Peter Patau

Peter Patau

Posted on 05/30/2013


Photo taken on May 30, 2013


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I was standing by the shore in San Francisco when the crow hopped over to where I was and peered up at me with a quizzical eye. Maybe it wondered what that black object with the red button was that I carried (Olympus XA clamshell 35mm compact film camera).

Film cameras do have their advantages. This could probably not have been shot digitally, at least not with my equipment. The crow was very close (with a 35mm lens, the XA is not exactly a birding camera). Because the XA shutter is so silent, the bird wasn't startled and didn't fly off. Instead it just looked at me with wry amusement. The D90 dslr would have scared him off with the first shot.

I saw the surfer in the distance walking into the picture while I was photographing the crow and waited for him to move into just the right position. With the Nikon Coolpix point and shoot I take everywhere now, I would probably have missed this exact moment because of the shutter lag.

A beautiful moment preserved by the little jewel of a film camera I used to take everywhere.

Peter Brutschin, osiatynska, Georges Bozo, mostlyaccidental. and 2 other people have particularly liked this photo


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suzib
suzib
beautiful
4 years ago.
Fantasyfan
Fantasyfan
Such brilliant composition :)
4 years ago.
mostlyaccidental.
mostlyaccidental.
It seems like you should return to taking it everywhere.

Love the moment.
4 years ago.
osiatynska
osiatynska
A beautiful, engaging photo, remarkably well balanced visually. I especially like that the protagonists are looking off in opposite directions, away from one another, adding quiet tension to this serene shot. Also, the figures in the distance add nuance to the story.

Your description further adds to my enjoyment—and education : )
4 years ago.
Peter Brutschin
Peter Brutschin
(like your 'photographical' humor !)
4 years ago.