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The Countdown...

Posted by
Pavan Kaul (Mumbai, India) on 27 July 2010 in Animal & Insect and Portfolio.

Today, more than ever before, life must be characterized by a sense of Universal responsibility, not only nation to nation and human to human, but also human to other forms of life.
~Dalai Lama

NIKON D70 1/800 second F/5.6 ISO 800 200 mm

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

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Chris Anderson from New york, United States

Love the deep red, lovely silhouette.

27 Jul 2010 5:08am

rem_la from Villiers, France

une bien joli perspective !

27 Jul 2010 5:13am

Preeti from Mumbai, India

Its beautiful!!

27 Jul 2010 5:15am

prarthana from singapore, Singapore

birds on a wire! nice image!

27 Jul 2010 5:28am

kate from lincolnshire, United Kingdom

just superb and a stunning sky backdrop!!:)

27 Jul 2010 5:30am

Richard from Montferland, Netherlands

Beautiful sky in contrast with the birds Pavan! I'm getting warm!

27 Jul 2010 5:34am

Yvon from Orleans, France

great shot, beautiful red sky

27 Jul 2010 5:38am

Zing from Hamilton, New Zealand

Great silhouettes, love the sky!

27 Jul 2010 5:48am

Thomas from Querqueville, France

The red sky is amazing. Birds in hell perhaps?

27 Jul 2010 5:55am

@Thomas: Ha ha...birds can never go to hell...but I would say they are helplessly waiting for the apocalyptic end that man continues to inevitably cause....

jpla from St Barthélémy d, France

C'est un ciel de feu ! Je te souhaite une agréable journée

27 Jul 2010 6:10am

Dilwenn from Bordeaux, France

Les oiseaux n'ont pas osé s'aventurer dans ce ciel en feu :)

27 Jul 2010 6:16am

Dulcie from Danville, CA, United States

Birds on a wire....against a stunningly glowing cloudy sunset. Lovely simplicity, Paul.

27 Jul 2010 6:16am

Nazzareno from Rome, Italy

Splendid shot and compo. Good day.

27 Jul 2010 6:25am

QB from Canada

The vignetting effect is an excellent way to focus the eyes on the birds. It makes this very minimalist composition work perfectly.

27 Jul 2010 6:34am

Farnaaz from Iran, Iran

Some times I prefer not to say somthing .. or it's better say I can't say a thing !
I love it .............................

27 Jul 2010 6:48am

Fonts from Barcelona, Spain

Spiritual text and magnificent Pavan! To meditate with extreme care! You also offer us a vision of passionate times ... red and warm. Musical notes is also represented in these birds in his staff figured! A music whose melody comes from the words of love and humanity! A music that necessarily have to invent to all! Fabulous! A big hug and thanks for all friend! Cheers, Adela

27 Jul 2010 7:04am

Joan Felix from Jakarta, Indonesia

Wow so horror.. but very full power in this photo.

27 Jul 2010 7:05am

k@ from Paris, France

I'm reading books by Mathieu Ricard right now (close to the Dalaï-Lama) and i'm so close of those feelings of being part of the Big Everything & going far from Ego-Land. Your red bleeds of vivid life in the veins, or at least i prefer to read it this way ? ;) Superb, Pavan.

27 Jul 2010 7:14am

Nina from Haute Loire, France

Yes it is broadening its horizons and think the world in its entirety but God it's complicated!...

27 Jul 2010 7:16am

Cerstin from Germany

Beautiful the bird silhouettes against the dramatic red sky.

27 Jul 2010 7:25am

pixator from kerman, Iran


27 Jul 2010 7:27am

kiwisa from North Shore, New Zealand

Fabulous blood red sky...great shot

27 Jul 2010 7:30am

Olivier from Manage, Belgium

strange sky...

27 Jul 2010 7:58am

Aboololo from Govashir, Iran

Very scary and nice shot . It's great .

27 Jul 2010 8:05am

Bettina from Los Angeles, United States

Wonderful! Agreed. More than ever. Human to human and human to life. This is a beautiful shot. When I first saw your images, I remember a bird and a red sky, and I was so struck by how unique that vision was. This is beautifully processed and conceived. Just gorgeous!

27 Jul 2010 8:14am

Marie LC from France

superbe contre-jour !

27 Jul 2010 8:20am

Aurore from Paris, France

So peaceful shot. As if those birds were at the right place, in this red sky as Life is. Nature is certainly a source of serenity, that's what i see in your shot.

27 Jul 2010 9:39am

✿ Anina ✿ from Auckland, New Zealand

Fantastic! The silhouettes against the red sky are simply gorgeous. Bravo!

