The story behind the shot – Meet Fred and Doris.

Fred and Doris - Two pigeons on my fence

I’ll be the first to admit that the first six months of 2020 has been crazy. If you’re reading this in twenty years time, then you’ll probably remember the Covid-19 lockdown. The world closed down, borders was closed and I spent the last three or four months stuck inside shielding from the virus like many others.

The one thing that I gained from this, was how much I missed being out in the great outdoors with my camera, and it reignited my passion for photography, something I had lost prior to lockdown. When I was locked down in my house I tried to find things around the house to shoot. I have always been an animal lover and we always buy food for the local wildlife, unfortunately I live in the middle of a small town, so the wildlife isn’t that exciting. We get Pigeons, a couple of visiting Robins and a load of common sparrows. I am lucky that I live not far from the Sankey Valley Canal, which is an historic local canal built around the 1750’s and is home to some great wildlife.

In my garden I have a few local birds that return quite often. I have a couple of Robins that visit everyday, they seem to know when I have the camera out, they are there when I look through the window, gone when I get the camera out. Sod’s Law as its known locally. So I’d like to introduce you to Fred and Doris. They are like the old couple you see down the street. There are days when they love each other and days where they fall out, but you’ll always find them together. On this day, they where getting a little amorous and its fun to see. I was really into negative space at the time and I was treated to a clear blue sky, so this worked with this image. It was a simple image that really worked with the negative space and the simple blue sky. Who says blue sky photography is boring! It even got a mention on the Wex Photos WexMondays competition. I didn’t think it was a great image, but it seemed to get some love from people, its always good to get a bit of recognition.

So, onto the settings. There is nothing special here. This was taken on my Olympus EM1ii with my 40-150 F4-F5.6 lens, at the full 150mm focal length. It was a fast shutter speed of 1/1600 at F5.6. I had to use a quick shutter speed, because they tend to move when you point the camera at them. It’s a split second thing.

I’m really loving this image and has to be my favourite image I have taken this year. Its always nice to have a great story behind an image.