving a fuck about his opinion when he wants you to. His infantile pride can’t cope.

    So now he stalks KB, hoping to find one my posts to abuse. I still don’t care. I’ve won. I’m living rent-free in his head. If he was really smart, he’d have figured that out long ago.

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  6. David Garrett (6,307 comments) says:

    Red: You truly are a sad, sad old man.

    (Yes, we all know I’m a crybaby who should have stayed on and fought, just like the days of yore when the derricks were wooden and the men were made of steel…No, I never was a leasehand, they don’t have those offshore)

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  7. RRM (9,414 comments) says:

    I apologise for my altogether pointless post at 10:29am above; in which I was completely off-topic, and added nothing useful to any discussion of the photo, its subject or the artist’s work.

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  8. SGA (800 comments) says:

    Kereru don’t seem to be the sharpest knives in the drawer. A young one stunned itself flying into the side of the house one day when I was home minding a sick toddler. Chaos as I tried to simultaneously catch the bird, stop our cat fulfilling a live-long fantasy, and the toddler from falling down the verandah steps. When DOC came and picked it up, they said such flight mishaps weren’t that uncommon.

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  9. mikenmild (10,600 comments) says:

    Chthoniid
    Perhaps you are just too ‘progressive’ for him.
    Anyway, I enjoyed the photo.

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  10. David Garrett (6,307 comments) says:

    Mikey: Can a photographer be a “Prog” do you think, just by virtue of the way he shoots – or doesn’t shoot – his subjects ?

    Perhaps Red could enlighten us as to the qualities of a “Prog photographer”..He criticizes this particular effort for not showing the bird’s face FFS…but then Red himself never shows his “face” here, and we are all supposed not to know his name…Funny old world…

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  11. Chthoniid (2,026 comments) says:

    @SGA

    Chaos as I tried to simultaneously catch the bird, stop our cat fulfilling a live-long fantasy, and the toddler from falling down the verandah steps

    Ha! Comedy gold. They do excite the local cat population :)

    But yes, they are I think, not noted for being particularly intelligent.

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  12. mikenmild (10,600 comments) says:

    David
    A ‘progressive’ is anyone with the temerity to disagree with Reddy’s particular, and peculiar, views.

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  13. wf (371 comments) says:

    Moreporks do that too.

    We used to have several kereru visiting the bush around the deck at Lowry Bay. It was nice to think that despite all the houses, the birds still thrived.

    And the tuis shouted from the treetops while the harbor glistened in the sun -
    .

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  14. Chthoniid (2,026 comments) says:

    @mikenmild

    Anyway, I enjoyed the photo.

    Thanks- I wanted to get a variation on the kereru perched on a tree branch. And they’re fun to watch close up too.

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  15. Elaycee (4,285 comments) says:

    Thanks Chthoniid – another great pikkie.

    PS: I would ignore anything Redbaiter opines about your work – his ‘contributions’ are totally worthless and have as much relevance and merit as the shit that sometimes sticks to the bottom of my shoe.

    The good news is that at least I can scuff the shit off my shoe.

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  16. Redbaiter (7,522 comments) says:

    Nine out of fifteen comments relate to my first comment.

    Clintonoid should be grateful for otherwise this completely unremarkable effort would probably have sunk quietly in a sea of well due apathy.

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  17. RRM (9,414 comments) says:

    Bask in his reflected glory red.

    That’s as good as it’s going to get for you.

    Perhaps if you ask nicely, DPF might let you have a regular guest spot too? “Redbaiter hates everyone Tuesday” has a nice ring to it? :-)

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  18. Chthoniid (2,026 comments) says:

    @Elaycee

    thanks, probably a little too centered for my taste still, but you don’t have a lot of scope 4-5 meters off the ground.

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  19. Chthoniid (2,026 comments) says:

    @wf

    Moreporks are still on my shot-list. We’ve got several about but I haven’t located their roosting spots yet.

    We used to have several kereru visiting the bush around the deck at Lowry Bay. It was nice to think that despite all the houses, the birds still thrived.

    It is really special to have them visit. I never tire of seeing them fly around our location.

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  20. SGA (800 comments) says:

    Chthoniid at 5:06 pm

    I never tire of seeing them fly around our location.

    Such a distinctive sound sometimes – like a helicopter about to crash land.

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  21. Steve (North Shore) (4,489 comments) says:

    Maybe one day we will see a photo of Red’s arse – sunset theme

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  22. jcuknz (704 comments) says:

    I am with Redbaiter here, as with an earlier comment, and he gets my approval ticks ….
    The photo has the potential to be quite an attractive image if it wasn’t simply SOOC. A serious crop from both sides coupled with a little bit of cloning turns it into a photo which is moderately appealling.
    see http://jcuknz-photos.com/LOOKSEE/LOOKSEE.html and it is second on the page just below a shot at the Colorado Railroad Museum for those wishing to see.
    http://jcuknz-photos.com takes you to my webpage which currently leads off with a shot of a wax-eye … unfortunately I seem to have cropped off a bit of its tail … old age aberation :)

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  23. Redbaiter (7,522 comments) says:

    Thanks jcuknz- nice to see a comment from someone with some expertise in the subject.

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  24. Elaycee (4,285 comments) says:

    …nice to see a comment from someone with some expertise in the subject.

    >>>Irony Alert<<<.

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  25. lolitasbrother (467 comments) says:

    photography is difficult, during the 70′s everyone was exposed to single lens reflex,
    and in our own workshops darkrooms we could beat the professionals.
    Now I have a camera which can shoot flash which can be recalibrated, after the first shot ,
    heavy weight sensor size, full frame
    I can shoot HDR 3 shots in a row to correct contrast, and all the time the little Thai girls say, you think my face and legs pretty.
    I say yes dear and if not photoshop later.
    I understand Red baiter cynicism, we want good now,
    I say to the little Thai girl with her legs, can you lift your dress higher, we are on the same level, but i want to see underneath, and she does,
    they always do,

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  26. lolitasbrother (467 comments) says:

    I think I would like to go further into my argument on photography.
    A photograph is a good representation of an image in time
    It is possible the image could be boring, ugly or beautiful.
    We have become accustomed to want beautiful images but that means nothing
    In my opinion the best photography is truth or close.
    If I put up a photo of a pretty girl, the way she wants to be seen I have represented a certain truth.
    Now i think our friend Red baiter would enjoy the girls with their pretty legs, or a nice shot of a a bird,
    but I must ask him,
    I take a picture of a mountain Red Baiter, and it is frankly ugly,
    Is that not a truth. Are you not the man of no nonsense uncompromising truth Red Baiter

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  27. jcuknz (704 comments) says:

    Oh DEAR! The esoterical twaddle mob have arrived. :)
    A problem I think many photographers face is that the effort they put into getting the photo influences their estimation of the result … certainly the case in this photo from what C wrote above the photo.
    Thankfully in these days with the wonderful editing programmes available to us we can improve on the SOOC and correct the weak points which are facts of life and bear no reflection on the photographers concerned.

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