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Blackbird (Koltrast)

Blackbird (Koltrast)
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Copyright: Gert Ellstrom (ellis49) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3434 W: 331 N: 505] (2254)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-02-23
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 40 D, Canon EF 300mm / F2.8 L USM, Digital RAW 400, 1.4 X converter
Exposure: f/8, 1/80 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Alex99 favorite pics [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2010-12-23 9:23
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Points: 32
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Thanks for your comments of my previous post.

This is a Common Blackbird taken last winter in the forest outside my town Gävle.
This was a very cold day (-20C )and it was snowing as you can see.
Most people think this is a complete black bird but it also has a gray tones.
This is a male, the female are browner and miss the yellow color of the beak.
Females is about 23 to 25 cm long, and the male up to 29 cm, weight around 80–125 gram with a wing span around 130 cm.

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Canon 300mm/F2.8 L, 1,4x extender, tripod, spot metering, ISO 400, Raw-format, av-mode.
Levels, Contrast, Crop, resized to 800 pixels, PP in the new PS CS5.
Well calibrated Eizo S-pva monitor, calibrated/profiled with spyder3 elite

Merry Christmas to all my friends.

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Hi Gert,
very nice shot of this bird. I like these colours, composition.
In my opinion sharpness is very well.
Great job!
Merry Christmas to You and to Your Family,

The branch across the verticals is well placed,with excellent detail in the feathers and the diffused background this is indeed a super shot.
Best regards Les

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2010-12-23 10:41]

Hello Gert,
Wonderful photo of this Common Blackbird. Highlight and shadows are perfectly managed. Great sharpness, details and natural colours. Very good DOF.

Hallo Gert,
a fantastic picture of this common bird taken from an excellent POV in a beautiful winter scene, fine detail on the plumage with with very good colour tones
Merry Christmas to you and your family
Ciao Maurizio

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2010-12-23 13:09]

Hello Gert.
This is an excellent bird shot. The Blackbird is in very good details. The details on the wings and head are so vivid which is not easy for the black bird.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you and your family.Siggi

Good staff once again friend Gert! Impressive clarity once again, and once again spectacular point of view, great sharpness perfect brightness/contrast balance and of coarse fine classical composition! Bravo! First class presentation by my opinion! Merry Christmas Gert!
George Veltchev

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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2010-12-23 14:00]

Hola Gert.
This Blackbird really has a lovely and fine details, and Your photo is also in a great sharpness and focus. The falling snow is an extra points.
Mary Christmas to You and all Your family.
TFS Gert.

Hi Gert,
A beautiful composition with very good sharpness.
Best wishes,

Hi Gert

You are very keen, outside in -20C, hmmmm....., well I guess I have birded in +45C!!! But a great shot of this common species. Excellent sharpness and I do like the snow flakes. Have a great Christmas.


Wish you and family a Merry Christmas, Gert!
It is a sheer joy to see your work off and on on TN. This picture of a Blackbird is the last word in bird imaging.
Hope you are keeping well.
Best regards.

hello Gert

among the Europeen birds the blackbird
it is of my favorite ones, here you did
a great close-up shot, superbly focuses with
great sharpness and details of its dark plumage,


also for you and your family i wish you
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year 2011


A stunning shot, Gert, as usual, nothing but the best from you!
I love the way you've showcased the plumage, which, despite the the monotonous black, has come out perfectly detailed.
Very well done, Sir!
Seasons Greetings to you!

Hi Gert
Impressive photo. The composition, the colours and the sharpness are excellent.
My best wishes for a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year,

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2010-12-24 1:23]

Hi, dear Gert.
Many thanks for holiday greetings and nice comments to my deleted picture. I also wish you all the best in 2011 and nice holidays as well as to continue a brilliant series of posted pictures. I will come back to every posted by you shots. Now I wish to express my admiration with this picture. Amazing subject especially tree branch pattern. Superb bokeh. Exceptional exposure and reproduction of all bird features including feathers. Composition is spot on too. Bravo as always.
P.S. Unfortunately, I think next year will be so strained as present one.

Hello Gert - this looks like one of our 'kiwi' blackbirds... Only this one is fatter - he has more feathers that our skinny ones.
Superb shot of the beauty. His colours are so very clear, especially hisyellow eye make-up and beak.
Best regards and merry Christmas

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  • cloud Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 497 W: 111 N: 1535] (9539)
  • [2010-12-24 7:55]

Hello Gert,
Splendid portrait of Blackbird perfectly composed with very nice colours of BG.
Merry Christmas for You!

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