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The High Flier...In Search Of Heaven...

Posted by
Pavan Kaul (Mumbai, India) on 25 February 2010 in Animal & Insect and Portfolio.

“No, Jonathan, there is no such place. Heaven is not a place, and it is not a time. Heaven is being perfect.”

“You will begin to touch heaven in the moment that you touch perfect speed. And that isn’t flying a thousand miles an hour, or a million, or flying at the speed of light. Because any number is a limit, and perfection doesn’t have limits. Perfect speed, my son, is being there.”
...Jonathan Livingston Seagull.

This handsome pigeon was perched outside my bathroom window!!! Now don't ask what I was doing with my camera in the bathroom:)

NIKON D70 1/2500 second F/4.0 ISO 800 105 mm

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Dilwenn from Bordeaux, France

Que faisais-tu avec ta caméra dans la salle de bain :))
Magnifique prise, fier et élégant!
Belle journée!

25 Feb 2010 5:59am

@Dilwenn: Shhh...dont ask!!!:)LOL

sherri from Little Rock, Arkansas, United States

What a beauty. The colors shimmer.

25 Feb 2010 6:11am

Samantha from Toronto, Canada

Wow ! Who knew a pigeon could look so regal!? Well done!

25 Feb 2010 6:16am

LauraS from Chico, United States

Not only is the photo spectacular, but the narrative, too. Perfection!

25 Feb 2010 6:19am

Yvon from Orleans, France

wow, lovely portrait, Pavan

25 Feb 2010 6:27am

Sophie from France

Majestueux !

25 Feb 2010 6:53am

Fonts from Barcelona, Spain

Beautiful dove just like the ones we have here. I like the idea of knowing them sisters! A fabulous light and live in their little eyes! A large photograph friend! Adela

25 Feb 2010 6:55am

SOUL AFLAME from The bosom of Mother Nature, United Kingdom, Pavan, you're a man who takes a camera into the bathroom with him. Was it a macro lens! ha ha
A great shot my friend.

25 Feb 2010 6:59am

@SOUL AFLAME: Hey Paul, now aren't you curious!!!LOL!

Tagazou from Montpellier, France

Always so proud!

25 Feb 2010 7:04am

Calusarus from St Sorlin en Valloire, France

What a nice light for this portrait

25 Feb 2010 8:48am

Emmeji from France

Encore une belle prise ! J'aime beaucoup la lumière.

25 Feb 2010 9:13am

itzmedeepa from kerala, India

great shot pavan

25 Feb 2010 9:18am

Manulder from France

Superbe cette profondeur de champ, et le piqué n'en parlons pas magnifique.

25 Feb 2010 9:27am

Richard Standley from Carquefou, France

What a lovely portrait Pavan. Ther light is superb!

25 Feb 2010 9:29am

kate from lincolnshire, United Kingdom

~` haha~~ wonderful picture !~~ you and these birds are one at this time,
they have come to you it seems !!

25 Feb 2010 9:45am

phil from angouleme, France

Ton pote s"est enfin posé , tant mieux ça nous permet d'apprécier son beau plumage mis en valeur par la profondeur de champs et la belle lumiére .

25 Feb 2010 10:05am

Benkirane Thami from Fès, Morocco

Le pigeon, magnifique, prenait aussi son bain de lumière matinale !
Bonne journée lumineuse !

25 Feb 2010 10:09am

Evelyne Dubos from Le Mans, France

I have at last some time to post and come on Aminus friend's blogs... :-)
The light shows well to advantage the lovely colors of its plumage, well done !!

25 Feb 2010 10:13am

Ginnie from Netherlands

This just shows to go ya, Pavan that you have to take your camera with you EVERYWHERE! :D

25 Feb 2010 10:13am

Tomix from landerneau, France

fantastic pigeon, the colors and the light are amazing and very sharp! i'm waiting the next pictures from your bathroom :))

25 Feb 2010 10:15am

theys from Charleroi, Belgium

Beautiful catch of sight, good day with you.

25 Feb 2010 10:25am

eva from Rouen, France

Great words ! beautiful catch !

25 Feb 2010 10:27am

Elisa from Rosario, Argentina

Une prise magnifique, si proche...
A plus
Elisa, Argentine

25 Feb 2010 10:29am

Lannic from Paris, France

I think it was a very good idea to have your camera in the bathroom ! :o)
The light is really perfect and the colors too !

