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Pigeon chasing

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Challenge: Games II (Advanced Editing VII)
Collection: Challenges 2008
Camera: Canon EOS-30D
Lens: Canon EF 24-105mm f/4.0L IS
Location: Wiesbaden
Date: Apr 26, 2008
Aperture: f/7.1
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/500
Date Uploaded: Apr 26, 2008

When I saw the challenge, I immediately knew this was the game I wanted to shoot. Then I thought about it during the week and decided that many people would not consider this a game. I posit that it is indeed a game, albeit not one which is scored nor one which will ever be featured in the Olympics. It takes a skilled player and a bunch of pigeons. Each player seems to have his or her own objective - just scattering the pigeons, trying to divide them, watching them fly, or forcing them into a tree, for instance. This young lad played for the latter objective. Once he got them into the tree, he'd stop and stare and make sure they stayed there. Then he'd move on to the next unruly batch of feathered opponents. There was a second, younger player, but he was somewhat new to the game - he would merely creep up on the opponents, and should the opponents make a move, he'd back off. I'm sure, though, that he'll soon develop the skills needed to fully participate. I deduced that from the wonderful grin he had while watching the more skilled player.

So DNMC me again. :-)

I'd like to have had a better shot, but I only had this morning to shoot and the light in this particular playing field wasn't kind. I suppose I really need to find a way to herd the players (small child, pigeons) somewhere where the light is better suited... Ah well. At any rate, for the two of you who read this stuff, hope you enjoyed my tale for this week!

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Place: 56 out of 123
Avg (all users): 5.6012
Avg (commenters): 6.8333
Avg (participants): 5.3448
Avg (non-participants): 5.7304
Views since voting: 839
Views during voting: 291
Votes: 173
Comments: 19
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02/23/2013 12:03:49 PM
I notice all the birds facing one direction and the little boy the opposite! A terrific capture!
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10/29/2008 05:30:21 AM
Great line-up!
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10/28/2008 03:54:11 AM
What a fun shot! I like the leading lines the row of pigeons create. Great moment with the boy running through the pigeons. Love it!
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06/23/2008 10:20:31 PM
I love this as it show freedom at it best and also fun.
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05/07/2008 11:17:31 PM
Everything comes so delightfully together one might suspect you of witch or pigeon craft. Action, shadows, tiled playing field. Wins.
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05/07/2008 08:52:15 PM
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05/05/2008 08:34:33 PM
Funny story Deb! I have been so lax in comments lately. This is a wonderful shot and it's a game I played as a kid whenever we went into the city, lol. My son also enjoys this game whenever we go to the zoo (which hasn't been at all lately). He prefers the bigger game of chase the peacock, but will take the pigeons if that's all that's available. The lines and shadows are so cool!
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05/05/2008 07:37:53 PM
The writeup's every bit as good as the shot! :)
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05/05/2008 12:13:26 PM
I like the angle of the birds. It's almost a diagonal. You really captured the child in a great position.
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05/05/2008 10:39:43 AM
i thought this one was yours. pigeon chasing, stick scraping - all the best kind of games... i think the best part is (are?) the shadows of the birds he's just scared - is he chasing shadows or the birds?
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05/05/2008 09:09:56 AM
oh man this came soooo close to getting my ribbon...
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05/05/2008 08:57:22 AM
The diagonal pigeoun game! (Or March of the Zombie Pigeons) What fun! As usual, great use of light and shadow. I love how the shadows of the birds almost complete that diagonal line.

I agree - this is a game. And it's fun to watch the kids play it too.
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05/05/2008 07:51:49 AM
FWIW this got my highest vote in the challenge. Pretty much every kid who encounters pigeons in the city learns this game ... as does every pigeon ;-) *I* think it should have placed higher!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
05/04/2008 11:02:41 PM
How did you get those pigeons to line up? That boy might have a career in shepherding. Great capture.
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05/02/2008 11:53:31 PM
Not really a game, but try telling him that, right? It's a great capture. A seven for you.
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04/30/2008 10:51:30 PM
The smart pigeons are ignoring the child in favor of hitting up the photographer for a snack, I see.
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04/29/2008 05:37:29 PM
Don't know if this was intentional or a lucky chance but I think the way the birds are lined up makes a nice line into the picture, also like your choice of B+W here, color I think would have taken away from the lines
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04/29/2008 03:38:51 PM
I love this capture of simple childhood fun. The simplicity of the composition only adds to the feeling of simple childhood games.

Well done!
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04/28/2008 01:00:38 PM
Hahah. This is a great moment.
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