You had one job! — Cee’s Odd Ball Photo Challenge: January 28, 2018

This is our entry this week for  Cee’s Odd Ball Photo Challenge: January 28, 2018.

This photo shows an increasingly angry barefoot bride and her groom trying unsuccessfully to scatter pigeons for a wedding photo in front of Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris on a chilly and overcast day. Before taking this image, we saw them make at least a dozen unsuccessful runs through the disinterested pigeons. We have no idea what the bride was saying to the groom, but from the expressions and body language she shared between the runs, it was clear that the bride felt that the groom had just one job and that was to make the pigeons fly.

 

This photo was taken on September 19, 2016. Specs are:

Canon 100D, ISO 800, f/8.0, 1/160 sec, 40mm.

 

Pigeons in Syntagma Square — Cee’s Odd Ball Photo Challenge: July 2, 2017

This is our entry in Cee’s Odd Ball Photo Challenge: July 2, 2017.

This photo was taken in Syntagma Square (Constitution Square) in front of the  Old Royal Palace where the Greek Parliament meets in Athens, Greece.  As we waited for the Changing of the Guard ceremony, the pigeons amused us by strutting back and forth searching for stray dropped bits of food. This pigeon showed no fear of us tourists or of the camera sitting on the ground.

This photo was taken on October 4, 2016. Specs are:

Olympus TG-4,  ISO 125, f/5, 1/200 sec, 18 mm

Take 2 – Cee’s Odd Ball Photo Challenge: May 28, 2017

This is our entry in Cee’s Odd Ball Photo Challenge: May 28, 2017.

A popular meeting place near the Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris, France, is the bronze equestrian statue of Charlemagne and his guards.  It’s popular because it’s easy to find and shaded for some respite on hot sunny days. Notre Dame and its surrounding area is also popular with wedding photographers.  Did I mention that there are a lot of pigeons there?  They like the area around Charlemagne, too.  The last time we were there, a wedding photographer was directing his young clients to run through the massed pigeons on the ground, so that he could get an action shot of them framed by the startled flock.  Needless to say, this took many tries (the groom was a slow study), but the pigeons obligingly settled back on the ground after each try.  The photo below shows the couple checking the results with the photographer after the latest attempt.

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Take 2

This photo was taken on September 19, 2016. Specs are:

Canon 100D, ISO 800. f/14, 1/640 sec, 41 mm