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Specific POV
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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: 2010-12-26
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D700, AF-S Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8G ED VR II, Nikon TC20EIII, Hoya PRO1 DMC UV(0) 77 mm
Exposure: f/7.1, 1/2500 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2010-12-28 3:21
Viewed: 4303
Points: 88
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Having Nikkor macro 105/2.8 VR and 70-200/2.8 VR II lenses as well as Kenko 1.4x teleconverter I felt necessity of a longer lens. This autumn I have bought new version of Nikon 2.0x teleconverter - Nikon AF-S Teleconverter TC20EIII 2x Aspherical which has a very nice critique.

I have took many test shots and share opinions of the most sober users. With 70-200 VR II lens it is a good (may be a very good but not amazing) combo. Speed and accuracy of AF, stabilization are great, bokeh is also very nice, sharpness of the lens at open aperture is decreased noticeably (at 400 mm). By the word, combo 70-200 VR II lens with Kenko 1.4x converter is excellent in all respects (at least for my taste).

This picture is a first one among pictures taken with help of TC-20E III which I share here. The pigeon had flied up nearby before me and had gone almost directly on me at height about 1 meter. I had thrown up the camera quickly and had had time to take four pictures. Three of them were in focus. Only third shot was a bit soft. This shot is last in that series. I think it is a very good result.

Shot is taken on a city beach. At a BG you can see a piece of Black Sea, a pier and … a woman.

In a word, I am very pleased with converter work at whole.

I think this is Rock Pigeon, frequent visitors of our beaches. See about this species Columba livia.

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Hallo Alexei,
today we are neighbours; a superb capture of this Pigeon in-flight taken from an outstanding POV with incredible sharpness and detail, very beautiful natural colours, a very pleasing close composition, great timing very well done
Best regards

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  • cloud Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 497 W: 111 N: 1535] (9539)
  • [2010-12-28 5:22]

Hello Alexei,
It's very specific shot and more interesting result. For me is very important tonality whole frame. Here is exactly suitable. I don't like contrasting colours.
Regards, Pawel

Hello Alex
bellissimo esemplare maschio di piccione ritratto in tutta la sua bellezza. Ottima la messa fuoco, i dettagli e la luce.

A beautifullly orchestrated approach capture of a flier Alexei, and the DOF was just right for a clear image. Tele-converters do wonders in close quarters, but because of their unavoidable lens configuration, slightly lessen the resolution of the original lens...

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2010-12-28 7:10]

Hello Alexei,
What a fine close-up of this pigeon that seems to be wanting to land on your head! Excellent sharpness and colours nad nicely framed. I hope you'll post many more images in the New Year!
TFS and all the best wishes, Ulla

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2010-12-28 7:13]

Hello Alexei,
When I see this result, I understand why you are so pleased with this converter. Amazing details in this photo of a Rock Dove. Beautiful natural colours and a very nice blurred BG. Great POV and timing.

hello Alexei
super shot with great details and lovely colours
greeting lou

Hello Alexei,
Fantastic capture with superb details, clarity and good focus.
Excellent sharpness and good light. Your new teleconverter Nikon TC20EIII 2x works great.

hello Alexei
superb shot showing this bird from very close, excellent sharpness of a flying subject, nice blurred BG and Great DOF
TFS and have a good night

Hi Alexei,
A nice shot, the converter looks to work very effectively as the sharpness and colours are amazing. Best wishes, Pambos

Hi Alexei,

First I would like to congratulate you on your new TC, I think you will enjoy the additional creativity that can be achieved with it. I've also bought a Kenko TC 2x and used it my Sigma 70-300 lens while i was in London! I also liked the results but i am sure the Nikon TC is always better.,
Excellent configuaration and great results indeed.
TFS and have a nice night!


