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Good-natured Look

Good-natured Look
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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: 2008-01-26
Categories: Birds
Camera: Konica Minolta Maxxum 7D, Minolta AF 100-400 F4.5-6.7 Zoom APO, Hoya HMC Super UV(0) 72 mm
Exposure: f/8, 1/500 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-11-22 22:29
Viewed: 4996
Points: 94
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Two issues.

I. After hard work on a PC on coming to end project my eyes were overtired and I had been compelled to stop work on PC and, naturally, my TN activity. The last was especially difficult test for me. However, all is almost OK now and I can continue presentation of Odessa hooded crows.

II. This shot was taken almost year ago on Odessa town beach. Our crows (both black and grey ones) love to spend time on seashore. They can find any food there and walking people often feed them and gulls too. However, I decided year ago that this shot is bad enough and I forgot about it at all. Only now, after sharing of the previous shot, taken with new Nikon D700 (Severe Look), I have recollected this picture and see that my lovely Minolta (which was presented to my daughter-in-law) also can produce good enough pictures of hooded crows. In a word, I have trouble with estimation of my own pictures, I think :).

You can see under sunbeams colouration of the hooded crow is looked differently and so natural too. You also can see that sand of our beach is not very attractive. That is why I do not invite you to visit it especially in winter season :).

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Hello Alexei
I am pleased to see you returned after hard work, and you came back with such a beauty.
Now matter what kind of image you are posting, I am always delighted by your photography and presentation manner, as it is done with style and pride. The colours and details captured are superb. The pose is great, with the head tilted sideways. I just love the frontal view, showing of the details of the black feathers forming patterns on the chest. Details of the whole image are greatly displayed and the colours are bright and pleasing to the eye. This photograph is a pleasure to look at. I thank you for all your pleasant contributions on the site. Best regards.

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  • izler Gold Star Critiquer [C: 1387 W: 3 N: 9] (44)
  • [2008-11-22 22:58]

hello my friend
wonderful capture and good eye contact of this timid model
i like pose, POV, sharpness and details

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2008-11-23 0:54]

What an attractive looking bird the hooded crow is. I love the colours and how he looks quite silver.
Lovely pose too.
Well done Alexei

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2008-11-23 1:34]

Hello Alexei,
Very beautiful shot, Good composition and pov, excellent sharpness and very good shallow depth of field, lovely colors and tones, excellent details and textures.well done!

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-11-23 1:58]

Hello Alexei,
Your crows in Odessa are identical to ours in Sweden. You have made a fine sharp capture taken from a great low POV in superb winter lighting. I like the pose and eye contact too.
Thanks for sharing this delight,

Hello Alexei,

Splendid portrait of this beautiful crow. Great sharpness and superb detail. Excellent exposure. I like the grey background (sand with shells). Take care of your eyes.

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  • fiyo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1053 W: 5 N: 3475] (15161)
  • [2008-11-23 3:24]

Hello Alexei,amazing shot; sharpness, colors, light, composition, everything is excellent ! TFS

Hello Alexei,
This photo taken with your Minolta is not bad at all,good sharpness and I like the pose of the crow
But I prefer the previous one taken with your Nikon D700!!!
It's maybe because I'm a Nikon fan!

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-11-23 4:03]

Hello Alexei,
A very fine view of this friendly-looking Crow! I really like your POV and the sharp details of the plumage. Beautiful light and very fine natural colours too.
Many thanks and kind regards, Ulla

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2008-11-23 6:08]

Hi Alexei,
Outstanding shot of this Crow and it is such a great study of lighting and exposure handling. magnificent image with very impressive sharpness, lovely colours and stunning details. Excellent POV, DOF and composition.

Hi Alexei,
Love the "cheeky" pose here..
Very good exposure, detail/DOF, POV, and framing.
These are some of the smartest birds out there.
He has that "Good-natured Look" of intelligence about him :)
Well done!

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  • cloud Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 497 W: 111 N: 1535] (9539)
  • [2008-11-23 9:29]

Hello Alexei,
This common bird in my surroundings is very rare now and only near small river can to meet sometimes. I like light and pose. This photo is almost B/W.
Regards, Pawel

Ciao Alexei,
splendida cattura di cornacchia grigia colta in una bellissima postura, eccellenti POV e composizione, straordinaria la definizione dei dettagli, mi piace molto anche la tonalità grigia della spiaggia che fa sembrare questa immagine una ripresa B&W.

