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My Two Years on TN Today

My Two Years on TN Today
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Copyright: Ram Thakur (ramthakur) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4316 W: 231 N: 14052] (56953)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-01-26
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D200, Sigma 70-300 4-5.6 APO DG MACRO, 58mm UV
Exposure: f/10.0, 1/350 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): In Tandem With My Muses: Photography, Superb Birds [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-01-26 4:15
Viewed: 3401
Points: 54
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Friends, I completed 2 years on TN today.
Today we also celebrated the 59th Republic Day of our country India.
On this occasion, I wish to greet all my TN friends from all over the world.

It being a holiday today, I was once again able to have another photo session with my almost resident pair of Bee Eaters who perch on the electric wires in front of my house terrace at about 11 in the morning and keep catching bees (I suppose) and gobbling them up after returning to their perches on the wires.

Today I did something different; I turned the camera to Programmed auto mode, mounted it on a tripod and took 14 shots of these birds in RAW. To my great shame, the camera did much better work than my manual operations thus far!
And all this time, I was under the impression I was a fairly good photographer!

Anyway, here is the latest shot of the same Bee Eater I have posted from time to time earlier. Please see for yourself and tell me if I am right in my judgment that sometimes the camera in auto mode is a superior photographer than we mortals.

For details on the species, kindly refer to my earlier posts of this bird.

TFL and have a great day!

Mikolaj, Jamesp, cataclysta, Argus, cicindela, uleko, eqshannon, pankajbajpai, matatur, jaycee, Alex99, earthtraveler, jusninasirun, jmp, loot has marked this note useful
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Hello Ram!
Wonderful shot.
Good luck!

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2008-01-26 4:18]

Hi Ram

Congratulation on your second anniversary!! A lovely way to celebrate with this excellent shot of a bee-eater.

Best wishes


Hello Ram
Great shot for you anniversary. Cute and colorful bird. I like the contrast - vivid bird and gray surrondings.
Very best wishes my friend :-)

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-01-26 4:25]

Congratulations on your secong anniversary on TN, Ram!
This a superb and perhaps appropriately for the occasion, the best of your Bee-eater series. the sharpness, POV, composition, lighting and colours are all first class.
Well done my friend and thanks for sharing this.
I hope you and your family have an enjoyable Republic Day weekend.

Hello Ram Sir,

:). Happy Republic Day! I am sure your are the witness on all these 59 years of republic India and you have seen all these ups and downs.
Congratulations for completing 2 years on TN. Your humble admission "I was under the impression I was a fairly good photographer" is totally wrong. You are really GOOD photographer and that is reflected through your photos.
Yes it's a holiday today, but not for me. I am in office working hard to meet end date 30th January. That is life of a Software Engineer who cannot enjoy his national holiday -Republic Day. And people envy IT people foe money they get, nobody sees the hard work behind it. I think I am diverting from topic here. :)
Its a typical scene India, birds on electric wires. Very well captures and framed shot. Grate details showing it's feathers. Wish the sky was blue. No problem though.


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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2008-01-26 4:37]

Hi Ram,happy birthday and thanks a lot for your presence on TN..your work is very precious for all,have a nice day,Luciano

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  • Tabib Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 160 W: 5 N: 167] (859)
  • [2008-01-26 4:52]

Member Since: 2006-01-27

Congratulation and Happy birding Ram!

/tabib/. not yet one month old !!

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-01-26 4:59]

Hello Ram,
Congratulations on your second anniversary on TN! What a fine capture of the Little Green Bee-eater as a celebration! Excellent focus and sharp details of this pretty bird in lovely colours. I like its pose too. Well done and enjoy your celebrations!
TFS and all the best wishes, Ulla

congratulations, good shot! To 2 more years then Ram...This was a well chosen image for such a celebratory day! It is a happy photo...not only good but nearing perfection...

Excellent portrait with beautiful detail and color. Works great on the white bg! And congrats to 2 years on TN!
Cheers, Klaus

hello sir,

congratulation on completing two years here at TN, Today we are celebrating Republic day and i wish you a Happy Republic Day.

this is a fine capture for the ocassion and i will surely try my camera in programmed auto mode, the focus is spot on, the eye contact is lovely and the composition is great, the light coloured bg makes the bird stand out so well and inspite of the difficult light you have managed exposure very well,

your total series of the bee eaters has been fantastic but this one is better then the earlier shots, i too have seen bee eaters sitting on the wire but not been able to shoot them,

well done and looking forward to another year of learning in your company at TN and also hope that you will be able to spare some more time with us here like the early days of mine or your first year here,you got pretty busy after retirement (from the job at Saudi offcourse). I think you are enjoying the new responsibility for sure,

i also went through some part of your blog and enjoyed it a lot and will be reading it from start to end soon, you are a good writer and i can empathise a lot of situations mentioned there and think that most of the Indians will do, you have designed your page beautifully with great aesthetic sense,

well done & regards

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-01-26 6:35]
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Congratulations Ram!
You have been a staple member of TN for two years now and I have followed and been inspired by you since I joined nearly a year ago! And I don't know how you can say you are just fairly good! You are exceptional... more than exceptional even! Just remember the saying: It's not the camera that makes a photo... it's the photographer! :)
This is a splendid photo!
The colours are very well exposed and vibrent.
Great clarity and sharpness.
Well done my friend.
I hope you will be with us at TN for many, many more years to come :)

Kind regards,

Hola Ram, and congratulations on both occasions!
You've turned up again a perfect beeeater comp. for our eyes to behold, and of course we are thankful my friend. So your camera have learned a thing or two from you, but I bet, to frame a picture it still needs the eye of a beholder!

