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Don't Worry

Don't Worry
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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: 2007-06-28
Categories: Birds
Camera: Konica Minolta Maxxum 7D, Minolta AF 100-400 F4.5-6.7 Zoom APO, Hoya HMC Super UV(0) 72 mm
Exposure: f/9.0, 1/400 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2008-05-11 0:36
Viewed: 5259
Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 146
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
No happiness can last eternally. And this family idyll (see Family Happiness) has ended.

I have made one more step in a direction of a sweet couple. The mail (I am almost sure it was male) had noticed my movement and it had there and then flown on the next fence.

The female did see me. It looked in other side. Not having understood, what had occurred, why its friend left it, it was a little disturbed. I have pictured exactly this moment. It had made a few looks at the friend and both of us had heard male's voice – Do not worry, I am here. Fly to me. In a moment, charming female had flight about and joined the friend.

After that I had took some more shots of the birds and then decided to leave them alone.

Who has the right to break another's family happiness? You are right. Nobody.

Some more links:
Lanius Minor
Lesser Grey Shrike

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ThreadThread Starter Messages Updated
To Maite: All the best.Alex99 1 05-13 12:08
To TAZ: WS. Many thanks.Alex99 1 05-13 11:12
To Argus: I could :) Thanks.Alex99 1 05-13 08:19
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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2008-05-11 0:59]

Hi Alexei,
Outstanding shot of this cute little bird with immaculate sharpness and great details on its white plumage. Superb lighting and exposure levels and on that fence it looks so elegant. Looks startled a bit losing its friend but has posed for you nicely. Excellent DOF, POV and composition. Kudos.

Hi Alexei,
A nice capture of this beautiful bird. Excellent composition and sharp details. Here the composition is much more nice than the previous post. Anyway it was very beautiful in its point and this is beautiful in its point. Thanks a lot for sharing.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2008-05-11 1:18]

Hello Alexei,
For me this one is better than the last one with the two Lesser Grey Shrikes. Everything in this photo looks gorgeous. Great quality.

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  • cloud Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 497 W: 111 N: 1535] (9539)
  • [2008-05-11 2:32]

Hello Alexei,
Your note it's so romantic and photo also is fine, excellent bg, sharpness ant these beautiful clear colours of plumage.
best regards, Pawel

Lovely story, Alexei!
You can tell from the shot how carefully she is listening! I'm glad it had a happy ending!

Excellent sharp exposure and beautiful details of the birds plummage, features and environment.

kind regards,
Bev :-)

Ahhhh..but you did take time. In my world of photojournalism, it becomes a matter of great importance to record events which at times might seem intrusive. Although we are not paparazzi, we must follow certain guidelines and maintain a fine line between respect and decency. Some think taking images is easy, but not so. Technically many can learn but it takes a certain heart of compassion and understanding to know how to balance the technique with the moment. you describe such a shot here and do it very well. You would be a good man to have in the press business Alexi

Hello Alexei,

great capture from this bird.
Good of composition with great dof and BG.


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  • mariki Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 838 W: 60 N: 2307] (9477)
  • [2008-05-11 10:17]

Hello Alexei,

Very nice composition. Great charpness. Focus is perfect. Very good exposure and splendid colours. I like the rusty fence and vertical tube.

Alexei... Outstanding contribution to Trek, the details to this bird are truly excellent, control over the composition, timing and lighting is to be envied.. great work and tfs..
regards h

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2008-05-11 12:07]

Hi Alexei,

I'm so happy you didn't break up this romance. She is lovely and does look rather perplexed. Wonderful pose, colors and details. I still love this setting.


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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2008-05-11 13:13]

Hi Alexei,
I like the lighting, colors, background, composition, catchlight in the eye, focus & sharpness and the pose you captured. TFS

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-05-11 13:26]

Very sharp capture of this Shrike, Alexei!
The clarity is incredible!
Excellent composition.
Superb lighting.
Well done my friend!


