Carrion Cafe sign – Nikon D810, f13, 1/400, ISO 320, Nikkor 18-200mm at 200mm, natural light
Two days ago I saw a sign I hadn’t seen before and it had me laughing out loud, the sign simply said “Carrion Cafe” in an area that earlier in the year may have had a Turkey Vulture hanging around or soaring overhead. And I laughed a bit louder when I realized it had droppings dripping down the sign too. I took this close up of the sign.
Carrion Cafe – Nikon D810, f13, 1/500, , ISO 320, Nikkor 18-200mm at 200mm, natural light
And I also took several photos from farther away to show the habitat where the sign is located. I found myself wishing that there had been a Turkey Vulture in the frame too but most of the vultures have migrated away from northern Utah. Still, it would have been fun to have one near this sign or even perched on it.
Box Elder County Turkey Vulture portrait – Nikon D500, f7.1, 1/800, ISO 250, -0.7 EV, Nikkor 500mm VR with 1.4x TC, natural light, not baited
And then I had a thought, why not create a composite and place a turkey vulture in the frame digitally? So I dug through my archives and found this Turkey Vulture portrait I had taken in early May of this year, pulled it into Photoshop, got rid of the background, flipped the bird (the pun was not intended) and placed it into the photo above.
Turkey Vulture at the Carrion Cafe – Composite of two photos
And this was the final resulting composite of the two images together. I kind of like it. The Turkey Vulture could be the Maître D’.
I’m pretty sure none of us would like to dine at the Carrion Cafe or sip anything liquid found there but I had a bit of fun playing with these photos and I hope you’ll enjoy your visit to the Carrion Cafe. The vultures think the food there is to die for.
Life is good. Have fun with it.