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2008-01-26 8:48]

Hi Ram,

Congratulations on your second anniversary with TN. What a wonderful post to celebrate. This Bee Eater is picture perfect. Wonderful colors that show up so well against the white background. Excellent details of the face, plummage and wings. The eye is marvelous. Looking forward to many more years of your superb pictures. And I hope you are having a good Holiday.


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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2008-01-26 8:54]

Hi, Ram, dear friend.
My heart congratulations on Republic day to you and all your compatriots and, of course, on your amazing participation on TN.

I see your camera works so well as you. I like extreme sharpness of the bird and wire, nice natural colours and blameless composition. My best wishes and Bravo.

Hi Ram,
This is a nice way to celebrate those anniversaries :) What a cute bird this is! You caught excellent details and beautiful colors on your lovely model! With Canon, I think that when I'm in auto mode, I can't show in RAW... I'll have to check this out :)!

Hello Ram,
Wonderful catch of this Bee-eater! The detail and color is gorgeous. Love the eye especially. You camera judged well. And to think these beautiful birds are just outside your house.
Congrats on your 2 year milestone and hope your holiday is grand. TFS my friend.

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  • vral Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 65 W: 1 N: 218] (1049)
  • [2008-01-26 18:19]

Hello Sir,

congrats on your second anniversary.

Detils, POV, DOF and clean BG are great.

Hope to witness many more anniversaries Sir.

Thanks for sharing.


Hello Ram,
Double happiness for you and congratulations for the second completed years in TN. I'm sure you had wonderful time here as I am about to discover.

Well celebrated of this beauty captured in flawless details and excellent perch. The cable line make good diagonal perspective with no busyness to distract the subject whatsoever. Wishing you many many more wonderful years here and your expertise are well appreciated.

Well done and thanks for sharing.

Have a wonderful weekend.

Regards from Malaysia,


p/s: Please allow me to add this superb picture in my personal theme.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2008-01-27 3:09]

Hello Ram,
Congratulations with your second year on TN. You celebrate this with a wonderful photo. Perfect sharpness and details and wonderful clear colours. Good composition, POV and BG.

Hello Ram!
My best congratulation because of two years on TN!!! And this is a very beaufiful picure to celebrate it!
Really the technique of this image is very interesting for me. The vivid, perfectly saturated colours of bird against almost white tones of BG (sky I believe). It is interesting how did you do it: to keep colours of main object and to prepare so intensive contrast with BG.
Once again my best congratulation! And of course I hope to see you here after next 2 years too!!! :)
Friendly yours,

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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2008-01-27 3:47]

Hi Ram,
Extremely detailed and well captured Bee Eater in a very beautiful pose, from a good pov and with perfect, natural colours.
It seems that the guys in Nikon did a good job controling every single parameter in the camera when working in auto mode, as you defined them by opposition to mortals :-). Anyway we mortals have the privilege to find our ways ourselves: that is why freedom and manuals adjustment exist!
Congratulation on your 2nd year among us. These time was full of explendid photos and touching histories. Let's go for the third!
Best regards, José Miguel

Hi Ram

What a great image to celebrate your 2nd aniversary here.
Excellent exposure against grey sky.
Excellent sharpness and composition.
A beautiful species well captured.


Hi Ram,
Congratulations on completing very active and fruitful two years. Although I have been in TN only for the last about 5 months, but have learnt a lot from your gallery of beautiful and educative postings.
Looking forward to many more years of your similar association with TN.
Regards and best wishes,
- Nirmal

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2008-01-28 11:54]

Hello Ram, congratulations on your second anniversary here ! Well done on that beautiful picture of the Bee Eater ! Very sharp shot and very good technique, thanks ! And happy birthday to India !


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  • loot Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5524 W: 722 N: 4163] (11276)
  • [2008-01-29 0:05]
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Hi Ram

Some friend hinted (nudge-nudge) that I had an old-timers relapse and forgot about another "junior" TrekNature member who also just celebrated his 2nd anniversary. So, here I am, and I am looking..., and what do I see?

Something sitting on a mucked fence and it looks like a…

Like a bird on a wire,
Like a drunk in a midnight choir,
I have tried in my way to be free.

Like a fish on a hook,
Like a knight from an old fashioned book,
I have saved all my ribbons with thee.

And if I have been unkind,
I hope that you will just let it go by.
And if I have been untrue,
I hope you know it was never to you
(Courtesy of the poetic prowess of Mr. Leonard Cohen.)

Anyway, a great capture with lovely colours, pin sharp details, a bright and clear eye with a fabulous little highlight in it, and perfect exposure control. Congratulations with the excellent milestone. May there still be plenty more to follow.

Well done and TFS.

good sharpness on this shot ram, great color too i can see the details on the feathers

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