Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Gluttonous Gulls

Attempting to enjoy a nice, quiet and relaxing lunch of fish and chips by the beach at Redcliffe without being stalked by scavenging seagulls is near impossible. The decision to share your lunch with these birds is not always a wise one. Before you know it, every seagull within a three kilometre radius has got wind of the ‘free food’ and is hovering like a, well, vulture. It can be extremely daunting being surrounded by a mass of hungry squawking seagulls. It can also be a lot of fun if you happen to have a camera handy. Or two cameras in this case. Yes. You guessed it. More TtV (Through the Viewfinder) photos to share...





Lunch is over. All gone. I swear I have no more fish. Can you stop looking at me like that. Please?

These little greedy gulls and a bunch of other TtV photos have just been added to my etsy shop.

Seagulls: “Mine. Mine. Mine.”
Nigel: “Oh would you just shut up? You’re rats with wings.”
(from Finding Nemo)

41 comments:

bobbie said...

Gulls can be really annoying. But what great photos!

Alissa Nicolau said...

These are magic! I looooove them!

Margaret Gosden said...

Great shots of seagulls, wherever they came from!

Victoria said...

These are AWESOME! I am sitting here with my mouth open, chin practically hitting the keyboard, marveling at your TtV mastery, and feeling a wee bit envious! I love them all, but that last one is a hoot and a half and my absolute fav!

I have made the mistake of feeding gulls, and quickly learned the ramifications of doing so... it's like voluntarily entering a scene from Alfred Hitchcock's "The Birds". However next time I am lucky enough to get to the beach, I just may be tempted, (thanks to you and your argus) to have a go at feeding them again!

Kimberly Pye said...

What a bunch of great shots! I especially like the last one.

And you inspired me to try this TtV business for the first time. I just took some shots of my yarn shelf with a Sony Cyber-shot through the viewfinder of my dad's old Canon AE-1. It worked pretty well!

Hot Fudge said...

Wow Tracy - you certainly are the master of the TtV technique. This is true art.

Lisa B. said...

OMG Tracy!! Those are amazing photos!!!! I love them! The first and the last are my faves. The first looks so much like a view master slide...kind of surreal quality to it and the last...well, that's just too funny!
Off to see your shop...

High Desert Diva said...

Love the last one.............it could be your av!

M.Kate said...

WOW..T, that's some amazing photos. Love it when they were at flight and the last one, peeking into your camera. I am not sharing any lunch with them for sure, and hey, I love NEMO...I remember those 'mine,mine...'haha..and Nigel said it right, rats with wings :D

Chris said...

Incredibly AWESOME photos!

Until I remember people eat on that table....and we always called seagulls "winged rats". Then I get kind of grossed out, ha ha.

But seriously great pics.

Lily Hydrangea said...

fantastic photos! I love everything about them, especially the one with the gull looking right into the camera-perfect!
Thanks for the idea about starting a window meme. I really do love taking pictures of shop windows & I always seem to get a good response when I do. I'm just not sure if I can keep up with it properly! I am considering it though.
; )

Catherine said...

oh wow!! they look well evil and malicious...cue the remake of the Birds... I remember being divebombed by magpies in Australia!!

Ali said...

Tracy, putting my bird phobia aside (particulary gulls .. they worry me!) I LOVE your photos! They are such wonderful images - great viewpoint and that last one give me the chills (arggggh!)
Wow!

nuvonova said...

That last one is adorable!

Chrisy said...

These are mindblowingly fabulous! It's as if they knew just what to do to make good pics!

art ache said...

Love them all! I'm especially smitten with that last photo! Your shop looks great. Nice work!

red.door.read said...

these are fantastic photos. just found your blog...cool!

Kala Pohl Studio said...

Great photos and shop:)

Nicole R.J. said...

Fabulous shots!

Paper Girl Productions said...

Wow, your photos are just so amazing!! I would be so annoyed by seagulls trying to feed on my lunch but you turned it into beautiful captures!!! love.

My {S.T.U.F.F.} :: said...

The TtV photos certainly makes these otherwise, high class pigeons, pleasant company

picciolo said...

these are just great! They remind me of the gulls in finding nemo!
: )

picciolo said...

oops just saw your quote at the very end of your post - great minds think alike!
: )

Karen said...

Nice Blog! Nice Shots!

Kitty Boo Boo said...

These are so beautiful ... my Dad use to say Pigeons over Seagulls any day.
Pigeons will bob on over after skirting around you and nod at you with a bit of a "g'day mate. got a chip mate?" attitude where as seagulls will fly right into your face and squawk "give-us-a-effin-chip-give-us-a-effin-chip!!!!!"

Fog and Thistle said...

Tracy, these are A-MAZING! Well worth sacrificing your lunch for the results. I'm blown away!

Fog and Thistle said...

Ok, I just had to snag #4 for my wall of fame. You rock that camera, girl!

Janis said...

AMAZING is right! Love the editing enhancements -- perfect!

Hey Harriet said...

Fog & Thistle

Thanks Rachel! Wall of fame eh? I hope there's a big photo of you up there. Being the now famous TV celebrity awesome artist you are!

Paula Scott said...

It doesn't look real! i KNOW it is, but it doesn't! It looks like a cartoon (Finding Nemo-ish).
Those are awesome!

jc said...

I know nothing about TtV - what a great idea. Cool shots.

Rosebud Collection said...

What great shots..I so enjoy seagulls..even if they are noisy..
Once my mom was digging for clams home, at the bay..She and her sister had a beer and the seagull kept drinking it when they were in the water..Next the poor guy was a little tipsy..

PJ said...

These are absolutely amazing! Tracy, sell those puppies on Etsy. They'll get gobbled up for sure.

Paz said...

spectacular shots!

paz

MyMaracas said...

That "Mine. Mine. Mine." line was the first thing I thought of when I saw these, too. These images are wonderful. The camera angle is perfect, and I love the way you've processed them.

I once watched a lady standing on the beach in a full-length fur coat, holding bread way up in the air for a flock of seagulls. She was oblivious to the fact that each bird that snatched some bread expressed its appreciation by splattering the back of her coat. Sometimes justice comes from unexpected places.

Tessa said...

What a truly masterful series of shots - I'm in awe, Tracy!

Gina said...

Brilliant pics T!..so reminded me of Nemo..I think they steal the show, don't you? ..and great mosaics as always, well done! Gx

annette said...

you have so mastered this technique, these are FANTASTIC - they look like artwork,just amazing, off to look at etsy, have a great week T. A:0)

Jennifer Aitchison said...

These shots are AWESOME! I love them!!!

Craig Gillespie said...

I love these, they are all fabulous.

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