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Copyright: Simon Biffen (simon182) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 304 W: 70 N: 292] (1357)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-03-08
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D200, AF-S VR Nikkor 70-300 f/4.5-5.6 IF-ED, 67mm UV
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/400 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Best of TN by Glem [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-03-14 12:08
Viewed: 5814
Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 60
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Hey guys,

Can I firstly say thank you so much for the critiques I received on the King Vulture I posted yesterday, was feeling a bit rubbish and all those comments really perked me up!

This shot is from the Isabella Plantation in the park which hosts a rich variety of plants. The small birds seem to prefer it here, I'll definitely be going back for another visit.

This chap was chirping away with his beautiful song and allowed me a few shots before he moved to higher elevations.

PP: Crop, sharpen, frame is all.

I'm off to watch the Barbarians play rugby now so my critiques will all come come tomorrow as I have the day off :)


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  • trinko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 587 W: 78 N: 322] (4321)
  • [2007-03-14 12:08]

nice action capture good focus nice colors

Ottimo bellissimo...

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2007-03-14 12:23]

Hi Simon,

Sensational! You caught him at the perfect time. Colors, details, pose - everything is beautiful.


GOod colors
DOP is perfect
COmpo is just right!


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  • hansh Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 277 W: 1 N: 741] (2762)
  • [2007-03-14 12:53]

Very nice and colourfull picture of this singing robin. I like your POV very much.

bonjour simon
que dire!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
bravo est la seule chose possible.
avec le bec ouvert cela dinamise la photo.

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  • aido Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 1044 W: 156 N: 1218] (4046)
  • [2007-03-14 13:17]

Hello Simon,
A nice shot of this Robin, very well managed exposure and great colours (I like the D200's colour rendition a lot). Nicely framed, good detail and good DOF, if I were nit-picking I would mention the oof twig at the bottom of the frame but that really would be nit-picking so I won't :-)

BTW by tradition if you are going to watch the BaBas you should be in no condition to write critiques tomorrow ;-)

Excellent Photo Simon - really like it!!

Only negative thing I can say is that it looks a touch orange but that may be due to the light.



Hi Simon,
Gret capture with super timing,colours and details.

Hi Simon,
You are creating MAGIC with your D200!
My, what a sharp image of this beautiful chap singing away to glory!
You deserve all the praise in the world for this marvellous shot.
Enjoy your game and don't have headaches.

This one IS singing....wow.
What a temperament!
F_Good work, Simon.

Maravillosos colores y detalles los de este pajarillo.
Perfecta luz y estupenda presentación. Buen BG y DOF.
Saludos, JL.

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  • GLEM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 540 W: 87 N: 750] (10)
  • [2007-03-14 16:22]

salut Simon
tu es un as mon grand, vraiment du talent à revendre.
Excellent moment qui permet de donner vie au sujet. On sent un peu le travail en pp mais tout est conservé.


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  • marcin Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 138 W: 0 N: 268] (2057)
  • [2007-03-14 17:24]

Hi Simon,
Gret photo,good focus and nice colors

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2007-03-14 19:31]

Hola Simón,
bello disparo y genial encuadre,
detalles excelentes,

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2007-03-14 21:56]

Hello Simon,
Dandy capture with excellent colors and details once again. Can almost see his tonsels, thanks for sharing.

hi simon,
very nice shot, you got a good pose here, well saturated colour tones, sharpness is very good, nicely composed, the shaloow dof has isolated the bird from the surronundings very well , nice bg,
tfs & regards

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  • sgo Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 137 W: 32 N: 239] (718)
  • [2007-03-15 1:30]

Hi Simon,
Also an irresistibly charming Robin singing at his heart's content, captured in the very right moment when posing at his best! Thanks a lot for a very cheerful picture,

Hello Simon
Wonderful moment to shoot,
Fantastic colors and sharpness,
Great compo,Welldone.


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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2007-03-15 8:24]

Hi Simon.
My congratulations. Perfect done "action" shot. Amazing pictured moment and wonderful scenery. Great DOF, not larger, not shallower. Composition, delicate lighting, fine colours – all is excellent. My compliments and best wishes.

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  • Silke Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 729 W: 98 N: 1707] (5458)
  • [2007-03-15 9:50]

Too perfect! The colours and details are spot on and the moment is truly wonderful! Great pose
(back with :)

uhh, like in my picture...


Salut Simon
Très beau moment! Les couleurs et la pose du rouge-gorge donne une super image.
Merci et au revoir...JP

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2007-03-15 12:59]

Hi again Simon

Nice to hear you are feeling better :) Have fun at the rugby match ;)
This is indeed a splendid capture and if it's really that great as it sounds, it's definitely worht going back to this place.
The pose in which you've captured this one is absolutely fantastic [shouting from the bottom of his lungs probably :)) ]. The details are very neat and sharp, the colors are lovely and well saturated and the composition is charming.

Bravo and TFS

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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2007-03-15 16:43]

Simon, that is just perfect. A really lovely shot. Superb timing and pin sharp. Great light and colours. Lovely POV. I have yet to make it as far as the Isabella Plantation. I usually get as far as the deer and then end up watching them :)



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  • zeca Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 373 W: 14 N: 539] (2887)
  • [2007-03-15 22:49]

Hello Simon!
I read your intro and I can tell you that we have the same experiences in the childhood and now. I am also returning to this nice toy after some years away from it! Well, I am a little bit more addicted to TE comparing to TN..
I found your gallery here and it is beautiful!
This post is full of action, light, colour and the sharpness is amazing. Excellent work!
Regards from Brazil!

bonjour simon
il atend la becqée ou il est fatigué!!!!
non humour, je trouve cette image parfaite , belles couleurs nettes et bonne prise au moment ou il ouvre le bec , c'est super

Hi Simon,
I can hear it sing all the way to Sweden, a really Caruso ;-)
Nice colours and light, well comnposed abd fine details,
Well done.

Hello Simon,

Excellent capture my friend! This cute guy is singing like an opera singer!
The composition of your shot is very dynamic with a robin that is doing something, not just sitting there. Good idea to leave the big empty space in the right side since the robin's music has to go somewhere! :) The branch crossing the picture along the lower third offers excellent support for your subject. The subject is well isolated from the background!
Outstanding treatment of the light! Although the shadow of some branch is exactly on the Robin's face, you managed to minimize its negative effects. I don't know whether you used fill flash or not but I have to say that the shadows are soft and not an issue. Even inside the mouth there are great details visible. Very well done here!
I love the way you captured the translucence in the bird's delicate legs and the great catchlights in the eyes. Outstanding job with useful notes! Thank you!

With Friendly Regards,

Hello Simon.

Excellent picture, nice composition and colors.

Jose Luis

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