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Chicken on the Loose

Extra! Extra! Read all about it here! One little chicken attempting to make a getaway!

You can see he has spotted the opening:

ISO 1000 50mm 0ev f/5 1/100

ISO 1000 50mm 0ev f/5 1/100

Edging a little closer to check it out:

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ISO 1000 50mm 0ev f/5 1/100

Making his getaway:

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ISO 1000 50mm 0ev f/5 1/100

The truth is though, there is no such thing as an extra, unwanted chicken, so he was returned to his home.

I took this series of shots in relatively quick succession, so there was no time to adjust the settings.  I have decided not to do any post editing because I think the imperfections help to tell the tale of this attempted hasty escape. Do the imperfections bother you? or do you sometimes prefer a photo to be displayed as shot? Your comments and thoughts on the matter are welcome below!

These photos were taken as part of a life cycle unit in a second grade class that I was documenting this Spring as is my entry for this week’s photo challenge at WordPress.



32 thoughts on “Chicken on the Loose

  1. Great spontaneous shots. With a point and shoot? Love how you managed to capture that determined look on the chick’s face – you can tell he is certainly up to no good 😉 Was that chick the outcast among the pack? No other chicks seemed to be paying attention as he tried to make his escape.

    I don’t mind imperfections in photos, sometimes they help tell a different story, sometimes tell a story with more clarity. However, a lot of my photos look washed out or colourless, so I like to touch them up.


    • These were actually taken with my dslr. I use the bigger camera for these photos because the light tends to be low and the dslr can handle that better.
      I agree a lot of times post-editing really does help, but I wanted to handle this one a bit differently.


      • I thought you did very well with these photos 🙂 Animals are always a bit hard to photo as they are always on the move. On the other hand, animals always get up to the most spontaneous things.

        I’m guessing the chick didn’t make an escape as you didn’t show us any more photos, and didn’t want to share with us this sad ending 😉


      • We did have to put him back, I guess that is what happens when you try to make an escape with paparazzi watching 🙂 It’s true that animals had be quite difficult to photograph, they tend not to take direction 🙂


  2. If nothing else, the imperfections help us appreciate better, when we manage to pull it off perfectly! Afetr all, is it not a relative scale? 🙂 Loved the shots…too bad that the great escape petered out! 😀


    • I know, I thought that was just a cute idea, to use the kid’s thumbprints as the chicken body. This was the only classroom that had this set-up, it was in place because the bars were a bit wide. I was just lucky that this particular chicken was in with that group in that cage 🙂


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