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Fashion Show: Coffee Break

Fashion Show: Coffee Break
Photo Information
Copyright: Alexei Alyokhin (Alex99) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-01-31
Categories: Birds
Camera: Konica Minolta Maxxum 7D, Sigma 70-300mm F4-5.6 APO DG Macro, Marumi MC-UV 58 mm
Exposure: f/8, 1/4000 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Birds' interaction with different bird species [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-02-12 9:18
Viewed: 5037
Points: 136
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Or BG or not BG? This is not a question (because BG is absent).

Fashion Show "Odessa: Winter 2008" goes on.

Few minutes ago the Coffee Break was announced. All participants and spectators had rushed in a bar. There were drinks and food there. Menu was so modest. As you can see, the different kinds of bread dominated in it. However, it did not confuse participants of the Show and they vigorously struggled for a place at the tables and pieces of food.

Something similar I observed in our food shops in 1990-1991 before the final disintegration of the USSR and in 1992-1993 when Ukraine made first independent steps. And who could think then, that I will set to wild nature photography in 2006 exclusively to not see the consequences of these steps and up-to-day steps too.


I planed to share this picture as a WS for my last shot (Fashion Show: Wedding apparel). There was such phrase in the note for that picture: "I have only one reason for apologies. If you will see my next shots you will understand that this sea-BG is the cleanest I could find.".

The first version was such: "I have only one reason for apologies. If you will see my WS you will understand that this sea-BG is the cleanest I could find.".

When my wife had seen the WS she recommended me to share this picture as a separate post. I had trusted in her (as it almost always was in our life).

Whether have I acted this time correctly?

I have few close-up shots of the black birds presented on the picture. Help me, please, with their ID. Thank you.

mariki, jaycee, viv, rousettus, Miss_Piggy, vanderschelden, earthtraveler, Silvio2006, nglen, jmp, izler, fiyo, Luis52, JORAPAVI, SelenE, Argus, horia, CeltickRanger, uleko, jusninasirun, spalaxtr, marhowie, Royaldevon, hester, mlines, NinaM, saguzar, Necipp, eqshannon, wuta, Roynsam, oscarromulus, maurydv has marked this note useful
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ThreadThread Starter Messages Updated
To marmottelolo: Flies on Coffee Break.Alex99 1 02-13 23:26
To SelenE: Interacting birds (thanks).Alex99 1 02-13 23:12
To rousettus: ID, thanks a lot.Alex99 1 02-13 23:08
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  • pvs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1127 W: 254 N: 3161] (14464)
  • [2008-02-12 9:28]

Hi Alexei,

Quite busy (I almost wanted to start counting them)at the waterfront in odessa,well captured scene,with great colors,sharpness over all the picture,well done and thanks


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  • Zeno Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 483 W: 0 N: 1345] (10867)
  • [2008-02-12 9:46]

Hi Alexei,

Incredible all those birds. It looks not real but it is! All birds are extremely sharp.Fine composition.


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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2008-02-12 9:46]

Hi Alexei,

Your wife was right and you acted correctly! A wonderful shot of all of these birds in assorted positions. Why would you need a background? Amazing how detailed all of these are. Very interesting analogy in your notes.


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  • viv Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 292 W: 3 N: 653] (3317)
  • [2008-02-12 9:53]

Hi Alexei,
Whow, that is a busy coffee break, but I noticed why it is so busy they have got cake with it. Alexei it makes me love it looks like spring too. And the black ones in front seems to me Common Coots.

Hi Alexei,
I thought I'll go Alexei's place for a little Russian coffee. But hell, the place is so crowded.
I will come back some day. In the mean time I will leave a smiley:-)

Hallo Alexei
This indeed a very true illustration of what goes on behind the scenes at a fashion parade. Your title is most appropriate. Sjoe! (Wow in Afrikaans) this is so impressive. If have to start to comment on all the detail I see on this image, I think they will kick me of the site, because I am sure I'll use to much space. Once again Sjoe! The detail on the birds is outstanding. Just to mention one or two things that strikes me. On the foreground there is one of the swans with a piece of food in mouth. Just above it, there is a bird that looks as if is floating in the air. Just right of the floating bird is another one with food, and it looks as if it is feeding the chicks. Just behind that one, there is another one that looks as if he has just landed on one of its friends. Is this really for real? Or did you take hundreds of photos, cut them out and glued them together as one? Sjoe dit is wragtig pragtig. The detail of each individual bird is phenomenal and incredible. Fantastic shot. Much appreciated. I am jealous. Thanks for sharing.
Kind regards

amazing scene. It must be from a bird collect camp. Perfect capture Alexei.
I see four species at least, i.e. Cygnus olor, Fulica atra-black, Aythya ferina - Pochard (min three in rare and right of top), Larus ridibundus. Excellent. focus, POV, composition. great notes also. Thanks for this coffee break.
well done my friend and neighbour (my hometown also coast of Black Sea like yours:)

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  • jesst Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 368 W: 0 N: 172] (2441)
  • [2008-02-12 10:37]

What a wonderful company!
Superb shot with great detatil and composition. Alex, I was going to show a similar image, but yours is better.

