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To Unsurpassed Asbed

To Unsurpassed Asbed
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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: 2010-08-17
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/4.5, 1/2500 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Goldys' Personal Favorites, CeltickRanger's favorite bird in-flight photos 3 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2010-10-09 2:19
Viewed: 4917
Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 98
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
One of the best TN in-flight bird shooters is Asbed Iskedjian (CeltickRanger).

Using compact camera he works wonders despite the fact all we know that compact cameras is not the best tool for such kind of photography. You can easily be convinced of it, having looked his amazing pictures.

Having DSLR camera it seemed to me that my task is easier. However I was mistaken. It is almost impossible (at least for me) to get nice shots of so swift birds as swallows in free flight. I needed a lot of luck (and many hundreds attempts) to take such picture as shared one.

Now you understand why I am impressed with Asbed's pictures and Asbed as a person who has a huge gallery of small flying birds. Bravo, Asbed. You are Great Master. And all the best to you.

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2010-10-09 3:04]

Hallo Alexei
Perfect in flight capture of Swallows rustica.Superb focus and very nice point of view!.I liked POV and composition very much.Thanks for posting.Best regards Siggi

Hello Alexei,
you managed well with the swallow in in the air, it's sharp and well exposed with nice natural colours.
I know it's not easy but you did a great job here, but nothing else to expect with your skillful hands.
Very fine work, old friend.
Have a great week.
Best regards

wow, great capture, TFS Ori

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  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2010-10-09 4:10]

Hello Alexei
Superb in flight capture. Excellent work!

Simplemente impresionante Alexei !

Quien ha intentado fotografiar alguna vez una golondrina
sabe la dificultad que entrana; por eso, entre otros aspectos
tÚcnicos valoro especialmente esta fotografÝa.
Un abrazo: Josep Ignasi.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2010-10-09 4:58]

Hello Alex,
Fantastic photo of this Barn Swallow in splendid natural colours and perfect sharpness. Very, very difficult to make a photo like this. These swallows are so fast. Great POV and composition. Very beautiful!

Ciao Alexei, great capture of beautiful bird in fantastic fly, lovely dedication to our friend Asbed, splendid sharpness and fine details, very well done my friend, have a good week end, ciao Silvio

Beautiful image Alexei, this one makes you want to "soar like an eagle".
I like the catchlight and framing. Very nice colors, BG, & details as well :)
Have a good weekend my friend.

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2010-10-09 6:08]

Hello Alexei,
Fantastic close view of this beautiful Barn Swallow so sharply in focus and against a lovely blue sky! Lovely catchlight in the eye too and beautiful colours of the plumage. Excellent work and a nice dedication to Asbed!
TFS and best wishes, Ulla

Merhaba Alexei,

Nefis bir šekim. Bakış ašısı, detaylar her bakımdan gŘzel bir šalışma. Asbed išin de gŘzel bir dedikasyon. Ellerine sağlık.


Perfect in-flight picture of a Swallow, Alexei.
It is only in this kind of a vivid and graphic image of a bird in flight that we get to see the texture of the hidden side of wings.
In this shot, the details are immaculate. I also like the catchlight in the bird's eye.
Well done and TFS.

Hi Alexei,

an very nice inflight shot from this beautiful bird.
good pov, sharpness and details.
fine colours.


I too think of Asbed when doing this type of image. I have yet to post only one...a long time ago of a killdeer. Asbed and I too would/am amazed at the fine quality against an azure sky. The underbelly, breast is well defined. Superior work!

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2010-10-09 9:35]

Hello Alexei,
Yes, in-flight shots are not the easiest to achieve, but you managed a superb capture of a juvenile Barn Swallow in an open wing flying position. The details and exposure from below are superb and the composition against a blue sky is excellent.
Thanks and enjoy your weekend,

Hello Alexei
You are right from many points of view: using a compact camera to shoot birds in flight is not easy ( none of my pictures taken with my old HP were worth posting), so using the dslr made indeed, your life more easy. However, I again agree: swallows are between the most difficult birds to shoot, with extraordinary details and very good sharpness as you did.And from this image I can see that the bird is holding very close to the body it's legs, in fact are almost invisible, making the entire bird a perfect flying machine!