27 Jul 2010 10:01am

Mirjam from Kyiv, Ukraine

Sure, this is a time of countdown, what your picture very well expresses. I like the dramtic in your picture.

27 Jul 2010 10:11am

CElliottUK from Reading, United Kingdom

The red sky makes this a great shot( well as everything else that you do so well...)

27 Jul 2010 10:13am

danou-yepa from Nice, France

the birds ;-) hitchcockien with this blood sky , fantastic shot pavan i love !!!!

27 Jul 2010 10:19am

grouser from Ludlow, United Kingdom

Where do you get these wonderful glowing skies. Lovely drama.

27 Jul 2010 10:20am

Phil David Alexander Morris from Canada

An amazing silhouette, the sky is so red and wonderful.
Just so beautiful, as always.

27 Jul 2010 10:45am

Lorraine from Gatineau, Canada

What a heavenly sky....the power of magic and good will...I love it ;)

27 Jul 2010 11:04am

PRASHANT from Mumbai, India

Great work...5*****

27 Jul 2010 11:11am

Elisa from Rosario, Argentina

Bravo! Que c´est splendide!
Bisous de mardi

27 Jul 2010 11:29am

Jean-Luc from Lyon, France

What a sky , Pavan ! maybe the final countdown ? ;-) . Beautiful shot

27 Jul 2010 11:57am

BeLTxA from Menorca, Spain


27 Jul 2010 12:06pm

MARIANA from Waterloo, Canada

Very interesting red hue :)

27 Jul 2010 12:11pm

Calusarus from St Sorlin en Valloire, France

Very nice tons for this sky

27 Jul 2010 12:42pm

Tamara from Aarschot, Belgium

Great image ! I love the diagonal and the very dramatic colors ! Well done Pavan :)

27 Jul 2010 12:51pm

Mark Johnson from Rural Douglas County, United States

This is really gorgeous. It's like you took the picture just after the asteroid hits to wipe out humanity.

27 Jul 2010 1:00pm

Elsaxelle from France

Ils ont l'air paisibles dans ce ciel de feu. Surprenant et envoutant. Bravo Pavan !

27 Jul 2010 1:27pm

Vaido from Võrumaa, Estonia

Dramatic sky for that framing...

27 Jul 2010 2:02pm

SOUL AFLAME from The bosom of Mother Nature, United Kingdom

Now in his seventy fifth year, the Dalai Lama is a wise old owl who understands a thing or two about Little Earth, Mother nature and the plague that is mankind. If only we could be a little more like him, our species would be a vastly different and more agreeable one.

The image is straight out of a film, Pavan. A still from a key moment in a pivotal scene, perhaps even the billboard flyer itself. The birds sense the impending doom as they view mankind's selfishness and stupidity from on high. Red so symbolic of love and passion, and sadly also man's bloodlust and need to conquer all and everything, every creed and clan, every species coexisting alongside him. For me, the countdown is well under way and your post today makes me think very deeply about what we have done to this beautiful planet in what is, such a relatively short period of time.

27 Jul 2010 2:09pm

fabrizio from Rome, Italy

seem to complete relax until a new day, wonderful red

27 Jul 2010 2:12pm

Alun from cheshire, United Kingdom


27 Jul 2010 2:24pm

Don from spokane, United States

I like the processing and special color of this image. The red clouds take it out of the ordinary and make it special.

27 Jul 2010 2:37pm

Nigel from Avening, United Kingdom

WOW that sky !

27 Jul 2010 2:43pm

JJ from Jersey City, United States

Superb and to me a powerful shot, almost as if the birds are watching the disaster man is causing for the planet and watching as the world burns

27 Jul 2010 2:59pm

Tede from Aubenas 07, France

As a range of musical notes!! Superb in the red background. Good day.

27 Jul 2010 3:15pm

Antoine from France

Superb composition and the colours are very beautiful. Have a great day Pavan.

27 Jul 2010 3:52pm

Jyoti from Mumbai, India


27 Jul 2010 3:54pm

@Jyoti: Thanks Jyoti!

Becky from los angeles, United States

I am mesmerized by this image accompanied by the text. I believe no truer words have ever been spoken.
The time is now. Right now. Amazing image, Pavan. So powerful. I hope humans wake up.

27 Jul 2010 4:06pm

Wild Mustang Photography from Carlisle, United States

So beautiful! WoW! Very dramatic shot! Love the contrasts of the birds against the sky! What color! Thank you for those very true words!

