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"What do you think of it, then?" | by blinkingidiot
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"What do you think of it, then?"

Canada Geese discussing mural.


This unusual painting on an end terrace by the canal caught my eye months ago.


The problem is to combine it into a composition which does it justice. I've used tow-ropes, swans, cyclists, dog-walkers, canoeists, coots, seagulls and magpies with mixed results.


There are several difficulties:

to get a good reflection, you need good sunlight and no wind ... which in turn means no clouds as background interest;

birds in flight add value, but the birds that are big enough to impact tend to fly too low or too high to be much help, and the gulls, crows and magpies which do fly at the right height don't make enough impact in the shot;

people are always good foreground material, but here they tend to be restricted to cyclists and runners - quick, busy and hard to work with; (I'd love to catch a fisherman here for obvious reasons, but they don't seem to like this stretch);

all of which leaves something in the water ; unfortunately, no dead bodies have turned up on my watch so it's water birds ... but they tend to destroy the reflection ... which was one of the main reasons for taking the shot in the first place!


Anyway, this morning, I was working with the angles and trying to keep my shadow out of the shot, when this female, insisted on creeping into my shot ... followed by the male!


So, not perfect, but a shot of a surreal end terrace with foreground ...

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Taken on February 26, 2012