Hi Alexie,
I love the focus detail and variety of the birds in this scene. Wonderful long DOF. Great lighting also. Busy image but captivating to look into. Well done. TFS

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  • batu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1079 W: 293 N: 4497] (16383)
  • [2008-02-12 11:45]

Hello Alexei,
a fascinating picture exhibiting a great depth and high clarity.
You present a great wealth of details, very sharp and with balanced light all over the picture. Really admirable!
Best wishes, Peter

Hello Alexei,
Oh my dear, what to say about this??!
This is the final proof that inhabitants of Birdy Kingdom can live peacefully side by side...
Pablo -

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2008-02-12 12:50]

Hi Alex,this is wonderfull,a lot of bird and all in perfect sharpness and details,very great shot,thanks for share,Luciano

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-02-12 13:01]

Hi Alexei. How mant birs can you get in one picture ?? I think the swans are the winners in this one. . I do like the gulls with the detail in the oopen wings this is somthing i have been trying to do of late. .well done TFS.

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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2008-02-12 13:04]

Hi Alexei,
What a live, full of movement, clear and well focused picture!
Colours and light are wonderful!
Best regards, José M.

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  • izler Gold Star Critiquer [C: 1387 W: 3 N: 9] (44)
  • [2008-02-12 13:37]

selam my dear friend
really its wonderful capture
i like funny and dynamic composition
point of view, lighting, colours, sharpness and details are great
thanks for sharing

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  • fiyo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1053 W: 5 N: 3475] (15161)
  • [2008-02-12 13:42]

Hello Alexei,
very nice picture.Very well composed, and the details, sharpness and lighting are excellent.TFS

Quelle superbe composition, magnifique POV et très grande entteté et belles couleurs.

Hello my dear friend Alexei,
Thank you for sharing this quality photo to take time to view and enjoy!
You had managed to capture so many of them in different action on each, and the image is sharp with best exposure and focus to view every single details of them!
I enjoyed the notes too
thank you once again from NZ

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2008-02-12 19:23]

Hi Alex,
I will be back with a proper critique.

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  • clnaef Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 778 W: 67 N: 645] (6814)
  • [2008-02-12 22:40]

Quelle étonnante réunion et quel mélange !
Bonne journée.

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  • demeve Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 586 W: 12 N: 1682] (6165)
  • [2008-02-12 22:42]

Hello Alexei,
I'm sorry.. Just marking this beautiful picture
I'll be back tomorrow,


Hola Alexei,
Preciosa foto de gran definición y bonita composición, magnífico los detalles con buena definición y una iluminación muy bien equilibrada. Saludos
José Ramón

Hello Alexei,

Very busy, but also very nice picture. Excellent DOF. All the bird are sharp. Beautiful light and colours.


PS (ID: Cygne tuberculé, Mouette rieuse, Foulque in french)

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-02-13 1:18]

Hi Alexei,
what a lot is going on!
There's so many birds!!!
I can see Mute Swans, Coots (black bird), Black-Headed Gulls, Pochard and another kind of duck that I can't identify.
I love all the different poses.
Perfect lighting.
Great work.

hello alexei,
what a loveky coffee break, well exposed, well composed shot, the imgae is sharp with good details, nice colours,
well done,
tfs & regards

Hi Alexei, how much splendid swan in your wonderful composition, wonderful view, very well done, ciao Silvio

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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2008-02-13 6:29]

Hi Alexei,
i just don't kniow where to look first! i could (and have) studied this for some time, and keep notciing something new. Everywhere there is action..how many different species are we looking at here??
What a great shot, very well done indeed in all aspects.

