And now, sound as well


February 25, 2007|By Andre F. Chung | Andre F. Chung,Sun Staff

It started out as a routine photo assignment. The Baltimore City Department of Health had proposed new regulations that would limit the number of birds anyone could keep to 50. Pigeon fanciers were distressed, saying the limit would have a disastrous effect on their sport.

Keith Wilkerson, the executive chef of Morgan State University, has bred racing pigeons for five years and keeps about 150 homing pigeons in his basement and in a shed behind his West Baltimore home. He said his wife and four children also fancy the birds.

As I started shooting, I was struck by the gentle harmonic cooing of the birds and the sound of their feathers rustling as they flew around the coop.

Like other Sun photographers, I have been experimenting with sound recordings that can be combined with photo slide shows to create multimedia presentations for the paper's Web site. I decided to attempt to make a multimedia show out of the pigeons' sounds and photos. It would be my first online media presentation.

I took dozens of photos and made a recording of the birds' cooing and ruffling. Back in the The Sun's multimedia production lab, I selected about 20 of the photos and put them together with the sound. Now, you can see and hear the result online.

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