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The European Robin

The European Robin
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Copyright: Piotr Kurosz (kurekpit) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 611 W: 120 N: 629] (2811)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-01-21
Categories: Nature
Camera: Canon EOS 350D DIGITAL, Tamron SP AF28-75/2.8 XR Di LD, Sandisk Ultra II 2GB, CPL DGH Marumi
Exposure: f/2.8, 1/200 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): kurekpit photos [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-01-14 14:24
Viewed: 2823
Points: 81
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The European Robin (Erithacus rubecula)
This is my second photo on TL.
I took this pic in Glendalough,county Wicklow,IRELAND


The European Robin (Erithacus rubecula) or - in Europe - simply Robin is a small passerine bird that was formerly classed as a member of the thrush family, but is now considered to belong to the Old World flycatchers (Muscicapidae).
The European Robin is a common European songbird. It is 12.5 - 14.0 cm (5.0 - 5.5 inches) long and it is known for its pugnacious behaviour despite its small size. The distinctive red patch on the chest of both sexes led to its original name of redbreast. In the fifteenth century, when it became popular to give human names to familiar species, the bird came to be known as Robin redbreast, which was eventually shortened to robin.

Info from Wikipedia

Camera: Canon EOS 350D
Lens:Tamron 28-75mm f/2.8 XR Di IF
Focal Length: 70,0 mm
Exposure Time: 1/200Sec.
F-stop: f/2,8
ISO Speed - 800
Image Quality - JPG

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  • Hitbit Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 417 W: 159 N: 451] (5918)
  • [2007-01-14 14:29]

Beautifull picture. Great colors nice comp and wonderfull DOF The feathers are so sharp Amazingly well done.

Grtz Pim

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  • juyona Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2585 W: 1 N: 425] (10173)
  • [2007-01-14 14:32]

Bonito retrato y excelentes colores, genial disparo... saludos Piotr

Its a little busy but none the less a good sharp and colorful shot.

Hello Piotr!
Very fat robin, but very sweet! :)
Great detail and good colours and sharpness!
Well done!

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  • moli Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1349 W: 256 N: 2110] (13344)
  • [2007-01-14 17:37]

No Piter serdecznie witamy Rydzyka - dobrze pisze? Chyba tak sie nazywa po polsku. Wiesz, ze ten ptaszek jest symbolem Swiat Bozegonarodzenia? Ja tez nie wiedzialem ale tak jest. Super fotka, sczegoly no i kolorek.

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  • Lee1 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 185 W: 20 N: 111] (541)
  • [2007-01-14 21:32]

Hi Piotr, a lovely shot you have here. The robin is presenting you with a nice pose. Good exposure. Great focus and detail. Lovely colors on the robin. Good dof, background is there but blurred enough so its not distracting. Well done, thanks.

Hi Piotr, wonderful shot here, the bird is clearly and cleanly focused, good lighting, well done for an Audubon entry, for sure! TFS. I like the colors of the bird, it's a bit different than our 'robin red breasts.'

Wow, great detail and colors on this cute, fat bird. Good POV and angle with the stem it stands on angling towards the viewer. Really sharp and I like how the rest is out-of-focus. The background is wonderful. TFS!

Hi Piotr,

Welcome to TL and lovely shot and blur of the bird. TFS!

This is a very nice picture of a bird, nice details in the feathers! Love the colors, thanks for sharing.

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  • milas Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2841 W: 398 N: 3076] (34114)
  • [2007-01-16 7:30]

merhaba Piotr;
good photo selamlar

Greta capture of great bird!!!It has nice colors!!!Wonderful!!!

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  • Dingo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2505 W: 368 N: 2626] (11966)
  • [2007-01-16 16:04]

Excellent capture, Piotr. And... welcome to TL.
I like its fluffy look. We have one of those visiting our bird feeder, but I haven't been able to capture it yet...
Will have to try harder ;o)).
I think a crop from bottom & right hand sides would make a stronger compo, de-centering the bird.

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  • DAM Gold Star Critiquer [C: 513 W: 67 N: 268] (1110)
  • [2007-01-16 18:03]

Piotr, an excellent photo and superb detail on this robin. I do agree with Dingo in regards to the cropping on the right bottom corner. It is only a minor detail. The frame should have been a different colour. The black takes away from it a bit.

Welcome to TL you will enjoy the friendship and will learn a lot.



position of the bird in compo was very good balanced.
Details of spiny branch and bird are very sharp.
Nice post!


Hi Piotr,
An excellent shot on this European Robin. Spot on exposure and soft light have brought out the beautiful colors in the plumage. Nice sharp detail with good control on the DOF. The OOF backround is well done.
Looks very good!