Hi Alexei,
So the theme here is "Don't worry, be happy" :))
I imagined "Family Happiness" to be slightly OE I think. After looking at it again, I was wrong (it happens sometimes) ;-)
Great exposure, DOF, detail, and an alert, let's say concerned pose..
Unless I'm imagining things again..It comes with old age I hear :)
Well done mf,

Splendida immagine, eccellente POV, molto bella la composizione in una ambientazione dai sapori del "passato", ottima nitidezza con bellissimi dettagli sia dell'ambiente che dell'uccellino, come la luce dell'occhio, molto belli i colori e magnifico BG. Grazie e complimenti. Ciao Maurizio

Hello Alexei
I remember your former post of same shrike with family. Your interesting notes very good. but capture also wonderful. Greenish BG, POV/OOF, focus, coloration, eyes contact, every features great. Thanks so much for sharing, have a nice week neighbour.

hello Alexei

very beautiful image with the fine POV, DOF and framing,
wonderful background, lovely smoothness of the colours,
excellent sharpness and details, TFS


Hello Alexei. Gorgeous super sharp image here with stunning perch exposing the vivid detail of the plumage. Pleasant muted green background contrasting well with the bird. Thanks for sharing and best regards. Jusni

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2008-05-11 22:12]

Hi Alexei

Greay shot - excellent detail and colours and most of all - great close-up.


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  • carper Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1973 W: 119 N: 2582] (8439)
  • [2008-05-11 22:17]

it's a nice one Alexei,
the pov is great and the quality is high, good composiktion and a fine composition, what can I say more my friend have a good day.
gr. jaap

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  • demeve Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 586 W: 12 N: 1682] (6165)
  • [2008-05-11 22:35]

Hello Alexei,
This is a very nice picture, the bird seems to be enjoying
the moment, almost smiling..
Outstanding composition with great sharpness, the colors are
also very well presented.. Well done my friend


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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2008-05-12 3:53]

Hello Alexei, The composition and the caption is just superb. it goes very well with the mood of the bird. I like the BG and the focus of this shot. Well done friend. Ganesh

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  • iris Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 479 W: 60 N: 970] (3088)
  • [2008-05-12 4:05]

Hi Alex,
You are right ...no one has the right to break a family's happiness, yet families live through break ups, and heart aches..True prayers and real love however, i believe, have the power to bring back lost love and happiness in any relationship.
The presentation you have here is a superb one, especially after one has had a look at the earlier shot from where the couple is seen together.The lady seems to be wondering what is your inteention and you know what ...i have a feeling..it's always the male who first flees the scene..i have seen it in the case of sparrows, sun-birds etc...and now in this case as well that you narrate...i wonder whether it's the same with others as well...

I love the dominance of the green hue all around in the composition and the sharpness and lighting just perfect.
TFS & Cheers

Alex, This is one of the best shots I've seen.

Hi Alexei, great capture of this beutiful bird in nice pose, fine details and excellent sharpness, very well done, ciao Silvio

Hallo Alexei
I read your note with great interest. This is a real fine capture of a very elegant and proud looking bird. In my personal opinioun I prefer this one more than the first one with the two birds together. Everything in this photo looks beautiful. Great quality and a splendid image indeed. Not a day will pass that I don't see or learn something new on Trek Nature, and if it is not new it fils you with appreciation time and time again. Thanks for sharing and enjoy your day.
Kind regards.

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-05-12 9:40]

Hello Alexei,
This is a very proud looking bird in a fine pose. It obviously didn't want to be left behind! Great focus, fine sharp details of its pretty plumage and good light and colours too. Perhaps you'll find their off-springs soon!
TFS and best wishes, Ulla

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  • Hil Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 696 W: 13 N: 1407] (5035)
  • [2008-05-12 9:51]

Hi Alexei

Superb shot of the Shrike.
Very nicely composed with a excellent POV and a lovely pose of her listening out for her partner.
Nice details and beautiful colours and light.


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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2008-05-12 10:53]

Hi Alexei

I'm glad that this has a happy ending, I was wondering where her partner was. That is such a sweet pose - looking up to find her mate. Nice sharp details, excellent DOF and a lovely POV on this charming scene



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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-05-12 12:15]
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Hello Alexei,
The quality of this image is top grade. Exceptional sharpness of the Lesser grey shrike against a fine OOF Bg. Now she is on her own, couldn't you crop it more so that she takes up more of the image? She is so beautiful! The POV, the eye everything, but maybe that's the next posting!
TFS this beauty, Alexei!
Best regards, Ivan

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2008-05-12 12:27]

Hola amigo,
precioso y elegante captura,
buen disparo y nitidez,
excelente iluminación.
buen trabajo Alexei,

Hello Alexei,
Well done. Great love story with a happy end:-)
Technically excellent. Beautiful light as well.

