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The Striated Swallow VII

The Striated Swallow VII
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Copyright: Goldy RS (goldyrs) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 974 W: 51 N: 2913] (11497)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-04-20
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon S2 IS
Exposure: f/8, 1/125 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-07-21 19:08
Viewed: 3388
Points: 44
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Of romance, of swallows, I get reminded of a poet I've loved
For all littérateurs, in principle and spirit...Lord Tennyson

O Swallow, Swallow

Alfred, Lord Tennyson (1809–1892)

O SWALLOW, Swallow, flying, flying South,
Fly to her, and fall upon her gilded eaves,
And tell her, tell her, what I tell to thee.

O tell her, Swallow, thou that knowest each,
That bright and fierce and fickle is the South,
And dark and true and tender is the North.

O Swallow, Swallow, if I could follow, and light
Upon her lattice, I would pipe and trill,
And cheep and twitter twenty million loves.

O were I thou that she might take me in,
And lay me on her bosom, and her heart
Would rock the snowy cradle till I died.

Why lingereth she to clothe her heart with love,
Delaying as the tender ash delays
To clothe herself, when all the woods are green?

O tell her, Swallow, that thy brood is flown:
Say to her, I do but wanton in the South,
But in the North long since my nest is made.

O tell her, brief is life but love is long,
And brief the sun of summer in the North,
And brief the moon of beauty in the South.

O Swallow, flying from the golden woods,
Fly to her, and pipe and woo her, and make her mine,
And tell her, tell her, that I follow thee.

haraprasan, eqshannon, marhowie, boreocypriensis, siggi, bahadir, xTauruSx, Argus, jaycee, CeltickRanger, rcrick, jusninasirun, Alex99, pierrefonds has marked this note useful
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Hello Goldy,
Nice Swallow image with the good lighting of it!
the subject is sharp with nice natural colour and details
well done

Funny that you chose this one, this time to use some poetry/prose....I was feeling that it almost demanded some music, in the way of words, to accompany because it is a mood shot for the bird. You are really in touch there....I know, you know, I know etc...ya know? :-)

Hi Goldy,
Beautiful bird O Swallow, Swallow..and,

As the bird looks off into that distant space,
Taking time-off from the bird rat-race.

With that far away look in its thoughtful eye,
But why-oh-why does this bird brain not fly?

Not Tennyson, but it'll have to do..Have they banned lame attempts at poetry in your critique at TN? I better read the TOS again :))
Well done,

  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2008-07-21 23:44]

Hello Goldy,
Very nice photo of the lovely bird. Perfect sharpness and colors.
Regards Siggi

Hello Goldy, wonderful shot of a butterflyant. TFS.

Hi Goldy,
A great shot of this beauty in all aspects.thanks for sharing.

Hi L'il Bro,
Perfect unusual POV! Loevly and wondderful shot of this swallow!
TFS & Cheers,


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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2008-07-22 0:48]

Hi Goldy,
very nice lighting you have got here, and well framed too - nicely done my friend!

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-07-22 1:56]

Hello Goldy,
another fine portrait of the Striated Swallow backed by a suitable Tennyson quote.
The sharpness, composition, POV and light management are excellent.
TFS this beauty,

Hi Goldy,
Another nice capture of this beautiful swallow. Very well composed and sharp details. Thanks a lot for sharing.

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2008-07-22 9:23]

Hi Brother,

A lovely Swallow and nice Tennyson. I love the way he is look off in the distance with a dreamy look in his eye. Beautiful colors and nice details. Your settings are always so pretty.


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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2008-07-22 9:52]

Hi Goldy,wonderfull bird in a wonderfull place,the light too make a difference,a very artistic work,my best compliments,Luciano

Hi Goldy, lovely bird in great pose, beutiful colors, excellent sharpness and fine details, very well done, ciao Silvio

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2008-07-22 12:40]

Hello Goldy,
Good photo in beautiful light. Great natural colours. Excellent POV and composition.

hello Goldy

excellent shot of this beautiful bird, fine POV and DOF,
i love the swallow's pose and the way you framed
it on the image, beautiful luminosity coming from the
background of the image, excellent details of the plumage,



Hello Goldy,
Grand image of this rarely sighted bird. TFS.

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2008-07-22 22:56]

Hi Goldy

Great shot - nice view of this swallow.



Hi Goldy.

Wonderful shot of this Swallow, I have tried so many times to capture one of these but they never seem to stay still long enough, excellent detail, well seen and captured, all the best,

Cheers Rick :)

Hello Goldy. Excellent shot of this swallow. Nice lighting with well exposed plumage. I like the light and shadow in the composition. Well done and best regards. Jusni

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2008-07-23 8:59]

Well composed image Goldy, fine subject and a good technique, thanks!


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  • Graal Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Silver Note Writer [C: 751 W: 31 N: 20] (5100)
  • [2008-07-26 0:25]

Hi Goldy,
very nice portrait of swallow, good shot and caught moment. I like it.
Gr., Aleksander

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2008-08-16 22:42]

Hi Goldy again.
Excellent close-up. I like how well you have reproduced all features of the swallow. These birds live near my countryside house and I had many attempts to shoot them. It is not so easy task considering their colouration. BG is looked greatly and supplements the main subject excellently. Well done and TFS.

Hi Goldy,

The striated swallow is impressive. The details and colors of the bird are clear and precise. The strong light does not affect the colors and brings them out. The subject is well frame. Have a nice day.


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