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Cock Robin

Cock Robin
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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: 2006-12-27
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 350D / Digital Rebel XT, Sigma 70-300mm F4-5.6 APO DG Macro
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2006-12-28 5:58
Viewed: 3494
Points: 47
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This little fellow is the cheekiest robin I have ever met. He visits a bench in Arundel when you produce food. I took some mealworms on my walk to encourage him out of the trees. Sadly the light was so bad that I had to use the flash which was a bit too bright but I thought I would post him anyway

The title comes from a childrens nursery rhyme:

"Who killed Cock Robin?" "I," said the Sparrow,
"With my bow and arrow, I killed Cock Robin."
"Who saw him die?" "I," said the Fly,
"With my little eye, I saw him die."
"Who caught his blood?" "I," said the Fish,
"With my little dish, I caught his blood."
"Who'll make the shroud?" "I," said the Beetle,
"With my thread and needle, I'll make the shroud."
"Who'll dig his grave?" "I," said the Owl,
"With my pick and shovel, I'll dig his grave."
"Who'll be the parson?" "I," said the Rook,
"With my little book, I'll be the parson."
"Who'll be the clerk?" "I," said the Lark,
"If it's not in the dark, I'll be the clerk."
"Who'll carry the link?" "I," said the Linnet,
"I'll fetch it in a minute, I'll carry the link."
"Who'll be chief mourner?" "I," said the Dove,
"I mourn for my love, I'll be chief mourner."
"Who'll carry the coffin?" "I," said the Kite,
"If it's not through the night, I'll carry the coffin."
"Who'll bear the pall? "We," said the Wren,
"Both the cock and the hen, we'll bear the pall."
"Who'll sing a psalm?" "I," said the Thrush,
"As she sat on a bush, I'll sing a psalm."
"Who'll toll the bell?" "I," said the bull,
"Because I can pull, I'll toll the bell."
All the birds of the air fell a-sighing and a-sobbing,
When they heard the bell toll for poor Cock Robin".

A sad tale but my Robin was alive and well (and full of food)

Argus, nainnain, scottevers7, NellyD, Alex99, pvb, horia, Silvio2006, Juyona, Hil, Janice, saeedabbasi, omicron has marked this note useful
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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2006-12-28 6:25]

Hello Karan,
Nice portrait of this popular Christmasy bird.
The flash has helped you to do a good job in this sharp and well-composed presentation.
TFS, regards, Ivan

vraiment tres beau cet oiseau, les couleurs sont parfaitement nettes sur un bon BG,
bon travail et merci

Oh,he is very cute and handsome…
I had never seen any European Robin yet,but a lot of other robins as the Siberian rubythroat.
And I wonder in the Nursely rhyme, The word”bull” was a real bull or it means a bullfinch? I think it is the bird,but a bullfinch maybe not strong enough to toll the bell. I am so puzzled.Can there anybody help me?thanks:)

it's a fine shot Karan,
good pov and very good details, the quality of the photo is very good, great light in it, very good job. I wish you and your family a good and happy new Year

Hi Karan,
I have to admit that the European Robins are far cuter than the American Robins. You did well for having to use your flash at this close distance. Just some OE in the whites of the plumage, but the rest is perfect. Beautiful colors and sharp detail. Well isolated from the nice soft OOF backround. Great catchlight in the eye really makes him look great.

Hello Karen,

Excllent colors Bg POV DOF perfect details very crisp, nicly composed and capture photo the colors are just stunning,

TFS Kyle

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  • NellyD Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 237 W: 0 N: 445] (1783)
  • [2006-12-28 11:08]

Hi Karan,

Great portrait of this lovely Robin.
Excellent light, BG, composition, DOF and the colours are very beautiful.
Good job and thanks for sharing!

Greetings, Nel

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2006-12-28 11:30]

Hi Karan.
Amazing note. Bravo.
And very cute bird and well done picture with nice colour tones, impressive lighting, attractive bird pose and outstanding BG. My compliments and best regards.

Bonjour Karan
Très joli cette photo avec ce bel oiseau avec de
beaux détails et les contrastes sont réussis avec le très jolis sombre du Bg qui rend bien les couleurs.
Bravo et merci JP

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  • pvb Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 385 W: 16 N: 531] (1981)
  • [2006-12-28 12:13]

Hi Karan,
This one is realy sharp and clear. Nice use of flash, good composition and nice pose of your model.
tfs paula

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2006-12-28 13:24]

Hi Karan

A very beautiful capture!
I really like the POV and pose of the little robin here, giving you a great angle for an excellent eye-contact.
Also the contrast with the BG is great, the colors are bright and charming and the lighting exceptional.
Very well composed and presented :)
Bravo and TFS

Hi Karan, wonderful Robin, great sharpness, splendid details, great composition, very well done, ciao Silvio

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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2006-12-28 14:53]

Hi Karan,
May be cheeky or not, but in any case you've got a very good approach, pose and blurred background.
TFS, José M.
PS. The nursery rhyme is very useful for english learner!

Hello Karan,
A lovely capture of the friendly robin.
The POV couldn't be any better, nice shot.
Thanks for posting, have a wonderful 2007.

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2006-12-28 16:35]

Buenas Noches Karan,
Un retrato precioso, buenos colores y
detalles, la luz es perfecta, buen disparo del flash... muchos saludos

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  • Hil Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 696 W: 13 N: 1407] (5035)
  • [2006-12-28 17:37]

Hi Karan,

Superb shot of this lovely Robin, very nicely presented composition and a perfect pose, the details are nice and sharp and the colours are lovely. I like your note too and am pleased your Robin is still alive and well.

Happy New Year
TFS Hilary :o)

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2006-12-28 23:06]

Helo Karan

Thanks for posting that poem,I had not heard that for so many years.My dad used to recite that to me when I was really small.He is from Hants.A lovely shot of the robin,good POV and DOF,the details are sharp.The UK robins are so cute,not like our Turdus migratorius over here.TFS


Hello Karan,
You really must be happy with your new toy! Look at this, this is very close! I don't think that the flash made this picture too bright... Details and colors are really good. I love the POV, pose of the bird and composition. Well done with cute notes :-)

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  • star74 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 211 W: 3 N: 598] (2474)
  • [2006-12-29 10:47]

Hi Karan,
Great capture of this cute robin.
Nice clear details,sharpness and colors.
Background is very nice
Great job
Happy New Year

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2006-12-29 18:11]

Pretty, pretty Robin Orange Breast! I can only see orange here on ALL the Red breast photos! Beautiful pose, well done,

Hi Karan ,
very nice shot.
excellent focus and great details.
well exposed.

Hello Karan
Very impressive sharpness of this bird! I like the not centered composition on the good controlled background.
Have a happy year 2007.

bonjour karan
je suis jaloux car cet hiver pas encore de rouge gorge,il fait trop doux ici.
tres reussi avec les couleurs naturelles.

I realy like this bird
this photo is very nice with good sharpness
well done!

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