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European Robin

European Robin
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Copyright: Karan Little (hester) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-12-28
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 40D, Canon 100mm 2.8 Macro
Exposure: f/8, 1/200 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Robins, Robins of the World [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-12-28 10:23
Viewed: 4185
Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 74
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I have been wandering around my local Wetlands Centre today but the weather has not been very good. We had heavy low cloud cover all day and the light was poor. At 3.30 it was already getting dark so I decided to pack up my camera. I sat down on a bench to do this. When I had packed everything away I suddenly realised that I wasn't alone on the bench. I was actually sharing the bench with this fellow. I quickly unpacked the camera again whilst trying not to make any sudden movements or loud noises. I had to use a flash but he didn't seem to mind. When I left he was still sitting there.

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  • Arjun Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 358 W: 7 N: 1237] (7593)
  • [2007-12-28 10:26]

hi karan,
the pic is absolutely brilliant,
lovely!!!...xcllent details and nice compo,

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2007-12-28 10:31]

Hi Karen . he looks very well feed. . You have captured a very good close up. great detail and colours. it stands out so well against the dark BG. very well done TFS.~

A Happy New Year To You.

Hello Karan,
What a excellent posting of this cute little fellow!
great pose of him well captured with perfect sharpness, vivid colour and details!
superb DOF with exposure and focus
very well done

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2007-12-28 10:52]

This is one of the best Robin photos I have ever seen!
The flash has enhanced this plump bird's colours and has brought out the detail amazingly well!
Great composition and POV.
Effective black BG.
Well done Karan!

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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2007-12-28 11:00]

Amazing Karen...how do you do it? Animals do seem to love you and allow you get close or peek into their world from time to time. Very impressive detail and perfect DOF. The colours are warm and perfectly saturated too..a chance well taken.

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  • KJR (51)
  • [2007-12-28 11:02]

An excellent photo of a sweet little bird. Very sharp, nicely composed ... Good work! TFS.

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  • pvs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1127 W: 254 N: 3161] (14464)
  • [2007-12-28 12:07]

Hi Karan,

A nice capture of this small tennis ball lookalike,well use of fill flash,tfs


Hello Karan,
Very good image...
Very sharp; DOF is excellent. Nice catch light in the eye.
Well done
Happy 2008!

Hi Karan,
They really are friendly birds. If I remember well, I think this is the second time this little fellow sits with you on a bench. You had an excellent reflex to capture it so quickly and the result is amazing! Details and colors are superb well complemented by this black background. This is very nice. Thanks!

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  • Ena Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 324 W: 61 N: 594] (2454)
  • [2007-12-28 12:11]

Hi Karan,
Simply lovely shot!
He must be really cold, looks like a ball!:-)
Nice clear shot! Good sharpness and details!

Hi Karan,
Excellent shot of this cold plumped Robin.
Super focus detail of the feathers and facial features.
Great POV, TFS

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  • ddg Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 867 W: 24 N: 1008] (5507)
  • [2007-12-28 12:24]

Bonjour Karan, superbe composition avec boule sur boule!!! and dark BG that exhausts the subject. Well done and happy new year, Didier.

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2007-12-28 12:24]

Hello Karan,
This is a gorgeous capture of Robin Ball!! I love its pose, the light is wonderful, details very sharp and colours lovely. It stands out so nicely from the dark background too. Brilliant!!
Many thanks and best wishes, Ulla

Hi Karen,
Excellent shot on this European Robin. Great composition, colors and sharp detail. He looks like a robin, but he is built like a Butterball Turkey!

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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2007-12-28 12:57]

Hello Karan,
fabulous composition, the dark Bg does show this little fellow very well. Great details and lovely colors.
Very well done.
All the Best for 2008!

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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2007-12-28 13:28]

Hello Karan
Beautiful closed up.Good POV and very shar image .Details are very good.I also like the dark BG and the catch light in the eye.
TFS Michel

What a cute little guy! I love how he is all puffed up like like. Good composition and the flash actually helps with deperation form the background.

Don't you just love your 100mm macro? I adore mine.

