Evil, ugly fella

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© Richard Seah
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UploadedJuly 29, 2008
TakenJuly 24, 2008
ModelFinePix S5Pro
Exposure1/1600 sec at f/10
FlashNo Flash
Focal Length250 mm
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I was at the Jurong Bird Park with two photography buddies, and one of them remarked that this bird looked very ugly.

True. But I took one shot just for the heck of it. I got home and edited my pictures, and decided to turn some of the colorful flamingos and parrots to b/w just to see how they looked.

Then I remembered this Ugly Fella. I cropped away some distracting leaves on the left to create a square image, transformed it to black and white, increased the contrast and…

Lo and behold! This turned out to be my best image out of more than a hundred photos taken during that outing.

He looks kinda evil, doesn’t he? Or maybe it’s a she?

There is a spirital lesson in this whole episode. It can be found in the Biblical quote: The stone that the builders rejected has become the cornerstone.

Now to find a theme to submit this to... Perhaps JPG can start an "evil" theme or an "ugly" theme.


Jurong Bird Park, Singapore. July 2008

UPDATE: 5 August 2008
I went back to the Jurong Birdpark to see if I can capture more evil-looking images of this bird, but without success.

Meanwhile, I found out it is called a Shoebill, is related to the stork family and it comes from east Africa.

I also noticed that the Jurong Bird Park features this fella, in a friendlier pose, in its advertisements on the back of public buses. LOL!

In the Portraits of Birds photo essay.

Also in the Top 10 out of 15,000 photo essay.

42 responses

  • Richard Seah

    Richard Seah said (28 Jul 2008):

    Ha ha!
    Mine, too, initially. As I said, I also thought the bird was, er, pretty ugly and had taken only one pix just for the heck of it.
    Thanks for the compliment :-)

  • Kathee Brown

    Kathee Brown gave props (29 Jul 2008):

    Richard, this is very cool. Not so much ugly but strong. Great shot!

  • Richard Seah

    Richard Seah said (29 Jul 2008):

    Well, now he / she looks strong.
    But when my friends and I first saw it walking around the enclosure, it sure looked ugly!
    Thnaks Kathee for the props.

  • Gary Joseph Cohen כוהן

    Gary Joseph Cohen כוהן (Deleted) gave props (29 Jul 2008):

    Man, you got the gift!!!

  • J

    J gave props (29 Jul 2008):

    great shot!

  • Debby Adler

    Debby Adler gave props (29 Jul 2008):

    What a look!

  • Christopher Long

    Christopher Long gave props (30 Jul 2008):

    Fantastic shot!

  • Caitlin Heath

    Caitlin Heath said (30 Jul 2008):

    evil ugly fella looks fantastic in your image!

  • Penny Nannini

    Penny Nannini   gave props (31 Jul 2008):

    perfect cropping and b&w was the way to go, good job!

  • J. Harris Blacklist

    J. Harris Blacklist gave props (2 Aug 2008):

    Crazy Outstanding photograph Richard! so much character

  • Richard Seah

    Richard Seah said (2 Aug 2008):

    Coming from you, "Blacklisted", this is real honour :-) Thanks

  • Dom Ioele

    Dom Ioele said (18 Aug 2008):

    Great lighting and composition...

  • Rebecca MacPherson

    Rebecca MacPherson said (21 Aug 2008):

    what an amazing bird!! he's not ugly, he's intense!

  • Frank Gimme

    Frank Gimme said (15 Oct 2008):

    what a great portrait!

  • Justin McCormick

    Justin McCormick gave props (4 Dec 2008):

    One of my favorite photos on JPG.

  • Istvan Kadar

    Istvan Kadar (Deleted) said (13 May 2009):

    I love it!

  • Bentzion Elisha

    Bentzion Elisha gave props (13 Jul 2009):

    beautiful close up.

  • Giselle Goloy

    Giselle Goloy gave props (14 Oct 2009):

    very scary looking! great job on capturing this!

  • Željko Jelenski

    Željko Jelenski said (5 Dec 2009):

    Wow great photos!"!!

  • Andrew Dacay

    Andrew Dacay said (6 Dec 2009):

    nice one!

  • Victor Bezrukov

    Victor Bezrukov said (7 Dec 2009):

    so beautiful portrait !

    and lighting work very well !

  • Nina Huettmann

    Nina Huettmann gave props (7 Dec 2009):

    great lighting, amazing shot

  • Al Stiegman

    Al Stiegman   gave props (10 Dec 2009):

    Greatnshot Richard, you have my vote.

  • Debby Adler

    Debby Adler gave props (10 Dec 2009):

    Wow. powerful.

  • Leanne Silva

    Leanne Silva gave props (15 Jan 2010):

    He has lots of character! I think he's loveable!

  • Aurora Bubbaloo

    Aurora Bubbaloo gave props (15 Jan 2010):


  • Regenia Brabham

    Regenia Brabham (Deleted) gave props (5 Mar 2010):

    This is a fabulous image and entry!

  • Laurie Search

    Laurie Search gave props (12 Mar 2010):

    Wow, what a crazy looking thing he is!!! :) Fantastic image...I love the black and white...Very intense!

  • Julien Maury

    Julien Maury gave props (12 Mar 2010):

    no it's not ugly and YES it is beautiful congratulation for this different end nice personnal point of view.!!

  • Julien Maury

    Julien Maury gave props (21 Mar 2010):

    I come back here, hope you'll get something with that.!! this such a great shot that deserve to be somewere.!

  • Russ Wills

    Russ Wills gave props (1 Nov 2010):

    Amazing shot!

  • Lynn E. Harvey

    Lynn E. Harvey gave props (6 Nov 2010):

    Just gorgeous! cool shot!!!

  • Moe Negm

    Moe Negm (Deleted) gave props (7 Nov 2010):


  • Chris Jennings

    Chris Jennings gave props (16 Feb 2011):

    I think this is a great portrait. You give the bird character.

  • Clare Wise de Wet

    Clare Wise de Wet said (9 Apr 2011):

    You are very lucky to have captured a close up of this bird. I live in East Africa (11 years) and am yet to see the Shoebill in the wild (only once in captivity). The black and white treatment works very well (given they are dark grey) and the side lighting has worked well. Very nice!! (in fact your other bird photos are beautiful too).

  • Steve Olson

    Steve Olson gave props (2 Jan 2012):

    great shot!!

  • James Wiley

    James Wiley gave props (10 Apr 2012):

    This is certainly at the top of the best bird shots I have ever seen! Well done!

  • James Wiley

    James Wiley gave props (10 Apr 2012):


  • Nadeem Shafi

    Nadeem Shafi gave props (14 Apr 2012):


  • Carol Dandrade

    Carol Dandrade gave props (15 Apr 2012):

    That is one mean lookin' dude! I love your crop.

  • Davide Simone

    Davide Simone (Deleted) gave props (9 May 2012):


  • Aurobindo Sengupta

    Aurobindo Sengupta gave props (23 Dec 2012):

    Fantastic !

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