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Posted by
Pavan Kaul (Mumbai, India) on 3 June 2010 in Animal & Insect and Portfolio.

"I pray thee, O God, that I may be beautiful within." - Socrates

NIKON D70 1/1600 second F/5.6 ISO 1600 200 mm

A film maker from India who has recently rediscovered his passion for photography.

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Elsaxelle from France

Beaucoup de pudeur dans cette toilette...

3 Jun 2010 5:19am

Zing from Hamilton, New Zealand

Beautiful in bw, great shot!

3 Jun 2010 5:20am

Mithun Varma from Bangalore, India

Nice shot Pavan!

3 Jun 2010 5:26am

Monique from Koh Samui, Thailand

Beautiful portrait of this pigeon and I like the B&W and lighting because it puts the focus on the right spot!

3 Jun 2010 5:27am

Yvon from Orleans, France

lovely capture

3 Jun 2010 5:29am

Bettina from Los Angeles, United States

Oh, I love your birds so much and this one is superb. Your tones in black and white and your perfect detail and light are so wonderful. It's a lovely gesture, even if just grooming, that's full of humility and beauty. Wonderful.

3 Jun 2010 5:43am

iren from tehran, Iran

the alone and sad bird pavan:(

3 Jun 2010 5:46am

kate from lincolnshire, United Kingdom

just fantastic:))

3 Jun 2010 5:48am

Antoine from France

Superb photo and your monochrome is excellent. Have a great day Pavan.

3 Jun 2010 6:02am

Dulcie from Danville, CA, United States

B R A V O !!
Everything about this image is superb.
It is more than just incredibly detailed; it is fine art !!

3 Jun 2010 6:09am

fabrizio from Rome, Italy

nice contrast and tones

3 Jun 2010 6:17am

jpla from St Barthélémy d, France

Joli ! Bonne journée

3 Jun 2010 7:00am

El pare from Prepirineu, Spain

Interesting point of view of this pigeon.

3 Jun 2010 7:09am

Tede from Aubenas 07, France

Simply splendid!! 5 *. Good day.

3 Jun 2010 7:45am

Marianne from Toulouse, France

a wonderful B&W !

3 Jun 2010 7:51am

Photome from Uden, Netherlands

Lovely tones and composition!

3 Jun 2010 8:04am

Anne from a little red dot, Singapore

wow!! beautiful !! 5*****

3 Jun 2010 8:45am

Avinash from Dharamshala, India

marvelous, fantastic, fantabulous...very awesome image... 5*

3 Jun 2010 8:45am

danou-yepa from Nice, France

wow superb capture and traiment !! excellent pavan 5*

3 Jun 2010 8:49am

foto-rolero54 from Charleroi, Belgium

All beautiful photograph, good subject on our nature, congratulation.Pavan

3 Jun 2010 8:52am

Annierita from New Delhi, India

usually I am not so fond of picture of animal, but here , this one is splendid. Good capture .

3 Jun 2010 8:56am

Tamara from Aarschot, Belgium

A lovely B&W here ! The tones are really great and I like the small details in the feathers... marvelous capture Pavan !

3 Jun 2010 9:06am

grouser from Ludlow, United Kingdom

Beautifully composed and lovely dark tones

3 Jun 2010 9:07am

P J W Miller from Chase Terrace, United Kingdom

Good close crop

3 Jun 2010 9:08am

Emmeji from France

Quelle finesse dans les plumes !

3 Jun 2010 9:25am

kiwisa from North Shore, New Zealand

The feather details are perfect

3 Jun 2010 9:42am

Helia from Tehran, Iran

c'est très agréable :-)

3 Jun 2010 10:09am

oncho from granada, Spain

Beautiful B/w......great shot

3 Jun 2010 10:26am

Phil David Alexander Morris from Saskatoon, Canada

Incredible detail and can just feel the feathers through your photo. Wonderful in black and white.

