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First Presentation
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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: 2009-04-20
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D700, AF-S Nikkor 300mm f/4D IF-ED, Kenko AF 1.4x Pro DG, Marumi 77 mm DHG Lens Protect
Exposure: f/7.1, 1/500 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-05-07 21:02
Viewed: 4010
Points: 66
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I am very glad to come back and share new shot, my feelings and happened events.
My absence here was caused business trip and sudden sickness. After successful trip I have catch a cold and taken to a bed on one and a half week. In that not very nice for me days I felt encouragement of TN friends, reading their warm comments on my previous photos. I am very grateful to them.

Now I am almost OK and wish to represent first for me shot of this cute small and very brisk birdy. Also this shot taken with new lens, which is my first prime tele lens.

I have no idea about ID of the bird despite the fact that this species is common for the city and live among multistory houses in the town. I have pictured this bird near our city apartments while tested lens with Kenko 1.4x TC. However, I only could dream to picture it because of its mobility and timidity. Now, with help of more powerful equipment I can do it.

My first impression is 420 mm it is great.
My long-standing conclusion is that to be among TN friends is the most great.

Many thanks to our expert Ivan Kruys (Argus) for correct ID. Now I also know that this species is Black Redstart (Phoenicurus ochruros), femail.

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To Hormon_Manyer: 420 mmAlex99 1 12-21 22:50
To Argus: Thanks a lot.Alex99 1 05-07 22:27
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Welcome back after some absence, Alexei. Hope you are recovering speedily from your temporary illness.
Many congratulations of acquiring new lens and other equipment. The picture of this bird you have taken with the new tele lens is marvellous.
Thanks and hoping to see you regularly on TN from now on.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2009-05-07 21:51]
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Hello Alexei,
I have just called you a master macro photographer: now I would like to modify that statement to saying that you are a master nature photographer. You have used your new 420 mm tele with the skill of a persom that know exactly how to take a good telephoto bird portrait!
The PoV is ideal and taken with excellent sharpness and lighting with a DOF to provide the right BG.
An excellent portrait of a female Black Redstart (Phoenicurus ochruros).
Well done Alexei and thanks for sharing this result of your skills!

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2009-05-07 21:59]

Hi Alexei,

It is so good to see you back. So sorry to hear you were ill and I hope you are fully recovered. You certainly mastered your new lens in no time at all. This is a magnificent looking bird which you have captured perfectly. The pose, colors, details of the face, eye, and feathers are all picture perfect. I can only imagine what wonders you will be sharing with us in the future. Stay well!


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  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2009-05-07 22:06]

Hello Alexei
excellent job with this shot, great details and natural colors, I tried to take a photo with this bird these days but I couldn't. May be next time.

Hello Alexei,
a great portrait of female Black Redstart with your new lens, congratulations for your fist presentation of this bird with very good sharpness, POV, DOF and composition are excellent, very beautiful bright colours.
Best regards

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2009-05-07 23:06]

Hello Alexei,
Very good detail and colour ,the fethers and eye are well in focus.good POV. well done TFs.
Best regards Siggi

Nice close up of this bird. It's a wonderful sharp shot.
Best wishes,

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2009-05-08 0:16]

Hi Alex,
your new lens never dissapoint you. Such a lovely capture. Thre clarity is excellent and pose is so cool.
The dark eye is excellent and yellowish whitish feather are well defined and excellently detailed.


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  • cloud Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 497 W: 111 N: 1535] (9539)
  • [2009-05-08 2:51]

Privet Alexei,
I've read that you are very glad with new lens. I think that we'll see your excellent photo soon. This shot is very successful, nice pose, good light and sharpness.
Regards, Pawel

Hello Alexei.
Excellent close-up with great light and sharpness.

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2009-05-08 3:47]

Hello Alexei,
What a lovely and close capture of the Black Redstart, your new lens works wonders! Excellent sharpness and beautiful natural colours. It also stands out very nicely against the background. Well done! I hope you'll stay well and be able to get out with your camera more now!
TFS and all the best wishes, Ulla

Hi dear Alexei ,
What a nice shot.It has lovely pose.
Great focus and nice ahsroness.

Best wishes

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  • Zeno Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 483 W: 0 N: 1345] (10867)
  • [2009-05-08 4:06]

Hi Alexei,

Another great shot of a bird that is seldom seen in Holland. It's good to see that you are back (the same counts for me, I've been away too long)


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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2009-05-08 4:35]

Hello Alexei,
Great to see you back. And how! With a wonderful and excellent photo of this Black Redstart. All aspect of good photography are here. Specially I like the low POV.
A little masterpiece!
Have a good weekend,

hello Alexei

when i start reading your notes, when i read you have
no idea about ID of the bird, i tell myself Ivan will give
the answer and i was right, excellent photo of this bird
shot with very fine POV, DOF and framing, very beautiful
luminosity and great sharpness and details, TFS


Welcome back Alexei! And a nice image to greet us...very neat contrasts for such a light image...I am not familiar with you Nikon 700 so I will have to do some research but it sure did well with the lens and your good eye sir!
Stay Healthy and drink lots of orange juice...oh yes and a drop of vodka as well....softens the mind:-)

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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2009-05-08 6:55]

Privet Alexei,
Very beautiful capture of this Black Redstart.I liked details on plumage,sharpness,catchlight in eyes and composition a lot.Excellent work!
Thanks for posting..

