It’s funny how you can take a photograph and something that you might think of as being detrimental ends up adding an unexpected new dimension to the image.
I took this photograph of a lovely lady feeding pigeons a month or so ago. I was in my mobility scooter at the time and by the time I’d got into position to take the shot her bag of seeds was empty.
This was something that bothered me a little. I’m a perfectionist and the image in my mind had included a scattering of seeds falling to the hungry pigeons.
I spotted a late comer to the feast from the corner of my eye and I can honestly say that I surprised myself a little by getting my timing perfect – just a single shot, no ten frames per second for me!
Anyway, the photo has been getting a bit of attention on Facebook after a street photography group chose it as the cover for the group’s page. Amongst the many comments that it had was one from someone who said they love how the Disney stars seem to be falling from her fish and chip bag. I hadn’t even noticed that! No need for the seeds then.
I’m sure there’s something to learn from this? Don’t get attached to how things “should be” I suppose – A good lesson for me to mindfully carry into the rest of life too.
So I hope you like the image of the pigeon that’s been frozen in mid-air by the magic stars falling from the pigeon lady’s bag 😉
images and words © Miles Pilling