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Mom's Home !

Mom's Home !
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Copyright: Lesley Mattuchio (Lesley) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 297 W: 13 N: 913] (2988)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2004-08-04
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 1D Mark II, Canon EF100-400 IS
Exposure: f/9.0, 1/800 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2004-08-21 7:16
Viewed: 5571
Points: 24
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The Purple Martin is the largest in the Swallow family here in the US. Most typically they nest in man-made houses, or condos as I like to call them, as seen in this photo. This Purple Martin house had a dozen nesting homes in it and was quite high in the air to resemble a hole in a tree. The female is bringing home lunch for the second brood of the season and the fellow on the left is more than likely a juvenile from the first brood.

It is difficult to capture a decent photo of the adult males because of their nearly black coloring and it is only when you are patient and wait for the Martin to face the sun that you will see the beautiful purplish blue irridescense that gives him his name.

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  • japie Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1814 W: 100 N: 1904] (5187)
  • [2004-08-21 10:00]

Excellent timing here. The shot is very clear and the DOF is excellent. It is interesting that these guys will nest in "condos", as I have never seen the swallows in South Africa do this! Thanks for posting.

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  • Callie Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1101 W: 95 N: 2610] (7555)
  • [2004-08-21 11:32]

Very cute and nearly there, & I don't mean negative. If the condos were a dark colour, you would have les trouble exposing the birds. At the moment, you are fighting a loosing battel with bot B&W in the same frame, the camera meter just cannot cope. There are guys that use incident merering to get their flash exposure right, and I have seen their pics, it works and it is awsome, can let you have the site adress, its in the USA. I love those pumpkin mouths and mourn the missing wing.

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  • carper Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1973 W: 119 N: 2582] (8439)
  • [2004-08-21 13:40]

Wauw Lesley, I love this one,
Great shot, great colours, action, very nice job you did, great note. Very good.

This is an exeptional shot. So close. It is not easy to get both parents (one in flight) and the young ones with those lovely yellow beaks open in one frame. You did remarkably well handling the B&W. Perfect DOF. Nice note. Thanx for this, Lesley.

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  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2004-08-21 14:52]

This is brilliant stuff, those kids look so hungry. Very well captured and technically very good. Well done.

The birds against a white background, great !
Beautiful sharp capture of this family, singing when mom's coming home....

Very well captured Lesley! How many shot did you take, before you got this one?

This is a beautiful picture. You even respected the equilibrium in the composition.

Impressive :)


I cann't undedrstand how I missed this one. You did a fantastic job here Lesley. Great sharpness, lots of details in the black plumage and wonderful colours in this action shot and the blur in the wing tips works really well adding some movement to the picture. And they look lovely crying out for food.

Pity about the missing wing, but it's a lovely stop-action capture. I just love those wide open bills, it looks as if there's a three-lane motorway all the way down ;-))

Fantastic hot well done

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  • Kris Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 174 W: 0 N: 129] (1818)
  • [2005-02-16 16:08]

I like it very much.
Good work, congratulation.
Well done.

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  • livios Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2150 W: 319 N: 4263] (16942)
  • [2005-02-26 17:41]

Lesley, this is indeed a great capture. The guy on the left even seems to be smiling.

A great moment, a nice photo.


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