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*Barn Swallow*

*Barn Swallow*
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Copyright: Txxx Bxxx (thor68) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 795 W: 138 N: 1319] (5674)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-06-16
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 400D, Tamron 18-250mm f/3.5-6.3 DiII, SanDisk Ultra II 2GB, Hoya 62 mm UV
Exposure: f/7.1, 1/500 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2007-10-11 8:30
Viewed: 4015
Points: 34
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
After all the Garden Spiders i found something
completely different while going through my archive:

A Barn Swallow (Hirundo rustica) i could capture
feeding its 4 young ones in Athens, not far from the Acropolis.

The nest was underneath a balcony (photo in the WS-section)
and a little in the shade, so the quality is not so
good, and i had to use ISO1600 in order get a short exposure time.

I waited underneath the balcony for about 20 minutes
and was able to take 2 feeding series, until my lovely
wife urged me to move on.

The Barn Swallow (Hirundo rustica) is a small migratory
passerine bird found in Europe, Asia, Africa and the
Americas. It has a long, deeply forked tail and curved,
pointed wings. It is often just called Swallow in
Europe, although the term 'swallow' refers more widely
to various members of the family Hirundinidae.
The Barn Swallow makes their nests out of mud.

[from: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Barn_Swallow]


Kameramodell Canon EOS 400D DIGITAL
Aufnahmedatum/-zeit 16.06.2007 14:46:22
Aufnahmemodus Blendenautomatik
Tv (Verschlusszeit) 1/500
Av (Blendenzahl) 7.1
Messmodus Mehrfeldmessung
Belichtungskorrektur 0
Filmempfindlichkeit (ISO) 1600
Objektiv 18.0 - 250.0 mm
Brennweite 250.0 mm
Bildgröße 3888x2592
Bildqualität Fein
Blitz Aus
Weißabgleich Man. Weißabgl
AF-Betriebsart One-Shot AF
Bildstil Anw. Def. 2(Standard)
Schärfe 2
Kontrast 1
Farbsättigung 1
Farbton 1
Farbraum sRGB
Rauschminderung Automatisch
Dateigröße 4559 KB
Transportart Reihenbild-Aufnahme

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  • Great 
  • viv Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 292 W: 3 N: 653] (3317)
  • [2007-10-11 12:59]

Hi Thor,
It is amazing to see how they built their nest, that only is already a piece of art but that is normal (hahaha) in the city of great art and history.

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2007-10-11 13:19]

Hi Thor

What a lovely crowd :)) This is indeed a terrific action shot and the quality of it is exceptional for an ISO 1600.
I really like seing one of the parents feeding the 4 youngsters - all posing like teh Viena Choir Boys :)).
Another thing i really like about this picture is the different colors of the nest that looks as if it was built in layers...very interesting!

Bravo and TFS

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2007-10-11 14:56]

Hola amigo,
simpática imagen y excelentes detalles...
buena composición. saludos

Hi Thossten,
You captured a great scene here. Excellent timing to ge the parent returning to the nest and all those open mouths to feed. A spot on exposure has the colors and detail looking excellent. Nice work!

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2007-10-12 0:27]

Hi Thorsten.
What a cute scene you managed to picture. Amazing details and sharpness of the image, great exposure parameters, nice warm colours. Excellent job and TFS.

Hi Thorsten
First of all a very nice moment. Great shot. I think thet it is very rarely presented subject. Good sharpness, natural situation, nice natural colors. Also good note and inoformative WS shot
Best wishes

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  • Silke Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 729 W: 98 N: 1707] (5458)
  • [2007-10-12 8:44]

Great capture, with superb composition and a wonderful moment. I would not want to be parenting such a brood!

  • Great 
  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2007-10-12 10:14]

Hello Thor, great moment you caught there ! Lots of action, very sharp, well exposed and lots of details ! Well done !


This is an impressive capture at ISO 1600 Thorsten! Did you have to use noise reduction of some kind? This is a good action capture and those little ones always make me smile when I see them so hungry with their little beak wide opened :) Thanks,
PS, Thanks for the picture in WS too, it helps to locate the action :)!

Hi Thor,
Beautiful shot were we can see the huge work it is to be parents...
Have a pretty sunday

Hi Thor,
what a charmer is this photo,simply adorable!You have caught the details in this one well and focus and colour are nice too.A family group that is a joy to see and thank you for sharing them with us. Bob

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  • osse Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 955 W: 0 N: 89] (7805)
  • [2007-10-19 14:02]

Hi Thorsten
Good shot and composition again. Good colours, sharpnes, details and POV.
Well done mf


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  • hibou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 217 W: 1 N: 331] (1629)
  • [2007-10-19 17:22]

Hi Thorsten,
Perfect timing...congratulations and TFS

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  • kessi Gold Star Critiquer [C: 80 W: 5 N: 74] (221)
  • [2007-10-24 8:14]

Woooweeee, Thorsten.
This is a really tricky image you managed to capture. Clear, no visible grain .... the colours of the nest are so interesting with the varied material the swallows use.
Stunning photo.


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  • wuta Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 855 W: 2 N: 617] (2142)
  • [2007-10-28 11:30]

Hello Thorsten , Fantastic and lovely action shot , goodcompositie colours a beauty nest , ,I like it , good job ,tfs Greetings Teunie .

Hi Thor,
Very nice shot of this breakfeast,Good focus and colors for this lovely moment

Hi Thorsten,

great moment capture, I like the way you captured a mother taking care of her little sons



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