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  • jacobo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 597 W: 28 N: 650] (4739)
  • [2007-01-17 12:33]

Wonderful shot of this robin. Good colours and very sharp
Great shot!

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  • dantor Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Silver Note Writer [C: 71 W: 16 N: 37] (491)
  • [2007-01-17 13:35]
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Welcome to TL, Piotr.

Nice close shot with saturated yet natural colours.

1. Background is too busy. Avoid branches touching your subject. It would be very easy to clone out the blurred branch that comes out of the left side of the bird's head.
2. Sharpness is there but to me it does not appear even and natural. F/2.8 does provide enough depth of field as you can see with the left part of your image including the belly of the robin being very soft.
3. This kind of subject should really be posted in treknature.com

I hope you find my critique/suggestions useful.


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  • AB- Gold Star Critiquer [C: 90 W: 0 N: 6] (723)
  • [2007-01-17 16:32]

Excellent close-up, very nice capture!!

Hello Piotr,
I like this bird that we don't have here. Every time I see a picture of this specie, I feel a little envious :) This is a very good capture with excellent exposure, details and BG. I noticed two little things though, I think that subject is a little too centered and a little too much sharpened as I see some noise, especially on its head. The BG is also a little grainy. I often use Neat Image and applied it only on the BG and it gives good result. Anyway, this is a very nice shot :) Thanks,

Hi Piotr. I see nothing wrong with the bird being central in this shot, it always works with a square format. The negatives fail to take into account that this was your second posting. We have a couple of robins here with the chest colour either pink or bright red. A lovely capture, good detail in the feathers and the pose a delight. TFS,

Many thanks for your comment on ' Summer Fog II’

Hi Piotr!
Very nice photo!
I like hos orange neck!
The POV is very nice!

Excellent shot Piotr, great thorns!!
TFS, Neil.

Hi Piotr!

This is excellent! The focus and sharpness are exceptional. How were you able to capture this bird with only 70mm focal length? TFS


beautiful and sharp, great light, amazing photo - 28-75 lense? wow, you must have been within a meter of the bird!


Beautiful detail and colour Piotr.
A great capture of a beautiful bird.
Regards Mark

Pt later

Welcome to TL.
Beautiful capture, Good POV and DOF. Excellent sharpness.
:) later

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  • Mas Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 50 W: 62 N: 257] (2779)
  • [2007-01-22 19:12]

Beautiful SHARP picture of this colorful bird.
Well done !

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  • lucbus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1809 W: 92 N: 1864] (10358)
  • [2007-01-23 7:22]

Hello Piotr,
This is a very nice photo of this bird, with perfect focus and sharpness that show all the details and textures of this robin. The colours are also excellent.

Hi Piotr
Very nice shot,great detail ,colours and DOF!!!
Well done.

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  • sebak Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Silver Note Writer [C: 131 W: 12 N: 25] (433)
  • [2007-01-28 10:53]

Hi, a very nice and colorful picture, .. nice DOF and very sharp! Well done


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  • kbeall Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 513 W: 108 N: 902] (3598)
  • [2007-01-31 16:24]

Hello Poitr,
I am very impressed with the European robins that I've seen here on TL, being used to the darker coloring in the US. A wonderful capture of this puffed up little bird, who looks a bit disturbed at being caught. Great detail and POV.
All the best,

Beautiful! nice fat bird! love the sharpness and the blurry BG!
well done,

Belle capture
excellents détails et belle netteté
il est vraiment joli ton oiseau


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  • twin Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 350 W: 105 N: 198] (7374)
  • [2007-02-03 2:28]

hi Piotr,

one of my favourite bird...

great shot with a nice composition...


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  • deains Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 187 W: 33 N: 1169] (5051)
  • [2007-02-10 22:33]

Very good photo of your Robin, good color & sharp detail. His features look like our Robin but looks a little smaller & different orange breast. Some here call them red breasted but they always look orange to me! Don

Very good!! I'm surprised about the details; you can see every feather.
A bit pitty for the depth of field to be too less for its leg and tail to be sharp. Maybe you should use more aperture. The bird is sitting very still, so 1/100 sec would do.

(Thanks for your comment on my paddo's.)

Superb compo, colors and details. Very, very nice.



Wonderful Detail Piotr! Very nice close up of this beautiful bird!

Hi, Piotr.
Beautiful capture. What a cute bird! Awseome sharpness and great hazy background. Weel composed. TFS (",)

Just look at that robin sitting there, with his tiny tiny feet in between the thorns. The colours and clarity - as always in your pictures, are amazing.
Piotr, TFS

Wow moi qui adore les oiseaux, Il est superbe celui ci , On a pas cette oiseau au Québec,
Quelle belle définition des détails ,couleurs nettes et précises, belle angle de prise de vue,
J'aime beacoup Réal ,Québec, canada..

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