Crow on 35mm Ilford Delta Film
NOTE: All crows that are silhouetted in my images are done so because the crows wished to remain anonymous.
Okay, I'm sort of kidding with the above statement but I'll explain that a bit later.
Crows get a bad rap. Folks think of them as pests and the curse of death. But actually crows are one of the smartest animals out there. They are capable of making and using tools and are great problem solvers. They can recognize a face and hold a grudge, which kind of scares me a bit since I saw so many of them and they saw me.
I recently went on a late afternoon walk at a nearby wildlife sanctuary. Crows roost there in the late afternoon. You can see rivers of crows overhead streaming into the tree tops sometimes by the thousands. All headed to their night roost, a giant avian slumber party. They roost for warmth and safety in numbers. On that particular evening there had to have been several thousand crows flying about. It was an amazing sight! And the sounds...CAW, CAW, CAW by thousands of crows was insane.
The next four images are from that experience. All images are 35mm on Ilford Delta film.
I've never seen this many crows anywhere before. IT WAS INCREDIBLE. I loved the sheer raw wildness of all these birds flying about and cawing. Felt like a scene out of a Alfred Hitchcock movie. And yes, it was a bit scary. But in a good exciting gets your adrenaline going way.
I was so inspired by this show that the crows put on I decided to make a little project of taking photos of the crows. It wasn't easy. As I mentioned crows are super smart animals and they knew I was out there trying to photograph them, I just know it. They would all gather up high in the tree tops and as soon as I approached them they would start CAWING, to warn their friends of my presence. Then they would fly off to the next tree and we would start the process all over again going all about the wildlife sanctuary continuing this pattern. Crows being all black birds make it difficult to photograph them showing detail unless the light is perfect, which it wasn't most of the time. So I settled for silhouettes of them, which I really ended up liking a lot. Besides I'm sure that the crows wished to remain anonymous and only posed in bad light, except for a few occasions. Haha!
I ended up taking A LOT of photographs of these special birds. So many that they now have their own gallery on my website, so check it out. I'm including just a few photos with this post.
This project was so much fun! Just me and hundreds of crows. I gained a new appreciation for crows after following them around for a few afternoons. I just hope that the crows aren't holding a grudge against me. I have seen more that the normal amount of them hanging around outside my house recently.
Be sure to check out the new gallery "CROWS ON B&W FILM" here on my website.