Hi Alexei,

good low pov and dof.
Beautiful colours.


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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2008-11-23 11:31]

Hi Alexei,
Very nice capture of this crow.Details,POV,sharpness and pose of bir are wonderful.Excellent note too!
Thanks for posting.

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2008-11-23 11:39]

Hi Alex,

I never thought I would say a picture of a crow was sweet - but this one really is. The expression is so nice and pleasant. This portrait meets your standard of excellence and is wonderful from head to toe. The face is beautiful, the details of the feathers are magnificent. The colors are lovely and natural. He blends in with the setting and yet stands out from it beautifully.


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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2008-11-23 11:42]

Hi Alexei

This is really great...it has so much character!
Timing and pose made a splendid photo here, my friend, and you did great to capture it bang on!
The tilted head is excellent and it also gives out a special eye-contact that adds more drama to the scene.
Wonderful details and very exact exposure.

Bravo and TFS

Ciao Alexei, elegant bird in great pose, wonderful sharpness and fine details, very well done, ciao Silvio

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-11-23 13:05]

Hi Alexei. This is a fine close up of the Crow. You were able to get in very close whaich has given fine detail in the feathers with natural colours. Great contact with the eye. well done TFS.

Hello Alexei,

Thank you for sharing this. It is a fine close-up of the hooded crow. I have never seen such a sharp, front view before. The distribution of the black on its chest, in a radiating pattern, is very attractive. Crows are always considered ugly birds but this is not ugly at all!
The head-tilted pose gives the impression of intent concentration. I bet it's quite an intelligent bird, too!

Kind regards,
Bev :-)

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-11-23 14:45]

Hi Alexei,
a brilliant shot of this Hooded Crow.
Very good detail in the feathers.
Superb composition.
Great pose too.
This could almost be B+W!

Very well done,

Hello my frend Alexei,
How are you!
I am very pleased with the excellent size posting of the good natural look on the Crow which showed the superb details on every part of the bird! especailly on the plummage, simply awesome!
nice and natural colour and wonderful lighting
take care and my warmest regards to a far distance friend!

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2008-11-24 0:26]

Hello Alex,
It is true, this crow looks in a very kind way to the photographer. I like this almost monochrome picture a lot. Sharpness and composition are good like always and the expression of the bird touching. Well seen.
Have a nice day and take care of your eyes

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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2008-11-24 7:02]

Hi Alexei
Nice frontal POV and good details on the plumage. I like the eye contact. TFS

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2008-11-24 7:28]

Hello Alexei,
At first my friend I thought this was a black and white image but on further investigation saw the browns in the shells. I have always loved images such as this. The details in the crows plumage are amazing Alexei, thank you.

Hi Alexei,
I wonder how you made the shot - it seems you were very close and laying on the ground?!?
Excellent sharpness, special the eye is beautiful with the lightpoint.
Thanks and greetings
Sabine- wishnugaruda

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  • cako Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 485 W: 0 N: 772] (3395)
  • [2008-11-24 10:31]

Hi Alexei
very good sharp and detail
very well done.

Hello Alexei,
nice to see you again.
you captured Odessa crow with a wonderful shot, in your usual quality. It must be identic with one here, since both of them same colors and same habitus (appearance). great timing to capture good natured look. great focus and colors, as like notes. Thanks for sharing, best wishes, friend.

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2008-11-24 17:44]

Hello Alexei, a very good shot of the Crow! Well done again my friend! It's very sharp with a great exposure.


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  • clnaef Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 778 W: 67 N: 645] (6814)
  • [2008-11-24 23:01]

Oeil vif et bonne pose, charmant portrait.
Bonne journée.

Hi Alex

It is indeed a very good shot of a hooded crow.
Excellent sharpness and plumage detail.
Good composition and low-down POV.


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  • NinaM Gold Star Critiquer [C: 773 W: 3 N: 1157] (4077)
  • [2008-11-25 8:08]

I'm in love with this row, Alexei, it is so beautiful! Your picture allows us to contemplate the beautiful chest with the entertwined feathers of grey and black. She almost looks shy to be taken in pictures ;-) You are right, we are not the best judges of our pictures, at time and I am glad you did post this one. Many thanks, it is superb,


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  • Heaven Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 996 W: 123 N: 2341] (7912)
  • [2008-11-25 10:16]

Hi Alex!