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  • lizzie Gold Star Critiquer [C: 207 W: 0 N: 605] (2855)
  • [2007-12-28 14:14]


We never know what we will capture and today was a good ending day for you! Beautiful colours and excellent sharpness. Very well done!


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  • NinaM Gold Star Critiquer [C: 773 W: 3 N: 1157] (4077)
  • [2007-12-28 14:26]

Hi Karan, that is such a cute and beautiful shot of this beautiful bird! What a great companion to sit with on a bench. It is stunningly sharp, clear with great colours, I love the POV. He looks like a little puff ball. Thank you!


Una delicia de Petirrojo con luz y colores impresionantes. Buen enfoque y profundidad con un acertado fondo.
Saludos: J. Ignasi

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  • dejo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 344 W: 51 N: 520] (2242)
  • [2007-12-28 17:55]

Hi Karan,
beautiful photo of robin, looks so cute in this pose and the details and colors are perfect!
it is fantastic that you could get so close
Great work!

best regards, Dejan

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2007-12-28 20:06]

Hi Karan,

Beautiful!!!! One of the nicest Robins I have seen. You caught him in a superb pose - he looks puffed up from the cold. Gorgeous colors and super sharp details. I love the effect from the flash - really stands out against the black background.


  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-12-28 21:44]

Hello Karan

What a round ,plump looking little fellow.
Excellent clarity with sharp,well defined plumage.
The lighting is wonderful and the colours produced are vivid and bright.
The catch light in those cute ,big dark eyes is super.
Great job.


Hello Karan,
stuning and amazing details on his beautifull plumage,
wonderful colors very well satured, I like especialy the fantastic dark background,
a great cheer

Hello Karan
Very nice shot of this cute European Robin,
Perfect details,colors and POV,Superb shot.

Best wishes for 2008

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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2007-12-29 9:00]

Hi Karan,
Your company looks so cute :o) I liked the focus, sharpness, details, POV and composition. TFS
Best wishes,

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2007-12-29 9:53]

Hello Karan ! Great shot of the robin ! Great details, fantastic light and background ! Beautiful ! Thanks,


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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2007-12-29 11:00]

Bravo, Karan.
Outstanding picture of so cute scene and wonderful robin. All is brilliant: sharpness, details, flash work and composition. My congratulations and best wishes.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2007-12-29 11:24]

Hello Karan,
The fill flsh worked perfect here. Colours and sharpness/details are amazing. Great composition and POV.

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2007-12-29 13:56]

Hola Karan,
precioso trabajo,
delicado y simpática captura,
buen trabajo,
feliz 2008

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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2007-12-30 1:56]

Hi Karan,
It robin so round. It seems to be a low temperature there! Perfect details, colours, pose and pov and a really collaborative fellow.
TFS, José M.

Hello Karan,
Oh my dear... no wonder he was sitting patiently, this fellow isn't able to fly at all..!!!
The flash allowes for this fine brilliance in colours, this sharp fine details...
Nice composition with your chubby friend!
Pablo -

Hola Karan,
Bonita imagen con gran definición y detalles, buen POV y excelente iluminación. Que tengas un feliz año nuevo. Saludos
José Ramón

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  • Debz Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 505 W: 0 N: 847] (3307)
  • [2008-01-01 2:25]

Hi Karen, what a lovely end of year post! A charming Robin who looks quite relaxed to be next to you. You have captured a lovely pose with great detail and colour in the plumage, nice and crisp and sharp. These little Robins are very brave and are always hoping for a little tit bit from humans. I often put my camera away only to have to take it out again! Best wishes for a happy and healthy 2008!

Hi Karan
Superbe, impressionnant,le jeu des couleurs est magnifique les détails aussi.Le Bg est magnifique et rend bien les couleurs de l'oiseau
Bravo et au revoir...JP
Bonne année 2008

He looks cold, maybr he was hoping for some bread crumbs? Just a wonderful sharp picture and you did well not to startle him. Great picture!

nice round bird, TFS Ori

great pose of him well captured with perfect sharpness, vivid colour and details!

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