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June 2004 Jeffrey W. Greeniaus

Pigeon Feeding*

Valencia, Spain

Okay, another picture from Spain this year. We were feeding pigeons, and have some really GREAT pictures of my girlfriend feeding them (great face) but she would kill me if I posted them. That aside, while she was in the swarm of birds, this little kid decided to throw a ball at them instead of bird seed. Moments later his mom came a stole him away; needless to say the birds 'ran away' for a moment, took about 5 seconds for them to come back for the food.

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Canon DSLR Challenge28-Sep-2004 02:16
Thanks for the comment, actually the kid REALLY thru it (well for a little kid anyway), there was a huge group of pigeons to the right of the frame and they went a little crazy, unfortunately the ones around the kid just sort of waddled around. :o) Very tame I guess (helps when there's a lady selling bird seed there daily to crazy tourists like us). I agree the ball a little farther would be good, but alas, no such luck. Thanks again. Jeff
Canon DSLR Challenge28-Sep-2004 01:06
A nonphotographic comment first: the biomechanics of the kid's toss is really revealed here. The ball is sitting high while is hand is outstretch-he released it way too early which is why there is no power to the toss of a child. From the decisive moment, I would argue that a second later would have been better (you too lost power due to an early release ;-) - when the pigeons take off and as long as the ball is still visible you would have a story.