Ciao Alexei, great inflight capture of splendid colorful pigeon, excellent sharpness and fine details, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio

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  • cirano Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 997 W: 0 N: 944] (13609)
  • [2010-12-28 14:23]

Hello Alexei,
Great shot with excellent clarity and very nice colours.Very nice POV.
TFS and regards,

hello my friend Alexei
you very nicely captured this pigeon in flight and with a great POV/DOF and sharp focus.composition and light using also very nice. especially your notes are nice to read and to learn about equipments and photography. thanks for sharing us this useful information.
a Happy New Year to you and your whole family in 2011.
all the best

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  • Nilson Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 488 W: 0 N: 566] (4423)
  • [2010-12-28 15:57]

Hello Alexei

Wonderful and expressive shot of this bird, the colors are natural. Good sharp and details.
Well done

Hello Alexei.
This is truly amazing with such closeness of the in flight shot. The focus and exposure are so well managed in very nice tight framing. Excellent composition and well done indeed.
Thanks and greeting from Malaysia - Jusni

Hi Alexei,
Great portrait with amazing details, great sharpness and nice colours. Well done

Hi Alexei.
Beautiful photo with very good composition, wonderful colours,
and excellent sharpness.
Regards, Christodoulos

Hi Alexei,

nice pov with exellent sharpness and details.
Fine colors.


Hello Alexei!
Good exposure and capture. Marvelous take and cut.
Perfect lightness and brightness, perfect colours.
Ideal contrast and sharpness, ideal texture.
Sophisticated work. Well done!

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2010-12-29 3:13]

Hello Alexei,
You used your 400mm combination to perfection in this close capture of a Feral Pigeon coming in to land.
The sharpness, DOF and colours are first class with most of the features seen well from this semi-frontal POV.
Thanks and my best wishes for a Happy and Healthy 2011 to you and your wife,

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  • fiyo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1053 W: 5 N: 3475] (15161)
  • [2010-12-29 4:45]

O kadar yakın ve canlı ki, sanki dokunabilirim. Tebrik ederim.
MERRY CHRISTMAS and a wonderful New Year!

Hello Alexei friend!
Test shot! ha ha... :) .... ¡Good heavens, is fantastic! ... seems that this pigeon will fly out of my screen! ... I see you're enjoying the new optical lenses purchased!. Good job! ...
I take this opportunity to wish you and your family a Happy New Year my dear friend Alex. I send a warm hug from Venezuela!
Regards, TFS,

De cuando en cuando nos presentas unos trabajos especiales amigo Alexei, y este
vuelve a ser uno de ellos.
A los buenos cortes realizados, se unes esos sorprendentes volúmenes tan bien
captados y esas tonalidades tan reales. Simplemente espectacular... y diferente a lo común.

Buena imagen para despedir un año, abriendo la paloma con su vuelo nuevas esperanzas a pesar de los
Putin, Chavez, Fidel, Barak, Merkel, etc. que invaden el planeta... siendo aún incapaces de eliminar
por ejemplo, y sencillmente, el hambre. Lo dudo ya, pero siempre queda la esperanza.

Un abrazo y te deseo un buen fin de año: Josep Ignasi.

hello Alexei

great close-up shot of this Rock Pigeon flight,
with an excellent focus sharpness and details,
the focus top on the eye with a beautiful eye-contact,


Happy New Year 2011


beautiful with best sharpness photo, my best wishes for the new year Alexei!

Your combo of lenses and converters seems a bit too complicated for a novice like me, Alexei, but when I look at the result obtained through it, it leaves me spell-bound. This is an unusually close shot for comfort but very sharp and real.
I take this opportunity to wish you and your family a Happy New Year 2011!
Best regards,

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  • GLEM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 540 W: 87 N: 750] (10)
  • [2010-12-31 7:43]

Hi Alex
Bon choix que ce pigeon commun, la vue serrée est vraiement originale.

H.N.Y 2011.


