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Imitating Juvenal. The End?

Imitating Juvenal. The End?
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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: 2006-07-24
Categories: Birds
Camera: Konica Minolta Maxxum 7D, Sigma 70-300mm F4-5.6 APO DG Macro, Marumi MC-UV 58 mm
Exposure: f/16, 1/250 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2007-04-24 7:32
Viewed: 3812
Points: 70
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Instead of the explanation why I have ceased being a boss (see, the note to my previous picture Boss).

I finish to perform the play of six acts.

Act I: Imitating Juvenal. Part I.
Act II: Imitating Juvenal. Part II.
Act III: Imitating Juvenal. Part III.
Act IV: Imitating Juvenal. Part IV.
Act V: Imitating Juvenal. Part V.

The summary of the previous acts:
People urgently ask their governing body not to do foolish things. Governing body does not pay any attention to it and does strange enough things pursuing own mercenary ends. People have got in a trouble. Everyone is rescued as can. People is revolted and disappointed. People have tired but, apparently, have started to adapt.

Act VI: The End.
Scene of action: in the same country.
Characters: the same.
Time of action: 2005-2007.

Note: The country and all heroes are invented. The author does not bear the responsibility for casual concurrences to the real countries, epochs and persons.

People (sparrow) (indifferently) Now it is all the same to us. Begin to do own private affairs not having a look round.
Governing body: (offstage, indifferently) Persistently continues to do own private affairs for mercenary ends not having a look round.


Additional info:
Juvenal (lat. Decimus Iunius Iuvenalis) is the greatest poet-satirist of Ancient Roma (see Juvenal).

Common shots info:
– This was my first experience of use TC Kenko AF 2x Teleplus MC7 DG with Sigma 70-300 F4-5.6 APO DG Macro.
– It was almost reporting shooting. I ask apologies for quality of pictures.
– Shared shots belong to one series of 14 photos, taken during 30 sec. (I have posted selected pictures from this series in the chronological order.)

– Drive mode: single shot.
– Focusing mode: manual.
– Distance: about 9-10 m.
– Focal length: 600 mm.
– Exposure tome: 1/250 sec.
– Support: handheld.
– Crop: a little bit.

Shooting Story: see at the note to my WS.

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  • GLEM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 540 W: 87 N: 750] (10)
  • [2007-04-24 7:39]

salut Alexei,
toujours aussi bon, j'aime ça position redressé, cela lui donne plus de clarté.
J'espère que tu vas poster son envol.....


Hello Alexei,
I think sincerely that this was a good idea; an interesting allegory of many similar political situations in many countries. I know that yours lived hard times in the past years. I know just a bit about it but things were not easy I guess. The sparrow represents well those “voices that are not heard”, and the fence is very symbolic. I also liked the high quality of these pictures and different expressions from the bird that suits your story well. "Voices that are not being heard" and resilience are unfortunately part of the political and sociological aspects of so many countries. Thanks for having sharing with us this nice series.

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2007-04-24 7:47]

Hi Alexei

Even if i didn't say it at everyone of them, i watched and followed you series of this sad story and lovely sparrow shots.
The WS here really summs it up well, showing once again that life is tough all around :(
In the end, this really became a very interesting and unique series on TN. I don't remember anyone having such a long one...all made of wonderful shots.
What i said about the past ones, goes for all of them, since the techpart is pretty much the same.
Splendid work, my friend!

Bravo and TFS

Privet Alexei,
I like so much the workshop posted with this image. So elocuent.
Again I can say how admirable your creativity is in the making of this series of bird's picures.
At this final? epidode, all I hope is the endurance of this species will remain above all, and that the sound of their voices/sings will continue spreading all over. At least, this one was heard by some of us.
You can't figured out how well I can read your picture's content (POV and composition, I mean), and already I have told many people about your images.
So I want to congratulate you by this series, technically impecable each one of them.
My best wishes,

very very nice shot...congratulation...