Wow what'a crowd! What's going on over there? :o)) It's a very orginal capture Alexei, so much to explore in a single frame... Well done and TFS
Best wishes,

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  • badar Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 106 W: 0 N: 160] (785)
  • [2008-02-13 7:36]

Hi Alexei .
That is a crowded house!
Really not much that others have not already said.
I like it.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-02-13 7:47]

Hello Alexei,
I there were a prize awarded to the image with the most intensive activity this would surely be a winner!
This scene shouts with avian activity: I can imagine the noise the gulls make here and thanks to the camera setting almost every bird is sharply portrayed with great DOF. The chaos, the frenzy are all shown here and one can't be bored from looking at this one!
Thanks for sharing it my friend,

bonjoue alexei
avec un seul cygne sur ma photo je vais faire pâle figure!!!!
c'est genial d'avoir autant d'especes qui cohabitent ensemble.(j'imagine que la nourriture est l'aimant de cette scene!)

Hi alex
wow another great shot of this birds
again very good sharpness and great focus
amzing how many birds are there at this small place
very good one

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2008-02-13 8:06]

Hi Alexei

Wow! Now that's a big bunch of birds! :)
How is it that you found so many and that they are not scared? 70mm...phew! I recently visited a lake near my town and the smallest distance i could have between me and any bird is i think about 25-30 meters... :( You can imagine i could take any good photos...

Anyway, this is really remarkable that you have such a lovely place and i do hope to see more beautiful photos and close-ups from here from you.

Seeing this picture, i understand what you said before about a uniform BG :)) It's indeed difficult when you have so many possible subjects. :)
Yet, i like seeing so many birds in the wild and so many species, too.
The DOF here is really impressive, too - for an f/8, you got almost the entire place in good focus.
Nice work, my friend!

Bravo and TFS

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2008-02-13 8:23]

Alexei, WOW how lucky you are to witness such a fashion show and producing it for us.superb Ganesh

Hello Alexei !
Wow, there are so many of them ! Sometimes diffcult to see where one begins and where the other ends ! :-) And I think the black bird are Common Coots (Fulica atra), but maybe someone already answered you - I didn't read all the critiques... There are wonderful details ont all these birds, nice natural colors, excellent composition and POV, and you managed to capture so many different poses... You can tell your wife she was right ! :-) Very well done !

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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2008-02-13 9:15]

Hola Alexei.
Muy hermosa foto, gran familia aqui reunida en la imagen. La nitidez exelente, pero lo mejor es que todas las aves enstan en perfecto foco.
Saludos Y gracias por compartir

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2008-02-13 9:39]

Hi Alex

Perfect note - really sums up the melee :) Excellent detail and exposure - a really atmosheric shot.


hello Alexei

WOW ! what a wonderful image of all those different speecies
of birds, a real Fashion Show of birds with excellent density
of the colours, and excellent sharpness and details
of the image too,

Thanks for sharing this image with us Alexei


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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-02-13 12:37]

Hello Alexei,
Wow, this is wonderful - what a party!! Terrific focus on the birds, sharp details and wonderful light and colours. I really like it!!
TFS and best wishes, Ulla

Hola Alexei, siempre me alegra recibir comentarios tuyos. Muchas gracias.
Tu fotografía es increíble y lo tiene casi todo: profundidad, inmensa luz, enfoque impresionante... creo que merece un premio jajaaj. Es una de esas fotografías llenas de vida que te animan la mañana. Muy bien realizada técnicamente.
Un abrazo: J. Ignasi

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2008-02-14 1:37]

Hello Alexei, maybe a little bit crowdy but still a good shot, well done! Thanks!


Hello Alexei,

Beautiful chaos going on in this composition. Excellent sharpness and depth in this shot. Very pleasant chaos indeed.

Well done and best regards,

Hello Alexei,
realy impressive concentration of bird, nearly incredible !!!
Focus and deeph of field are perfect, wonderfull lighting and great colours,

This is really a good scene. So busy, and a lot to look at. What a variety all in one place. Your focus and colours are very good. TFS

Hi Alexei,
You are very lucky, I did not see such a diverse group before. Great action and composition. POV and especially DOF great. Regards,

Hi Alexei,
If this were a fire, then it would called a conflagration!
And everyone expecting a handout..
This looks like my yard on a winter morning when I first feed my birds.
Nice mix of the different species, alot to look at.
Great quality..you just forgot the BG ;-}}

Oh my! I know that had to be a noisy scene. ha ha
How fun - so much activity - so much to see. Can you imagine if this photo was a jigsaw puzzle? It would be a fun one! :)

Hi Alexei,
This is fantastic. At least 3 species of birds are presented in this picture. Must be a very noisy coffee break. TFS this impressive picture.

Hello Alexei,

You were right to post this feeding frenzy! It reminds me of lunch time in our school canteen ... just joking!

I am amazed at you ability to keep all the birds in focus! Wonderful details!

