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On a pier

On a pier
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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: 2010-03-14
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D700, AF-S Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8G ED VR II, Kenko AF 1.4x Pro DG, Hoya PRO1 DMC UV(0) 77 mm
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/2500 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2010-03-15 4:52
Viewed: 4128
Points: 80
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Now I would like to introduce my new lens – incredible AF-S Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8G ED VR II.

Unfortunately, my lovely AF-S Nikkor 300mm f/4D IF-ED lens has been broken very soon after purchasing and returned to photo store in autumn last year (without money back, it was my decision). Only few days ago the manager of the store has offered me a new 70-200 VR II lens in exchange for Nikkor 300mm lens plus my another lens AF Zoom-Nikkor 80-200mm f/2.8D ED. Having been tired of waiting for replacement of 300/4 lens, I have agreed.

Yesterday it was a first good enough day for testing. I went for a walk to the city beach for sea gull shooting. Almost all time the sun has been hidden by clouds and pictures of gulls in flight have turned out good but not very good. However, I could get a complete idea about new lens.

Unexpectedly two pigeons have landed nearby to me on a pier and I have managed to take few shots. At least this boy is very nice and it was so kind to pose me (for a few moments only). That is why I have decided to introduce to you both of them – a lens and this guy.

Have a fruitful week.

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Hello Alexei,
i am sorry about your 300 mm broken lens, this zoom 70-200 VR is really versatile; a superb portrait of this Pigeon taken with outstanding sharpness and splendid natural colours, a very good test.
Have a good week
Ciao Maurizio

Ciao Alexei. The perfect portrait for this pigeon in stunninf details and focus. Right natual colours.


Hello Alex,
Beautiful photo, gifted with great clarity and eloquence in the pose of the bird. I think the lens that gave in place of another, is quite efficient. Obviously, your talent has appeared in the photo. Good job! greetings and happy week for you!

Dear Alex!

Your narrative notes accompany this picture very well and I have read them with great interest. It seems that your new lens does a good job! And why not presenting a common pigeon, eh? They are beautiful birds, and your picture is the best proof for that! I like the bird's pose and the colours as well as the details in the feathers are superb.

Kind regards


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  • KOMSIS Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 820 W: 0 N: 2419] (10674)
  • [2010-03-15 7:07]

Hi Alexei,
I'm using the old version.Possible to get very good results.
Pigeon, sharp detail and excellent depth of field.
Best wishes,

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2010-03-15 9:25]

Hello Alexei,
Very nice to see a photo from you. A great lens, I think, because this photo has splendid clarity and very beautiful natural colours. Excellent sharpness, details, DOF and composition.

Bonjour Alesei
Superbe spécimen avec de superbes couleurs
jolis details et belle composition
Félicitations pour l'éclairage.

Merci pour l'envoie et au revoir.....JP

Ciao Alexei, your new lens works very well, splendid pigeon with wonderful natural colors, splendid sharpness and fine details, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2010-03-15 10:28]

Hello Alexei.
A very nice capture.The lighting is very good,nice colours and detail.I like the composition and the DOF is excellent.Superb work.Best regards Siggi

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  • horias Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 837 W: 58 N: 2084] (11033)
  • [2010-03-15 11:44]

Hi Alexei
Waw...you have right, is a fantastic lens!
And , I think the arrangement with the store is fair!
Great capture, details and light are fantastic.
Congratulation for the capture and too for the lens!

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2010-03-15 12:15]

Hi Alexei . I am glad you have got your lens sorted out at last. It has worked well with this picture of the Pigeon. Taken with fine feather detail and sharp focusing. All with natural colours. well taken TFS.

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  • cloud Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 497 W: 111 N: 1535] (9539)
  • [2010-03-15 12:56]

Hello Alexei,
You used new lens very well, pigeon is perfectly sharp against blurred BG, clear and true colours. I like tone of this photo.
Regards, Pawel

Hi Alexei,

It seems your new toy worked well with this one! In these days, i am also thinking to buy a wide angle for landscape shoting! Have you got any idea or suggestion on this subject?
TFS and have a nice night MF!