Hi Alexei,
An enthusiastic and prolonged applause for your actor:-)

Hello Alexei,
Nice ending. Happy ending?
Thanks for this 6 acts play and beautiful pictures.

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2007-04-24 10:00]

Hello ALexei,
Yes, what's the point of crying and shouting when nobody listens anyway! He'll just plod on or practise "escapism" like the rest of us!
Excellent quality in all captures and I really enjoyed this series.
You seem to have a wide range of talents, Alexei, perhaps you'll end up as a philosopher or a writer!
Thanks for sharing, Ulla

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  • ridvan Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 498 W: 0 N: 1136] (5205)
  • [2007-04-24 10:46]

hi alexei; despite final episode she looks very attractive in every direction:). excellent capture of this beautiful female sparrow with nice colours and BG. good POV and composition my friend!!
All the best

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2007-04-24 10:50]

Hi Alexei,

This one is lovely too. I love the expression on his face. If this is truly the end, thank you for a wonderful series.


Hi, my friend,
I have not been around for a couple of days and missed
your acts except the first and the last one. ;-(
I have read the notes and like what you have written,
it's maybe as Ulla mention, you'll end up as a philosopher or a writer.
Your pictures had been very good with good details,
especially wiht used of a 2x conveter.
Very well done.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2007-04-24 11:17]

Hello Alexei,
This capture shows your character waiting for reponse: he is actually saying 'what's your opninion?'
Very unusual for a politian!
Nice clear shot ending an interesting aspect of all types of photography - interpretation.
TFS and best wishes, Ivan

The series ends with a picture as lovely as the rest, Alexei.
I have seen your workshop and read the story that goes with it.
Despondency and pessimism are only passing phases in human history. Humans have the reslience to rise from their ashes like the mythical Phoenix.
Best regards.

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  • jhm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 893 W: 0 N: 507] (1853)
  • [2007-04-24 14:14]

Hello Alexei,

What a lovely series about these sparrow, almost a artwork with the thread, the sharpness and clarity are superb.


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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2007-04-24 16:14]

Hallo Alexei,
not sure if this is the end and the bird seems undicided. Great Pose and wonderful expressions you captured. I must say quite the artist.. wonderful series you shared.

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  • mikou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 869 W: 68 N: 1479] (6093)
  • [2007-04-24 17:15]

Hi Alexei.
Thank you for sharing those your artistic creation.You be proved very fine and sensitively build on set these six pictures taken during 30sekund(!) story - satire with deep meaning.I agree with Ulla at all points.
How here well said Ram, everything is for passing.Ours states pass no good era that the fortunately is after us.Now is need quickly rejuvenate like the ones young sparrow and join with others in big family.
Thanks for this your work,supplemented pictures high technical qualities that the very well represent emotion to your satire.Solitary,what I seen here on TN.
Best wishes,with greeting Milos.

My dear friend Alexei,
You are not only a great photographer but a FANTASTIC story teller. How very true .... EVERY WORD.
History has repeated itself in EVERY country EVERY year;
and, nobody DARES to bring about any improvements.
Your most subtle.
Done with GREAT taste.
Am Most HAPPY I've met you.
Best of the best to you.
Mario, your friend from Canada.

Hi dear Alexei ,
perfect work with excellent details.
sharpness and light are great.
thanks for sharing

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  • fiyo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1053 W: 5 N: 3475] (15161)
  • [2007-04-25 2:40]

Hello Alexei,
Wonderful capture.POV,colors,sharpness and composition are excellent.TFS.

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2007-04-25 8:27]

Dear Alex,
for reasons of the language for my it is difficult to follow your instructive series,
you are an intelligent person... a brilliant allegory.
I believe that we all have passed bad moments.
greetings friend.

Hi Alexei, great final for your interesting serie, splendid bird in great pose with wonderful details and excellent sharpness, very well done, ciao Silvio

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  • volkan Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 497 W: 10 N: 4] (2425)
  • [2007-04-25 11:01]

Hi Alexei,
Another wonderful shot of this bird on the fence.
Nice clear details and sharpness.
Great job.

