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Full House - 3 gents, 2 pigeons
Melethia


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Challenge: Street Photography (Advanced Editing V)
Collection: Challenges 2007
Camera: Canon EOS-30D
Lens: Canon EF 24-105mm f/4.0L IS
Location: Wiesbaden, Germany
Date: Feb 16, 2007
Date Uploaded: Feb 18, 2007

A lovely sunny afternoon in Wiesbaden. I sat on the bench opposite these gentlemen and shot them for awhile. The one in the middle knew what I was up to - the other two never noticed as far as I could tell. I suspect these guys occupy this bench on a fairly regular basis.

It will be interesting to see if anyone notices that there are actually three pigeons in this picture...

My other option for this challenge was taken just to the right of where I was sitting. I'll stick that one in my portfolio after the challenge.

Post processing - used a method to convert to B&W that Timfy told me about, using two hue/sat layers (100% desat on the top one, adjustments in lightness to hues on the bottom one) and a selective color layer underneath for minor adjustments as well. I suspect it would pretty much look the same had I used the channel mixer, but it's always good to try something new. Smart sharpen, resize, add border, save. Also cloned out a hose under one gentleman's foot.

(The extra pigeon is in the planter beside the gentleman with the "to do" list, just to his right and partly behind him.)

Statistics
Place: 12 out of 288
Avg (all users): 6.7119
Avg (commenters): 8.0526
Avg (participants): 6.6207
Avg (non-participants): 6.8000
Views since voting: 2285
Views during voting: 405
Votes: 236
Comments: 56
Favorites: 5 (view)


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02/24/2013 02:27:50 PM
Can't get much better than this. I love your pigeon shots. They're so much more than just pigeon shots. :)
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10/28/2008 03:49:06 AM
lovely image
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01/12/2008 12:01:28 AM
well seen & excellent in B&W! love the seeiming ease with which these guys while away the day...I agree with your suspicions, that these guys convene here on a regular basis; nice to have the companionship, I imagine :)
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12/30/2007 02:46:52 PM
brilliant shot .. love that guy in the middle watching you and the others totally oblivious ..
deb ... i've looked and looked and cant see pigeon number 3 ..??
he must'v flown away ..
clever pigeon !!!..:)
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06/07/2007 02:36:02 AM
did i say great shot? ! now do anuther one for candid
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06/06/2007 05:24:11 PM
damn how did i miss this one. this shot is great! made even cooler by the fact that I was born in Wiesbaden:)
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05/09/2007 11:43:35 PM
This photo ages well - I think because the 3 guys are all concentrating on different things. (Is it my monitor? Can ever so barely make out that fragment of pigeon 3).
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03/03/2007 09:51:15 PM
Terrific shot, Deb! Where's that other $#%@&%$@ pigeon?????
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03/01/2007 06:44:01 PM
Congrats on the high finish! Love the shadows.
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02/28/2007 11:25:19 PM
Congrats, Deb! I just knew you'd get something good for this challenge! New 2nd best score and a 12th. Very well-earned! :)
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02/28/2007 05:22:00 AM
Fantastic shot Deb and congratulations on top 20 baby!! Every character in this shot commands my interest. I'm so glad it scored so well! So is the guy on the left playing Gameboy? : )
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02/27/2007 09:12:49 PM
Oh, this one's great! Excellent capture! Sometimes I wish I lived in Europe...
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02/27/2007 08:15:49 PM
nice job, Deb, and a strong finish in this tough challenge!
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02/27/2007 06:05:38 PM
This was one of my favs, I gave it a 10. I see it placed pretty well!
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02/27/2007 04:44:56 PM
ok I give up, where's the third bird?
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02/27/2007 02:22:19 PM
what a great character shot...I love that you caught this moment....
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02/26/2007 09:33:46 PM
Ah the boy's club! LOL Great image and fantastic score! I think the guy in the middle is giving you eye! :-P Congrats on the top 20!
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02/26/2007 06:55:10 PM
This is creamy smooth. Thanks for sharing the shared workflow.
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02/26/2007 06:20:34 PM
Great score and a terrific placement. Funny I actually like "Your hair is fine" and "In Color" more though (a lot more). Being honest, I really wasn't a fan of this picture. Don't get me wrong, it is a good shot. I like the exposure, a good use of the frame, good depth and sharpness, and great textures. The expressions are wonderful and I like how the guy in the middle kind of stands out compared to dress and expression. I can see why this photo did so well for you. I think my problem is I "personally" can't relate to the photo and really has nothing to do with the photo itself. Congrats again!
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02/26/2007 01:45:16 PM
this is cool,
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02/26/2007 01:42:37 PM
Deb this is awesome, i didnt have time to vote in this challenge. wish i had cause i would have voted high on this. Looks like timfy's method worked great.
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02/26/2007 12:48:56 PM
Deb,
Love this photo! Gave it a high score, as did a lot of other people, by the look of that finish :-) Not only is it a brilliant photo, but the title is marvelous. BTW, you beat the master himself, Henri. (Did you see that thread?)
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02/26/2007 10:08:43 AM
Oh Deb!!!!! Congratulations!!! This is AWESOME!!! I didn't get to this one in the voting :( But I'm sure you would have had one more 9 or 10 if I had.

