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Peacocks on Parade at the Lincoln Children's Zoo

Post by Charles Haacker » Wed May 09, 2018 4:09 pm

I'm thinking these are mostly shot from too high an angle but my excuse is that if I try to get down on their level I have serious trouble getting back up. It's embarrassing. So I tend to shoot everything standing up and I'm six feet. I can use the bendy screen at or below waist level but I hardly ever think to do it. These are all full (APS-C) frame, uncropped.

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This is kind of an establishing shot of one of the birds in full display. I don't think the background and foreground are too distracting, buuuuut...

ImageI'm Too Sexy for Pretty Much Anything by Charles Haacker, on Flickr
I thought getting closeups might be more interesting than the stock full-display shots, besides which he kept gliding toward me. These fellas are very used to humans and we suspect the display is to try to con treats out of visitors, which we're not supposed to do but...

ImagePeacock gives me a nice profile shot by Charles Haacker, on Flickr
We were going down a ramp when this guy strutted past above me (thanks pal) and stopped where a shaft of dappled sun hit his eye.

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Different closeup
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Post by Psjunkie » Wed May 09, 2018 4:34 pm

#1 a good lead in for the series Chuck...like #2 and #3 is an added bonus....looks like you had fun

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Post by minniev » Wed May 09, 2018 5:32 pm

Cool series of a handsome gentleman. I love the profile shot.

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Post by PietFrancke » Wed May 09, 2018 9:56 pm

that bird has a serious fan

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Post by Charles Haacker » Thu May 10, 2018 9:40 pm

Psjunkie wrote:
Wed May 09, 2018 4:34 pm
#1 a good lead in for the series Chuck...like #2 and #3 is an added bonus....looks like you had fun
Thanks, Frank. We did have fun, especially Andi, and we will of course go back. Andi's mom bought a family membership.
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Cool series of a handsome gentleman. I love the profile shot.

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Thanks, Min, and yes, birds are great. 'Course everybody thinks peacocks are literally brilliant... ;)
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that bird has a serious fan
Thanks Piet. He does indeed and I wondered what exactly are the biomechanics of the erection of the fan so I looked it up. I discovered that there are lots of entries explaining why they erect the fan (did anybody not know?), and one article explaining the biomechanics of the shaking, which turns out to be hypnotic for the peahens and very complex involving resonant frequencies and stuff, so I gather than everybody who didn't know why they fan apparently already knew how they do it. So, um... (?)
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Post by Matt Quinn » Sat May 12, 2018 8:21 pm

Dude! Matt
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Post by Charles Haacker » Mon May 14, 2018 2:00 pm

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:D Y'could say he's pretty duded up, or out, or sump'tin. :lol:
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Post by St3v3M » Sun Jun 17, 2018 3:25 am

Charles Haacker wrote:
Wed May 09, 2018 4:09 pm
I'm thinking these are mostly shot from too high an angle but my excuse is that if I try to get down on their level I have serious trouble getting back up. It's embarrassing. So I tend to shoot everything standing up and I'm six feet. I can use the bendy screen at or below waist level but I hardly ever think to do it. These are all full (APS-C) frame, uncropped.
...
The common thought is to shoot at eye-level, but there's also the shot we expect to see while standing upright and this is what we get. Never be sorry for your 'limitations,' at least you're out there doing what you love and that's all that matters!

Personally, I like these, especially the third which is a pleasant surprise! S-
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Post by Charles Haacker » Mon Jun 18, 2018 10:42 pm

St3v3M wrote:
Sun Jun 17, 2018 3:25 am
Charles Haacker wrote:
Wed May 09, 2018 4:09 pm
I'm thinking these are mostly shot from too high an angle but my excuse is that if I try to get down on their level I have serious trouble getting back up. It's embarrassing. So I tend to shoot everything standing up and I'm six feet. I can use the bendy screen at or below waist level but I hardly ever think to do it. These are all full (APS-C) frame, uncropped.
...
The common thought is to shoot at eye-level, but there's also the shot we expect to see while standing upright and this is what we get. Never be sorry for your 'limitations,' at least you're out there doing what you love and that's all that matters!

Personally, I like these, especially the third which is a pleasant surprise! S-
Thank you, Steve. That portrait shot was serendipitous. I was descending a ramp when the bird walked by right at my eye level and just that close. :)
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