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The American Robin

The American Robin
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Copyright: Asbed Iskedjian (CeltickRanger) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3415 W: 71 N: 9937] (37400)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-04-03
Categories: Birds
Camera: Fujifilm FinePix S6000fd, FUJINON ZOOM LENS 28-300mm Equiv.135
Exposure: f/5.0, 1/3000 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2011-01-18 15:10
Viewed: 3232
Points: 34
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
hello friends, not having new photos
here is another one from my archives
at that time i took this photo and later
i have posted 3 other shots of this
American Robin in different poses

on this (these) photo(s) i had the
temptation of the close-up, habitually
with my Fujifilm bridge camera i always
shot in RAW mode, the maximum zoom
is 300mm (35mm equiv), but if you pass
in JPEG mode there was a button on my
camera and clicking i could double
my zoom but doing that you loose
on image quality, it is what happened
on this photo from 300mm i passed
at 600mm digital zoom and i lost
in the image quality

also for the Shutter Speed you will
see »»»» 1/3000s on a bird that is
not on movement ? well friends my
deceased bridge camera did not
have image stabilizer, so passing
to 600mm and being handheld
i had to shoot in 1/3000s

from Hinterland Who's Who website

« The American Robin Turdus migratorius
is one of the best-known birds in
North America. It was given its name
by the early settlers, who thought that,
with its reddish breast, it resembled
the English Robin.

However, the American Robin is a thrush,
not a robin, and except for the colour
of its breast, it does not look like
the small brown European bird.

This bird
• is one of the first birds to sing
in the morning and is one of the
last to be heard at night

• roosts in groups of up to 250 000

• has an esophagus that expands
to allow it to store food

• makes an average of 180 trips
a day when it builds its nest »



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A very unusual perspective and one which I enjoy?! It gas some pretty razzy colours 2hch sparkle the image well. I like it!

Bravo Asbed good shot, my friend ! It may not be the cleanest and the sharpest, but that is the best anyone can extract from a bridge camera I believe. And saying that I add, the image has very good clarity, sharpness, colors and detail. Very good use of 1/3000s. In this case when your digital zoom is engaged to 600mm, I mean. My advice is to block that function. Rather, shoot at 300mm and cropp the image. That,s what I do with the little PowerShot G11, and I am pleased with the result.
Good pose of the American Robin. We can see how busy is there.The only little thing that disturb a bit the scene is the out of focus branch in the foreground.
Have you seen the latest Pentax K-5. According to "dpreview" it is very highly rated in many aspects including image quality! Have a great day/evening my friend.
George Veltchev

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2011-01-18 22:41]
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Hi Asbed.
How could you hide this beautiful shot in your archives? It is simply amazing. Colours of the tree and its fruits (if I am mot mistaken)> and of the fine sky are wonderful as well as details of the main character. POV and captured scene are also fine. Well done and kind regards.

Hallo Asbed,
a very beautiful picture of the American Robin, vivid colours, very good and interesting POV in a nice composition with a good visual impact.
Best regards

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  • pirate Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 799 W: 152 N: 1186] (7474)
  • [2011-01-18 23:23]

Hi Asbed
very nice colors
unusual pov with great result as the Robin shows its eyes

Hello Asbed,

an nice shot from this Robin with good pov, sharpness, while eating fruit.
Fine colors.


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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2011-01-19 2:55]

Hello Asbed,
wow...an exciting direct upon the head shot. Very well seen bird with clarity and sharpness.
The contrast is wonderful with deep and intense red fruits and blue sky.
A splendid details and features.


Awesome shot, Asbed!
Very well timed and I agree that digital zoom isn't the best, but sometimes it works very well, and I think you're wrong about the quality of this shot, this is an excellent quality shot, my friend!

Hello Asbed,
Attractive composition with very beautiful colours and good sharpness. Best regards, Pambos

Ciao Asbed, lovely bird on a beautiful flower, fantastic colors, splendid sharpness and fine details, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio

Original y acrobática pose de esta bella ave con una captura muy oportuna.
Buen fondo y preciosos colores.
Saludos Asbed: Josep Ignasi.

Bonjour Asbed !
Quelle belle image de tes archives ! J'adore les couleurs vives de cette image - bleu, rouge et le roux de l'oiseau. J'aime aussi la pose de l'animal et le POV, c'est original, d'habitude on ne les voit pas sous cet angle là. Excellents details et jolie composition. Bravo !

Hello Asbed friend!
This is much better than what I can achieve using digital zoom on my Olympus SP! ... Good job! ... I know the limitations of compact cameras to take pictures of birds, and I always admire how you do it! This picture is a clear demonstration of how to "lead to limit the possibilities " with that equipment! ... Congratulations!

Hello Asbed,
I have read your informative note and you did very well under the circumstances. An excellent photo with very good composition. Perhaps one can try and remove the OOF twig in the foreground. Best wishes.

Bonjour Asbed,

Une bonne capture de l'oiseau qui mmange les fruits. La prise de vue permet de voir les détails et les couleurs du merle d'Amérique. L'image est claire et nette. La qualité de la lumière rehausse les couleurs de l'image. Bonne journée.


very good natural scene Asbed, fine photo performance!
TFS Nasos

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2011-03-07 23:30]

Another one that I should have seen earlier Asbed!
A fine capture of a an American Robin feeding on the flower of the Paradise tree. A difficult POV that shows the contrast of the red breast and the flower against a fine blue sky. Exccellent sharpness, lighting and composition.
Thanks and kind regards,

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