3 Jun 2010 10:55am

PRASHANT from Mumbai, India

Perfect shot...Great timing.....5*****

3 Jun 2010 10:56am

Srividya from Leeds, United Kingdom

Good One :)

3 Jun 2010 11:00am

Fonts from Barcelona, Spain

Beautiful image ... a beautiful gesture of pigeon feathers gently wiping. I like the prost-production and W / B. Pavan Very good!

3 Jun 2010 11:12am

Sophie from France

Very nice ! bravo !

3 Jun 2010 11:25am

Olivier from Manage, Belgium

simply very good!

3 Jun 2010 11:57am

MARIANA from Waterloo, Canada

Wonderful image ! Incredible tonal range and processing !

3 Jun 2010 12:15pm

SOUL AFLAME from The bosom of Mother Nature, United Kingdom

Amazing in mono, creating a very personal, intimate portrait that works so superbly. The light on the eye and detail in the plumage draw the eyes in to what is a beautiful photograph. The subtle tones allowing the feet and underbelly to melt into the frame are sublime.

As an aside Pavan, a great result for me as my much loved 10-24mm f/3.5-4.5 Tamron is apparently fine to use with the D700, so I will be able to keep it and start looking for a Nikkor 50mm and either 80 or 85mm to begin with (once I've bought the camera of course).

3 Jun 2010 12:45pm

@SOUL AFLAME: Thank you Paul:) I would suggest you go with the 50mm & 85mm f 1.8 Nikkors..These are both fine lenses and very easy on the purse! Looking forward to & awaiting your work with the D700! Go get it bro!

Don from spokane, United States

This close in shot of the grommer is very successful with its deep tones that are so subtly divided. Excellent work technically and also arranged very nicely in the frame. Top level work!

3 Jun 2010 1:28pm

Ansie from South Africa

Wonderful, it looks like I can stretch my hand out and touch... Tectures are great.

3 Jun 2010 1:31pm

Tony from Shanghai, China


3 Jun 2010 2:12pm

@Tony: Thank you Tony. As I cannot read Cantonese I shall presume your comment is positive! However, henceforth I would appreciate the use of English if you please:)

hugo poon from hong kong, Hong Kong

The most charming elegance! So beautifully seen and portrayed!!! What a fine art you've turned this sight, Pavan!

3 Jun 2010 3:14pm

Magrat from Nordhausen, Germany

Aww... this is outstanding, Pavan.. look at all the fine and delicate details of her feathers! The light is wonderful and B&W works so very well... (well... when does it not? ;) ) Greetings!

3 Jun 2010 3:36pm

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

Such lovely details and sweet light. A truly gorgeous image.

3 Jun 2010 5:25pm


Perfect!!!!!!!!!!!! 5 Stars .....

3 Jun 2010 6:30pm

JJ from Jersey City, United States

Wonderful tight close in shot, superb detail

3 Jun 2010 6:55pm

David Nos from Barcelona, Spain

What a very nice black & white picture, well done.

3 Jun 2010 8:14pm

Vitor Martins from Lisboa, Portugal

Amaizing BW shot, the light is great.

3 Jun 2010 8:32pm

Demo from Villeneuve d, France

great shot!

3 Jun 2010 8:43pm

Pixator from kerman, Iran

very beautiful!

3 Jun 2010 9:56pm

Christine Walsh from Astoria, NY, United States

This is the first pigeon I love (my son on the other hand loves them all...)! The b&w is beautiful.

4 Jun 2010 2:10am

Satvik from Columbus, United States

Excellent capture ! Love the details and the textures...nice quote.

4 Jun 2010 4:59am

Dilwenn from Bordeaux, France

Magnifique ce gros plan! J'aime le plumage qui forme des petites écailles!
Bonne journée Pavan!

4 Jun 2010 6:15am

Babzy from Besançon, France

A 5 stars capture , very beautiful treatment :)

4 Jun 2010 6:18am

amirreza from tehran, Iran


4 Jun 2010 6:23am

amira from France

Quelle grâce de plumes ! Superbe .

