Nikon D4 + Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8 @ 86mm — 1/200 sec, f/7.1, ISO 2800 — map & image data — nearby photos
Lots of Crows
at the Shogunzuka Overlook (将軍塚), Kyoto Japan
After posting “The Hope Imbued in a Dull Sunset” the other day, I decided to pop on up for that evening's sunset even though I knew it would be completely dull, out of a sense of irony and because I was going to be in the neighborhood anyway.
As I walked up, there was more color than I had expected...
Nikon D4 + Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8 @ 200mm — 1/640 sec, f/2.8, ISO 100 — map & image data — nearby photos
Whatever flash of color was waiting for my arrival faded in the time it took to change lenses, and that was that.
The crows, however, often active at dusk, were in prime form.
Nikon D4 + Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8 @ 155mm — 1/320 sec, f/7.1, ISO 4500 — map & image data — nearby photos
Nikon D4 + Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8 @ 70mm — 1/160 sec, f/5, ISO 900 — map & image data — nearby photos
They accumulate in the trees near the top of the small mountain, sitting more or less quietly until all at once in a sudden cacophony caws and wings the sky erupts in crow, and they fly way out over the eastern part of the city as a big expanding mass that, if viewed on a bird-by-bird basis, has no apparent rhyme nor reason of purpose. After a minute or two, they start to trickle back until at some point you notice that the sky is bird free, or just one or two....
Nikon D4 + Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8 @ 24mm — 1/50 sec, f/10, ISO 3600 — map & image data — nearby photos
And then a few minutes later, it starts over, repeating itself perhaps half a dozen times over the course of the fading light.