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Easter Robin

Easter Robin
Photo Information
Copyright: Eduard Baak (snowfalken) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 419 W: 27 N: 497] (1788)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-04-06
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 30 D, Canon EF 70-200mm f4 L USM
Exposure: f/5.0, 1/250 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Dedications at Trek Nature, Robins of the World [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-04-07 14:33
Viewed: 3910
Points: 32
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Hello fellow Trekkers,

I would like to dedicate this picture to all TN members and to the administrators of the TN website ! This is my Easter greeting for all of you, who, with your critiques, comments, workshops, etc, helped me improve my photographic skills and made this website a special place! I wish you all "Happy Easter"!

Photo Info

Yesterday when I left work I thought I'd have a walk in the nearby forest and take some shots of the Easter Bunny to post it on TN! Unfortunately there was no Easter Rabbit there but I found the Easter Robin :) Actually it was a pair of robins! They kept chasing each other with great speed so I considered myself lucky to get a few good shots. I must say that a long lens is a HUUUUGE advantage! With my 200 mm lens it is almost impossible to get a decent picture.
The weather was fine, slightly windy, occasionally small clouds would temporarily cover the sun. As I said before, the picture was taken in a forest located at the NW base of a mountain, which means lighting conditions were not ideal. I was lucky to spot this fellow partially in the sunlight. I hope you like it!

Robin (Erithacus rubecula)


The Robin is undoubtedly one of Britain's most dearly loved birds. It is instantly recognizable due to the rusty-red breast; indeed, 'Robin redbreast' and simply 'redbreast' are well-known alternative names. The sexes are very similar, but juveniles lack the red breast and are mottled with browns and buffs. The robin is one of the few birds to sing throughout the winter; its melodious, liquid song is a further feature that has endeared this species to the public. A short 'tick' call is also produced.


Widely distributed throughout Britain, with the exception of islands and the higher hills of Scotland. It also occurs throughout much of Europe, reaching as far east as central Siberia, as well as parts of North Africa and Turkey.


Occurs in a range of habitats, but typically requires the presence of both dense vegetation and open areas. It breeds in woodlands, gardens, forest edges, parks, and even city centers.


Although the robin has been recorded feeding on a very wide range of food, the majority of the diet consists of invertebrates, soft fruit and seeds. As most of the food is taken from the ground, snowfall can cause huge numbers of deaths.




ExposureProgram - Manual control
ISOSpeedRatings - 100
ShutterSpeedValue - 1/250 seconds
ApertureValue - F 5.00
ExposureBiasValue - 0.00
MeteringMode - Multi-segment
Flash - Not fired, compulsory flash mode
FocalLength - 200 mm
WhiteBalance - Auto


- RAW to TIF to JPG;
- cropped, resized, added frame and signature in CS2;

nglen, horia, Pentaxfriend, Juyona, vanderschelden, scottevers7, saeedabbasi, glazzaro, Luis52, Tamrock, Ken52, peter_stoeckl has marked this note useful
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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2007-04-07 14:40]

Hi Eduard, good picture of the Robin, good colour and detail, with good DOF and compostion. well done..

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2007-04-07 15:11]

Salut Edi

si in primul rand un Paste cat mai fericit si tie!
Tocmai ma pregatesc sa ma duc la Inviere si am zis ca mai dau o raita sa vad daca e ceva interesant...si nu am putut sa rezist la asa o urare frumoasa :)

Imi place foarte mult cum ai menajat lumina nu tocmai ideala (dupa cum ai zis si tu) aici...metering-ul cred ca este impecabil si (desi nu ma mira asta deloc) mult mai bun in asemenea conditii la SLR-uri.
Culorile au iesit superbe si foarte vii iar, datorita unui DOF foarte bine ales, BG-ul e o spendaore care complementeaza subiectul perfect.
Detaliile sunt excelente, desi intr-adevar nu ai un zoom foarte puternic cu obiectivul tau, dar se pare ca plusul de MP si calitate a imaginii originale, coroborat cu un crop bine facut (cred...daca ma insel te rog sa ma ierti) au rezultat intr-o compozitie exceptionala.

Bravo, TFS si din nou, un Paste Fericit!

Hi Eduard,

what a beautyfull shot
great composition
good sharpness and details
lovely POV and DOF

TFS Thijs

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2007-04-07 18:03]

Hola Eduard,
bello robin,
precioso pov y excelentes detalles,

Happy Easter Eddie, You have a very good pic of the robin here. Perfect OOF BG, good details and colour. Good work

Well composed Robin image, Eduard.
I like the blurred background as well.

Hi Eddie,
Happy Easter! A really well composed and framed photo. Beautiful light and a spot on exposure. This has rendered beautiful colors and sharp detail in the plumage. A very well controled DOF has a perfect complimentary OOF backround. Looks great!

Hi Eduard ,
great details with excellent BG.
sharpness and composed are excellent.
lovely shot.

Hello Eddie,
I really like those birds and our American Robin is not as nice as this one I think :-) This is a question of taste but I really prefer European Robins. This is an excellent capture of this cute fellow. Don't worry about the rabbit, its makes a beautiful Easter Robin, lol. This is a very good composition with superb exposure and colors. Details are very good too and I like the colors of this background a lot. This light in its eye is wonderful. This is a lovely one. Thanks,

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  • jossim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1538 W: 5 N: 2240] (12636)
  • [2007-04-09 15:15]

Belle composition et magnifique couleurs. Bravo pour les détails et l'arrière plan.

A happy Easter to you and your family from mine. Well taken, good detail and exposure, nice position in the frame. Well detailed write up.


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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2007-04-11 18:47]

Hola Eduard.- Una bella y exelente foto de este hermoso Robin. Colores muy naturales y muy bonito fondo que resalta tu foto.
Saludos Luis52.

hi Eduard!
very nice picture on the
fine robin!
sharp and with fine pov
and dof,nice light and
lovely background
good work!

thanks fore your long
and interesting notes
on my pictures!

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  • Ken52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 636 W: 93 N: 1243] (4195)
  • [2007-04-12 21:15]

Hi Eddie,
Beautiful photo of the robin with very natural colors. Nice detail. Well exposed. Excellent composition and good DOF. I like the peaceful and content pose of the bird and the eye contact.

Hello Eddie,
that beam of sunrays from behind touching the robin's chest makes it stand out in fiery red from a scenery of soft green shades in a cute, self assertive pose - wonderful presentation of atmospherical depth and beauty, well composed.
Thank you!
With best regards,

The way you have the cross branch diagonal is a nice feature.
This bird is sitting light that seems rather perfect for your shot.
Bringing out the colour and a hint of catch light works well. Great depth of Field, thought at this F stop I am baffled how it blurred so much.

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