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Copyright: Alexei Alyokhin (Alex99) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-03-08
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D700, AF Zoom-Nikkor 80-200mm f/2.8D ED, Kenko AF 1.4x Pro DG, Hoya PRO1 DMC UV(0) 77 mm
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/2000 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-04-11 9:24
Viewed: 5174
Favorites: 5 [view]
Points: 98
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Let me share next shot, which demonstrates art capabilities of the flying pigeons. It was taken at the same place and at the same time as previous one.

Unlike the seagulls that wandered on a beach, floated in the sea, flied along seashore, flight of pigeons searched for a food in sand, turned above a beach, flied on the beach and took seat on wires and trees.

Moreover the breading period is started and males begun to make court to females. One of such moment I managed to catch the bird, which, probably, was going to land to the wire next to other resting (or waiting for courting) pigeons.

Shooting distance was 8.41 m.

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ThreadThread Starter Messages Updated
To Luis52: FXAlex99 1 04-14 22:26
To meyerd: My secret.Alex99 1 04-14 11:47
To mlines: Many thanks, dear friend.Alex99 1 04-12 08:21
To lousat: EasterAlex99 1 04-12 06:56
To billynewboy: AF & tnaks a lot.Alex99 1 04-12 06:53
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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2009-04-11 9:51]

Hi Alexie. This is a first class inflight shot of the Pideon. Your timing was spot on to have got this one over head. You have captured it with fine detail and bright colours. very good use of the light. well done TFS.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2009-04-11 9:55]

Hello Alexei,
What a fantastic photo! The pose, so your timing, is really perfect. Great sharp details and beautiful clear colours. Excellent composition.
Have a good Easter Weekend,

Hello Alexei
wonderful shot of this flying pidgeon taken with amazing details, I like all the fine details on his plumage
great wings positionand superb blue sky
I wish you a great Easter WE

Y empieza el espectáculo ...

Fantástica toma. Muchos aspectos sobresalientes, como el enfoque, la justa velocidad de obturación, la luz y especialmente el bello contraste conseguido del ave con el cielo.
Enhorabuena !!

J. Ignasi.

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  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2009-04-11 10:24]

Hello Alexei
Fantastic capture, Excellent!

Hello Alexei,
I can only repeat my words from your last posting of a in-flight pigeon shot.
This is an excellent shot with perfect exposure, correct white balance and lovely natural colour.
And it's well composed with excellent sharpness and it a very good pose of the pigeon.
As I mention earlier, it's great to see a great picture.
Well done, mf

Hello Alexei,
what a wonderful inflight picture of Pigeon, you have captured a very lovely statuesque attitude with outstanding sharpness and splendid colours, excellent POV and composition.
Have a good Easter Weekend

hello Alexei
great sharpness with good details of the bird
beautiful colours
greeting lou

hello Alexei

excellent close-up phot of the pigeon, fine POV from under the bird,
also to its wings open position's fine appropriate vertical framing,
you have frozen the bird excellently with superb focus
and great sharpness & details of its plumage, TFS


Ciao Alexei, splendid pingeon in fantastic fly, wonderful sharpness and fine details, very well done, Happy Easter to you, ciao Silvio

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2009-04-11 12:48]

Hi Alexei,

I don't have the right words to express how wonderful this shot is! You froze him in an amazing position with the wings raised and the tail feathers spread. The colors and details are fantastic. I love the yellow eye and the iridescent colors of his throat. A perfect composition against the blue sky.


Hi Alex, I like this very much. It has a very Easter look about it. The clarity is extraordinary. I hope to take a photo as clear as this one day. TFS. Murray.

Good timing Alexei, together with perfect illumination and the right choice of shutter speed to freeze wing motion resulted in an expertly exposed shot against an azure sky. Thanks for this superb image my friend.

Hello Alexei
This is not an easy capture but you placed yourself perfectly as the pigeon is braking.
Did you use the excellent AF tracking of the D700 or did you capture it in the single shot AF mode?
Either way I pass on my hearty congratulations on such a wonderful capture.
All the Best

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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2009-04-11 15:35]

Hi Alexei
Perfect in flight capture.Great POV and razor sharp image.Great plumage detail again a beautiful sky.
TFS Michel

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2009-04-11 16:23]
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Hi Alex,isn't easy to found words to comment a fantastic pic like that!!! I hope my great compliments are enough..eheheh...have a Happy Easter (maybe yours is in the next week),Luciano

Hello Alexei, perfect! … simply perfect!

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2009-04-12 0:35]

excellent image, great. tfs.

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2009-04-12 1:26]

Hi Alex,
the blue sky as the Bg is really wonderful.
Your composition is brilliant with sharpness and clarity beyond doubt.
Really exciting to feel right below him.
Well captured with clean and neat presentation.


Dear Alexei,
a wonderful picture. Incredible precision makes this in-flight capture look like a sculpture placed in the air.
A quintessentially meaningful monument of unearthy lightness.
Congratulations for this excellent work my dear friend. Thank you!
With all my best wishes to you. Have beautiful weekend,

Hi Alexei,

so this are an very good inflight shot.
Extremely good of details and fine colours.


ciao Alexei!
I really like the posture of the flying pigeon and thanks for your dedication to us all .. great detail and well focused....
I wish you and family a happy Easter

A very dove-like look to this one. The capture is also significant in the PEACE for which this could symbolize...for a dove does not hold anything over a pigeon. As Hillary Clinton said "It takes a Village"

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2009-04-12 12:16]

Hello Alexei,
Though the Feral Pigeon is common across the world it takes an expert photographer like you to take such a fine shot of one in flight. The frozen wing position is wonderful and the POV, the exposure and sharpness make this a top class shot against the blue sky.
Thanks for sharing this delight for the eyes!
Best regards,

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  • NinaM Gold Star Critiquer [C: 773 W: 3 N: 1157] (4077)
  • [2009-04-12 14:04]

I have seen this picture and meant to come and critique you about it, it is so beautiful! I love the pov under the pigeon and I think pigeons are beautiful birds and unknown to many of us. I am glad you do recover them and post such beautiful pictures! We see so much details, the exposition is spot on, the sharpness is great and, more than this, it is very beautiful! Thank you Alex,


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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2009-04-13 5:48]

Hello Alex,
Looks like the Holy Spirit your pigeon! Amazing pose, excellently caught by your camera. A master-shot, indeed!
Thanks a lot
and best regards

Hi Alexei,
Another beautiful flying action capture of this pigeon. Sharp details and a lovely composition. Thanks a lot for sharing.

