This guy is a living bat man! Daniel was born blind and uses echo-location to get around. He can even ride his bike using this sixth sense. We don't recommend blindfolding yourself and bike riding on your street Grasshopper ... but maybe do try it around some cushions (with a friend as your catcher) to see how hard it is and how super-powered Daniel is!
Grasshopper: use your ninja nature senses to find your way around your backyard or local park. Take some pics of your mission for your Wild Eyes scorecard!
What to do
Your mission is:
1. GRASSHOPPER, COME CLOSER ...
First: be like Master Po in Kung Fu and get in tune with your senses!
2. NATURALISE YOURSELF
Ninja have to use all their senses. Go out into your backyard or closest nature space and tune in – letting your eyes, ears, nose, and hands take in everything they can. Then, once you’ve become one with nature, take a photo of THREE of the following:
- something in nature you can hear
- something in nature that smells
- something in nature that feels soft
- something in nature you’ve never seen before
- something that is hiding or hidden
- something in nature that is tiny
- something in nature that is huge (like Olly and this giant rata tree!)
3. COME TO YOUR SENSES
Trust your senses to guide you to the most interesting, most touchy-feely-smelly-stinky-loud image that demonstrates the sense – then snap your pics!
This is a picture of a stinkhorn fungus, which looks cool but smells like a rotten fish! Stink one! It uses the smell to attract flies to its spores (which are kind of like fungi seeds).
4. TOP TIPS FOR PRETTY PICS
Crouch down, zoom in, lean over or stand on your tip-toes to get different angles and views. Take a selfie and put yourself in the photo!
Be creative in expressing your ninja subject:
Lou and Ella have been tasting sweet-as-honey harakeke (flax) flower nectar and used the pollen as face-paint/make-up!
5. PRO TIPS #2
Sometimes a photo’s background can be distracting, so check what’s going on behind your subject and frame it so it stands out - like against a clear sky or solid colours, or with the background out of focus.
Bonus challenge: capture a sense in a picture that you can't see: can you HEAR this tīeke?
6. PRO TIPS #3
See if you can capture movement (yes it’s possible Grasshopper) by fiddling with the shutter speed and exposure.
If you have a digital camera or smartphone, it doesn’t cost anything extra for you to take heaps of photos and learn what works best by experimenting.
Check out this kākā parrot set for take off!
Another option is to draw the objects of your nature ninja mission (then photograph the drawings for Wild Eyes!). Let's see those ninja sketching skills unleashed! This is a picture of an albino (white/mā) kiwi in a snowstorm.
Grasshopper: take only photos, leave only footprints ... it's the Wild Eyes way!