fly by

fly by - street photography

heidelberg, germany

The young girl licks her lips after finishing a mouthful of her father’s food.

Her eyes are fixed on the pigeon hoping it would come closer so as to feed it.

Meanwhile the pigeons’ buddy flies overhead as if in salute.

the white pigeon

the white pigeon - street photography

los angeles, california

My eye often tends to be drawn to collections of lines and shapes that collectively create a balanced composition. Lines and Lines #2 are a couple of examples.

I could see this scene had potential but it lacked something to make it a strong image. I returned to this spot three times to see what I could do with it.

On the third occasion this white pigeon appeared out of nowhere and I thought great! Just what I need to lift this shot. I knew exactly where I wanted it to be for a balanced composition but you know what they say about working with children and animals!

If I tried coaxing it into position there was a danger it would either fly off or I would find myself in the wrong place to take the shot. The only thing I could do was stand, wait and send good vibes.

And I did for what seemed like an eternity. The Gods must have been sending their good vibes on that day too because the pigeon dutifully walked to the perfect spot and I took the shot!

here’s looking at you kid

Here's Looking At You

santa barbara, california

Sometimes lady luck helps. I got as close as I could, stuck the camera in the Pelican’s face and took one shot just before he flew off.