25 Feb 2010 10:33am

Marie-Jezaria from Paris, France

Nicely colors and great DOF ! A lovely capture, well captured !

25 Feb 2010 10:58am

grouser from Ludlow, United Kingdom

Beautifully crisp lit bird portrait

25 Feb 2010 11:10am

Piyush from Blacksburg, United States

Classy shot Pavan. Great focus, perfect timing

25 Feb 2010 12:03pm

Sidney from Manila, Philippines

Will we also see a self-portrait in the bathroom? ;-)
Superb light... Superb bird !

25 Feb 2010 12:13pm

@Sidney: LOL! Not likely Sid:) Thank you!

Tamara from Aarschot, Belgium

Lovely details and great light in this shot ! Well done Pavan :)

25 Feb 2010 12:40pm

tede from Aubenas 07, France

What beautiful light, a king that pigeon!! Nice day, Pavan.

25 Feb 2010 1:03pm

B.Held from Santa Fe, United States

i love the ambiance here

25 Feb 2010 1:19pm

Alun from cheshire, United Kingdom

Really nice shot, good light

25 Feb 2010 1:32pm

JJ from Jersey City, United States

Someone earlier summed it up who knew a pigeon could look so regal, wonderful colors and detail

25 Feb 2010 1:52pm

6ft5 from stockholm, Sweden

Beautiful. You made me want to re-read that book again. Been a long time since.
The light here is purely magical. Thanks!

25 Feb 2010 2:15pm

@6ft5: A great book that must be read again, and again! Cheers:)

Thea from Leeuwarden, Netherlands

A very beautiful bird with wónderful colors..I just lóve that little red eye!!

25 Feb 2010 2:18pm

mohkum from Muscat, Oman

What a shot! Wonderful colours and lighting! Great work from you!

25 Feb 2010 3:19pm

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

Magnificent light on this colorful bird. I love that golden eye.

25 Feb 2010 3:33pm

Mathilde Collot from Fontainebleau, France

The light in her eyes is absolutely superb and gives a tone with mottled plumage is very beautiful!

25 Feb 2010 3:52pm

Mhélène from Paris, France

A superb light ! Very beautiful ...from the bathroom ...:-)

25 Feb 2010 4:03pm

Anne from Singapore, Singapore

Looks like a really handsome proud pigeon, so don't miss the chance to snap :) thanks for the narration. Well done!

25 Feb 2010 4:16pm

john4jack from Corvallis, Oregon, United States

Excellent selective focus and detail. Outstanding light.

25 Feb 2010 4:39pm

Magrat from Germany

Brilliant shot, Pavan! So close... pretty sharp and exciting lightning...

And no... I just don't dare to ask what you're doing with a camera in the bathroom.. :-P

25 Feb 2010 4:52pm

yiannis krikis from thessaloniki, Greece

excellent lighting and colors - frantastic detail

25 Feb 2010 5:06pm

pomme from France

Il pose fièrement et les couleurs sont vraiment belles :)

25 Feb 2010 5:19pm

Carlib from France

I have tried in vain to reply to your comment through E-mail but it didn't go trough§ Got a message saying: Permanent failure...
Well, anyhow, I am happy to discover your "place"!
He's a jolly nice fellow, this one, maybe he wanted in, on the shower!! LOL!!
Cheers, Pavan!

25 Feb 2010 5:52pm

@Carlib: Sorry about the difficulty with the E-mail Carlib, and thank you for the visit and comment! Cheers:)

Sandy Weston from Madison, Maine, United States

LOL about the camera Pavan....but thank goodness you had it there to capture this beauty ;)

25 Feb 2010 6:45pm

kiwisa from North Shore, New Zealand

Brilliant colour and focus and wonderful reference to Jonathan Livingstone Seagull:)

25 Feb 2010 7:04pm

K.B.R from Switzerland

Waw, Great dof wuith this beuatifll bird,
5*, wonderfull shot

25 Feb 2010 7:40pm

✿ Anina ✿ from Auckland, New Zealand

Great shot!!! I love the lighting.

