Category Archives: Animalia

Zoë the Bird Hunter

Zoë, aka The Intern, birdie hunting from her cat tree - Pet Photography by Michael Courier

Zoë, The Bird Hunter.

Zoë, aka The Intern, likes to birdie hunt. Around dawn, she can be found lurking around the windows, bobbing and weaving, trying to find birds to watch. In the springtime, it’s a lot of fun to work with the windows open and hear the birds chirping, and then watch as she wakes up from a nap and races over for a better view.

I didn’t have the heart to tell her this, but the other day, a bird landed on my leg! I was rushing around the city, running errands for the business, when I walked past a woman talking loudly—and walking slowly—pointing her phone down at her legs. When I turned around, I noticed she had a new friend. After a few moments, the bird flew from her and attempted to land on another woman (who was completely freaked out and ran away, terrified).

So the bird decided to land on me! And I was cool with that, and I took a few photos. Then it flew away! And that’s my story, but Zoë doesn’t know. So please don’t tell her, she would not be amused.

Photography by Michael Courier

Zoë the Intern

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This is Zoë and I call her my Intern. She’s not very helpful.

It’s been awhile since I’ve posted Intern photos, so here’s a few new images. You can find more photos on her page.

A Bunch of Cellphone Photos

Cellphone photographs taken with an iPhone 6s by Michael Courier - Waves at Foster Beach in Chicago

Waves at Foster Beach in Chicago near Sunset.

Cellphone photographs taken with an iPhone 6s by Michael Courier - Reflections taken in Chicago

Reflections on glass: Taken at the Art Institute of Chicago’s member section (left) and taken at the Marriott Hotel on Michigan Avenue in Chicago (right).

Cellphone photographs taken with an iPhone 6s by Michael Courier - Lines

Reflection in a puddle taken in downtown Chicago (left) and a photograph of light lines and clouds taken in my hometown before taking the train back to Chicago (right).

Cellphone photographs taken with an iPhone 6s by Michael Courier - Patterns in Architecture

Patterns in Architecture: The glass dome at the Chicago Cultural Center (left) and the pattern of a building near the Art Institute of Chicago (right).

Cellphone photographs taken with an iPhone 6s by Michael Courier - Architecture in Chicago

Taken with the same view, but from outside of the Art Institute of Chicago (left) and from inside the museum (right). You can make out the Willis Tower through the curtains.

Cellphone photographs taken with an iPhone 6s by Michael Courier - Waves and Fog at Foster Beach in Chicago

Fog and waves at Foster Beach.

Cellphone photographs taken with an iPhone 6s by Michael Courier - Listen to the cat roar

Pretty flowers and The Intern letting out a giant roar.

Cellphone photographs taken with an iPhone 6s by Michael Courier - Family fun on Mother's Day

My mom and my niece on Mother’s Day.

Cellphone photographs taken with an iPhone 6s by Michael Courier - Waves at Foster Beach in Chicago

Waves at Foster Beach in Chicago.

I recently bought a new cellphone. Not because I needed it—though I did need a new one—but because my old one died. How, you ask? Well, mainly because it wasn’t waterproof. More specifically, it wasn’t giant freaking wave proof.

Since moving from Lincoln Park to Edgewater, I’ve recalibrated my nature obsession. My old passion used to be the Alfred Caldwell Lily Pool or the North Pond, but those are a bit farther away now. Now I’m obsessed with Foster Beach and Lake Michigan.

So while obsessing over the perfect wave photo on a blustery evening, I got a little too close to the lakefront edge when a wave crashed over me, soaking my body and my phone. Though it was a financial bummer that my phone died, it meant that I would get a new model with an awesomely better camera.

I bought one of the latest iPhone models, the 6s. This isn’t an Apple fanboy post, though I am fond of Apple products. This is more about the amazement of cameraphone technology from a photographer’s perspective. Though I worked with film as a kid, I sorta grew up with digital cameras. My mom bought me a Fujifilm FinePix 2mp camera as a gift in high school—and I loved that thing—though it’s a crappy camera by today’s standard.

It’s amazing that, in my pocket, I have a 12mp camera with decent quality that I can manually control. I can set the ISO, the shutter, and the aperture, while also adjusting the white balance. With another app, I can add color and contrast adjustments, while also cropping the image to make it stronger. It’s great, and it also makes telephone calls.

Is it better than my dSLR? Heck no. But it’s pretty good though, for a cameraphone.