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Wet and Cold

Posted by
Ian Bramham (Manchester, United Kingdom) on 29 August 2008 in Animal & Insect and Portfolio.

A photo taken in city centre Paris on a rather wet and cold day where this sparrow flew onto my hand looking for food.

Sparrow on my left hand, the long handle of a golf umbrella jammed under my elbow, and camera in my right hand.....with the heavy rain falling and the two of us sheltering under the cover of the large umbrella I felt a strange sense of companionship with the sparrow - as for her I think she was just looking for more food.

NIKON D40 1/100 second F/5.0 ISO 200 72 mm (35mm equiv.)

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Daryl from Amagasaki, Japan

Well wrangled! How tame...!

29 Aug 2008 5:29am

Alfredo J. Martiz J. from Panama City, Panama

This is fantastic Ian, wonderful story and you managed to capture a beautiful moment!

29 Aug 2008 5:29am

Mirko Herzner from Mühlheim am Main, Germany

I like this photo a lot especially as it is not one of your typical shots (you know I like your typical shots a lot). I love shots of such unplanable occasions. Cool.

29 Aug 2008 6:51am

Ana Lúcia from Leiria, Portugal

Perfect capture of a priceless moment!

29 Aug 2008 7:33am

yz from Budapest, Hungary

Lovely capture!

29 Aug 2008 8:03am

Morgane from Laroque Timbaut, 47, France

so cute !

29 Aug 2008 10:18am

Marta from Vila Franca de Xira, Portugal

Beautiful shot.

29 Aug 2008 11:14am

zOOm from Paris, France

A cracker... so cute ! Great choice for the b&w !

29 Aug 2008 11:28am

Laurie from New Jersey, United States

This is poignant. A very sweet image.

29 Aug 2008 11:59am

IanSmith from London, United Kingdom

This wouldn't have been in the gardens of the Louvre would it? There's a nice old man there (practically every day) hand feeding these birds - which might explain why they are so tame.

Well done for managing to capture it, though I'm sure you must have felt guilty not rewarding the little model with a treat of something :o)

29 Aug 2008 12:49pm

Lorraine from Canada

Touching, very touching, the tones are marvellous, you not only can feel the rain but you can see some on the beak, that it came to rest on your hand under the umbrella is priceless

29 Aug 2008 1:10pm

pixie from Chennai, India

Beautiful capture!

29 Aug 2008 3:01pm

Disoriented from Grinnell, IA, United States

Amazing shot!

29 Aug 2008 4:21pm

DonLon from Providence, RI, United States

Nice capture. Sort of sad.

29 Aug 2008 4:55pm

Lorena from Fort Myers, United States

WOW. What a great picture. I wish I was as brave ( I am afraid of birds)

29 Aug 2008 5:30pm

MadScientist from Düsseldorf, Germany

What a wonderful scene! You really have the right touch!

29 Aug 2008 9:26pm

tom from Frankfurt, Germany

Wonderful scene.

31 Aug 2008 6:46pm

Margie from Auckland, New Zealand

Well! That was quite a feat just to get the photograph! Let alone have it come out so well. Nice!

31 Aug 2008 8:22pm

Angelique from Netherlands

That's adorable, he doesn't seem scared at all :)

1 Sep 2008 4:15pm

Mackan from Sweden

How nice! The little sparrow looks so fragile... great shot!

1 Sep 2008 9:28pm

April from Iloilo City, Philippines

awww...this is such a priceless moment. the bond between man and animals is strong and it is shown here really well. the B&W effect makes it an even more classy shot! great job!

2 Sep 2008 9:37am

Beth from United States

Sweet. Love the story.

8 Sep 2008 9:23pm

dj.tigersprout from San Bruno, CA, United States

a beautiful shot and just adorable -- btw -- you came back on the day i left, strange coincidence! ;)

9 Sep 2008 12:24am

m a r t a from Spain

How sweet! Lovely capture.

10 Nov 2008 6:31pm

Rosa from V.N.Gaia, Portugal

It's not everyday that a sparrow is brave enough to come and feed directly from a person's hand. I love this shot :)

10 Apr 2009 9:58pm

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1/100 second
ISO 200
72 mm (35mm equiv.)