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Swallows at Play

Swallows at Play
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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: 2008-07-18
Categories: Birds
Camera: Fuji Finepix S2 pro, Sigma 70-300mm
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Small bird, big World, CeltickRanger's favorite Bird photos -2- [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-07-18 12:33
Viewed: 2984
Points: 30
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I love my hour of wind and light,
I love men's faces and their eyes,
I love my spirit's veering flight
Like swallows under evening skies.

-Sara Teasdale

Swallows at Turnbull wildlife Refuge. I was down on the trailhead. The ground swoops upwards from there. As I was taking images of the grasses and flora this am, a few dozen Swallows bombarded me...too fast but these two were caught leaving against the prairie grasses and wildflowers....It was a hot and dry day...somehow the image gave me quench for my thirst.....I am adding them to my small birds big world theme...

Sigma at 300mm
ISO 800
f 11.3
Hand Held

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-07-18 12:42]

Hi Bob. This looks like a water colour painting. I like the blend of natural colours in the grasses from the greens to the browns. As you say the birdswere a bit to fast but we can see the out line.well done TFS.

Have a nice weekend.

Hello Bob
This is just fantastic.
Its the BG that makes the picture....You took the high viewpoint and planned the capture and I daresay the BG!!....I have had a go at swallows and martins and I got some good blurs of the birds!!..You have sharp birds coming and going against the most fantastic bg!!...Have I mentioned the BG!!

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2008-07-18 13:07]

hello Bob,
You have chosen the right poem to go with your very artistic picture. Fantastique! We can feel the wind, the sun, the fine mouvement of the swallows'wings. Une image magnifique!
Belle journée

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2008-07-18 14:09]

Hi Bob

A lovely view of these swallows - when I walk Coco (my dog) there a lot swooping over the meadows - I did not think it would be feasible to capture them - you have proved otherwise.


hello bob,
nice picture with very good set of notes, only you can do it in this style,
tfs & regards

Hello Bob,

a fantatic shot grom this swallows.
They are little photographed in a landscaping picture.
Well seen.


Namastay Bob,
A nice capture of this beautiful view of two swallows playing. Most amazingly how fast you are at this age. I like the swiftness of your hands just like these swallows. Superb work Sir.

Thanks a lot for sharing.


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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2008-07-19 4:00]

Hi Bob,another unusual way to show the nature,excellent details of the birds and great colors,you are a bag of ideas!My best compliments,Luciano,have a nice week end.

Ah, they are playful critters, aren't they? I've seen many this year - and happy to have 'em since they like to munch on ants and other insects (as long as they leave my butterflies alone...) that can be annoying.

I have to agree that this looks like a water color painting. Lovely blend of colors...

Hi Bob,

Please tell me how you do this. You have frozen the swallows frozen in flight perfectly. They are sharp and clear against the marvelous blurred background. Gee, I haven't read Sara Teasdale for years. Wonderful picture, wonderful poem.


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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2008-07-19 11:24]

Hello Bob,
I spent about 30 minutes trying to capture some swallows in flight and believe me it isn't easy to do. They are extremely fast and you can't seem to be able to keep them in focus.
You've done a wonderful job at capturing these little guys in their natural habitat.
Your image reminds me of an oil painting. Love the color scheme, lighting and textures.

Hi Bob, splendid flying birds, great painting of nature, very well done, have a good week end, ciao Silvio

hello Bob

in your in-flight shot of the Swallows i love their aerian pose,
i love each ones pose, that bring dynamism to the image, TFS


I don't think anyone else could've posted a similar shot, Bob!We see them from a distance, the forked tail of one clearly showing its rear and the other in some other manoever, over yonder!These images stay in our minds, we rarely get to freeze time, and you've done it!
A superb shot, Bob!

Hello Bob,
Excellent photographic skill display by you with beautiful sharp swallows playing against lovely hazy background. Bravo zulu.

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