25 Feb 2010 7:50pm

tce76 from Saint Laurent de brèvedent, France

Cadrage un peu serré, mais ratrappé par une belle définition.

25 Feb 2010 8:32pm

flyingwind风飞扬 from Bridgetown, Barbados

yeah, that sunny afternoon... isn't it! great light and angle!

25 Feb 2010 8:39pm

Francine from Buire le sec, France

Wonderful tones and great attitude, go on having your camera with you, even in your bathroom!

25 Feb 2010 9:57pm

Veronelle from Lens, France

;-) un fier oiseau, :-)) great capture

25 Feb 2010 10:30pm

ppeut from Lille, France

A nice portrait of this bird with may details and beautiful colours on the neck.

25 Feb 2010 10:41pm

Bishop from Houston, United States

Beautifully focused... love the details! :)

26 Feb 2010 1:14am

Seraphine from San Francisco, United States

love those little feet.
have you ever noticed,
no matter how muddy the ground is,
that birds never have muddy feet?

26 Feb 2010 4:14am

bluechameleon from Vancouver, Canada

Love the detail in this shot...this really is excellent.

26 Feb 2010 4:51am

jeanne from près de marseille, France

au repos !!!!!

26 Feb 2010 5:28am

khadi from New Delhi, India

Stunning portrait of a bird. I really like the detail and the colours.

26 Feb 2010 6:00am

Sarah from Sydney, Australia

What a majestic looking bird! Beautiful colours and sharp lines. Stunning.

26 Feb 2010 6:37am

fabrizio from rome, Italy

great captured

26 Feb 2010 7:03am

Jestoni Alarcon from Paraiso, Philippines

such a beautiful light showering this beautiful creature! nicely captured Pavan..

26 Feb 2010 7:44am

jpla from St Barthélémy d'Anjou-49, France

Superbe lumière ! Bonne journée.

26 Feb 2010 9:30am

oncho from granada, Spain

Buena captura, magnifica luz y nitidez

26 Feb 2010 10:19am

yz from Budapest, Hungary

beautiful light

26 Feb 2010 10:32am

Karine from orleans, France

Very nice close up !

26 Feb 2010 1:16pm

MARIANA from Waterloo, Canada

Gorgeous . Beautiful light that emphasized the beauty of this pigeon !

26 Feb 2010 2:59pm

vu@granby - Wolfgang from Granby, Canada

Wow, you nailed that one, bravo!

26 Feb 2010 6:26pm

Laur from Clermont-Ferrand, France

Belle lumière sur de jolies couleurs !

26 Feb 2010 7:42pm

Jacqueline from Belgium

imposing, the colors of the pigeon are quite detailed, it is very beautiful this bird and gives desire of escape...

26 Feb 2010 8:21pm

Ram from Bangalore, India

Fabulous one there...

26 Feb 2010 11:13pm

Mirza Ahmad from Amsterdam, Netherlands

Nice one Paul, very sharp, and the light is just right.

27 Feb 2010 12:19am

Satvik from Columbus, United States

Terrific capture Pavan ! Love the, I had no idea that pigeons have such a beautiful multi-colored plumage.

27 Feb 2010 3:56am

lux from Munich, Germany

In this picture the great lighting makes all the difference. I like this "portrait".

27 Feb 2010 12:22pm

Karine from Orleans, France

Wonderful light and colors !

28 Feb 2010 4:36pm

Vitor Martins from Lisboa, Portugal

Beautiful, with great light and details.

28 Feb 2010 11:14pm

Marie from FRESNES, France

jolie lumière et belles couleurs.

28 Feb 2010 11:51pm

Charles Dastodd from Chicago, United States

Terrific capture!!! he is really quite colorful :)

1 Mar 2010 2:30pm

Loner from Wörgl, Austria

A beautiful dove and so sharp !

1 Mar 2010 9:02pm

eme chiquilla from sevilla, Spain

wow! i love this superb pidgeon portrait with awesome tones and dof!

3 Mar 2010 9:35pm

Hilde Morin from Portland, Oregon, United States

Look at ALL those one bird!!! beautiful!

5 Mar 2010 3:39pm

Twelvebit from Victoria, United States

Beautiful color.

6 Mar 2010 11:35pm

1/2500 second
ISO 800
105 mm