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What a warm day yesterday was, I got plenty done in the garden, the tatties are planted finally, the cricket was missed, but the tea still flowed. Oh, and the dogs lay asleep on the settee during all this activity, proving I am nothing like a dog, bare with me I have an itch behind my ear which I can only reach with my foot.
Today is tidy up day, there is loads of rubbish in the garden which needs chucking. Who said "there will be more rubbish when I go outside", the cheek of it.
It seems never ending at the minute, although it will be worth all the work in the end, I hope. I can see myself sitting out there with the BBQ going, enjoying fresh veg and pretty flowers with buzzy bees and other insects going about their business of posing for photographs. Of course, by the time I've finished there will probably be snow on the ground and Santa going down the chimney. Being stubborn or so I'm told, I'll still sit out with the BBQ alight enjoying sprouts and empty flower beds in my hawaiin shorts. What an awful thought, not the cold but me in shorts. Having said all that, at least the insects will be easier to photograph cocooned inside tiny ice cubes.

Todays upload was taken the very day I got my little Nikon.
I took a wander around Mowbray Park in Sunderland, the sun was going down and there were the remains of the snowfall from a few days before. Everyone was wrapped up to try and keep out the bitter cold. There were children playing in the distant playground, the sound of which broke the deathly silence that had fallen over the rest of the park.
I was not alone as I meandered around the pond looking at the birds, a lady arrived with a bag of bread to feed the adbundance of feathered friends that were calmly enjoying the water and the slight warmth of the low sun.
As the bread crumbs began to be scattered the birds flocked around the lady, once alone in her small area of the park she now had hundreds of friends all wanting to be with her, even if only for a short while.
Watching from the other side of the pond, I felt a bit like someone who hadn't been invited to a party, but was watching the festivities through a window.
I decided I would capture this moment, just as I took the shot there was a loud noise from the nearby road, this spooked the birds who left rather hurriedly as if a fire alarm had been rung, none of them saying thank you or goodbye to their host.
The birds never returned, it was as if they blamed the lady for the noise.
She spread the remaining crumbs around, wrapped herself tightly in her coat and made for the exit.
The party was over.

I hope you like this one, thanks for looking and for any comments.

Brand:NIKON
Camera:Nikon Coolpix S570 Check out Nikon Nation!
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Date Taken:2 Feb 2010 - 3:34 PM
Focal Length:25mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/2.7
Aperture:f/6.6
Shutter Speed:1/80sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
ISO:800
Exposure Mode:Program AE
Metering Mode:Multi-segment
Flash:Off, Did not fire
Title:Feeding the Birds
Username:Hop-A-Long Hop-A-Long
Uploaded:21 May 2012 - 12:00 PM
Tags:Birds, Bread, Cold, Feed, Park. mowbray, Party, Portraits / people, Sun, Winter
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saeidNL
saeidNL  4 Netherlands3 Constructive Critique Points
21 May 2012 - 12:05 PM

Fantastic and wonderful capture,very well done,
saeid

franken
franken e2 Member 113048 forum postsfranken vcard Wales4 Constructive Critique Points
21 May 2012 - 1:33 PM

Impressive capture.

Ken

gary_d
gary_d e2 Member 6519 forum postsgary_d vcard Wales12 Constructive Critique Points
21 May 2012 - 2:06 PM

I come on site thinking I have a few moments to catch up on a few and find myself using them to read your write ups, I just get immersed in your stories and the time is gone, great fun though, a great shot too. - gary

nonur
nonur e2 Member 5nonur vcard Turkey8 Constructive Critique Points
21 May 2012 - 2:35 PM

Good reading and shot!Smile

christinecilia
christinecilia e2 Member 2christinecilia vcard England
21 May 2012 - 2:58 PM

great photo like it Grin

taggart
taggart e2 Member 942 forum poststaggart vcard United States12 Constructive Critique Points
21 May 2012 - 3:05 PM

Amazing chaos!

mikbee
mikbee e2 Member 7mikbee vcard Scotland7 Constructive Critique Points
21 May 2012 - 3:18 PM

I believe you Andy,and I am sure that it was not you that let off the bang to get the pic' !!
Good shot of them all in a flutter here.
Mick.

mrswoolybill
mrswoolybill Critique Team 7394 forum postsmrswoolybill vcard United Kingdom967 Constructive Critique Points
21 May 2012 - 4:16 PM


Quote: Amazing chaos!

Spot on.
I like the flurry of wings, I find the top section of the frame distracting. I'd be inclined to crop down to the 'top' of the path, the point where it turns sharp left and disappears from sight.
Moira

woolybill1
woolybill1 e2 Member 7woolybill1 vcard United Kingdom65 Constructive Critique Points
21 May 2012 - 4:37 PM

I am a great admirer of little compact cameras - in the right hands. They prove that it's the photographer that takes the picture after all. And the motion blur is a treat!. If in doubt, shoot Smile
Love the story - as usual.
Regards
Bill

jaktis
jaktis e2 Member 1081 forum postsjaktis vcard Sweden
21 May 2012 - 5:23 PM

Takes a lot of bread to feed them all

Peter

danbrann
danbrann e2 Member 9472 forum postsdanbrann vcard 15 Constructive Critique Points
21 May 2012 - 5:41 PM

Tip top Andy.

AnneWorner
AnneWorner e2 Member 6602 forum postsAnneWorner vcard United States41 Constructive Critique Points
21 May 2012 - 6:02 PM

Wonderful flurry of wings. I have a similar image in my PF and I was glad the birds didn't fly over me. I do agree with Moira about the crop from the top. I think it will simplify the image and remove distracting objects.

Anne

ChristineD
ChristineD e2 Member 8ChristineD vcard England
21 May 2012 - 8:51 PM

What a mass of birds, didn't notice the lady at fist.

ugly
ugly e2 Member 6ugly vcard United Kingdom55 Constructive Critique Points
22 May 2012 - 11:08 AM

very nice work..
A vote from me...

Dave

Glostopcat
Glostopcat e2 Member 8231 forum postsGlostopcat vcard England2 Constructive Critique Points
9 Jun 2012 - 10:30 PM

You've caught the action superbly Andy and your write up was most entertaining to read as always

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