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JJ Pigeon Chasing

By kaoskode    
My grand nephew Jaryn or JJ about 23 months old first time at the Houston Zoo chasing
pigeons on the shore of Lake McGovern Herman Park Houston Texas with my Daughters Sandra and Alina.

Tags: Landscape and travel Wildlife and nature


banehawi Plus
16 2.2k 4149 Canada
13 Apr 2015 3:44PM
Excellent shot Gary. What opportune timing to include the pigeon taking off.



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kaoskode 8 1 United States
13 Apr 2015 3:49PM
Thank you Banehawi,
PranavMishra 8 52 18 India
13 Apr 2015 4:14PM
an image full of life and joy..
kaoskode 8 1 United States
13 Apr 2015 4:30PM
Thank you peekay that is what I was hoping to convey emotion wise.
TanyaH Plus
17 1.3k 409 United Kingdom
13 Apr 2015 4:50PM
It's a lovely scene of your grand nephew enjoying himself Smile I doubt the pigeon thinks that, but it has provided you with a great photo opportunity!
There's actually not a lot I'd change about this ... what I have done, though, is to crop a bit off the right hand side (as I think the ducks on that edge are a little messy) and add a bit of room to the top of the image, so that there's some space between the pigeon's wings and the top of the frame.

I also cloned out half a pigeon on the left hand edge. In or out would work - half in and half out didn't Grin

I upped the vibrancy a little, rather than the saturation of the whole image, as vibrancy only tends to affect the colours that need it (whereas saturation will affect all colours, whether they need it or not!).

mrswoolybill Plus
13 2.2k 2247 United Kingdom
13 Apr 2015 5:10PM
This really is delightful, and very well taken. Lens at its widest, to get the full scene in; shutter speed amply fast enough to freeze human action while capturing the flutter of wing feathers; F8 is the workhorse aperture, it gives what is needed; and most importantly, your timing is perfect!

Two thoughts immediately crossed my mind on opening this - first, that it needs that crop on the right to tidy things up. The crop simplifies the action and concentrates attention on the two main protagonists, the little boy and the pigeon.

Secondly, looking at the background, this seems to me to need a slight anti-clockwise rotation, everything seems to be drifting downwards. That's tricky with the height of the pigeon in the frame, but there are ways and means... I shall try a quick modification.
mrswoolybill Plus
13 2.2k 2247 United Kingdom
13 Apr 2015 5:25PM
I've uploaded a modification. Looking closely at the top of the frame, I think you may already have done some work there, possibly to extend the canvas and complete the bird's wing? Well done, it's very discreetly handled.
paulbroad 13 131 1289 United Kingdom
13 Apr 2015 6:25PM
A well executed shot. Exposure and technique spot on. Ideally slight crop from right and background figures not there, but not really that important for a fine family shot.

A little point though. I never let my kids, and now my grand children, chase wild animals.

kaoskode 8 1 United States
14 Apr 2015 12:52PM
I liked both of the modifications and the advice and agree with both of you. I did crop the shot some and the only processing is in Canons DPP for exposure contrast saturation and sharpness because I use a flat profile to gain a little dynamic range. paulbroad I don't encourage the agitation of any animals my nephew is 23 months and he just
got excited it was his first time going to the zoo and lake. I was not ready for the shot and as the action started I took several shots while predicting when the bird would take off and did my best to have the camera positioned
right and got lucky to get one with the pigeon in the shot. Thanks to all of you who took time to say something. I will upload the shot without the crop so you can see what I did.
kaoskode 8 1 United States
14 Apr 2015 1:01PM
And loaded a modification of the crop I think accounts for your suggestions. Let me know.

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