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**The Big 100**

**The Big 100**
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Copyright: Karan Little (hester) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-01-01
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 350D / Digital Rebel XT, Sigma 70-300mm F4-5.6 APO DG Macro
Exposure: f/4, 1/40 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-01-04 13:34
Viewed: 7877
Favorites: 2 [view]
Points: 114
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This is my 100th post. So I want to take this opportunity to thank everyone for the support, the wholly undeserved praise and the wonderful advice.

If this wasn't my 100th post I would have titled this picture "stalker". This little fellow is the same bird shown yesterday , taken on the same day but about an hour later and half way around the lake. As I was walking around the lake I was often aware of a little flurry of wings, gentle singing coming from the trees and a flash of orange as I walked along. Eventually he came down to have a better look and that is when I took this photo.

Information from www.arkive.org
Erithacus rubecula
The Robin is undoubtedly one of Britain's most dearly loved birds. It is instantly recognisable 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.

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.

Robins are very territorial birds throughout the year; in winter both males and females defend their own territory, and males often hold the same territory throughout their lives. Territories are defended by means of singing from a prominent perch, and by aggressively driving intruders away

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Hi Karan congrats on the 100th post with my fav bird nice pose you got with good eye contact nice detail for 1/40 sec shutter TFS rgds Necip.

bonjour karan

superbe ton rouge gorge superbe composition belle couleurs bravo


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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2007-01-04 13:46]

Hi Karan,
Wow, you have reached this big milestone with this wonderful post. Exposure, focus, composition and pose are fine!
Thank you for your excellent contribution to TN!
José M.

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2007-01-04 13:47]

Hi Karam.
My congratulations, best wishes and thank you for your kind comments and amazing works.

Next your great close-up picture with charming model (perfectly presented, at wonderful colourful clothes and cute pose). I like how well you have composed, cropped and noted this shot. You have selected DOF skillfully: perfect sharpness of the birdy and twig and impressive dark blurred BG. BRAVO and many nice works and friend to you, Dear Karan.

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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2007-01-04 13:53]

Hello Karan,
congrats on your 100th. Enjoying this photo very much, those European roins are so cute. You did a wonderful job capturing this bird. POV, sharpness and colors are excellent.
Looking forward to your next 100 ;-).

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  • odin Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 177 W: 1 N: 209] (1169)
  • [2007-01-04 13:54]

Nice Karan, I like the composition. And this little birds! Good sharpness and contrast. Well done

Hello Karan,
Congrats on the 100..! And a fair share of them are quality images...
Like this one, beautiful light on the bird and great colours!
Wonderful details in the plumage, well composed presentation!
Pablo -

Hi Karan a great 100th post, congratulations:), wonderful bird with great pose, splendid colors, great details, very well done, BRAVA!

Hi Karan,
congrats on your 100th post. It's a very nice one with good POV and pose. Nice colours and the details are very good for 1/40 sec.
Well done.

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  • mikou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 869 W: 68 N: 1479] (6093)
  • [2007-01-04 14:13]

Hi Karan.
This is beautiful capture and lovely pose hereof robin.Amazing composition with very pretty light.Colours and details are great.Very becomingly completed dark background.I like your note too.
Well done,congrats on you 100th post and I wish you much nice shots more.
Thanks and greetings.

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  • carper Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1973 W: 119 N: 2582] (8439)
  • [2007-01-04 14:14]

Karan, congratiolation with your 100th,
my compliments for this capture, very good light and good pov, very nice photo job,
gr. jaap

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  • Hil Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 696 W: 13 N: 1407] (5035)
  • [2007-01-04 14:16]

Hi Karan

Congrats on your 100th post and its a great capture too, very nice composition and a fabulous pose, really nice details and lovely well saturated colours with a great BG. I watched something the other day that said British Robins are cheekier and bolder than all other Robins so maybe this is why you were being Stalked.

TFS Hilary :o)

Hi Karan,
Love this shot, the colours and the framing too.

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  • clint Silver Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 39 W: 0 N: 237] (1371)
  • [2007-01-04 14:27]

hi Karen, well done on your 100th post, and what a cheeky little chap you have caught here.
nice detail and pose and lovely rich colouring in the breast.

Hi Karan ,
wonderful shot.
excellent colors and sharpness.
well composition.

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  • Fisher Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1540 W: 309 N: 2234] (8915)
  • [2007-01-04 14:46]

Hi Karan,

Nicely captured and well done on the comp.
Congrats on the 100th posting. Keep em' coming.


