So this morning my alarm sounded at 4am, yep with sunrise now just before 5am this is the time i will be needing to get up to get the best morning light, the weather forecast was for clear skies over night and throughout the morning, so after laying in bed for 5 minuets contemplating life i got up and had a look out the window, clouds!! hey ho i was up now and they were scattered clouds and not a thick blanket so the chance for some nice light was still there,
On the drive to the farm i was then plunged into thick mist (again not ideal) altho mist can be great for photography it wasn't what i wanted today as i was looking and hoping to photograph owls, I got to the farm and as the sun began to rise and popped out above the strip of cloud the mist burnt off and some beautiful light managed to get through, my owl friends obviously had other plans tho, i'm pretty sure i did catch a brief glimpse of a little owl but this brings me to the point of this blog....... below is the only picture i took this morning,
yep a pigeon!!
One of the most common birds in Europe and considered pests and vermin by many, i often wonder with common species that if there were only a few left on the planet would our perception of them change dramatically?? Would they suddenly become more beautiful and gracious to our eyes?
Sometimes the hardest pictures to get are good pictures of the most common things, Pigeons are so common that you don't get the "wow" factor like you do with a picture of an owl, some people go their whole lives without seeing a wild owl, i'd be surprised if there were many people that go a day without seeing a pigeon, at first i was a bit disappointed that the only picture i took this morning was of a Pigeon but if i hadn't taken this i would have had no pictures at all and i really like this picture!! technically its right, compositionally great and its razor sharp, it just has a nice feeling to it, it perfectly represents the morning i had, great light and chilling out watching the world wake up, i also i know when the owls do show up I'm ready, you can't expect to only take pictures when a 2 second opportunity arrises and perform to the highest level, until everything falls into place i will continue to take great pictures of whatever i see no matter how common or however viewed by people, some of the most amazing animals around the world are viewed as pests or vermin, maybe photos can make people look again I'm certainly glad i did.
Pigeons are considered to be one of the most intelligent birds on the planet and able to undertake tasks previously thought to be the sole preserve of humans and primates. The pigeon has also been found to pass the ‘mirror test’ (being able to recognise its reflection in a mirror) and is one of only 6 species, and the only non-mammal, that has this ability. The pigeon can also recognise all 26 letters of the English language as well as being able to conceptualise. In scientific tests pigeons have been found to be able to differentiate between photographs and even differentiate between two different human beings in a photograph when rewarded with food for doing so.
Click the image below to check out my blog on the wedding i shot recently, not something i usually do so new and challenging for me.
So this is just a quick blog entry about this picture, i managed to get this last week, this is about how i got it or more why i was able to get it, sometimes the most amazing things happen when you least expect them and i always try to have my camera with me or close by, obviously this isn’t always possible or practical but where it is i try to stick to this rule, this is one such occasion where it paid off,