Thank you very much for all your positive response and your bookmarks on Photoblogs.org!!!
When we visited the harbor in Stuttgart yesterday to shoot some pictures, we saw a pigeon lying on its back. At first we thought that the bird was dead, but after we got close to it, it opened its eyes. Five minuted later, it was standing on its feet, although it still seemed a little dizzy. We found a second pigeon about 20 meters away also lying there, as if it had taken a very strong hit. Therefore we assume, the two birds crashed into each other in midair, maybe fighting over a female.
At first look the picture is a little depressing. Interesting story to this one. Roberto Amorim @ 2006-April-29 17:40
Yeah, first you think it's dead, but when you read the story you start smiling! Kris @ 2006-April-29 18:29
Sachen gibts....ich weiss nicht wiviel Mauersegler ich schon so gesehen habe....die Knallen immer gegen unser Fenster...:( Jens @ 2006-April-29 19:54
Like the others are saing. First you think its dead and then you read the story. Great shot by the way. Erik @ 2006-April-29 20:35
Or just sleeping. Lovely DOF here. toby holman @ 2006-April-29 21:20
Nice shot, and story. What a weird scene to come across. Heath @ 2006-April-29 22:29
An extremely powerful image. Extraordinary. AG @ 2006-April-30 00:18
That is very strange indeed. ROB @ 2006-April-30 00:52
I could not help but laugh when I saw this. I guess it must be the way it looks drunk and passed out. Tuan @ 2006-April-30 01:42
not a great shot (by your standards lol!), but interesting when partnered with the story (which has me grinning & chuckling!) MrC @ 2006-April-30 10:30
1st impression was awww, sad, it dead, but after reading your comments, I burst out laughing. Good one, like the image and the comments. Suby Suby @ 2006-April-30 11:30
Were there any empty beer cans lying about? I've seen pigeons like this before. They go out on the town, promise themselves they're not going to drink as much as last week but a few hours later they wake up in the gutter and can't remember how they got there. It's a shame. tore @ 2006-April-30 11:48
I thought it was dead at first!!! Great capture! wish you had caught it wish the open eyes tho :P JD @ 2006-April-30 12:06
@MrC: Can you be more specific on what aspect exactly you think was substandard? If you mean processing, well yes, it's basically a straight conversion from RAW.
@JD: Would you still think it was dead if it had it's eyes open? Btw, we're still unsure about posting a second shot from the other pigeon, which indeed shows open eyes... sknop @ 2006-April-30 13:35
... basically i love almost everything you post & think that they're all amazing shots (often inspiring) ... however, nothing about this really grabbed me (apart from the story!!)
... so i thought i would say so ;)
i have gone back to look at it again .. the focus on the floor is great, & the pigeon itself is fantastic .. so i suppose therefore i'm not liking the background, & maybe the centrality of the subject in the shot?
cheers guys & hope that my opinion doesn't offend, lol ;)
MrC MrC @ 2006-April-30 15:45
Glad the bird was OK! He looks like he's sleeping. About the photo, I love the angle you have chosen to shoot this at. It really gets us down on the level and takes us to this location. andy @ 2006-May-1 04:59
@MrC: No offence taken at all ;-)
We are open to all comments, positive or negative, but we would like criticism to be as specific and detailed as possible so we can understand the point of view and hopefully learn from it. Sebastian & Ella @ 2006-May-1 13:22
Okay...I laughed out loud when I saw this. Maybe that makes me insensitive, but after scrolling through a number of beautiful images, a 'dead bird' shot is perfect. Ryan @ 2006-May-1 16:44
Haha! I can't say I've ever seen anything like that before. But yesterday I did see a male mallard duck limping along the path, later to see him chasing anything and every duck out of the pond. No wonder why he's limping.
Lovely shot and perspective. Christine @ 2006-May-1 19:56
I like this. The background is so industrial, it dramatizes the pigeon's situation. Your story gives a relief :-) Excellent capture, and story. Emré @ 2006-May-2 09:15
Wow, crazy story, good shot Ray @ 2006-May-3 19:33
Poor bird... great photo! Susy @ 2006-May-22 17:40