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Lucky Catch

Lucky Catch
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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: 2009-01-18
Categories: Birds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-01-19 7:34
Viewed: 3268
Points: 44
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It was a somewhat special day on Sunday the 8th of January. The sun came out for the first time in over a week of hoar/hore frost and heavy fog. And more importantly Jane felt good enough for a short trip to see what Mother Nature had painted.

Now mind you I still ache from my mistake..it rhymes:-) My back still hurts from doing stupid things a few weeks ago...things older folks not in shape might not want to do..such as shoveling snow..bad Bob...so considering this, I felt blessed to be able to maneuver the stick shift car around town more or less stop in the middle of the street, which seems to be the Bob method of photography.

My little point and shoot only has 3x optical but I did have the Canon HD video with me. My results have been mixed with stills from the video. Sometimes they work and sometimes they don't.

This robin was at the top of a 60 foot tree covered iwth frost...and better yet the sky was blue...so I certainly was not going to miss the chance, whether low quality or not..I opened my window and got the video out...it is extended to just over 400mm. My hands are a bit numb...left one with carpal tunnel...so I was also shaking as Jane watched for oncoming traffic..none. Round one Bob! And one of the 7 pictures came out good enough to post, albeit, it does show some signs of not being a great optical lens for still, it still got enough evidence that the American Robin does indeed stay around in winter...but apparently they hide way up high...I was lucky to see it at all...but red with white does stick out..and blue...who could lose?

Canon HG10 HD video 16:9 Cropped
Hand Held

uleko, jaycee, CeltickRanger, nglen, JoseMiguel, JoshLewis, jusninasirun, techranger, sranjan, parthasarathi, haraprasan, Argus, marhowie, Pearl has marked this note useful
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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2009-01-19 9:01]

Hello Bob,
I'm glad you've got some blue sky now!! And this is a beautiful composition showing the colourful Robin up in the snow covered tree.
Great focus and beautiful light.
TFS and regards, Ulla

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2009-01-19 10:06]

Hi Bob,

I guess the Robin was as happy to see the blue sky as you were! Wonder how much he likes the thick frost on the branches. You know this would be beautiful even without the bird but the wonderful Robin is a real bonus.


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  • Ishi Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 298 W: 21 N: 1943] (13387)
  • [2009-01-19 10:12]

Lovely color combination, Bob, including your favorite blue.

Thank you for sharing this beauty, so different from our own winter.



hello Bob

in the first days of the new year i saw them in the forest
of the Boisé Papineau, i was amazed first time i see in winter,
then they are no more of them, maybe they went a place
where they will found more foods on the trees,

excelent photography with the red, the blue and the white
being matched to give a beautiful winter scenery,
i love the snows on the branches, TFS


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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2009-01-19 11:03]

Hi Bob. i bet it was nice to get out on a sunny day. The tree and the Robin look good against the bright blue sky. You have used the light so well. TFS.

Hello Bob,
I think this is one of your best images for this winter's storm effect. The image is very sharp and the colors are clear, crisp, and indeed COLD. The sign of the robin used to define that spring is near, but due the warming trend the Earth is experiencing nowadays, we often see them in the winter months in large numbers staying at home.
Great shot,

Hi Bob, fantastic frozen composition with lovely bird, superb light, very well done, ciao Silvio

Hi Bob,
Certainly a good testimony of the A. Robin presence on this time of the year.
So nice the view of the snow over the branches, like a thick layer of a white coat.
I think there is another bird right down to the left?
Good to hear you're felling better. Take care.
Best regards,

It's a lovely photo of the bird in the tree, not very often do we see stuff like this, or atleast I don't usually and more often see them on the ground on snow or in the air. Thanks Bob for sharing. Hope you been feeling better!
:-) Cheers Josh Lewis.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2009-01-19 16:35]

Hi Bob,very very lucky! I like a lot this colored pic in taken in winter,the red robin and the blue sky are fantastic whit a frozen tree,a perfect marriage!!Have a nice day,Luciano

Hi Bob,

Armed with the right arsenal and you see a bird perched nearby has always been considered lucky. The skill required in framing with the right exposure is another issue. You have capitalized on the opportunity really well of this bird on the snow covered branches against the saturated blue sky.

Well done and best regards,

Beautiful Robin Bob with a beautiful blue sky and white snow capped branches. Excellent capture... :)


Dear Bob,
I like the diagonal POV, sharpness & details of the subject. The lighting & composition with frost laden tree are superb. TFS.

A lovely shot and note as usual. The blue sky, the snow and the robin.

Namastay Bob,
A nice capture of this beautiful robin and the snow filled tree branches and the lovely blue sky. Very well composed with sharp details. Thanks a lot for sharing.


Hello Bob

I am more accustomed to seeing fluffy white apple blossoms and blue skies associated with these birds,but there is something special about the Turdus migratorious captured in the snow.
Lovely colours and beautiful setting.
Is it Spring yet?


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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2009-01-21 8:42]

Nice to see that you have a bit of life in your outdoor freezebox Bob,
You captured this Robin in great lighting among the snowy branches against a blue sky that looks promising 60 ft up!
Nice shot!

Enjoyed Obama's speech!

Ahhhhh... an early harbinger of Spring! OK, maybe just a hungry robin. LOL!!

Nice capture and well processed.

Hello Bob,
Fantasstic cature of this lovely robin in the snow, excellent composition and pov, beautiful colors and light.

Hi Bob,
Thought I'd better pop in for a visit, it's been awhile :)
Eye catching color scheme, and I like the snow covered branches against this clear blue BG.
I have three American Robins hanging around here at the moment, still working on a decent shot..Anyway,
Well done mf,

The robin is gorgeous. Shock of color against the blue winter sky. I like the way the ice and snow defines each little branch.

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  • Pearl Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 105 W: 25 N: 76] (321)
  • [2009-01-26 7:00]

Hello Bob,

A very nice view of the tree with some snow with a nice sight of the bird. The colors, composition and POV are splindid. Lighting and focusing is lovely too. Good notes and TFS.


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