Geoffrey Wiggins  

Emu by Geoffrey Wiggins

January 2021 - Emu

About the Image(s)

Hope you had a great Chris and are keeping safe. My next post is an Emu, the blue neck is associated with the bird being in the matting phase. F8 1/250sec 250mm. Taken in the Flinders Ranges South Australia. Sorry I have lost the original. I would have liked to focus stack to get the nose perfectly in focus but hand holding the camera in the wild was impossible. F22 would have been better but that would have meant a lower shutter speed and I could not go any lower. After Brenda’s comment about not worrying about ISO perhaps that would have been a good idea. I had to chase the little blighter for about an hour to get the shot. The eyes are what got me.

11 comments posted

Brenda Fishbaugh   Brenda Fishbaugh
Oh, its awesome! The blue neck with gold eyes is perfect! The little stick-up hairs and long eyelashes add a sense of comedy. I am not seeing anything not sharp.

There is a little white hair on his head and a couple of dandruff spots I would remove (if not competing in PSA Nature).

I worked at a nature preserve and our emu never turned blue. We did see ostrich turn color in Africa. Lucky you!   Posted: 01/06/2021 19:52:21
Geoffrey Wiggins   Geoffrey Wiggins
Thanks Brenda for your comments and suggestions, cute that they have dandruff, they better start using a better brand of shampoo.   Posted: 01/06/2021 20:17:47

Mervyn Hurwitz   Mervyn Hurwitz
Your hours chase was well worth while.
The eyes make this picture so compelling and it works by being dead centered. The feathers standing up on his head add interest. In Covid lockdown, I always feel that my hair is standing up straight!   Posted: 01/09/2021 14:10:41
Geoffrey Wiggins   Geoffrey Wiggins
Good one Mervyn, nice comment, thanks Geoff. Hope you are safe and well.   Posted: 01/09/2021 15:13:08

Pierre Williot   Pierre Williot
Hi Geoffrey,
Do not mess with me!!! Fantastic capture. Very crisp and lively. Nice muted background. A keeper!
  Posted: 01/09/2021 19:18:24
Geoffrey Wiggins   Geoffrey Wiggins
Thanks Pierre, the only problem I had was the nose was not as sharp as I wanted it, guess I just have to be happy. I did want to include a little of Aust for you folks, we do have some quite unique animals. Brenda thought that I should have used a better brand of shampoo to get rid of the dandruff, I must get the wardrobe to work on that for next time.   Posted: 01/09/2021 21:12:18

Dean Ginther   Dean Ginther

A face only a mother could love. The eyes are dramatic. I wonder what a crop that capture mostly just eyes or an eye would look like, if the resolution would hold up.

Here is my somewhat unusual crop.   Posted: 01/10/2021 11:44:28
Dean Ginther   Dean Ginther
  Posted: 01/10/2021 11:54:26

Geoffrey Wiggins   Geoffrey Wiggins
Thanks Dean, the worst is she is probably going to produce more like her. I tried your crop, was as you said pushing it.   Posted: 01/10/2021 18:04:58

Candy Childrey   Candy Childrey
Great shot Geoffrey. I love the colors. The background is not distracting. The gold eyes and blue tones on the emu complement each other well.   Posted: 01/11/2021 14:55:22
Geoffrey Wiggins   Geoffrey Wiggins
Thanks Candy.   Posted: 01/11/2021 15:02:32


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