Besides all the technical stuff that envolves this kind of photography (something that I promise I will talk about on another ocasion), the story of this image is a bit weird, maybe even creepy and thats exactly the reason because I’m writing about it.
The location is the Alentejo, Portugal and the “beautiful house” already has “collaborated” with me on other occasions, as some of you well know. I had already done two pictures in different spots when I decided to go to this place in the middle of nowhere. The full moon had been two nights before so there was plenty of light, which according to the experts of the genre, shall be avoid because you can not see the stars so clearly. I’m sure they are right, but this way I could get more light on the house itself.
After setting the remote control programmed for shooting during 60 minutes and all the other usual stuff, everything was ready to fire the trigger and so I did it returning then to the car and wait patiently.
I was eating the second slice of an yogurt cake when we (me and my wife) seemed to hear a strange noise. I lowered the sound of the radio, and then I heard the noise again. It looked like a bird … but suddenly seemed to be another animal larger, due to the strong and deep sound that came from the field of sunflowers near the house. It was an unfamiliar noise, I couldn’t identify it as an animal or bird known.
The noise approached, getting stronger and without noticing that the sunflowers were harassed or had any other signs of rapprochement, but the noise was getting stronger and closer. Then we realized that whatever it was, it was on the right side of the car, a few meters of us. The noise we were hearing reminded a bird of the prehistoric period. I started figuring out a 50 million years creature coming out of the sunflowers with large and creepy wings and a huge head.
The camera was about 5 meters to the left of the car and was still taking shots. The noise was still out there, close to us… apparently it was a strange animal but we couldn’t see anything, even with all that moon light.
I started figuring out what to do and I decided that the better thing to do it was to get way from there. Started the engine, get closer to the camera, swith it off and ran to the car. Huffff!! Off we go! bye bye, you creepy thing.
After all this I realized I did a 40 minutes exposure instead the planned 60 minutes but… Who cares!?