4 Jun 2010 6:36am

Phil from Sausset les Pins, France

Lovely details , an original posture , well done , Phil.

4 Jun 2010 6:52am

Nazzareno from Rome, Italy

Fabulous shot!! This is really a very cool composition

4 Jun 2010 7:32am

Jhon from Fine Land, Singapore

Hi Pavan, allow me to translate what Tony from shanghai said. He mean: It is meaningful and very beautiful.

And I would said the picture has a very soft and gentle mood. I love it!

4 Jun 2010 7:59am

@Jhon: Jhon, that is so very sweet of you! Thank you so much for the translation, your visit and kind words:)

k@ from Paris, France

Oh that's not only a bird pic, that's meditation, philosophy, great beauty !

4 Jun 2010 8:41am

Ginnie from Netherlands

The perfect quote for this image, Pavan!

4 Jun 2010 10:19am

Lilly from La Ménitré, France

Great capture !! It's a beautiful shot :-)

4 Jun 2010 11:58am

25BAR from Mumbai, India

Very interesting shot of a pigeon.
I always found them very irritating!

4 Jun 2010 12:01pm

Thami from Fès, Morocco

Beaucoup de grâce dans la pose de ce modèle volatile !
Bonne journée lumineuse!

4 Jun 2010 12:13pm

sherri from Little Rock, Arkansas, United States

A stunning portrait - I can see it framed in my mind's eye.

4 Jun 2010 12:55pm

Alan from Manila, Philippines

Very impressive one!

4 Jun 2010 1:08pm

Nina from Montreal, Canada

A nice way to stage the pigeon... I love your quotes too!

4 Jun 2010 1:28pm

jeanne from près de marseille, France

tout en douceur ....

4 Jun 2010 1:53pm

Marc L. from France

Superbe éclairage, superbe piqué, simplement magnifique !

4 Jun 2010 3:42pm

rainboy from Delhi, India

This should be in ARt gallery.
Awesome shot.

4 Jun 2010 4:40pm

Mohammad from Bandar abbas, Iran

great capture ! 5 *****

4 Jun 2010 5:08pm

LB Vision from PARIS, France

Terrible, j'ai failli passé à coté, très belle photo!! Peace !

4 Jun 2010 5:49pm

Thea from Leeuwarden, Netherlands

Very beautiful in these soft tones,a great shot!

4 Jun 2010 6:24pm

Christel from Köln, Germany

Good evening, Pavan,
It is a very nice presentation of this dove. The choice of color brings the individual details very well expressed. The wise words of Socrates are well chosen accompaniment. I like it very much. Have a nice evening and thanks for your nice comment. Sincerely Christel

4 Jun 2010 6:41pm

Loner from Wörgl, Austria

Great datails, Pavan ! Congratulations to the lot of comments !!

4 Jun 2010 6:43pm

frammy from MIRAMAS, France

very nice pigeon

4 Jun 2010 7:31pm

Karine from Orleans, France

Very nice sharpness

4 Jun 2010 7:55pm

bluechameleon from Vancouver, Canada

What a beautiful shot and perfect quote.

5 Jun 2010 1:36am

Majo from Mumbai, India

stunning capture. Perfect angle.
great tones

5 Jun 2010 4:53am

Richard Standley from Carquefou, France

What a fabulous capture Pavan. I love the tones!

6 Jun 2010 8:22am

Marie-Jezaria from Paris, France

Superb closeup ! Fine W&B tones and lightning !!

6 Jun 2010 9:33am

Farnaaz from Iran, Iran

Excellent , Excellent , Excellent and nothing else !

6 Jun 2010 1:43pm

Julie from Hillerød, Denmark

So sensitive, I like this a lot.

6 Jun 2010 9:26pm

DowsherVision from PARIS, France

Yeeessss !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

7 Jun 2010 8:25pm

Barbara from Florida, United States

I love the soft light and texture of his feathers. Your quote goes perfectly.
Viewing your images are truly and inspiration.

8 Jun 2010 3:34am

1/1600 second
ISO 1600
200 mm