Morton decided on a plan. He was pretty sure it was flawless.
He’d retired to Florida the previous year. He hated to admit it, but his old life of screeching deadlines, frozen traffic jams, and nail-biting performance reviews, well, he was starting to miss it. He’d heard somebody once called photography “a friendly imitation of work,” so he took it up as a hobby and bought a little camera (a Canon Powershot G7 Mark II, if you must know). Soon he joined the Tampa Bay photo club, and in a few months was entering monthly competitions.
He enjoyed the group, but dreamed of winning a ribbon to show his northern friends. He’d taken a perfectly in-focus picture of a Roseate Spoonbill dredging its beak at pond’s edge. But so had seventeen other contestants, all with fancier cameras. And that Sandhill Crane pecking at his lanai screen – that should’ve earned him an honorable mention. But shutterbug Herb L’Amour came up with two of them! Mating! Morton was very proud of his last attempt, a shot of a redoubtable Brown Pelican attacking his nephew. Until he got disqualified because it showed “the hand of man,” some arcane rule barring human influence from nature photographs.
He fell into a slight depression for a whole day. To shake himself out of it, he decided to submit a truly unique bird photograph. But of what? And where?
One evening David Attenborough hosted a show about nocturnal birds. Nobody at the photo club had ever captured one of those. So be it then! He’d wow them with a winning shot of a night raptor. A Great Horned Owl, hapless rodent in its talons. A row of tiny Screech Owls, disturbed at being disturbed. A Barn Owl with heart-shaped face, lunging to strike.
He found an isolated nature path (safely landscaped) and waited for dusk.
Wonderful music, and cinematic effects
Will keep trying to come up with more effects.
Loved fancy work with the ghost😍
Amusing video! Love the theremin and the change of light about half way through. Could use more variation.
Very creative effects. Glad Cheryl received an acting credit.
Yes, she did and will whenever she appears.
Made me laugh! Thanks!
Excellent. One of my intentions. The next one will scare you (hopefully).
An interesting experiment to conclude a verbal narrative with a visual narrative as the conclusion to the verbal. The visual seems fairly stand-alone; the verbal, to me, doesn’t, nor does it seem to introduce the video, without a transition that connects owls, detailedly introduced, to ghosts or poltergeists. I.e. there seems a missing “and” to the narrative.
That does it. It now makes sense. Would it be okay if I run these videos by you before final compilation?
Image quality and effects – excellent!
Acting – appropriately over the top.
Thanks Alec. Coming from the cinematographer of The Terminator, that means a lot!