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town Pigeon (Columbidae)

town Pigeon (Columbidae)
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Copyright: Dan Bachmann (danbachmann) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 74 W: 19 N: 151] (571)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2013-02-23
Categories: Birds
Camera: leica, Leica 50mm
Exposure: f/1.7, 1/750 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2013-02-28 15:13
Viewed: 2590
Points: 5
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The common urban pigeon rarely gets respect, though they have never offended me and that is probably because of childhood memories chasing them around while my parents giggled.

My time in London has seen the pigeon become a public enemy due to disease and deterioration of statues. Chlorine was put into water in fountains, feeding the birds became a crime and falcons were brought in Trafalgar Square to thin the crowd.

There are still plenty of them around, so I'm not opposed to plan. One thing that I have noticed is so many pigeons have missing toes. I asked some friends about this and they suspected getting sitting on electric power lines must be the cause or maybe fights with cats.

A bit of poking around on the Internet reveals two common claims maining coming down to disease/infection with the cause being from standing in their own droppings or having the feet tangled in stray string or even hair. That is almost as strange as what my friends had guessed.

I've posed another version of this shot not cropped as tight and in black and white which is more artistic and less TrekNature style. You can see it here if you like on Flickr.

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照的很清晰 也很有創意

Hello Dan.
Good plumage details exposing the shot in colors. The b+w in Flickr is good as well.
Thanks and kind regards.

Hi Dan,

Although previously we didn't know each other, I'm always glad when an old TN-member returns to the site, so welcome back! Hopefully you'll stay with us. About this photo: the scene's simple, but having potential. Although I feel the empty space on left is too much, the pigeon was placed too closed to the edge on right, "in the name of rule of thirds". In my opinion sometimes we must use this rule differently, and this is a perfect occasion. If you choose a portrait format with vertical crop (see WS), you use the rule also, because the main compositional element, the head of the pigeon, is in the upper third - and the photo becomes, at least in my opinion, much more powerful this way. Secondly, the plumage of the bird seems slightly oversharpened.

About your useful note (finally, not a wikipedia copy!!!): imho fight with cats is much more credible reason than "having the feet tangled in stray string or even hair". The version of your photo on Flickr is better - practically I don't understand why you used so narrow cropping on right here. However, the choice of f/1,7 is a direct hit to reach as shallow DoF as possible to mish-mash the boring background.

Well, as said, I hope you stay on the site and we can see many more images of you. Good luck! Best regards, László

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