Bueno Alexei, creo que ese cambio ha sido positivo; lo que aquí nos muestras tiene una gran claridad. El detalle de las plumas de la base es muy real, aunque la cabeza tampoco desmerece. Buena sensación de volumen del ave y a pesar de la justa luz, esa clara lente y aún con un ISO tan alto han dado un buen resultado.
Bien equilibrado el conjunto por la posición del ave cortando la diagonal de las piedras del muelle.
Como siempre, una buena técnica.
Saludos: Josep Ignasi.

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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2010-03-15 15:04]

Hola Alexei.
Great desicion. 70/200f2.8+1.4X almost 300, but maintains f/2.8
You are going to love this fast lens.
Lovely photo. As usual in Your work first class image, very sharp and light. Looks like 3D photo. Fine details on his wings, chest and peak.
Saludos Alexei, and keep shooting and having funn with Your new toy.
Luis Leal.

hello Alexei

congratulations for your F2.8 with VR II new lens, sorry about
the sad news of your other lens, another of your great
photos of birds, with fine POV and DOF, always superb
focus sharpness and details, TFS


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  • jhm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 893 W: 0 N: 507] (1853)
  • [2010-03-16 6:18]

Hello Alexei,

I work very gladly with a 100-300mm lens, but also with a 70-200mm lens, both lensses are very good.
You first picture with these lens is very well, also a nice blurred background
Lovely realisation, also of quality also.
Composition and presentation are very well. TFS.

Best regards,

It is an amazing lens, Alexei; the picture is so very sharp and crisp. Still, I believe it is Alexei behind that lens that deserves the credit for this kind of a professional work.
Thanks for your kind words on my Hoverfly picture. I feel very guilty that due to too much of work, I fail to respond to people's kind words on time.
Warm regards.

Hi Alexei,

an very good lens I have the first edition from this lens and these are much better.
Good choice.
Very good sharp image and details with fine colours.


Hello Alexei
a superb capture of this pigeon taken in a perfect pose
the whole bird is well focused with superb detailed plumage
great POV and composition
the blurred BG highlight the bird nicely
Have a good night

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  • zulfu Gold Star Critiquer [C: 685 W: 0 N: 2] (43)
  • [2010-03-17 23:10]

Hello Alexei,
Very lovely and excellent shot of this pigeon. Colours, details and composition are very beautiul.
TFS and R's,

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2010-03-18 5:59]

Dear Alex,
You have a new lens and you seem to be happy with it. I can understand, because the colors look very natural and fine. The subject you have chosen is simple, but you show it in a perfect manner, a classical shot! Well composed with fine sharpness, subtle and natural colors. And a dreaming pigeon..
Thanks and kind regards

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2010-03-18 23:31]

Hello Alexei

Sorry to hear about you lense.

This shot is wonderful - superb detail throughout. Great work my friend.

Best wishes


Hallo Alexei
This is such a pretty bird with lovely features and details and you have outdone yourself with the camerawork. The pigeon's feathers are as neat and tidy. The pose very precise and orderly. You have captured its prominent features and characteristics well. Looking at this pigeon has touched my heart for some or another reason, it appears so innocent and naive. The colours in the neckline is so beautiful. Thanks for sharing. Best regards.

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2010-03-19 1:42]

Hi Alex,
very sharp shot of this dove.Such a lovely details well seen. You have got a new lens and you got the same creative eyes, both give this capture a super one.
Nice reading about your experience in waiting for the lens as well as being so anxious in trying the new nikkor.
Well done and congratulations.


Hi MF Alexei,

First of all it's great to know You already have a new lens instead of the broken one and You can handle the technique very well (as it seems from the pic). Secondly, sorry for giving this critique with such a delay. In exchange, my today upload will be a dedication to You & everyone else who's named Alex, Joseph or Ben - read why. :)

Gorgeous shot. The composition's simple but great, I really like the "curves" of the pigeon and the way You positioned the subject into the photo (cropping). Sharpness and colors are second to none, the pose and the eye-contact are great plus. And I love Your notes. They're personal and interesting - like mine. :) Overall, huge congrats from me, and of course tfs.

