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Robin Close-up *For Argus*

Robin Close-up *For Argus*
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Copyright: Joe Kellard (joey) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-04-06
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 400D (Rebel XTi), Canon EF 100-400mm L IS USM, Digital ISO-200, Hoya 77mm UV Filter
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/200 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): Dedications at TrekNature Part Three [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-04-11 2:44
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[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I want to dedicate this to Ivan Kruys (Argus) for all his excellent shots and the countless times he's identified a creature for one of us on TN :-D

This is another shot taken on the snowy day. This Robin came so close that I could use the built-in flash in my camera to bring out more detail in the feathers! I used a monopod as well.

I have also posted my dog, Walter, who was enjoying the snow as much as everyone else, in the WS :-)

I hope you like this one!

vanderschelden, ellis49, boreocypriensis, Proframe, eqshannon, jaycee, JoshLewis, gracious, nglen, Jamesp, marhowie, Luis52, Hil, Argus, rousettus has marked this note useful
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  • jossim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1538 W: 5 N: 2240] (12636)
  • [2008-04-11 2:52]

Bonjour Joe,

Excellent gros plan de cet oiseau. Bravo pour l'éclairage qui fait bien ressortir les couleurs et détails.
Merci pour le partage.

Hello Joe,
I don't think Ivan has to identify this Robin:-)
Well deserved dedication, he did a lot of ID's...
Lot of details in the close up.

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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2008-04-11 2:57]

Hi Joe,
impressive shot, exceptional detail and great work with the flash. Ivan will be pleased with this i'm sure :o)

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2008-04-11 3:41]

Hello Joey, Superb just simply superb. What a closeup shot.
Amazing sharpness and exellent focus on the eyes. Just beautiful.

Hi Joe,

Very nice close-up. Very fine details, good composition and colours.



Hi Joe,
a fine dedication to our friend Ivan. It's a nice portrait with
good sharpness and details in the plumage, every feather is well seen but the OF is a bit shallow, the beak is slightly OOF. You need more than F8 in this close-up.
Lovely colours and nice POV.
Well done.

Hi Joe,

Superb close up.Wonderful colours with excellent detail.Fantastic light and sharpness.I liked very much.

Hi My beloved friend, Owlman Joe:-)
Splendid shot of a robin and nice dedication our joint friend Ivan! TFS.

Ps. Tomorrow I am flying (but not with my wings:)! Take care!

Hi Joe,

Great dedication to Ivan.
I'm sure he will love this wonderful close-up image of the lovely Robin.
Great feather details and most wonderful colors and soft BG.
Cute dog you have Joe.
I can imagine that he loved the snow like his boss did :)
Excellent work my fiend. TFS!!!

Cheers and have a nice weekend,


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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2008-04-11 7:53]

Hello Joe,
this is a wonderful portrait of the European Robin.
You captured amazing details in excellent sharpness. POV, colors and the natural light are excellent.

Crystal clear and so close. close helps in this case. True colours and full framed mug shot. Very nice Joey!

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2008-04-11 8:28]

Hi Joe,

Couldn't be closer and couldn't be more beautiful. The details of the feathers are amazing. Beautiful colors and a lovely Robin. I loved your dog who seemed to be having a great time in the snow. I was wondering what breed he was so was glad you included that information.


Joey, this is wonderful! Very very good focus! The details are so good, and you got the angle very nice too! Congrats on taking this one Joey, and Thanks for sharing! Cheers Josh Lewis.

Hello Joe
You have such a skill to get this close and then have the foresight to use flash to bring out even more detail..Just perfect work...Sorry for not getting back to you sooner but I am afraid I wont be able to make stockers again this weekend...I am sure we can all arrange another meet there again soon..I do look forward to seeing the pics you get though..Its a super place for inflights.
All the Best
Oh and how dare I forget..This is a super dedication to Ivan who has helped me out on more than one occasion..Cheers Ivan.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2008-04-11 10:49]

Hello Joe,
It's very impressive to see how the details of the feathers look like. Thanks to your perfect sharpness. Excellent pose and focus on the eye.
Beautiful contrast against the OOF BG colours.
Have a good weekend,

wonderful close up!beautiful details and sharpness!very pretty colors!

Wow, great details on the feathers.
Beautiful background and composition.
TFS Tatjana

Hello Joe,
Exellent closeup and a very warm dedication to our fiend Ivan, he is a great man!
perfect sharpness, vivid colour and details in the shot always
a talented photographer on nature
best regards

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-04-11 12:28]

Hi Joe. Now this is close . You can see every detail of the feathers. excellent colour and use of the light. I am sure Ivan will be very pleased. well done TFS.

Have a good weekend.

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2008-04-11 14:13]

Hi Joe

A great shot and nice dedication - excellent composition and POV with good colour and superb detail. Well observed and captured.


Hi Joe,
I like to come at the end, because then I can say -
Nothing to add to what's already been said except..
Bravo! ;}
Have a nice weekend,

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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2008-04-11 18:13]

Hi Joe.
Super photo. great close up Fine details in this photo.
Mr. Ivan should be happy.

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  • lizzie Gold Star Critiquer [C: 207 W: 0 N: 605] (2855)
  • [2008-04-11 19:27]

Hi Joe,

Wow, what a close-up, the details are so excellent that I can almost count each feather.
Beautiful vivid colours and perfect light in the eye!Very well done!


Each bit of texture on the Robin's plumage is as clear as the day, speaking figuratively, Joe.
You have set very high standards in this kind of macro photography.
Well done and TFs.

Hello Joey Sir
Thank you nice shot and very nice closeup.
Sharp picture Vignesh

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  • Hil Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 696 W: 13 N: 1407] (5035)
  • [2008-04-12 4:08]

Excellent close up shot of the Robin.
Nicely composed with the level POV and lovely pose.
The feather detail is very good with a nice catchlight in the eye.
Well saturated colours and a great OOF BG.
Nice to dedicate the shot to Ivan.
Oh and Walter is very cute too!.


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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-04-12 7:59]

Why did I miss this one!
Great sharpness, details and composition make this close-up of a Robin first class and I am delighted that you should dedicate it to me.
And thanks for sharing this beauty,
Best wishes, Ivan

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2008-04-12 20:44]

Hello Joe

Joe you just keep getting better and better,these portraits of songbirds are stellar.
Wonderful POV and DOF.
The eye contact and catch light is beautiful.
Super plumage detail and definition.
Lovely rich colours.

Hi Joe, superb portrait of beautiful bird with splendid focus on eye, wonderful colors, fine details and excellent sharpness, very well done, have a good week end, ciao Silvio

Wonderful close-up!!!!
Great details - wonderful light in the bird's eye - just a fantastic shot!!!!!
I have to see the dog photo now. :)

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