What a great moment you captured! I knew you would do good in this challenge, this is something that you photograph so well!

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02/26/2007 08:52:26 AM
This was one of my "silent sevens" and in a challenge with fewer brilliant entries it would have gotten a higher score AND a comment from me. Great capture. The connection between the one man and the pigeons is palpable. It kind of makes you wonder if the other two men are pigeons.
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02/26/2007 08:02:01 AM
Great finish with a great photo Deb!!! Woots! :)
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02/26/2007 06:51:29 AM
great shot. Congrats
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02/26/2007 04:54:46 AM
it was yours!:) what a great photo, I love their expressions:)
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02/26/2007 03:25:47 AM
A great image Deb. Congrats on finishing 12th
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02/26/2007 02:19:35 AM
Well done, top dozen, Germany is good for you!
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02/26/2007 01:59:42 AM
Wow DEb, you are having a ball in europe, and getting some good results, almost front page well done.
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02/26/2007 12:58:24 AM
Well done Deb! 12th place in a strong field is great! Congrats!
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02/26/2007 12:55:05 AM
Way to go Deb. This is REALLY good. Love the tones. Nicely done.
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02/26/2007 12:34:39 AM
nice finish :)
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02/26/2007 12:22:21 AM
got a 10 from me, melly! and congrats on the super high score in a tough contest!

Message edited by author 2007-02-26 00:26:02.
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02/26/2007 12:06:00 AM
Awesome Deb!! This was one of my top 5!! You rawk BW !!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
02/25/2007 05:06:13 PM
Sweet shot - funny title as well - Nicely done!
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02/25/2007 10:11:39 AM
Good capture of personality and presentation of some humor. Meets the challenge well. (10)
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02/24/2007 05:27:19 PM
Hate the title- love the photo. Although I would prefer a little less foreground and a tad more background (Yes the pigeons can go) Evokes a feeling in me. 8
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02/24/2007 11:13:25 AM
Great image love the subjects. :)
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02/24/2007 07:52:20 AM
Great shot totally meeting challenge. I love the scene, the focus on the three men, the contrast is good, the two pigeons just adds it up a bit. Succesful shot. 10
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02/23/2007 07:43:20 PM
The first thing that comes to mind, is "how cute!" which probably isn't what you want to hear! But really, it's a great photo. I love the reactions on the faces, especially the man on the right looking at the pigeons. It really brings a smile to my face.
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02/22/2007 11:27:39 PM
Perfect! 10
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02/22/2007 03:03:10 AM
i think if this was to be retaken i would cut the bottom sction with the birds and focus on the three guys playing cards. i think it looses something due to not being cropped tight enough. good effort though
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02/21/2007 10:05:16 PM
this is great - 9
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02/21/2007 05:31:07 AM
This is a great street picture... I'm sure Henri Cartier-Bresson would have done something like it... congrats...
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02/20/2007 08:27:09 PM
Neat shot. I like the three old timers just enjoying the day. I like the title too.
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02/20/2007 04:45:02 PM
Charming photo with these three distinguished gentlemen. Only wished you caught them at a moment of interaction to give it that little something extra.
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02/20/2007 12:28:26 PM
oh, what a restful atmosphere. All 5 taking in the sun.
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02/20/2007 07:03:21 AM
Very warm feel to the image, looks right out of old times album and the pigeons add a very lively feel to it 8
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02/20/2007 12:38:26 AM
Wonderful capture. The men don't seem to be relating with one another, yet, they appear comfortable in company. Makes one wonder. Are they family? Two brothers out for a stroll in the sunshine with their father perhaps? Friends enjoying a brief moment of reminiscence? Just marvellous. Elegantly converted to b&w too.
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02/19/2007 07:19:11 PM
dont like the title, love the picture :P
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02/19/2007 03:53:53 PM
WHY do they always sit in threes? This is a world-wide phenomenon! Love it by the way.
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02/19/2007 12:45:22 PM
I can almost see what each is thinking about: the fellow on the left is checking his lottery ticket, the one on the right is watching the birds, and the man in the middle is trying to see what you were up to! Nice photo.
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02/19/2007 11:10:20 AM
What a great shot. Def a top 5 shot IMO. Composition is right on, the sharpness and clarity are there, and I absolutely love the title and the expressions on their faces. Nicely done. 10
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02/19/2007 10:33:22 AM
cool picture
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02/19/2007 12:24:57 AM
Beautiful composition and great subjects
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