Hi Karan,

Congrats on your 100th post
Lovely compo, sharpness, pose, colours, POV and DOF

TFS Thijs

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  • wuta Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 855 W: 2 N: 617] (2142)
  • [2007-01-04 15:03]

Hello Karan , Great shot from the bird , great colours details compositie and sharpnes and bg , Greetings Teunie , And Congratulations with youre 100 ste photo .

very good picture of a reel beauty
composition and pose are fine!

Hej Karan!
Podziwiam Twojego Rudzika. Jest ostry, z doskonala glebia i wspanialymi kolorami.
Gratulacje serdeczne i pozdrowienia - Roma

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2007-01-04 16:16]

Hello Karan,
Wow, that's a beautiful shot of Robin in a lovely pose. Excellent sharpness and great colours. Beautiful composition and I like the background too which is not all black.
TFS and best wishes, ULla

Hi Karan,
Cute fluffy little bird. Well capture, nice DoF, sharp and neat.
Congratulation for your 100th post!

Ben Lakitan

100th post...yippee...well done Karan
Such a cute pose, he looks a little cheeky sitting on the branch. Detail, colours and composition are good. Nicely framed and good notes.
Happy 100!!!

Hello Karan & congratulations on hitting 100.
Nice post to mark it with.
Very good color, exposure and details at 1/40th..
Well composed with a good POV also.
You've made a great contribution to the site.

Hi Karan

Congratulations on your 100th post! and what a lovely shot it is too. Nice pose, good POV and good colours. :-)

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-01-04 23:32]

Hello Karan

Ah! For your 100th you present us with a beautiful robin.These little ones are so adorable.I am surprised they were never brought over here so many other species were.But perhaps the fact the winters can be harsh is the reason.Beautifully composed ,the POV and DOF are excellent.The clarity and details are sharp.The colours are well saturated and you have managed a very good eye contact with a lovely little glint.Well done,and many hundreds more to come I hope.TFS


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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2007-01-05 2:49]

Congratulations on your 100th post, Karan,
and a great one at that!
Sharp details and beautiful colors.
I especially like the composition.
TFS. : )

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2007-01-05 3:47]

Congratulations Karan! What a magical number! :)
Hope to still be here when you'll add a "0" to the end ;)
This little robin is indeed a beauty!
Look at all those vivid colors! And also that dark, curious eye...wonderful!!!
Very nice work! The composition is great, the POV excellent and the DOF imeccable, too.
Bravo, TFS and again congrats.

PS: Yes, it does make me feel better that it rained on nearly every one of your days off work as well :)))))))))))))

Hi Karan,
Congrats on your 100th post.
Hope to see many more.
Marvellous capture of the robin.
I like the diagonal stand and sharpness a lot.

Hi Karan,
A beautiful picture to celebrate your 100th post. Very nice close-up and sharply focused. Great composition and color contrast.

félicitations pour cette capture car nous avons les mêmes mais pour les prendre , pas facile car farouche et ne s' approchent pas
couleurs et détails + BG tout est parfait
bons travail, merci

Hi Karen,
Congratulations on reaching 100 postings. It is a beauty! Flawless composition and framing. The colors and detail in the plumage are excellent. Great OOF backround shows this little guy very well.
A very high cutness factor here!

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  • RAP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2524 W: 345 N: 2373] (7405)
  • [2007-01-05 7:52]

Una fascinante captura Karan para festejar tus primeras 100 presentaciones.
Me encanta la composición principalmente con gran armonía y contraste de colores sobre un perfecto fondo difuso.
La ubicación del ave y su percha es maravillosa al igual que la iluminación que brinda un efecto grandioso.

Marvelous capture Karan to celebrate your first 100 presentations.
I love the composition mainly with great harmony and contrast of colors on a perfect diffuse bottom.
The location of the bird and their hanger is wonderful the same as the illumination that offers a grandiose effect.

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2007-01-05 7:57]

Hi Hester,
Congratulation for your 100th post. Like always an excellent composition with an interesting note. And we look forward to see more of your artistic pictures.
Best regards

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2007-01-05 8:04]

Hello Karan,
Congratulations on your 100th and on this fine posting of the Robin doing a nice little trick to help you celebrate.
Everything about this shot is positive, but most of all the pose, BG and comp.
Keep sending ones like these and many TN members will be happy!
TFS and best wishes, Ivan

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2007-01-05 8:17]

Hi Karan,
Congratulations on your 100th post. Truely magical. The robin says it all - head held high and posed to be proud of. Wonderful shot. Superb colours and sharpness. Excellent DOF and POV. Very nicely composed. Kudos. We all will be waiting for your 200th.