Have a nice weekend, friendly regards, László

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  • cirano Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 997 W: 0 N: 944] (13609)
  • [2010-03-20 23:44]

Slav Alexeî,
An excellent a picture from you.Great sharpness and perfect colors.Wonderful composition.I am sorry for your 300mm lens.

ciao Alexei!
Well I would say that the test for this new lens is gone over expectations
maybe the 300 f / 4 had a capacity on the distance, but with the new focal 2.8, certainly excellent results in your photos
take care sERGIO

Liked, very much, both the image and the story about your lenses.
So sad that you had no money back guarantee.
Mario your friend 4ever.

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2010-03-21 16:49]

Hi Alex,

Looks like you have mastered your new lens! I wish you better luck with this one than your last. A very beautiful picture of this pigeon on the pier. I think we undervalue these birds because they are so common. The colors are stunning, the face and eye are lovely, the details of his face and feathers are superb. It is nice meeting your lens and your guy.


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  • roges Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 957 W: 0 N: 1329] (6264)
  • [2010-03-22 4:39]

Hello Alexei,
Я снова здесь.
Удачного кадра.
Новый макрос с одним исключением очень хорошо выбрали POV.
Отличный цветовой контраст.
Дружеский привет,

hello Alexei,
my time is very short, time to time I try to visit the TN,
I like very much this photo, the colors and the clarity are great, it's a very good bird photo!
I hope soon your lovely Nikkor (I have the same and I love it),be replaced...
"keep photographing!" TFS

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  • mlines Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 556 W: 26 N: 668] (3116)
  • [2010-03-23 20:02]

Hi Alexei,
Good story about your other lens and then this one to replace it.This, in your capable hands to make correct settings, gives a startling and excellent result. It is always good to see such well cropped and clear result. TFS. Murray.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2010-03-26 8:09]

Hello Alexei,
Your new lens seems great!
As you are already a skillful photographer, you are sure to make great use of this lens, like this fine portrait of a feral Pigeon. I like the sharpness, BG and pose and the composition and POV make it a supern image.
Thanks and have a good weekend,

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2010-03-27 7:05]

Hello Alexei,
Since a young boy I have always had a deep love for pigeons. I remember one of my cousins had Homing Pigeons which he would bring over to my house and release. I marvelled how they would circle the house a few times and then head directly towards their home.
Your Rock Pigeon reminds me of those joyous boyhood days. The bird is well shown with fine plumage detail and beautiful colors. Very nice composition and taken from an attractive low POV. Great work!!

Olá Alex

Uma foto bonita desta ave de olhos alaranjados
e muito atentos ao que se passa em sua volta.
Um misto de cores bem naturais e bem bonitas.

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  • tcr Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 158 W: 8 N: 538] (3384)
  • [2010-04-02 9:02]

Another high quality photography from your gallery. Accurate focus, pleasant out of focus background, pretty colour and luminosity.
Greetings and TFS.

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2010-04-08 18:53]

Hello Alexei,
Sometimes I feel you could get an amazing image from a disposable camera, but this new lens is an excellent tool in your capable hands. The proof is right here in this beautiful image.

Dear Alexei,
very charming portrait, pleasantly relaxed in a matter-of-fact way, funny to see that lovely bunch of feathers sticking out at the neck. Very precisely spotted, wonderful smooth transitions and true colours. A shot just taken for testing new equipment turned out to be another masterpiece - what a joyful and satisfying experience! Congratulations my dear fried - to your new lens and its results. You make me turning my head for a new dSLR :)
With thanks, and all my best wishes to you,

Hi Alexei.
I like how your full frame body rendered the colors and the smoothness of the background is also a clear indication of you ability to handle the glass really well. Nice lateral pov with the head turn. Exposure of the plumage is first class.
Thanks for sharing and kind regards.

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