Documenting and interfering with a mouse hunt.

Discussion in 'Black and White' started by TraamisVOS, Dec 22, 2013.

  1. TraamisVOS

    TraamisVOS Hall of Famer

    Nov 29, 2010
    Melboune, Australia
    Atom likes a high vantage point.




    Last night, he heard some rustling sounds in a large bush below.


    And so he jumped down to investigate, circling the bush several times.





    He stuck his head in, sometimes completely diving in and disappearing from view.


    He eventually caught the mouse which he offered to me. The mouse was in shock, I managed to snap a shot of it (with the flashlight app from my mobile while 'zone focusing' at f/1.1 on the Leica with my other hand) before Atom tried to grab it back because I totally wasn't playing with it.


    But I grabbed Atom before he could reclaim the mouse, I carried him and threw him (not literally) back in the house in via the front door. I had to do it twice because after I shut the front door, Atom would run through the house and out the back door, jump a couple of fences and a roof to get back to where we were. I raced around and grabbed him again before he caught up to the mouse. In the mean time the mouse escaped up a neighbour's fence.



    By the time Atom came back the third time, the mouse had run further along the fence quite a ways over into another neighbour's fence. Atom didn't know that, so he went back to the old spot and kept his eyes peeled looking for it.



    I helped the mouse by using a twig to usher it further along the fence as far away as possible. Here's Atom still waiting at the old spot while I was with the mouse further along.


    After a while Atom jumped on the fence himself to have a look.







    Further along the fence, the mouse eventually recovered from the shock and managed to jump on to an adjoining wall and leapt into some bushes and disappeared.


    Atom was a persistent bastard, he kept up the hunt but he was looking in all the wrong places.


    Next, I will travel to Africa to document a pack of hyenas while they hunt for food. At least their food will probably already be dead.
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  2. Ripleysbaby

    Ripleysbaby supernatural anesthetist

    Sep 9, 2011
    Cumbria UK
    Enjoyed that. Nice. :smile:
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  3. ajramirez

    ajramirez Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    Jul 9, 2010
    Caguas, Puerto Rico
    That was really cool!
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  4. Jock Elliott

    Jock Elliott All-Pro

    Jan 3, 2012
    Troy, NY

    Wonderful series. You shot that with -- what? -- a Leica with the Hubble attached?

    For a couple of years now I have threatened that if I ever owned a Leica with Noctilux, I would do a photojournalistic series on a black cat eating licorice in a coal bin at midnight during a total eclipse. Your series is as close as anyone has come.

    Well done!

    Cheers, Jock
    PS -- Your series is even more fun if you view the pix with a "Wild Kingdom" audio track playing in your head: "Today, we go tracking the wild tabby as he hunts the dangerous field mouse . . ."
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  5. christilou

    christilou Legend

    Jul 13, 2010
    Sunny Frimley
    These are excellent, I admire your focusing skill:) and your patience!
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  6. wt21

    wt21 Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    Aug 15, 2010
    Great set, great story. Effective night time shooting, as well.
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  7. Luke

    Luke Super Moderator Subscribing Member

    Nov 11, 2011
    Milwaukee, WI USA
    great series, James. Amazing actually. BRAVO!
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  8. john m flores

    john m flores All-Pro

    Aug 13, 2012
    Fun story! Atom's like, "WTF! I give you a toy and you lose it right away!"
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  9. Wow, what a great series.

    Great shots in the dead of night.
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  10. drd1135

    drd1135 Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    Jul 13, 2011
    Lexington, Virginia
    That was well done. The images really portray the darkness in a mysterious way.
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  11. TraamisVOS

    TraamisVOS Hall of Famer

    Nov 29, 2010
    Melboune, Australia
    Thank you all!

    Jadey my other cat was actually beside me or not far from me through all this. She wasn't interested in catching mice at all.

    The whole mouse hunt happened over a period of more than two hours, 3am to well after 5am when the crack of dawn cracked at dawn. I slept about half an hour before I had to wake up to get some other things done.
  12. Love it! Poor Atom. Lovely story :)
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  13. Lawrence A.

    Lawrence A. Hall of Famer

    Nov 8, 2012
    New Mexico
    And the mouse says, "My hero!"

    Very nice set. I admire your patience and your skill.
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  14. TheRubySusan

    TheRubySusan Top Veteran

    Sep 2, 2013
    Henry, IL
    I admire the photos and enjoyed the story. You know Atom's muttering to himself, "humans!"
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  15. Chrisnmn

    Chrisnmn Veteran

    Jul 8, 2012
    Auckland, New Zealand
    Chris Leskovsek
    This made me chuckle. Great fun story and amazing photos!! Some of Atom in the fence are simply stunning

    Sent from my Nexus 4 using SeriousCompacts mobile app
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  16. KillRamsey

    KillRamsey Super Moderator

    Jun 20, 2012
    Cambridge, MA
    Oh man, excellent story telling job, there.
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  17. TraamisVOS

    TraamisVOS Hall of Famer

    Nov 29, 2010
    Melboune, Australia
    I don't know Wild Kingdom, but I do know David Attenborough's programs, or Steve Irwin!

    Boy oh boy, I wish I had a Noctilux or the SLR Magic Hyperprime 50mm f/0.95. That would be magic. I'd be able to cover more of the walks I take in the middle of the night with Keesha, Jadey, and Atom.
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  18. TraamisVOS

    TraamisVOS Hall of Famer

    Nov 29, 2010
    Melboune, Australia
    I find it easier by far with rangefinder focusing than on any other camera. I can't do it with the Sony A7 yet, not sure if I can. Maybe I just need to spend more time with it, not sure.
  19. TraamisVOS

    TraamisVOS Hall of Famer

    Nov 29, 2010
    Melboune, Australia
    Yeah he was frustrated because I was chasing him for a while before he finally dropped the mouse and let me have it. Then after a few minutes of fiddling with my mobile and the camera and trying to get the shot of the mouse without touching it, he started questioning whether I really wanted it in the first place. That's when he grabbed it back and the chase continued until he dropped it again.
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  20. TraamisVOS

    TraamisVOS Hall of Famer

    Nov 29, 2010
    Melboune, Australia
    Poor mouse!

    I shouldn't feel so bad for mice, they're dirty rodents and there are probably too many of them anyway but when Atom plays with them I can hear those poor things screaming.
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