Hello Karan,
This is your little friend again! You know that I envy you to have such a nice companion ;) This is a great capture with very good details and superb pose from him. Congratulations for this beautiful 100th post. I wish you many, many more! Thanks,

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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2007-01-05 8:52]

Hi Karen

well done on a great capture of a classic British bird and of course your 100th post!



Hi Karan,
Congratulations with your 100th. And what a beauty it is. I just love the contrast between the bird and the dark BG. Beautiful composition and very good details. The sunlight has hit the bird in some beautiful spots.

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  • livios Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2150 W: 319 N: 4263] (16942)
  • [2007-01-06 10:18]

Karan, this is very cute.

I like composition and pose. I also enjoy saturation, contrast and bg.

The diagonal branch adds a lot to the image.

Hi, Karan.
Congratulations on 100! Nice cute bird. Very good light, pose and POV. Sharp. Well supporting dark BG.

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  • Mitch (0)
  • [2007-01-08 11:33]

Hi Karan,
Congrats on 100! A superbly taken shot with good sharpness and colours. Well captured.

Hi ,congratulations for this marvelous capture Karan to celebrate your first 100 presentations. Very good robin.
Best regards.

  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2007-01-10 3:04]

Hello Karen, Happy New Year and congratulations on 100 posts.

Nice shot of the Robin. I think the focus is sightly misdirected from the eyes more to its wing. However, I realise you were very shallow with the DOF and the light couldn't have given you much more to play with.

The pose and composition are fine. Well done.

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  • valy67 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1727 W: 59 N: 3060] (9219)
  • [2007-01-10 11:53]

Hello Karan !
Congratulations for your 100 th post ! It is a greazt picture ! The bird is so cute and I love its pose on this branch. Splendid composition, beautiful details and colors, and a wonderful dark BG which makes your subject stand out so nicely. Very well done !


Lovely shot, beautiful capture of this lovely colourfull bird. congratulations!



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  • NellyD Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 237 W: 0 N: 445] (1783)
  • [2007-01-13 11:04]

Hi Karan,

Congratulations on your 100th post :-)
And it's a beauty, I like the colours and details on this little fellow very much.
The POV, composition, light and sharpness are excellent.
Great job!

Greetings, Nel

salut karan
la encore je t'envie car pour moi les rouge gorge reste trop loin cet hiver,tu aurais surement pu l'accentuer un peu a mon avis.

Dear Karan, I love birds and this is awesome. I live in Brazil and although I see many species, I feel curious about other countries birds when I see a picture like this. Very well done. I wish I can hear this cute creature singing in the Britain winter some day. Very well done. Thanks to introduce Robin.

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  • mlines Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 556 W: 26 N: 668] (3116)
  • [2007-02-17 17:45]

Hi Karan. Just seeing your photos for the first time today. This is an excellent clear well coloured photo. Congratulations on your 100th post. Murray.

Hi Karan,
wonderful composition with great perspective and lovely delicate colors,very well done.TFS

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  • reina Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 257 W: 1 N: 330] (2032)
  • [2007-10-17 10:54]

Hi Karan, 100 points for your 100th points>Well done and congratulations Reina

Hi Karan,

I'm sorry to be the one to change this wonderful equilibrium:
100 post
100 points ;)
but I can't resist to vot ethis wonderful one, excellent pose, very good colors and sharpness



Hi Karan!

Congratulations on your 100th photograph. It is a very well composed and executed shot.
The colors are gorgeous, very sharp and crispy. Excellent POV.

Greetings ... Ileana :o)

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  • Isu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 313 W: 0 N: 21] (1663)
  • [2007-12-08 12:33]

Saludos karan, toma equilibrada y de gran belleza, sensacióm palpable de sombra y de luz.

Great Photo Karen,

I've just bought the 70-300 APO lens yesterday so i'm having a look around your pics to see what it can do and so far i'm very happy about my choice of lens.

I LOVE your robin photos hope I can manage to get some similar myself.



Hi Karan
Nice photo again

Olá Karan,
Superb shot, very sharp, good colors and details. Great diagonal and magnificent POV/DOF.
Interesting note. Very good presentation to comemorate the milestone.
Saude e paz.

Hi, Karan,

what a beautiful bird and excellent photo of great details and colours. thanks for sharing!!

Man Yee

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