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For Rob (Arfer) & Paul (Lawbert)

For Rob (Arfer) & Paul (Lawbert)
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Copyright: Hilary Wilkinson (Hil) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 696 W: 13 N: 1407] (5035)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-06-29
Categories: Birds
Camera: Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ50, Panasonic DMW-LT55
Exposure: f/4, 1/125 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Joe's Favourites 1, Alex99's favorite photos, !!! FARE thee well... [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-07-22 11:12
Viewed: 5452
Points: 24
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Please No Point's for this shot!

My list of Favourites has gone down by Two people in a day, the two Members Paul Burford (Lawbert) and Rob Fry (Arfer) have had there accounts disabled, like many other members I feel these two guys are major contributers to this site and I'm completed gutted about this turn of events.

Three other's have also had trouble Joe, Necip, Sumon & Howard, so this is for them too. I have lost interest in critiquing my heart isn't in it so I've come back to edit this


Started on TN just a couple of months before me, I love his pictures and documentation of Canadian Wildlife, especially his lovely Wolves. He also e mailed me when I hadn't posted for a bit to see if all was OK


As his profile used to say he is an ordinary guy who works in a Freezer all day, like many of us he works hard all week and hobbies like Photography and posting on TN are the special things we do in our spare time. I've enjoyed seeing his in-flight shots improve, and Paul if you are reading this I really like the one you posted today.


One of the longest serving members, some stunning shots have graced TN from the Lens of Howard, the Red Cardinal with wings at full stretch is one of my all time fav's. I don't know Howard but he seems like real friendly guy with a glint in his eye.


Another guy who I don't know but with a lovely smile on his profile pic he looks a real nice guy. I don't believe he posts for points, if he did he wouldn't post as often would he. He has a lovely Gallery full of wonderful Macro shots that would get loads of points even if he never wrote a critique.


One of the most talented Photographers on this site, his in-flight shots are stunning and he has also been a big help to other members who have met up with him and shared his knowledge and equipment.


Finally last not never least our friend Joe, like Selen said in her dedication we have all watched Joe since he started on TN, he has developed into a fine Photographer and I'm sure he will go on to follow all his dreams. If you read Joe's profile you can see how much TN means to him and how it has helped him, he has worked hard in every way on this site posting, critiquing, themes and he is always one of the first to answer any forum questions other members have.


jaycee, Alex99, Juyona, jconceicao, SelenE, Argus, Luis52, Evelynn, CeltickRanger, ellis49, Jamesp, cataclysta, darwin, iris, rcrick, Shoot_Score, maurydv, cloud, PeterZ, jusninasirun, bahadir, sranjan, hester, anel has marked this note useful
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To Evelynn: Hi EvelynnHil 2 07-23 21:19
To Alex99: Hi AlexeiHil 3 07-22 21:06
To jaycee: Hi JaneHil 1 07-22 17:10
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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-07-22 11:33]

Hi Hilary. A very good close up of this Female Blackbird which you have a good low POV anf natural colours. good detail i nthe feathers. Nice one for Rob and Paul , Paul is a good mate i meet him on a TN trip in Dorset and London. TFS.

  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-07-22 11:55]

Hello Hilary,
Superb capture of the female Blackbird from a nice low POV. Great focus on her lovely eye and very sharp details of the plumage. Fine colours too and well composed. We have one nesting in our hedge at the moment.
Let's hope our friends return again!
TFS and regards, Ulla

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2008-07-22 12:01]
  • [+]

Hi Hil.
I am shocked. What has happened? It is so sad news.
However, shot is brilliant. I like it a lot. Great three-dimensional image with terrific quality.

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2008-07-22 12:01]

Hola Hilary,
hermosa captura y bello pov,
encelente enfoque y color...
bonita dedicatoria´.
saludos amigo.

  • smitha Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 348 W: 73 N: 1165] (4409)
  • [2008-07-22 12:12]

Excellent picture Hilary.Good sharpness, POV, DOF and colours.
The bird looks quite forlorn- just like us.

Hello Hilary,

Great capture of this interesting bird.Composition,lighting and sharpness are excellent.

  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-07-22 13:09]

Hello Hilary,
A sad turn of events. One can only hope that these guys will return with their former vigour to this site, as they have been a valuable part of it.
This capture of a juvenile Blackbird is a fine tribute as it has the technical qualities, composition and POV that makes it first rate.
TFS and I hope you will continue to be active on TN!

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  • efsus Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 415 W: 11 N: 843] (3947)
  • [2008-07-22 13:37]

Merhaba Hil,
Bu nekadar sevimli ve güzel bir kuş! Kompozisyon da kesinlikle mükemmel. Renkleri, keskinliği göz ve gaga detayları muhteşem. Elinize sağlık. Hüseyin

Will someone please tell me what is going on. Do you have Rob's email address? I'd like to contact him. I am so saddened by this!!

