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Red-winged Blackbird

Red-winged Blackbird
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Copyright: Werner Dirla (werdir) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1416 W: 147 N: 2654] (11957)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2011-02-22
Categories: Nature
Camera: Nikon D90, AF-S VR Zoom-Nikkor 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 G, 67 mm Hoya UV
Exposure: f/9.0, 1/800 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2011-02-26 17:11
Viewed: 1582
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Points: 30
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Yes, a Blackbird, but one of the prettier varieties. These birds are gorgeous in-flight, the undersides of their wings look ablaze as they approach. Maybe one day I'll be lucky enough to get a photo.

Learn to appreciate the things in life that we often take for granted, the beauty around us. Sometimes only a second or two separates us and our loved ones from life or death.

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Howdy neighbor! It doesn't get any sharper than this! Excellent work Werner. Nice Bokeh you have achieved here. A little OE, which isn't bad and CAN work, and DOES work here! Beautiful!

Again, lovely sharpness and excellent depth of field - and a cheeky wee glint in his eye. Another lovely bird shot, well above the TL norm for this type of photography and a pleasure to see. Lovely stuff.

Hi Werner,
Nice caught of view of this nice Red-winged Blackbird,
good contrast and light with beautiful saturation of colors ,
Not easy to take a bird with the black colors..
Fine details of his plumage and sharpness,
all my compliments,

Still a nice capture though but have patience one day you will get one in flight. Very nice pov and it has a good dof with sharp details. Great colors. Well done, tfs.

Oh Werner this is amazing. The sharp detail and the beautiful color and shimmer is just fantastic. This is just an incredible capture. I have taken so many of these wonderful birds and I feel like I have never even seen one until looking at your spectacular photo. Gret job and great note. TFS, Lori

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  • RSK Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1089 W: 589 N: 1943] (14753)
  • [2011-02-26 20:56]

Hi Werner,
I like the black, blacks you captured in its plummage,dark & shiny as a blackbird should be.I like your clarity & sharpness,I know this guy does not like to pose,& if he spies you first,he's off like a shot.Good capture,I like both the catchlight in its eye & the insect in its beak,not that easy to get.

HI Werner..nice shot...excellent focus and details. Nice background blur...well done.


Hi Werner.
Wonderful details and crisp sharpness here I see the same lens and body but a lot of improvement,ideal lighting and OOF BG makes it one very good shot.
My Best Wishes

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  • fransx Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2938 W: 134 N: 7397] (41704)
  • [2011-02-27 2:27]

HI Werner,
What a sharp capture f this curious red winged blackbird! A splendid posture from behalf of the bird and a perfect crop from your artistic behalf.
Perfect lighting and adequate details in the bird's black plumage.
Well done,

Francis Xavier

Ciao Werner

The bird gives a fine natural pose,
and the catchlight however small is eye-catching!
The bird melts well in the surroundings, but the
sharpness of details still makes it stand out very well...
Well framed with a fine 3D feeling!


Sergio ♣

Hi Werner

Very nice shot of the Red-winged Blackbird. In bird photography, it is important to have that glint in the eye, a kind of eye contact. Details on the front part of the bird are pin sharp but the light was missing on the rest of the body. It's nice to see the red tone just above the red shoulder.I would have like to see it on a more natural perch but, you have to take them the way they are, I know what I'm talking about.

Nicely done

PS If you want to get one in flight, here's a hint: Try to get close to a nest during the nesting season. The male will try to intimidete you and sometimes atttack you. But make sure not to harrass them.

Very nice pov and sharp details.congrats to frame this bird.

Hello Werner,

Well, this is a new bird, for me, and what a cracker it is! I have seen your skills blossom whilst you have been on this site, you now produce bird shots which are sharp, detailed and beautifully composed. This is no exception!
The plummage textures and catchlight are the icing on the cake!

Have a good day,
Bev :-)

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  • Juliet Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1250 W: 106 N: 2911] (22323)
  • [2011-02-28 10:15]

Hi Werner,
I did not know that these guys were up this far north. I've seen them the keys. Well composed with excellent detais and coloring. Nice sparkle in his eye. TFS Julie

Hi Werner,
As for the exposure, and contrast, can't do much better then this, the colors a vivid, and real, well saturated, the black are dark, yet well detailled, so are the highlight...no hotspot here...)))

Simple but well composed, the bird getting all the attention.

Nice work.

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