Hi Alex
Another beauty in your gallery. Moment and POV is fantastic. I also like the diagonal composition and beautiful blue background. I am waiting for more pigeons and other photos ;-)
Best wishes

Hi Alexei,

WooW what a timing
Excellent sharpness and details even with ISO1000
Perfect compo, POV and colors
beautiful light and BG

TFS Thijs

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  • demeve Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 586 W: 12 N: 1682] (6165)
  • [2009-04-13 14:23]

Hello Alexei,
he looks very angelic! Great POV and beautiful blue skies. These
pigeons are very common but they are also very colorful. Well done


Hello Alexei,

You are a true artist, capturing the bird in the middle of a wing beat and presenting it as if it is performing a graceful dance.
Sharp focus, captures the beautiful details of its plummage, and fine composition, positions it on a diagonal across the frame.

Have a good day,
Bev :-)

Hi Alexei,
one more stunning "action shot" from you! How you managed such good light against the bright sky is your secret. As biology students we used to cook the breast muscles(Pectoralis major and minor!) of town pigeons but I still have respect of their capacity to lift the bird.

I will be on a bicycle trip for a while. See you again on TN in June!

Best regards

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  • fiyo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1053 W: 5 N: 3475] (15161)
  • [2009-04-14 14:23]

Merhaba Alexei,
her zamanki gibi mükemmel.
Netlik, pozlama ve kompozisyon olarak harika olmuş.
Tebrik ederim.

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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2009-04-14 15:54]
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Hola Alexei.
Beautiful photo my friend. Exellent moment. nice blue sky and sharpness.
One question. Is it at Full frame or Dx?
Love this camera.

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  • valy67 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1727 W: 59 N: 3060] (9219)
  • [2009-04-16 13:38]

Hello Alexei !
What a masterpiece !!! This picture is just perfect ! Splendid pose of the Pidgeon, lovely soft colors, wonderful blurred BG, pin sharp details... I love everything. Goes straight to my favourites. Really amazing what you are able to do with your camera. Very well done !

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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2009-04-17 3:58]

Hi Alexei,
Pose you captured, exposure control and details on the plumage look very good. TFS
Have a nice weekend,

Hi dear Alexei ,
As always great shot.
Excellent details and nice light.

Ver well captured.

Hello Alexei,
great shot of this pigeon. Congratulations.

TFS, best regards,

Excellent timing, Alexei!
Great focus and lovely details.
Congratulations, my friend!


Hi Alexei,

This is one super shot. The underside of the wings has so much details. Very sharp image against the beautiful blue sky.

TFS and best regards,

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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2009-05-02 11:38]

Privet Alexei,
This one is also excellent.Well caught and composed.Very well done!
Thanks for posting..

Outstanding is an understatement, Alexei!
I am searching for a word...

Hi Alex!

I notice with pleasure that you go on taking pictures of flying birds. Is this becoming your speciality? Anyway, you already are the master of that kind of photography and you perfectly know how to take advantage of your material. This picture is superb! It's crystal clear, although the bird is moving. It reveals all the beauty of a pigeon with the fine colour tones and patterns.

Kind regards


Nice capture & note.

Hi Alexei,

This is the perfect symbol of peace. Amazing shot.


Hello Alexei,

Interesting moment and a perfect freeze!
The posture of the bird is eye-catching and 1/2000 sec stops the movement perfectly...
The point of view works well and results in a high quality, original bird image!

Pablo -

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  • loot Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5524 W: 722 N: 4163] (11276)
  • [2009-11-21 4:41]
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Hi Alexei

Ok, I know it is the white dove that is supposed to be the symbol of peace, but it
almost looks like this one is busy with an apprenticeship to qualify. Maybe then if
David Copperfield can turn it into a white pigeon it would then be able to meet the
required criteria. It seems to have the action and the notion with those wide spread

You managed to nail this one on the button. The high ISO setting awarded you with
an excellent result. That is because you could achieve a 1/2,000 second shutter
speed which is a definite necessity when shooting moving (and especially flying)
subjects. The lighting control was done with great skill as every bit of sharp detail
on this pigeon's under side is clearly visible. The square frame worked very well for
this composition.

Excellent work MF and TFS.

Excellent shot! You have managed the exposure really well. Exquisite portrait of the pigeon. I love the artistic posture and composition. Thanks for sharing.


Privet Alexei,
Just one word would be enough: excellent! But I go further: perfect minimalistic composition with only the sky in the background, which forces the eyes to focus on the pigeon only. Fantastic timing, colors and sharpness, a real masterpiece. About technique: I hope I once will be able to use a DSLR, because my Lumix bridge only knows the settings you chose with flash, which is good sometimes, but not always. There are many things to learn from you, and from your photos. Tfs.
Have a nice Christmas, friendly yours, László

Hello Alexie-Just looks like a greetings card.beautiful work.Detailed wings and soft light made it attractive.Thanks for such beautiful one.Regards-Srikumar

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