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Copyright: Pekka Valo (pekkavalo1) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 423 W: 54 N: 2120] (6789)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-05-16
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 1D Mark II, Canon 100-400L 4.5-5.6 IS USM, RAW ISO 3200, B+W 77 010 UV-Haze 1 x
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/60 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-05-18 3:55
Viewed: 5281
Points: 14
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
A female Blackbird which captured with very high ISO 3200!
Friday was a bit dark and rainy and I was testing high ISO settings with the view that results were likely to be poor. Please take a look. I was surprised.
Just normal noise reduction with Neat Image and some sharpening.

From RSPB website:

Latin name
Turdus merula

Chats and thrushes (Turdidae)

The males live up to their name but, confusingly, females are brown often with spots and streaks on their breasts. The bright orange-yellow beak and eye-ring make adult male blackbirds one of the most striking garden birds. One of the commonest UK birds, its mellow song is also a favourite.

Where to see them
Found everywhere in gardens and countryside and from coasts to hills, although not on the highest peaks.

When to see them
All year round.

What they eat
Insects, worms and berries.

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2008-05-18 4:07]

Hello Pekka,
Very nice POV. Great clarity, color and detail, good DOF. Well exposed to capture so much detail in a dark bird. wonderful light.

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  • cloud Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 497 W: 111 N: 1535] (9539)
  • [2008-05-18 4:35]

Hello Pekka,
Very good shot, nice pose, clear eye, nice green environment.
Best regards, Pawel

Hi Pekka

I honestly do not know how you do it. Masterful shot as ever with everything as it should be.


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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-05-18 12:38]

Hi Pekka. Sometimes we need bad weather to get us to try something different out of the comfort zone. The Blackbird has turned out well never an easy one to get right. you have good detail in the feather and natural colours. well done TFS.

Hello Pekka,
You had managed the super details on the feathers on the Blackbird indeed with the high ISO!
even with this weather, It's a good job well done
many thanks for the sharing
best regards

Hello Pekka,
Pleasure to know you through your critique on my Sunbird picture.
A quick glance at your work shows you are an experienced nature photographer.
This Black Bird you have posted today looks great in terms of focus, sharpness, details and colours.
Well done and thanks for sharing the image.

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2008-05-18 22:19]

Hi Pekka

Great shot - good framing plus great colour and excellent detail. Well observed and captured.


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