I would be lying if…

…I said I spent hours working on this charcoal drawing of a pigeon I saw the other day while waiting for the “L”.

Pigeon-Charcoal Plus Dark Strokes

A nice almost-abstract, isn’t it?

But…it is totally Photoshop (TM), every bit of it, from this image I took the other day in Evanston:

Pigeon-CPDS Original

I liked the softness of the colors, and the fact the pigeon was blurred (it was moving very quickly).

The more I adjusted, the more I ‘played’, finally changing it to black and white, then ‘playing’ even more!

Here are a few other pigeons I ‘played’ with earlier today:

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Chinatown: Some Last Reflections

Chinatown Reflections-12 Horiz Grain

 

Chinatown Reflections-13 Horiz Grain

 

Chinatown Reflections-14 Horiz Grain

 

Chinatown Reflections-15 Horiz Grain

 

Chinatown Reflections-16 Horiz Grain

 

Chinatown Reflections-17 Horiz Grain

Here are a few bonus images from Chicago’s Chinatown, when I chose to ‘look down’:

Taken on 22nd Place and Wentworth Avenue, five pigeons and a lone sparrow gathered for an early luncheon party...

Taken on 22nd Place and Wentworth Avenue, five pigeons and a lone sparrow gathered for an early luncheon party…

...and were joined by a sixth pigeon.  Funny, not a crumb of Dim Sum was to be found!

…and were joined by a sixth pigeon. Funny, not a crumb of Dim Sum was to be found!

At the corner of 23rd and Wentworth Avenue, this carved dragon sidewalk inset intrigued me...but not any of the other passersby!

At the corner of 23rd and Wentworth Avenue, this carved dragon sidewalk inset intrigued me…but not any of the other passersby!

Thank you for joining me on these many posts of Chicago’s Chinatown!

I hope they have been as interesting for you as they were for me.

There is so much more to this Chicago neighborhood and the wonderful Chinese inhabitants that I shall return, perhaps in a month or so!