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  • clnaef Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 778 W: 67 N: 645] (6814)
  • [2008-05-12 23:01]

Cet oiseau semble bien fière de se faire photographier.
Bonne journée.

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  • takos1 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 261 W: 25 N: 208] (2607)
  • [2008-05-12 23:10]

Deliziosa pure questa, Alexei!
Stupendi i dettagli ed i colori.

Ciao e grazie.

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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2008-05-13 0:45]

Hi Alexei,
Very nice capture.Details on feathers,crisp clear eyes,pose of bird and blurred BG are perfect.
Thanks for posting.

Forgive me, Alexei, for my delayed reciprocation to your kind critique on my hoverfly picture. I was somewhat busy these past couple of days.
You have described the expression on the face of this beautifully captured female bird very graphically in your note. She seems to be a little anxious why her companion has flown away.
Superb composition as usual with amazing sharpness to the picture.
TFS and regards.

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  • Ken52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 636 W: 93 N: 1243] (4195)
  • [2008-05-13 9:30]

Details on this bird are outstanding and it looks great aginst the pleasant green background. I like your composition and especially the color shades you brought out with your perfect exposure!

Bonjor Alexei,
I like bird story. This bird is cute and well photographied. Great sharpness, DOF, colors and exposure. If you don't mind I tried a workshop for you, tell me your opinion about my vertical composition...
Bravo my old friend and thanks for sharing,

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  • Maite Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 998 W: 65 N: 1270] (5199)
  • [2008-05-13 11:50]
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Hello Alexei
The more I see this bird the more I like it. How beautiful it is and what a funny pose you captured here showing its absolute astonishment. Magnificent and lovely shot.
Thank you very much for sharing.
Best regards

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2008-05-13 14:20]

Hello Alexei, very nice shot full of great details. Nice subject, well composed and very good technique, well done my friend!


Similares características al de la anterior fotografía, pero en esta aún es mejor el enfoque y sobre todo la profundidad. Gran nitidez.
Abrazo: Josep Ignasi.

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2008-05-13 15:04]

Hello Alexei,
Stunningly beautiful work Alexei, the amazing details and wonderful colors captured by your eye and camera are truly beautiful. Thank you Sir.

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  • viv Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 292 W: 3 N: 653] (3317)
  • [2008-05-14 5:25]

Hi Alexei,
What a cute, nice shot of this lovely bird. According to me it has a curious look and want to say don´t worry, let all of us be happy.


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  • GLEM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 540 W: 87 N: 750] (10)
  • [2008-05-14 12:20]

hi Alexei,
très bonne seconde image, la netteté est aussi incroyable. Magnifique couleurs, grande clareté.


Hi dear Alexei ,
This is very nice nad lovely shot.
Great composition and excellent details.
I like this BG too.
Very well done

kind regards

Hello Alexei,
Now that was naughty of you playing the paparazzi for these love stricken pair.:)The male must have been the famous one , that's why he took to wings first. But jokes apart, I have also noticed one thing.I may be wrong, but from my experience what i have felt is that the female birds are more risk taking and dare devils than the males.wonder why?
As for the picture it is beautiful like the other one. excellent POV, DOF and the pose captured. Good eye contact. Immaculate sharpness and details. And certainly a joy to behold.
Thanks for the share,

Dear Alexei,
a masterpiece of powerfully strict composition, very pleasant colours, excellent focussing, and deeply warmhearted observation.
Very charming. Thank you, my dear friend.
My best regards,

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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2008-05-16 18:44]

Hola Alexei.
Tanto la calidad de la foto asi como la pose son una belleza. Me agradan los colores suaves y el fino fondo logrado en esta presentacion. La nota escrita es muy interesante tambien.
Un saludo Y un fuerte abrazo.
Ps. I have been very busy last weeks, but here I am again. Many thanks for Your critiques.

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  • mlines Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 556 W: 26 N: 668] (3116)
  • [2008-05-16 21:59]

Hi Alexei, This is a fine photo of a beautiful little bird which looks very alert. His pose is good and your capture matches that perfection. TFS. Murray.

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  • loot Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5524 W: 722 N: 4163] (11276)
  • [2008-05-17 0:35]
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Hi Alexei

Wow, a fabulous profile shot of this lovely Lesser Grey Shrike and I also liked your little story of the scene.