The effect of this picture is terrific! All in grey - and so beautiful! The unity of the colour tones, the position of the bird's head and the superb lighting make this picture an outstanding one. Moreover, I believe it's a good idea to show a series of the same bird in order to present it under different aspects, although this is not easy.

Kind regards


Hi Alex
I like the colors here. It looks almos like BW photo. Great eye contact with a bird, perfect sharpness and great contrast Another beauty in your gallery

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2008-11-26 5:40]

Hi Alex,i like a lot this pic,it seem a black and white pic,the details of this bird are fantastics,perfect POV too,just my best compliments for this excellent work,have a nice day,Luciano

Hello Alexei
a very detailed photo. It is not so easy to approach these timid birds. Details are good portraits but what hit me is the several tonalities of gray of the photo that renders it very particular

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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2008-11-26 11:42]

Hi Alexei,
i am glad you chose to share this shot, it is full of character and acrries your trademark expertise. The range of greys in one shot, both in bird and background is excellent - very well done my friend.

hello Alexei

another excellent hot of the Hooded crow with fine low POV
and fine framing, excellent sharpness and details,
he is camouflaged with his environment, TFS


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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2008-11-29 11:30]

Hi Alexei

You have caught some wonderful details in the feathers. I love the glossy look of the black ones. Great curious pose with the tilt of the head and I like the glint in the eye. Beautifully sharp and great DOF



Gran enfoque e iluminación Alexei. El realismo con que has plasmado la zona pectoral es de gran realismo.
Esta especie no la he visto por mi zona, aunque a principios de año estuve por Torino (Italia) y creo que la vi, además en abundancia.
Buena pose del ave y un efectivo control de la potente iluminación que reinaba en el momento de la captura.

Un abrazo: Josep Ignasi.

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  • jesst Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 368 W: 0 N: 172] (2441)
  • [2008-12-06 11:31]

Wonderful image, Alex!
This bird is sometimes difficult object for photo but you catured it perfectly

Hello Alexei,
Great capture of this lovely hooded crow, superb shapness and details, wonderful catchlight in the eye, nice depth of field and great pose with a tilt of the head.

Dear, "DEAR" Alexei, Missed you!!!
Still trying to catch up.... sleep... I mean. Am far tooooo old to travel!!!
Have registered a lot of this species on the 8th. Wonder of the world grounds in Haifa, Israel.
Shall post these one of these days.
Warm greetings of TRUE friendship,
Mario. P.S. What antivirus are you using? Am having computer troubles.

Hello Alexei !
I've been absent from TN for a long time, but I missed the pictures, and I missed my friends - so I'm back, and for very long, I hope ! :-) I have missed so many excellent picture from you ! I particularly like this one, because the grey color of the bird is really amazing and beautiful, almost like silver. Excellent details, nicepose of the bird, and I like the grey-and-black colorsof this picture. I wish I had such crows in France, but here they are all black ! Very well done !

Hola Alexei,
Magnífica captura, buena definición y textura, magníficos detalles, agradable iluminación. Que tengas unas muy felices fiestas en compañia de los tuyos. Un cordial saludo
José Ramón


Hi alexei.

I like reading your issues especially the first one. I face the same issue myself. This crow is so well shot and framed under good lighting exposing fine exposure of the plumage. The details around the head and chest is different that ours which are very black. Another superb presentation for TN and well done indeed.

Thanks for sharing and have a nice day.
Best regards,

Hello Alexei,

This is a fine portrait of the hooded crow!
It is a good pose and the details in the plumage are stunning, pin sharp and lovely colouring...
The movement is nicely stopped only a small motion blur as the bird is lifting the left leg..!

Pablo -

Hi Alexei,

This is absolutely impressive tele-macro of a lovely hooded crow in fine posture. The POV/DOF, details and harmony of the colours with its surrounding are all great MF!

On my Nikon D-5000 which i bought it while i was in London aprox. 4 month ago, it has very good photo quality with CMOS sensor and a bit faster but especialy i impressed its video capture feature with an articulated LCD monitor which i could have a chance to record HDD quality movies with its high sensitivity voice recording. I could recommend it you if you think to buy!
Have a great night MF!


Hi Alexei,
I made a 30-minute search in your gallery to find something I didn't comment yet. So it would be the right time to return with some new photos. :-) Fantastic black and white image (even if originally it was done as a coloured), in this case your sea shore doeen't look unattractive. ;-) Details on the bird are excellent and the composition's pleasant. Good shot, I'm glad you posted it (although this is the 1st time I look at it).
Best regards, László

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