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A Bird For Claudine

A Bird For Claudine
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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: 2007-07-14
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 30 D, Canon EF 70-200mm f4 L USM
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/200 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Dedications at TrekNature Part Two, Loot's Favourites 1 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-08-02 13:11
Viewed: 4466
Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 30
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This one is for you Claudine

This picture is a dedication for one of the most honorable members of our community, Claudine Besse. From many of her pictures one can sense the love she has for the fluffy, little, winged creatures that surround us every day and fill our souls with their wonderful songs.

I took the picture during my recent vacation in the foothills of the Suhard mountains, very close to the Lacul Rosu lake. I set up a branch and a hide covered with a military camouflage net and waited for the bird to show up. I used a tripod for better results. Here's some information on this species:

Black Redstart (Phoenicurus ochruros)

The Black Redstart (Phoenicurus ochruros) is a small passerine bird that was formerly classed as a member of the Thrush family (Turdidae), but is now more generally considered to be an Old World flycatcher (Muscicapidae).

It is a widespread breeder in south and central Europe, but very localised in Great Britain. It is resident in the milder parts of its range, but northern birds winter in southern Europe or north Africa. It nests in crevices or holes in buildings.

The Black Redstart is 13-14.5cm in length. The male has no chestnut on the flanks nor white on the forehead. The female is greyer than the Common Redstart, and at any age the grey axillaries and under wing-coverts are distinctive. In the Common Redstart these are buff or chestnut.

The "fire" of the tail labels the bird as a Redstart, but it may be distinguished from the Common Redstart, which is the same size, at 14 cm length, by its sootier appearance, even when the distinctive white wing patch is not apparent, as in immature males.

They typically frequent cliffs and stony ground, but in Britain often breed and winter in industrial complexes that have the bare areas and cliff-like buildings it favors. It will catch passing insects in flight, and migrants may or hunt in the tide-wrack for flies or tiny crustaceans. Its quick ducks of head and body are robin-like, and its tail is often flicked. The male has a rattling song and a tick call.




ExposureProgram - Manual control
ISOSpeedRatings - 100
ShutterSpeedValue - 1/200 seconds
ApertureValue - F 5.60
ExposureBiasValue - 0.00
Flash - Not fired, compulsory flash mode
FocalLength - 200 mm
WhiteBalance - Auto

PP in CS2:

- RAW to TIF to JPG;
- selective sharpened with high pass filter;
- saturated;
- cropped, resized, added frame and signature;

nglen, scottevers7, ridvan, dew77, Pentaxfriend, Ken52, peter_stoeckl, tomcezar has marked this note useful
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it is a very pretty gift which you make in Claudine, the photograph is splendid, thank you for us to make some profit too

Hi Eddie,
EXCELLENT! A great shot on this Redstart. Your exposure was perfect here. The colors and detail in the plumage look great. A perfect OOF backround to show this little jewel. Nice camera work!

selam Eduard, an excellent macro shot and very good composition of this lovely bird nice pov and bg with splendid colours.
Well done ! Regards

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2007-08-03 3:22]

Hello Eduard,
Magnificent capture of this fluffy bird and lovely dedication for Claudine.Clear details,sharpness,simple BG,exposure and lighting are excellent.Looks like a studio work!

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2007-08-03 6:45]

Hola Eduard,
preciosa captura,
sensacional detalles, nitidez y perfecto bg,
auténtico lujo de imagen...
hermosa dedicatoria para Claudine.

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2007-08-03 12:16]

Hi Eduard.What a nice thing to write in your notes. An excellent picture to dedicate to someone.
The focusing is very sharp and fine detail showing the feathers so well. very good colours . and a nice pose from the Redstart. all in a good frame. very well done TFS.
I will be back PT

Hi Eduard,

Excellent shot
SUPERB sharpness, details, lighting, colours, clarity, POV and BG

TFS Thijs

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  • Ken52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 636 W: 93 N: 1243] (4195)
  • [2007-08-03 18:27]
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Hi Eddie,
It is so great to see another post from you! And you show us a technically outstanding photo. (It's nice to know that you can just stick a branch in the ground, hide, and a beautiful bird will appear. I did the same thing for dragonflies today, but I did not need to hide for them to come and pose for me).

FOCUS: just the right sharpness to look natural but give amazing details at the same time.

EXPOSURE: This is outstanding. I think great light is the most important detail in getting a good photo. Perfect light gives the photo a pleasant look, makes the colors look natural, and allows us to see more detail.

COMPOSITION: This looks very professional. You have a beautiful, very pleasing and clean background. The pose of your subject is excellent, and subject is positioned very well in the frame with the appropriate empty space in front of subject.

COLORS: The colors are well saturated and look very natural. The background color is very complimentary to show off the subject well.

Best Wishes,

Lacul Rosu, joi m-am intors de acolo...
superba zona si oamenii.


Hello Eddie,
a wonderful, clear and precise, very lively, emotionally touching portrait of that fluffy little bird, showing an ideal pose, and placed in front of a perfectly contrasting, light green background that brings in a most pleasant refreshing atmosphere. Nice to read about all your wise preparations for getting a good wildlife capture.
A very beautiful dedication to our friend Claudine, done in a very skillful way, and with a lot of thoughtfulness.
With thanks, and my best regards,

Well composed, Eduard.
I do like the perching and the pose.
Nice one for Claudine.

Salut Eduard,

E super simpatic acest puisor de codros, detaliile sunt incredibile. Fundalul e perfect iar contrastul cu subiectul e reusit. Bravo, sper sa nu gresesc, poate ca subiectul ocupa prea mult din fotografie, nu stiu. Oricum imi place, e de nota 10.

Numai bine, Cezar T.

Hello Eduard my dear friend,

I feel so bad right now not having seen this beautiful picture before :((( I have been busier and less active on TN recently and I missed it until today! I'm very touched about this dedication and what a nice one it is! Details, perspective, exposure and background are outstanding! This is a very nice specie of bird that we don't have here. This is a superb post with great colors and composition. Thanks again for this nice thought, I’m sincerely flattered and I like everything about it :-)Bye and see you soon,

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  • euk (11)
  • [2007-09-27 14:13]

dear Eduard,

I feel a poem is coming out of me for this picture, too.

thank you!

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  • loot Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5524 W: 722 N: 4163] (11276)
  • [2008-07-22 6:07]
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Hi Eduard

It has been quite a while since we seen anything from you on the site, so in an attempt to lure you so that you can maybe surprise us with a seasonal posting I have decided to critique one of your older postings. Of course there are so many beautiful images to choose from, but I really liked this amazingly cute little redstart that I couldn't resist it.

You have really captured such splendid details on this birdie and that soft green BG does plenty to please the eye even further. Everything is so much in place technically and aesthetically that it lined up to give this shot those qualities for which we can easily respond in saying that it has tremendous "visual impact". I don't think I need to expand on that as the evidence is right in front of our eyes.

Well done MF and TFS.

PS. Not too forget, but it is a lovely dedication to Claudine too. Without any doubt something to appreciate.

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