You have really captured this little bird with beautiful details. The aperture selection was spot-on to ensure a wide enough range for the DOF for guarantee you nail all the details. The exposure as also on the button to ensure perfect contrasts in the white plumage as there is no OE visible and also in the darker plumage as there is no UE visible there either. The colours are natural and pleasing on the eye, the composition is fine (although Christian's workshop also worked well), and the OOF and isolated BG with the neutral green colour makes the bird stand out so well.

Good work MF and TFS.

Hello Alexei,
A fine pose and superb details in the plumage!
As always this amazing 3-D effect...
I also like to take this opportunity to thank you for support and advice!
It has been great and I have learned a lot through the many fine presentations in TrekNature!
Pablo -

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2008-05-18 20:50]

Hello Alexei

Super clarity ,the focus is razor sharp.
Wonderful sharpness and detail.
Excellent plumage and eye detail.
The shot is well illuminated with rich colours.


Hello Alexei,
splendid capture, I like his splendid pose, focus is just perfect, wonderfull colours and very nice composition,
cheer my friend,

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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2008-05-19 8:55]

Hello Alexei,
a great follow up shot to your last post and it illustrates your fine note perfectly. Composition POV, detaisl and expsoure are as always very, very good!
well done my friend,

What a sweet tale goes along with this wonderful photograph. Great lighting and color. Sharp and clean!

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  • aido Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 1044 W: 156 N: 1218] (4046)
  • [2008-05-19 12:55]

Hello Alexei,
Very good image of this Shrike, great detail and clarity. I see you have a new lens since I was here last, the detail it produces is fantastic. As always an interesting note to accompany the image. Hope all is well with you and your family. Regards, Adrian

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2008-05-20 4:55]

Hi Alex,a perfect quality as your style and a great title,excellent note too,my best compliments and thanks for share yours fantastics works,have a nice day,Luciano

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  • meyerd Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 585 W: 64 N: 2238] (7531)
  • [2008-05-21 12:20]

Hi Alex,
good picture, good story, what more can we expect on TN! Keep up the good works, Alexei. My best regards, Dietrich

be happy;)
hi alexei!
A fine bird you showing here!
sharp with nice light and a
fine background!
well done!

great capture, wonderfull deep sharpness, and color

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  • cako Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 485 W: 0 N: 772] (3395)
  • [2008-05-24 14:17]

Hi Alexei
this is very nice image
very good sharp
well done.

bonjour alexei
voila encore une tres jolie photo,evidement l'oiseau est supebe,mais j'aime aussi cet environnement metalurgique.
bonne gestion des reglages.

Hi alexei,
great capture perfect sharpness great colours and contrast
I really like the postition of thsi bird well done

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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2008-05-27 9:35]

Hello Alexei
Nice presentation.Good pose from your subject and nice POV.Sharp iamge with good details and colors.
TFS Michel

Lovely guy. A wonderful composition in the picture. Very good colours. Good work.
Best wishes,

Bonjour Alexei
Très joli cette belle prise de vue avec une très jolie composition, les détails et les contrastes sont réussis très jolis couleurs et j'apprécie beaucoup ton beau BG
Bravo et merci ...JP

Hello Alexei,
Nice shot, excellent composition and point of view, very good sharpness and depth of fielde, nice natural colors, good light and nice pose.

Always BEAUTIFUL work.
Mario with warm regards.

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  • izler Gold Star Critiquer [C: 1387 W: 3 N: 9] (44)
  • [2008-06-04 13:46]

hello my friend
congratulations here is successful result with your equipment
composition, POV, BG, DOF, colours and sharpness are great

Hi Alex
Great photo story. Your shot is great, perfect sharpness, great OOF background and this look on his "face" ;-)
Best wishes

Hello Alexei
Wonderful picture. You've really caught the fear in the birds eye.
Good composition and excellent sharpness.
Thanks for presenting

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  • jesst Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 368 W: 0 N: 172] (2441)
  • [2008-06-11 3:08]

Hi Alex!
What a wonderful bird and what a wonderful photo!
Amazing sharp and detail, great composition

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  • RP1 Gold Star Critiquer [C: 154 W: 1 N: 6] (251)
  • [2008-07-09 16:31]

Hi Alexei,
Superb capture of this bird. I Like the composition with the fence.

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2009-05-07 1:32]

Hi Alex,
very beautiful capture in excellent clarity. The blurry background really beautiful in enhancing the subject. The fence and the post are really helpful in making a good contrast and also a very effective presentation.


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