An Emu and its Piercing Gaze

 This straightforward image of an emu was made from a relatively close distance. I'd guess I was only about a meter away when I photographed the emu by poking my camera lens through the top layer of a wire fence. While a potentially dangerous animal in the wild, this particular emu spends its days on a small farm and, while not exactly domesticated, it has, to an extent, become somewhat accustomed to humans.

Frankly, Emus scare me. I was both glad there was a fence between us and ready to pull my camera away, at a moments notice, should the emu decide to take a peck at any shiny reflection on the front of my lens.

A fascinating animal with a steely gaze, the placement of its eyes within its skull allowed the bird to simultaneously present a profile while looking directly at me. Spooky!

Photographing with direct, early morning light provided a wonderful soft light that illuminated the bird's eye.

Image processing was conducted in Adobe Lightroom 3 and Adobe Photoshop CS5.

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Glenn Guy, Travel Photography Guru