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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2010-12-31 8:06]

Hello Alexei,
Love your close-up of this beautiful Rock Pigeon. Excellent detail and gorgeous colors. I have always had a love for pigeons since childhood. I used to raise rollers, which will do sumersaults and twists while inflight. This is a super shot of this particular bird, your camera and lens set up is working fine!!

hello Alexei!
impressive capture and amazing details in this
specific POV of pigeon
my best wish for a great new year to you and your family

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2010-12-31 9:47]

Hi Alex,fantastic pic of a in-fight pic,what a sharpness and perfection of details,remember me your wonderfull butterflies in flight of this summer.Great!!! I wish you all the best for an happy 2011 full of health and...pics! Luciano

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2011-01-01 1:31]

Hello Alex,
this is a splendid shot in excellent presentation. your fast and swift composition of the new gadgets are really stunning.
i have to admit that capturing bird, especially a flying one is something very difficult.
You have proved yourself to be very effective and highly skillful.
Well done and I enjoy looking at the sharpness and the details of the pigeon.
Such a special shot.
Very well done.


Dear Alexei,
yippie yeah! Stunning image, monumental capture of a flying pidgeon. That close! Had my mouth open with surprise, and then it made me smile all over because of those lovely comical qualities it has, too. A pidgeon looking like a flying jumbo elephant! You always manage to surprise your friends anew.
For obvious good reasons you are pleased with your new teleconverter. But the converter must also be pleased with you. There are just a few people with such a quick and well aiming reaction as you.
With thanks, and all my best wishes to you!

Your gear is a book writers dream! Technically you have mastered this type of image. Most will not be able due3 to use of point and shoot...like me:-) I rid myself of all heavy gear. Trying now to raise money for something lighters. I may hve to sell my fancy video cameras......GREAT photo!

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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2011-01-01 17:13]

Hola Alexei.
In my opinion there is no loss in image quality using the TC-20E Tele III because the image is fairly sharp and colors are very Naural. The details are present and fail to appreciate it very clearly.
Happy new year dear friend and hope to see more photos from You and Your great camera this 2011.

Ciao Alexei. Great flying portrait! Details and sharp are perfect with excellent DOF. TFS.


Privet Alexei,

This photo is simply fantastic. You used the new teleconverter so well - not only the critiques of it are good, the result you achieved is also more than satisfying. Excellent sharpness and timing, the bird is like frozen into the pic. Brilliant job MF. The POV is really specific, but I must add quality is, too. Perfect tutorial about how to do this kind of action shots.

Have a great new year, friendly regards, László

Hello Alexei,
Nice shot of this in flight pigeon and you have presented it beautifully. POV, DOF and colours are perfect. Well done!

Hello Alex
An unusual POV, excellent sharpness for an in-flight capture
Interesting test/comment on Nikon eqt
Best regards

Can hardly believe my eyes... SUPERB.
The results are FANTASTIC.

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  • mlines Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 556 W: 26 N: 668] (3116)
  • [2011-02-27 22:56]

Hi Alexei, Beautiful clarity of this rock pigeon, it seems to be the actual bird flying out of the screen! My goal is this sort of clarity and good to see you achieved it with 70-200. The DOF is very evident. TFS. Murray.

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  • mamcg Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 333 W: 13 N: 91] (9843)
  • [2011-03-09 1:30]

Hi Alexei,

Me calculating, yes it show Focal Length 270 mm as by this focal lenth one can freez and it is well shot, TFS.


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  • Art_R Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 244 W: 20 N: 839] (3892)
  • [2011-05-07 20:21]

Hi Alexei , wow! this is a great in-flight capture of this pigeon, color , detail compositon , and depth of field are all outstanding in this frame filling action shot. great stuff. TFS & regards

Hello Alexei,

Admirable details in this flying pigeon!
I like to see how the legs are hidden in the plumage for the sake aerodynamics...
Fine details in the the feather coat, and the typical colours of the bird is well reproduced!

Pablo -

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