27 Jul 2010 4:26pm

eva from Rouen, France

The 6e bird is alone, alone...
Wonderful shot Pavan !

27 Jul 2010 4:45pm

Stephen Phillips from San Francisco, United States

I love this, Pavan. There is a menacing quality to me in the feel of this - but the effect is powerful and evocative.

27 Jul 2010 5:00pm

Mhelene from Paris, France

A wonderful atmosphere in this photo !

27 Jul 2010 5:10pm

Thami from Morocco

Aucun son d'oiseau ne filtre !
Bonne journée lumineuse!

27 Jul 2010 5:16pm

vu@granby - Wolfgang from Granby, Québec, Canada

A very threatening red!

27 Jul 2010 5:38pm

marc battault from clermont ferrand, France

wonderful red athmosphere ,i like this shot !
five stars !
friendships !

27 Jul 2010 6:14pm

Curly from South Shields, United Kingdom

Wonderful expectant atmosphere.

27 Jul 2010 6:49pm

Frida from Sweden

Beautiful atmosphere and silhouette.

27 Jul 2010 6:51pm

MAMYNI from Argenteau-Visé, Belgium


27 Jul 2010 7:05pm

Syam from Kerala, India

Beautiful catch Pavan

27 Jul 2010 7:27pm

flyingwind风飞扬 from Bridgetown, Barbados

Cool capture! The one on the right looks so alone! Very good title

27 Jul 2010 7:45pm

♏arleen from Netherlands

Pigeons under a bloodred sky.....great catch!

27 Jul 2010 7:56pm

Philip from South Wales, United Kingdom

Lovely photo. The bird on the left is obviously a loaner or has upset the others!

27 Jul 2010 8:01pm

mohammad from gharchak, Iran

well done

27 Jul 2010 8:02pm

tce76 from Saint Laurent de Brèvedent, France

Bien fait effectivement.

27 Jul 2010 8:14pm

Samantha from Toronto, Canada

Amazing! This is an amazing photo. Well done!

27 Jul 2010 8:32pm

The MaJor from TM HooD, Iran

very enjoyable !!

27 Jul 2010 8:36pm

Theys from Charleroi, Belgium

Great shot, beautiful color's, Pavan

27 Jul 2010 9:08pm

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

The red sky screams impending disaster. A very dramatic image.

27 Jul 2010 9:19pm

Craig from Vacaville, California, United States

Surreal! Awesome!

27 Jul 2010 11:51pm

Sonia Nansid from Stockholm, Sweden

WOW! WOW! WOW! Outstanding shot!

28 Jul 2010 12:37am

Christine Walsh from Astoria, NY, United States

Nice quote from one of my favorite people - HHDL. The red sky makes me nervous...

28 Jul 2010 1:35am

rian from fullerton, United States

i like that moody, fiery tone you added to this scene.. very nice work.. :)

28 Jul 2010 1:53am

Satvik from Columbus, United States

Excellent capture Pavan ! Love the silhouettes of the birds, the red sky in the background looks beautiful.

28 Jul 2010 2:49am

Seraphine from San Francisco, United States

i feel sometimes like the bird on the far left.
the red sky looks unreal, but it really enhances an otherwise ordinary picture of some birds in a wire and makes it special. you do beautiful work, pavan.
i love also the quote from the dalai lama. it's so true.

28 Jul 2010 3:55am

Anne from a little red dot, Singapore

Another wonderful composition and quote, Pavan. *perhaps birds will become human and likewise, human may turn into another form too?! anyway, it's great to live harmoniously...

28 Jul 2010 4:05am

Dutçh from Chicagoland, United States

Your ability to find just the right words amazes me sometimes. The quote is wonderful and the image is the intro to a dream. I love images of birds on wires.. and here they are.. not being blown away by the monsoons! ;)

28 Jul 2010 4:47am

Marie from FRESNES, France

j'aime bien cette série de photo d'oiseaux sur ces fils électriques. Belles couleurs.

28 Jul 2010 10:23am

Richard Standley from Carquefou, France

Superb in this sky in flammes!

28 Jul 2010 1:46pm

Marc L. from France

Belle composition, superbes couleurs !

28 Jul 2010 9:25pm

Sunder from Chennai, India

Lovely shot..just awesome

31 Jul 2010 5:33pm


Superbes couleurs
Amitiés de France:CLAIRE

2 Aug 2010 9:09am

Robert Kruh from Slovenia

Wow wow what a color and great compo!

14 Aug 2010 7:33pm

cristina from Barcelona (Catalunya), Andorra


18 Aug 2010 8:05pm

1/800 second
ISO 800
200 mm