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Night Landing

Night Landing
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Copyright: Robert Shannon Sr (eqshannon) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2458 W: 216 N: 10292] (31141)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-04-15
Categories: Birds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-04-22 7:22
Viewed: 2389
Points: 34
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
It was fast approaching nightfall, on a small dirt county road. I pulled my car to the side and turned the engine off. Fortune allows to me to have a CD player in the car and I put on some ethereal ambient music, slipped my seat into a recline option, opened the window and watched as the sun set. No other cars approached, as this is a dirt and rural road on which few live. The edge of the town where the open lands meet the woods and slowly then into the mountains.

With my long lens and my camera set 10 ISO1600, I knew that noise was photo term which was fast coming into play the darker it got. And then I saw them. A few images later I scanned the horizon to see if there were any more coming in, but this one was the last and latest arrival. I suspect they planned on spending the night on this high wire, out where only coyotes are heard. Darkness was such that I could not correctly identify the birds. They were in the raven, crow family but which particular one was not clear. I was however struck by the silhouetted birds as they land in the darkness. Just enough light shown through the wings to give a clear idea of the sleek flying frame and its purpose to keep these aviaries in the air...and allow them a smoothly flawless landing.

I wonder where birds spend their time? At night some hunt and some sleep. Perhaps birds are the first and true 24/7 creatures which most certainly are awakened by the slightest of nosies and flit off to another. Perhaps also they are the first homeless, with only twigs and leaves for nests, frequently abandoned as they fly off to somewhere we rarely if ever know. On this night however, I felt this one as it landed..and it looked at me for the longest time as if it were sharing my music....and of course it was now too dark to take pictures any longer....so back to the home...and dinner, then computer, then bed. All is well in the world.

Fujifilm S1Pro
Sigma at 133mm
ISO 1600

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Hi Bob,
Coincidently we are again together on the main gallery.You do come up with the most absorbing notes.....always something interesting and original.Looks like the fella was surprised to see you there.Nice to relax with music and the setting sun.Take care and TFS.
Regards, David

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2008-04-22 7:30]

Hi Bob,not easy to have this sharpness whit a few light,very excellent work,i like the choice of point of view and your always nice note,thanks for share,have a nice day,Luciano

A GRAND image.
You are a MASTER.
From -9*C

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2008-04-22 9:13]

Hi Bob,

Another sight most of us have seen but how many have stopped to take a picture? We really missed out. Great timing to get the one just landing. A wonderful diagonal composition of these two - almost silhouettes, but not quite.


Hi Bob,
Interesting silhouette image, nicely composed, and some movement with the landing bird. Nice how the open wing is lit.
I can just picture you enjoying the end of the day on the country road savoring the beauty of His creation. Tfs Richard

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  • Maite Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 998 W: 65 N: 1270] (5199)
  • [2008-04-22 9:49]

Hello Bob
It is not easy to capture the beauty of things and creatures in the dusk, but you did it so well here. With a perfect timing shot you captured the silhouette of the bird just about to land on the wire and the other showing a perfect profile. I like a lot the beak of the guy in the right.
Congratulations and TFS

Hello Bob
It seems ea new bird photographer in the frame!!..(pun intended)
Exceptional work here and to be honest its harder to capture an inflight at dusk than during the day...A very well planned capture and exceptional use of your knowledge to set up just right for this cracking shot...Keep at it Bob...Theres more to come yet I know.
All the Best

Hi Bob,

Nice picture of these birds spending the night together with you listening music... Sharpness of detail is amazing considering the darkness. Good composition and succesfull capture of action.



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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-04-22 12:44]

Hi I am very pushed for time late home so just a note to say a good picture for now,
Well done TFS.

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2008-04-22 13:57]

In spring the birds build nests to raise their young. Yes, But where do they sleep the rest of the year?
Good strong silhouettes Bob. Looks like they are hip-hopping in tune with your music.

hello Bob

superb silhouettes of these birds, i love the one before landing
or in his jump, of that bird, i love the way he is frozen
and his eye-contact with you, you did a superb shot of the birds,



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  • NinaM Gold Star Critiquer [C: 773 W: 3 N: 1157] (4077)
  • [2008-04-22 16:49]

It's funny that you raise the question because I've asked myself a long time how bird slept, if they did. We never see them asleep in pictures, very seldom in rest. This is a nice thoughtful picture and I agree, this is a nice moment, the landing of the bird on the wire. The movement is graceful, the feet ahead and ready to grab the wire. How I wish I could feel that! Thank you Bob,


Hello Bob,
The backlight display of feathers in the landing bird is amazing. It is still believing in final visual checks irrespective of nightlanding mode :). TFS.

Hello Bob. This is another example of what you have been saying about coming to you. Excellent note of the recliner and CD in your car while waiting for the catch. Not that visible as far as grain is concerned and I do shoot my D40 at 1600 at night a few times too. Thanks for sharing this image and the relaxing lifestyle that you are going through. Have a very nice day ahead and best regards. Jusni

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2008-04-22 23:10]

Hi Bob

Very atmospheric and elegant in its simplcity - the grain adds to the mood.


Namastay Bob,
A nice capture at ISO 1600 without noise. My camera always gives me failure at these high ISO settings. May be it is due to the cheap lens. Excellent thoughts about where birds stay at night. Infact they do sleep in some high perch well hidden. Excellent composition. Thanks a lot for sharing.


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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-04-23 8:13]

Sorry I must have missed this one!
Don't know how though! This photo is very striking even from the thumbnail!
Excellent pose from the flying fellow.
Great sharpness.
Superb tones.
Very original work Bob!


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