I think the coots have resigned themselves to watching the show! Maybe there will be some crumbs left at the end!

Kind regards,
Bev :-)

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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2008-02-15 11:31]

Hi Alexei

There is a lot going on in this shot. Everytime I look at it I discover something new. Wonderful frozen action. It is an amazing site



This is impressive Alexei! It almost looks like a Dali's painting :) How can they live so close together? Details, lightning and exposure are just perfect! You chose excellent shutter speed to freeze all those movements so well! This picture is almost surrealistic! Well done!

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  • mlines Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 556 W: 26 N: 668] (3116)
  • [2008-02-15 14:15]

Hi Alexei, You make the nature site so fun wit h creative thoughts. I like this series. Beautifull sharp of the birds. Your 300mm lens works well in your hands. TFS. Murray.

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2008-02-15 20:21]

Hello Alexei

This shot has so much to look at.
I am speechless.The activity of birds is awesome.
Wonderful focus and sharpness.
The lighting is excellent and the colours are vivid.
Something for everyone in this photo.


Hi Alexei,
That must have been a hell of a noise. Its almost funny to see that many birds fight for a snack. The fact that you got three different kind of birds makes the photo all the more interesting. But the most interesting part is all the different poses of these birds.
it also impressive that you got some many in focus and with perfect exposure.

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  • NinaM Gold Star Critiquer [C: 773 W: 3 N: 1157] (4077)
  • [2008-02-16 16:49]

Hello Alexei, not only are you a great photographer but your sense of humour is fantastic too! I love this chaotic picture and even though there seems to be no order, it has a great composition: the black birds are at the bottom of the picture then, over their heads, you see the orange palms of seagulls taking flight, and all the seagulls are sharp and wings opened! The rest of the picture is filled with white swans and birds. Your wife was right. And it is really crowdy and fun to look at, thank you!


Hi Alex,
I quickly add my praise here, you don't need any explanation any more. Well done, this chaotic scene in the wonderful light.
Best regards

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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2008-02-18 10:42]

Helle Alexei
Beautifull image.It is amsing to see how sharp most of the subject are.Excellent POV and very well composed image.
TFS Michel

Bonjour Alexei.
Trés jolie photo,belle prise,tu a su mettre la bonne vitesse, c'est une belle image.

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  • rdfoto Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 372 W: 0 N: 719] (3295)
  • [2008-02-18 13:31]

Bonjour Alexei
Excellente! la netteté est surprenante, superbes couleurs. Toutes mes félicitations pour cette prise de maitre!
Amicalement Robi

Hi Alexei,
An image without BG? ha, ha...is full of nice bird, all a collection of individuals and species, skillfully taken. Very nice shot

Hello Alexei wow really crowded here :-) lots of dof everything is sharp and exposure light is fine. Difficult shot to compose well handled tfs rgds Necip.

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2008-02-18 19:21]

Hello Alexei,
This image has a lot going for it, first the amazing depih of field. Then the sharpness is great and all the action is very interesting. I once saw a horror movie by Alfred Hitchcock called The Birds, this reminds me very much of that movie.

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  • pvb Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 385 W: 16 N: 531] (1981)
  • [2008-02-20 10:29]

1, 2, 3, 4, 5, ..... etc etc. How may bird are in this picture and how many differt ones. I give up there are to many and they all look great.
Very nice light and good sharpness.
TFS Paula

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  • wuta Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 855 W: 2 N: 617] (2142)
  • [2008-02-20 11:11]

Hello Alex , A very great shot from ol this birds ,marvelous to see this capture I like it ,tfs Greetings Teunie .

Terrific action shot, so much going on but I particularly like the gulls in flight, almost like they were 'superimposed' over the image. Exposure is perfect, considering all the 'white' in the photo, no blowout, and all the motion is frozen, just right. I really like this one... and the title is a perfect match.

Well done and TFS, Mish

Hello Alexeiu

There are so many great photos on your uploads, it is very difficult to know which one to comment on at any time.
This busy busy shot is just great.
It somehow reminds me of the chaotic traffic in New Delhi, India.
Just loads and loads of little creatures heading every which way that they can.
Really smart photo, and a great comment as always.



P.S. The black ones with white beaks are Coots.

An "unique" opportunity well taken.
I've ENJOYED this one.
Warm greetings,
P.S. "Papo de Peru" was registered in the Calgary Zoo in the butterfly house. Shall post the odd butterfly next week.

Hello Alexei,
a fantastic picture, what a lot of bird in a splendid dynamic composition, superb sharpness and very beautiful colours.
Best regards
Have a good weekend

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