Satin Bower Bird Encounter 5 - Ptilonorhynchus violaceus - Barton - ACT - Australia - 20180611 @ 11:15 to 12:00
I was in a state of disbelief, joy and amazement throughout this experience. I couldn’t believe that I was watching the stuff of a David Attenborough TV documentary in front of me. This was not something that could be witnessed by an ordinary person in a suburban location, or as a friend of mine expressed, this was “a scene seldom seen by mere mortals.” I also knew that I would be unlikely to see this activity again in my life. Still, to see it once is a whole lot better than never having seen it at all.
As the display unfolded in front of me, I stood perfectly still, hoping that the pair would ignore me. I had a camera with me, but this encounter was accidental, not part of a bird-watching expedition. The camera and the single lens in my bag was not the best combination for photographing birds, not even the best one that I own for this purpose, but a camera nonetheless. The location was dark and the bower was in a patch of thick, matted vegetation - in other words, I am using the difficult conditions for photography as an excuse for the shortcomings of my photographs! After reviewing my efforts, I would sum up my feelings by saying that I am not expecting an invitation in the mail to submit my work to National Geographic. Still, they are my personal photographs and they will serve as a valuable reminder of my very own experience for the rest of my life.
[This photograph captured the male satin bowerbird parading in front of the bower for the female bird with a blue plastic bottle top and yellow leaf in its beak.]
[ Location - Barton, Australian Capital Territory, Australia ]
Photography notes ...
The photograph was taken using the following hardware configuration ...
(Year of manufacture indicated in braces where known.)
- Hasselblad X1D-50c Medium Format Mirrorless Digital Camera (Silver) - MFR # H-3013900 (2017).
- Hasselblad X1D GPS Module - MFR # H-3054772.
- Hasselblad XCD 120mm f/3.5 Macro Lens - # H-3025120 (2018).
- Artisan & Artist ACAM-301N Silk Cord Strap (Black) - MFR # AAACAM301NBLK.
I acquired the photograph (8272 x 6200 pixels) with an ISO of 400, and aperture of f/3.5 and an exposure time of 1/180 seconds.
Finder - Removed the UHS-I SDXC card from the camera and placed it in a Lexar 25-in-1 USB card reader. Then used Finder on my MacBook Air to download the raw image file (3FR extension) from the card.
Lightroom - Imported the 3FR image. Applied a standard metadata preset (20161110 Import 001) during the import process.
Lightroom - Made various lighting and color adjustments to the image.
Lightroom - Output the image as a JPEG image using the “Maximum” quality option (2213 x 1659 pixels).
PhotoSync - Copied the JPEG file to my iPad Mini for any final processing, review, enjoyment, and posting to social media.