Thanks for sharing and have a good weekend!

Outstanding! Perfect! By the impossible POV. Razor details and perfect sharp against the blue BG. Well done Alexei.


Hello Alexei,
Fantastic shot with excellent clarity and sharp details.
Very good focus. Wonderful composition. Have a nice weekend!

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  • cirano Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 997 W: 0 N: 944] (13609)
  • [2010-10-09 13:38]

Hello Alexei,
What a great capture of this in-flight bird,great sharpness and excellent colors.The POV is wonderful,too.TFS.

Hi Alex,
When I was new in TN, I had the opportunity to see one of yours pictures whose motive was a pigeon flying against the blue sky. At that time I thought that was one of the most technical quality photos I had seen. Seeing this today, I can only congratulate you and thank you for this kind of pictures! Very good job, great quality! Bravo! ... Greetings, I hope you're well, hugs!

This is stunning, Alexei!
Very sharp, with the perfect exposure and details!

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  • cloud Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 497 W: 111 N: 1535] (9539)
  • [2010-10-10 2:00]

Privet Alexei,
I've read your interesting note. You managed to take in-flight of the swallow very well. In very favourable light perfectly visible plumage. Nice blue sky fill up such uncommon view.
Regards, Pawel

Hi Alexei,
A lovely capture of this beautiful Swallow in flight. Very good timing with good sharp details and a nice composition. Thanks a lot for sharing.

Hi Alexei,very nice capture.

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2010-10-10 7:23]

Hello Alexei,
Knowing how fast and curvy their flight is I am truly amazed at this capture. Thank you for sharing this wonderful image.

Hello Alexei,
Great composition and perfect in flight capture with wonderful details and colours. Well done!

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  • Heaven Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 996 W: 123 N: 2341] (7912)
  • [2010-10-10 11:54]

Dear Alex

You dedicate a superb picture to our friend Asbed. Actually, the perfectly sharp picture reveals rich details of this beautiful bird. Your exposure settings explain how such a crystal clear image can be created. But I also know how difficult it is to realize it, and you did it very well. I also appreciate the delicate design of the bird, the structure of the feathers and the fine colours.

Kind regards


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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2010-10-10 13:14]

Privet Alexei,
Magnificent in flight capture of Swallow.Details on plumage,sharpness and framing are wonderful.Exposure is spot on,catchlight in eyes are perfect.Have a great week!
Thanks for sharing..

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2010-10-11 0:55]

Hello Alex,
I see that flying creatures are fascinating you! We all know that it isn't an easy task. Now, here you succeeded well with this cute Swallow showing so well the white part of its plumage. Excellent decentred composition against the blue sky.
i wish you a nice week
kind regards

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  • tcr Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 158 W: 8 N: 538] (3384)
  • [2010-10-11 8:18]

Successful in-flight image.
Pleasing soft colour, precise point of view and nice composition.

hello Alexei
super good sharpness picture
very nice moment to see this bird in flight
beautiful colours to
greeting lou

Hello Alexei
what a fantastic shot of this flying swallow, great dedication to our friend Asbed, each detailson the bird is pin sharp
i like his wide open wings pose and the wonderful blue sky
Have a good night

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  • Aleks Silver Star Critiquer [C: 31 W: 0 N: 14] (14)
  • [2010-10-11 14:45]

Hi Alexei
This is a wonderful photo with great exposure and detail. I love the positioning of the bird within the frame, it clearly gives an indication as to the direction of flight.

Maybe I would be tempted to sharpen the image a bit more in photoshop.



