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Grey Day

Grey Day
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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: 2008-03-15
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 40D, Canon 100 - 400 L IS USM
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/30 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-03-16 2:36
Viewed: 3697
Points: 50
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I was amazed that this shot came out. This was taken with a shutter speed of 1/30 sec. It is a horrible weekend with heavy rain. I went out yesterday to the local wetlands centre and found this robin when I sheltered under the trees from the rain. He looked so sorry for himself that I didn't want to scare him by using the flash so I just tried a shot in the poor light and this was the result.

I only got the chance for a single shot as I was joined under the trees by a young couple. The woman started exclaiming "look a robin, look a robin" and the poor thing was startled and flew off.

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Hi Karan......very nice shot considering the conditions etc...good detail to the little blighter....nice eye contact and a good DoF...

Hi Karan,
What a beutiful Robin on the branch with lovely pose. Your capture is excelent as usual. TFS. Regards,

Una fabulosa captura con buenos detalles y excelente nitidez.
Buen encuadre y nota.
Saludos, JL.

Bonjour Karan
Très belle prise même par un temps médiocre, belles couleurs et netteté.
Pour un peu de gaité...voir ma dernière publication.
Amicalement Robi

Hello Karan,

Superb picture of this cute robin. Good POV, DOF and sharpness. I like the pose of the bird. Good light and very nice natural colours. Hope you will have sun soon. Here it was warm yesterday, but today it rains and the cold weather come back the whole week.

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  • zulfu Gold Star Critiquer [C: 685 W: 0 N: 2] (43)
  • [2008-03-16 6:21]

Hi Karan,
Lovely and splendid capture of this beautiful bird, Robin. TFS. Regards, Mehmet

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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2008-03-16 6:37]

Hello Karan,
this little guy looks fabulous against that grey BG. Very well captured, with good lighting that brings out the lovely colors in the plumage.
Lets hope he brought Spring with him.

Hi Karen
Very nice shot
Superb sharpness and detail
Lovely color
Great catchlite in eye
tfs jon

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  • NinaM Gold Star Critiquer [C: 773 W: 3 N: 1157] (4077)
  • [2008-03-16 7:49]

Hi Karan, it came out very well, you are right, and it is so beautiful. I pity birds more when it is raining and the weather is cool than when they are in full snow. The humidity must be the worst. Very nice, I like the focus placed on the eye, this big dark eye, as if we could see in its soul window. Thank you,


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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2008-03-16 8:42]

Hi Karan,
Splendid shot of this beautiful Robin and you are really lucky to have got a perfect shot at that shutter speed. These things make all of us happy, isn't it, when we see the result on computer. Nice colours and sharpness with very skilful handling of light and exposure. Graet pose captured with fine DOF and POV. Very nicely composed too. Kudos.

* A big THANKS for your wishes on my 200th post.

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2008-03-16 9:45]

Hi Karan,

I bet you were ready to kill that woman! Your one shot was wonderful and you must be happy about that. This cute little robin looks so forlorn. The pose is wonderful. Nice details and lovely colors in spite of the bad lighting.


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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2008-03-16 11:10]

Hi Karan.
You managed to catch amazing scene and so attractive pose of the cute bird. Excellent three-dimensional close-up with great colours and details of the image, nice smooth BG and excellent composition. TFS and kind regards.

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-03-16 11:26]

Nice shot Karan!
Incredible sharpness for 1/30 thanks to a super-steady hand and the excellent image stabilisation in the 100-400.
Great colours that are well saturated but natural.
Nice composition as well.
That's why nature photography is nearly always a solo thing, other people scare everything off :-)


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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2008-03-16 14:41]

Hola amiga,
buena captura y sensacional pov...
hermoso bg y ambiente.
simpático robin :))
saludos Karan

hello Karan

WOW ! with only 1/30 seconds of shutter speed you get
this superb image with great sharpness and details,
not having image stabiliser i can't never shoot
with as a slow shutter speed,
excellent POV and framing, excellent DOF, TFS


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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2008-03-16 19:08]

Hi Karan.
Great image. You made a fine work here. By Your note everthing was against You, but You handel it in a excellent way.
I like it.

Hello Karan,
very fine image alright despite the poor light but you had done it again in good sharpness, beautiful colour and details on the robin!
well done always

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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2008-03-17 4:06]

Hi Karan,
at least you managed to get out and get something this weekend...it just rained and rained in Bournemouth!
Anyway, you did really well here. Perfect composition and DOF, the red of his feathers sticks out even more in the grim grey surroundings. Good POV too, well done.

Hi Karan, elegant bird in lovely pose. wonderful colors, fine details and excellent sharpness, perfect focus and beautiful OOF BG, very well done, ciao Silvio

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  • izler Gold Star Critiquer [C: 1387 W: 3 N: 9] (44)
  • [2008-03-18 10:24]

hello Karan
good capture of this cute robin that was giving nice pose to you
i like composition, point of view, blurry background, lighting, colours, sharpness and details
thanks for sharing

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  • cako Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 485 W: 0 N: 772] (3395)
  • [2008-03-19 17:14]

Hi Karan
very nice of rubin
well done.

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2008-03-27 13:36]

Hello Karan, that's another great shot of yours, that Robin is perfectly shot with great sharpness, exposure and composition, very well done, thanks!


Indeed this is TRUELY a lovely portrait of the European Robin.
Our Robins are far too large & clumsy; this species is a true joy to see, specially in a photo as this one.
TFS, Karan.
P.S. This was a "WELCOME VISITOR" on our front porch in Calgary. This is a MALE & it was singing like a virtual nightingale inspite of the freezing COLD and snow. It's song drew our attention so, we decided to register this lovely occassion.
Warm regards,

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2008-04-03 8:12]

Hello Karan

I love these cute little birds,I wish we had them here.
Well focused with sharp details.
The lighting and colours are excellent.
You have captured very good eye detail and plumage definition.


Great colours, dof and composition! very nice sharpness!

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