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Bird Bath Antics – Collabor:8

This photo was taken on labour day during a walk through cornwall park. I came accross this parrot cleaning itself in a sheep trough and took a few snaps.

The shutter speed was 1/25th of second, which accounts for the streaks of water through the air as it was shaking itself dry. What is interesting, is when you look at each streak of water closely, there are roughly 4 oscillations per water droplet. Each streak has about 4 wavelengths in it, and given it was over 1/25th exposure, that makes a frequency of 100Hz. Given that physiological tremor rarely exceeds 10Hz, I can only conclude that the artifact left in the streaks of water is actually the image stabiliser in the lens.

I call that geeky photography.

Shutter 1/25 f/10 ISO 400, 250mm


  1. Jaime
    November 1, 2010 at 9:06 am

    geek indeed! but very cool photo!

  2. Catherine
    November 2, 2010 at 10:16 pm

    Love your quirky pics. Your next career will be pro photography, eh?

  3. Maree
    November 7, 2010 at 5:01 pm

    Great shot! This appeals to my sense of humour 🙂 We had such beautiful weather over Labour weekend, glad you were able to enjoy the beauty of Cornwall Park which is looking stunning at the moment!

  4. November 10, 2010 at 8:52 pm

    Very nice pic!!!Nice content for bored people like me

  5. jess :)
    November 15, 2010 at 10:09 pm

    in this moment you have definitley proved yourself worthy of such titles as Geek and Nerd. Be proud! Not everyone gets to reach such heights:) this photo is another fav of mine. i love how it makes you look twice to figure out what is happening – i initially thought the camera lens had cracked! again, love what you do with taking out the colour and putting it back in:)

  6. Cam
    November 23, 2010 at 11:13 pm

    I know this comment is rather anal but i used to always get yelled this by my friend at cornwall park primary and it really stuck with me but they are actually called Roselas

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