Both the pigeon and I had to wait quite a while for an unsuspecting pedestrian. We each had different motives, but I think we bonded a little during that 5 minutes or so.
I’ve learned that in Italy, if you compose an interesting image and wait long enough, some great character is bound to walk into your scene and finish the story for you. And sometimes, like in this image, the pigeons help out too. They’re dependable that way, Italians. And pigeons.
To wait it out, it’s helpful to have three things.
- Nobody harassing you to keep up with them
- A sturdy tripod. Otherwise your arms may cave in prematurely. The tripod also allows you to look cool and collected and to enjoy the scene during the wait, rather than straining to hold that camera position with your eye glued to the viewfinder.