Just for Show Japanese Water Fountain - the story

Discussion in 'Animals and Wildlife' started by John Holland, Aug 2, 2016.

  1. John Holland

    John Holland Well-Known Member

    During my visit to the UK in May of this year, I spent a few days in London. One of those days my wife and I went to the Kew gardens (Royal Botanic Gardens). As we walked around we came to the Japanese Gardens section. There I saw a nice water fountain with water coming out of a bamboo pipe into a small pool of water. I want to get a photo of this, and started to get the camera set to take a long exposure. After a few minutes of adjusting the setting and tweaking the place I was bracing the camera (no tripod with me), I was ready to shoot (I was using the camera's two-second delay so I could release the shutter and take my hands off the camera to eliminate camera shake). Everything is ready and I shoot. Just as I release the shutter (for the two-second delay), a bird lands on the fountain.


    Bird: Excuse me Yank, but this is my fountain.
    Me: My apologies, Mr. Bird. I would really like to take a photo of this fountain. I flew a long way to get here, and this is my only day that I will be at the Kew gardens.
    Bird: I see; I guess I can allow this. Please go ahead.


    So I get set and releases the timer for the shutter ...
    Bird: PSYCH!! Photo BOMB!!


    Bird: Did you really believe a talking bird???


    Well, I finally got the photo I wanted.


    PS: I am not too sure I got all of what the bird was saying; it had an accent.
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  2. Rob MacKillop

    Rob MacKillop Edinburgh Correspondent

    Haha. I think the third shot is the shot of the day. Perfect timing...by the bird :D
  3. Julian de'Courcy

    Julian de'Courcy Well-Known Member

    Excellent John, the last image certainly has a void.
  4. Brian Moore

    Brian Moore Moderator

  5. John Holland

    John Holland Well-Known Member

    I appreciate the comments, Gentlemen. My wife had a great time watching all this - I heard quite a bit of laughter (and come comments). And she was rooting for the bird.
  6. Pete Askew

    Pete Askew Admin

    I reckon that bird know a thing or two about photography. While the last image is very fine, the one where he dived in is my favourite. It was clearly just trying to help! :)
  7. Ivar D. Larsen

    Ivar D. Larsen Well-Known Member

    Lovely set, the rest has been said already.

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