Hi Alexei!
It appears that good again with one of your wonderful photos. Incredible level of detail. I like natural colors magnificently. Great job.


Hi Alex
Another beautiful photo. Image is sharp, with nice blured background. I like the composition but maybe you could crop it a little bit more from the bottom. As always very good job
Best wishes

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  • cako Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 485 W: 0 N: 772] (3395)
  • [2009-05-08 11:02]

Hi Alexei
Very nice portrait of female Black Redstart
very well done.

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  • Marx44 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 172 W: 97 N: 926] (3891)
  • [2009-05-08 12:25]

Hi Alexei.
Excellent shot of this little bird,lighing is very nice.
Great shot with good POV, colours and details.

Ciao Alexei, nice see you again on TN, great capture of nice bird with beautiful colors, fine details and splendid sharpness, very well done, bravo, have a good week end, ciao Silvio

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2009-05-08 12:59]

Hi Alexei. I hope by the time you read this you are feeling better. We have missed you. I can see why you are pleased with the newlens . This is a sharp and well detailed close up of the Black Redstart. Its feathers stand out very well with natural looking colours. Well done TFS i hope to see many more fine pictures from you new lens.

Have a nice weekend.

Hello Alexei
This shot taken with your new lens is really amazing, superb details, wonderful colors and lighting, i like also the pose and the POV of this bird
a very good picture
I wish you a nice WE

Hello Alexei,
a great scene from very beautiful lady of Black Redstart. As Ivan mentioned, you are a master macro photographer, but you also greatly capture birds. this is great with sharp details, POV, eyes contact, colors and composition. thanks for sharing this beauty. have a nice weekend, my friend

Pues para no entender de aves, qué bien la captaste Alexei, además es una de tus mejores especialidades. Este ave también es aquí bastante común y yo ya lo he publicado en alguna ocasión. Muy bien captada.
Espero que disfrutes con nuevos accesorios de fotografía y que te recuperes pronto.
Saludos: Josep Ignasi.

Hi Alexei,

I hope your cold is getting better so you could be running around for subjects this weekend.

This is such a nice shot with fine details of the bird. Immaculate sharpness in very good framing.

Have a wonderful weekend and best regards,

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2009-05-09 4:22]

Hello Alex,
Very fine and natural picture of the very timid Black Redstart resting on the ground. Excellent light management and fine sharpness. I have seen these same birds close to my house and saw how quick they disappear if they feel some presence.
I also hope that you are fine by now and that you can enjoy the beautiful Spring weather.
Kind regards

I feel MOST JOYFUL to see you back.
Am happy you have new equipment too.
But, you are so skillful at this our hobby that you REALLY, REALLY don't need new stuff.
Warm regards,

Hello Alexei,
Good framing with a fine image!
good pose of the bird with wonderful colour and details.
As usual, your note is great!

I'm glad you're feeling better. STAY WELL!!! We need your photos here. :D

Lovely well composed shot.
Great catch-light reflected in the eye.

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2009-05-12 5:02]

Hello friend,
beautiful capture with nice focus and harmony of colors ... interesting pov.
I think the final result of the magnification is.
300mm x l.4 x 1.5 (fact.conver. Nikon)= 630mm
Regards Alexei :))

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  • mlines Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 556 W: 26 N: 668] (3116)
  • [2009-05-25 14:57]

Hi Alexei, Very nice clarity especially the eye which is so important in all animal photos. The little glint of the sunlight on its eyes is effective. Your zoom shots are inspirational. TFS, Murray.
PS Pleased to hear you are better now.

  • valy67 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1727 W: 59 N: 3060] (9219)
  • [2009-06-09 13:42]

Hello Alexei !
Lovely catch of this cute bird, they are very common in France too, this year - I have never seen so many as this year. The details on the face and plumage are fantastic, and I also like the natural colors, the composition, the POV, and the pose of the bird. The little green plants on the ground add a nice touch of color to the picture. Very well done !

P.S. : Sorry, I have no points left for today, and maybe no time to write tomorrow, so I write a comment without point this time...

Hi Alexie,

Perfectly taken capture of this beautiful black redstert from fine POV with impeccable clarity and delightful composition.
TFS and have a nice night MF!


Hi dear Friend,
Exceptional and very pleasant presentation of a female Black Redstart, a bird I often saw in my parents' garden but never managed to shoot in useful quality. Your superb photo offers - besides the pleasant view - great colors, sharpness and DoF, and doing it with a 420 mm telelens was a good idea. I also used it (my Lumix knows 12x optical zoom, equivalent with 420 mm) sometimes for birds and butterflies, but only this photo became above average. So, congrats for the clear and nice capture.
Friendly regards, László

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