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Fellow Trekearth members. I will always reciprocate with comments and marks!

Pigeons in Krakow, Poland.

A great opportunity to buy some inferior quality grain from gypsies at overinflated prices, and feed pigeons.

To achieve the demonstrated effect, one useful way to get the birds off the ground is to have an assistant (in this case my wife, sat LHS of the image) throw a hat into the air (can you spot the hat, or is that pigeon poo?). The birds scatter like rats from a sinking ship thinking the hat is a bird of prey! The photographer then goes 'click' on a slow(ish) shutter speed to get an effect of motion.

Be warned; disgruntled children quickly complain of your ruining their fun, but after 2 attempts I think i managed to get the right shot. Luckily, the dissatisfaction only came from my son and daughter, and a small clip round their earholes soon silenced their sour consternations!

In PS desaturated, and fiddled around with the curves to stretch out the contrast. Burns applied here and there. Sharpened and cropped.

Constructive criticism always appreciated as wanting to slip this one into a competition soon, so feel free to rip this image to pieces.

I know this image is too small, but right now, nothing I can do to change that...Sorry!

Best regards,

Vic,

London
6th November 2008

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