Evelynn : )

Your photo is great. Your news stinks... no fault of yours!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Hi Hil,
thanks very much for your kind words.
I just can't believe all this has happened in a day!
I do hope it sorts itself out soon.

Thanks for everything.


hello Hilary

it is a sad day in TN today, i am very sad of the lost
2 great nature photographers, je suis très triste
de la perte de 2 grands photographes animaliers,

excellent shot with fine POV at the level's of the bird,
also fine POV and DOF, excellent sharpness and details, TFS


  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2008-07-22 16:52]
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Hi Hil,

I feel the same as you and my heart isn't into critiquing. A beautiful Blackbird - some day maybe I'll get to see one. A lovely dedication to our friends who were among the most active and talented people on TN. Here's to better days.


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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2008-07-22 21:33]

Hello Hil, well that's a sad news for sure but I'm pretty sure it will sorted out soon, those are really good photographers and fine persons too, so, they'll be back! Great shot my friend! :-)


  • ellis49 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3434 W: 331 N: 505] (2254)
  • [2008-07-22 21:35]

Hi Hil,
I don't know whats happened here, all threads are removed.
but it had happened before when it didn't pleased the moderators. :-(( Maybe I will been suspend now.
A nice dedication with a fine picture to our friends
and thanks for the note.

Best Regards

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2008-07-22 22:51]
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Hi Hil

It is only by reading yours and Selen's posts that I have become fully aware of what has happened. Fortunately I have Paul's mobile number so I can text him. This does feel like someone has hit the Red Button and gone nuclear over something that could be easily sorted out!!


Hi Hilary
Now I know everything but I still don know why.

Maybe the administartors will remowe all the accounts of good photographers and we will have only the place for the almost 12 000 memebers without any photos and without any comments and also without any problems.

As for the photo. A nice shot with good sharpneess nice natural surrounding and simple but fine composition and also nice field guide POV

Best wishes

  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2008-07-23 4:50]
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Hi Hilary!

Very strange things happened on TN last times... I think this site is on straight road to selfdestruction which is very sad news for members like me who really loved this place.
Even bird on your photo looks sad...

hi hilary,

this is a excellent post and i just loved the notes,I liked the tight crop and the good eye contact you have managed to get,
the recent events have made everyone sad as we all loved TN and our TN friens very much,

I am taking break for a couple of weeks and hope to see your good work again when i come back,



Hi Hilary

An excellent dedication to some great photographers, lets hope some common sense will prevail, life is just to short :(


  • iris Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 479 W: 60 N: 970] (3088)
  • [2008-07-23 21:51]

Hi Hilary,

A solitary subject in TN never evoked sad feelings in me, but today it is remarkably so for the things happening around here.

The bird is well captured with very a good catchlight and details on the plumage.the green habitat makes a fine contrast to the colour of the bird.

I hope life gets back to normal soon

Take care ...life is good:)

This bird is "ducking" as if expecting the hammer to come down... Not a great feeling *I am sure* !

I certainly agree on the loss we feel, in particular of my fellow Canuck who exposed amazing wildlife in Ontario in his legion posts!!!

Ciao Hilary,
condivido la tua dedica e le tue note per questi "grandi" fotografi, veri amanti della natura.
Splendida immagine e voglio ugialmente esprimere il mio apprezzamento.
Grazie e complimenti

  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2008-07-24 8:39]

Hi Hil.
Sad news to hear that the best photographes are gone from TN. I realy enjoy looking at their photos and reading notes. I hope this problem will soon be resolved.
Great detils in this black bird, excellent pose and good light, looks like he is very Young.

Hello Hilary. When my critiques privileges in TE and TN accounts were withdrawn, I was thinking as an isolated event. The notes written here gave me shivers. All of them are excellent photographers and frequently supporting my humble gallery. Excellent image and noble dedication. Warmest regards.
No points.

Hi Hilary, what is happening on TN? Why arfer to lawbert they are not with us? Why other friends are leaving for a period? I have not understood what is happening, you help me to comprise it, thanks
I'm not sure that leave TN is a good idea, but I respect and I would comprise.
Thanks for your splendid bird
Ciao Silvio

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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2008-09-06 7:11]

Hi Hilary

You are getting points because it is a beautiful shot :) I love the markings on the breast and the bright eye. Sharp with a great POV and a lovely composition



p.s. I miss Rob and Paul too :(

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2008-10-07 5:31]

Hello Hil,
Sorry that I'm a little bit late for that picture, I had missed it.
This is a very touching picture of the female blackbird, the ideal picture do dedicate to all the nice members who had somme problems here on TN. It seems that things are going better now, and I noticed that most of them are back. Fortunately for us all!
Un grand merci

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