Nine-Gallon Splat

Looks like the birds actually missed a spot. Now where did I leave that glass cleaner again?!

Melanie Daniels: “I keep telling you, this isn’t ‘a few birds’! These are gulls, crows, swifts…”

Mrs. Bundy: “I have never known birds of different species to flock together. The very concept is unimaginable. Why, if that happened, we wouldn’t stand a chance! How could we possibly hope to fight them?”

-Tippi Hendren & Ethel Griffies – The Birds

About this image: digital photograph taken and modified with smart phone (minimally edited in Photoshop)


76 thoughts on “Nine-Gallon Splat

    • Many thanks, Red!
      I’ve taken a few photos of this old gas pump in the past few years… but I wasn’t too happy with most of them. I’m fairly happy with this one (at the moment), though… I think the details often read best in a situation like this.

  1. There is definitely a splash of
    inspiration going on in this artistic
    offering πŸ™‚ I like it a lot πŸ™‚

    Have a superb Monday SIG πŸ™‚


    • Thank you so very much for your kind thoughts on this one, Andro!
      As you know I’ve got a fondness for things with a history… and mechanical ‘stuff’… so this one was just too good to pass up!
      I hope you are having a fantastic Monday as well, A.G!

    • Thank you so much, Deb!
      I generally figure if I take about a hundred photos there will be at least one I can work with. Sometimes, anyway. πŸ™‚
      Thank you again, Deb! I hope you are having a wonderful Monday as well! πŸ™‚

  2. That movie still freaks me out. I just watch the movie “The Girl” about Alfred Hitchcock making “The Birds” and they actually showed some of the crew members get shat on. Yuck.

  3. you can bring anything alive! I love how well you captured the grittiness – corrosion, dust, and the colors are great.

    Also, The Birds was THE most terrifying movie for me when I was young. Surprising I ended up working with them!

    • That is ridiculously kind of you to say, S.F… thank you so very much!!!
      I don’t think I knew you worked with birds before – that’s so cool! Animals are fascinating, but they tend to hate me, so I doubt I could have pulled that off (un-peck-ified, anyway)!

  4. I love how industrial this is. And that font, actually.

    I’m really looking forward to watching “The Girl”, as your other commenter mentioned. I somehow think of you as someone who doesn’t have a TV, though. Which is of course ridiculous, considering all of the quoting.

    • Oh, man… I LOVE me some retro mechanical gizmos. Well, I’m a fan of pretty much anything old-timey, so I’m totally with you on the font, too!
      I’m definitely going to have to check out ‘The Girl’… I’m ridiculously curious about it now!

    • I think my brain is just wired backwards B.F… but I’ll sure take ‘artist’ because that has a much nicer ring to it!
      I’m so happy to hear you liked this one, B.F! Thank you very much!

  5. That’s a neat old pump. I’ve seen that same spatter on my car and kitchen window. On the window? I need to see how they manage that one.

  6. Be Afraid – Be Very Afraid… Our house is surrounded by birds and several species can be found flocking together outside my office window. Sometimes there is a sinister tapping on the glass…

    It’s only one of the Pigeons reminding me that I haven’t fed them yet πŸ˜‰

    Lovely photo Bob – you have a gift for isolating fascinating detail within a much larger object! The processing of this image is spot-on and the angle brings it to life πŸ™‚

    • *dun dun dun*
      We used to have a similr situation at a feeder outside our store. I guess it really is true when they say the way to a bird’s heart is through his beak, er, stomach! πŸ™‚
      Thank you so very much, Martin! I tend to get lost in the overall-ness of a scene… so I try remind myself to slow down and focus on the details so I don’t get too overwhelmed. It was between b\w and subtle color when I was processing this one… in the end I thought this might hint at a hand-colored image so (considering the subject matter) I decided to go with that. πŸ™‚

    • Thank you so very much, Ms. B! I’ve discovered if I take about a millon or so photos there might be one or two I can work with. Then I just need to restrain myself from going all edit-crazy!

  7. I’m late again. 😦 Also, I changed the email address on my blog and I haven’t been receiving all the notifications that I should have.

    I like this one, Robert, quite the kind of treatment I like and a cool compostion.

    • No worries about that first part, S.E… I’m very happy to see you no matter what the schedule!
      I can understand how the notification thing would be kind of stressful, though. The only reason I don’t subscribe to blogs is because I would probably manage to get lost in notifications… I have to keep things as simple as possible, you know!
      Thanks so much, S.E! I was kind of happy with this one for the most part.

  8. Hi Inky….nice photo….bird poop and all πŸ˜€ We watched “The Girl” on HBO about Tippi Hedren. It was NOT very kind to Alfie. New movie about Hitchcok coming out soon, I’ve noticed.

    • Hahaha… thank you very much, Mary!
      Hmm… interesting… the more I hear about ‘The Girl’ the more I’m starting to wonder about it… *rubs chin and walks up into line-drawing portrait of self*.
      I hadn’t heard there was going to be that new one, either! I’m doubly curious, now!

  9. Excellent piece. Great use of colour , light & texture.

    “Birds do it, bees do it, even educated fleas do it, ….” πŸ˜€

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