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  • Maite Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 998 W: 65 N: 1270] (5199)
  • [2007-04-25 11:27]

That's a great true! The conformism is not good but sometimes is the only and best thing to do if you appreciate your life. If you can't do anything else, you have to try and live your life anyway.
It's a sad story, most of all for those who live in hard conditions. Alas. I wish the world would be more fair for all and would not be that kind of governing bodies.
You have done a great reenactment with the help of this great actor.
Congratulations and TFS.
Best wishes

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  • iris Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 479 W: 60 N: 970] (3088)
  • [2007-04-26 1:45]

Hello Aleei
And an episode in life comes to a close,What an expression!!!!!It leaves the heart heavy....
but life has to go on....A very fitting tribute to your own life....in such a splendidly performed and captured series of shots.

TFS & Cheers..
Loking forward to more of your works

Bella foto y una estupenda alegoría.
Ambas de muchísima calidad.
Un cordial saludo y mi enhorabuena por tu trabajo.
Juan Luis.

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  • Aramok Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 896 W: 101 N: 1501] (5166)
  • [2007-04-26 13:20]


I see you gave up asking people to save their points!

I like the picture on his face. the details are excellent here, though on my screen slightly over exposed, but I gather this was your first use of this lens with the 2x converter.

He also seems to be a mucky eater as well...


Great shot Alexei, great lighting, details and sharpness, nice bg and contrast. Great colours and composition too. Very well done, thanks for sharing.

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  • Hil Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 696 W: 13 N: 1407] (5035)
  • [2007-04-26 18:33]

Hi Alexei

Fabulous shot for you final act, I think your young model looks resigned to just getting on with his own life as his voice is not heard, maybe sometimes a whole flock will form to make the voice so loud it has to be heard. Its been a excellent series of shots with a lot of work and thought put in to it, all your shots are superb with fabulos detail, you apologise for poor quality but they are superb.

Regards Hilary :o)

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2007-04-26 18:49]

Hi Alex

Great perky shot - good sequence and very interesting note.


Dear Alexei!
When will this bird have the insight to release its cramped claws from this confining grid? Surely there must be some loverly green sprouting bushes that offer habitat, protection and shade? The chainlink fence is such an image of imprisonment!

I urge the bird to use its wings and fly free! Tfs, Jay

PS I share:

listen to what i say
in your life expect some trouble
when you worry you make it double
dont worry be happy
be happy now

Dear Alexei,
friendly sparrows are good looking sparrows.
Same is true with people.
Anger has to be expressed to get rid of it.
And when it's out, it's good for the beauty.
The sparrow seems to enjoy its life.
I envy him for being able to leave its fence whenever it decides to do so.
I felt fenced in by my work with no escape during the last days close to getting a burn out.
Now I am feeling fine again.
Thank you. My best regards,

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  • izler Gold Star Critiquer [C: 1387 W: 3 N: 9] (44)
  • [2007-04-30 17:56]

merhaba my friend
another well close-up working on this cute bird and its giving nice pose to you
composition, point of view, background, depth of field, colours, lighting, sharpness, details and note are great
thanks for sharing

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  • sily Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 239 W: 6 N: 395] (1934)
  • [2007-05-04 21:16]

HI Alex!
This final moment of peace and expectation is well captured, but is there need to say that all photos in this series are flawless? Excellent, sharpnes details and DOF!Well done and keep up!

Hello Alexei.

very beatiful image, composed, expression.
fantastic bird.

Best regards.
Jose Luis.

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2007-05-14 2:22]

Privet Alexei,
Excellent shot.Blurred BG,catchlight in eyes,details are also wonderful.

This is a compositional delight! The way you have meshed the bird and the mesh together into a harmonious one. Beautiful. The rest is PERFECT as usual in your pictures :-).

Take care, K

Hi Alexei,
The centered compositon and fence wire works here for some reason :)
Nice exposure, color, and DOF, with sharp detail and a cute pose. Wonderful finale to "the play of six acts", each play over-flowing with character ;)

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