Hi Alexei
what great capture of this speedy swallow, with wonderful sharpness of focus and great white balance-exposure. blue BG and swallow's colors superb. nicely composed and presented. thanks for sharing, best wishes my friend

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2010-10-12 1:22]

Hello Alex,
very well composed and nicely composed shot. I like the blue sky as the background. The spread wing from corner to corner really gives a dramatic composition.
Nice presentation with sharpness and clarity.


hello Alexei

merci beaucoup beaucoup for this great close-up
in-flight shot and sorry that in my absence of TN
i missed this photo, (in the last weeks i was not very
active in TN) you should write me an e-mail Alexei
and i would come 3 days ago to admire your photo

as i wrote a great close-up shot of this swallow with the
very fine POV from under the bird and the way it is framed
on the image, superbly focused with great sharpness and details,

i wish Alexei that when i will have my new camera
i will do a in-flight shot like yours on this photo,
in my case the bird would be a little bit smaller to keep
more space in-front of it and with that to give
more the feeling of the flight

the catch-light at the eye render the photo more beautiful

encore merci beaucoup beaucoup Alexei
for you dedication of this photo to me



Hi Alexei (or Celtickranger II jejeje)
Excellent shot, well done!
TFS, regards from Catalonia

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  • jhm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 893 W: 0 N: 507] (1853)
  • [2010-10-21 9:04]

Hello Alexei,

Not easy take a Swallow in flight, the speed is very quick.
You did wonderful, we see excellent the beak and open wings.
Splendid colors, excellent placed.
Sharpness and clarity be superb. TFS.

Best regards,

Hi Alexei. I like the title and you are making me smile. Your shot has always been first class and the spotless blue sky in the background is just wonderful. You have a fine full frame DSLR and yes, it makes it easier to a great photographer like you. Thanks for sharing and have a wonderful weekend. Regards. Jusni

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  • KOMSIS Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 820 W: 0 N: 2419] (10674)
  • [2010-10-22 10:01]

Hi Alexei,
Turquoise sky and flying swallow ...
Superb focus and sharpness.Beutiful colours, light and delightful diagonal composition.
Best wishes,

Infinte pluses....+++++
FOND regards from Mario.
P.S. Could not title the current post "Insect Paradise". So, I called it "PEACE ON EARTH".

Hi Alexei,
One of the best in-flight shots I've ever seen. Fantastic timing, sharpness, colors - and even you needed a lot of luck and many hundreds of attempts, this one worth all the effort. :) A stunning masterpiece, a perfect dedication to Asbed. Bravo MF.
Best regards and hugs, Lßszlˇ

Dear Alexei,
quintessentially iconic image. Perfectly clear and sharp, so well lighted against the sky that even the finest shades of colours are well visible, captured in motion so smoothly that the swallow seems to hover without motion like a kite, making me forget how quick swallows in fact are darting through the sky.
I also really enjoyed reading your quiet and friendly brief notes, explaning the image to be the result of patient, continous hard work. A true masterpiece always makes the spectator completely forget all the efforts it took the creator to make it.
A very nice dedication to our friend Asbed, too. Thank you!
With best regards and all my best wishes to you,

hello Alexei!
what to say .. masterpieceeeeeee!!!

ciao sERGIO

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  • Art_R Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 244 W: 20 N: 839] (3892)
  • [2010-11-03 9:44]

Hi Alexei , wow!!! did your effort ever pay off with this one , an amazing in-flight capture , the detail and sharpness is outstanding , great stuff. I can certainly understand the difficulty of this one , I finally managed an in-flight shot of a swallow , but no where near to this amazing capture...

TFS & regards

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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2010-11-06 9:11]

Hola Alexei.
You are absolut right My friend. We all must recognize the effor of Asbed. He his doing an excelent and fine work with is camera. I really admire him a lot.
Great photo. Beautiful Note to Asbed.
TFS Alexei.

Hello Alexei! Amazing bird. Fine information. Good work. Superb exposure and capture. High Fidelity. Well done!

Hallo Alex,
during my absence from TN, what a fantastic picture of the Barn Swallow in-flight, a special dedication to Asbed, superb sharpneess and splendid natural colours, a very pleasing composition with a marvellous flight posture of this beautiful bird against the blue sky
Best regards

hello Alexei, filled the frame, very beautiful compo, natural colors fascinating and details, I like how you work the 70-200, another wonderful photo!
best regards Nasos

Hello Alexei,

Excellent freeze, the bird looks like chiseled in marble!
Great point of view right below the flying bird, great blue sky as background...
The fast bird is recorded with outstanding details in the plumage, with lovely natural colours!

Pablo -

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