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Copyright: Lissa Bruce (Leace) Silver Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 30 W: 0 N: 61] (292)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-05-01
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D50, Nikkor 80-400mm VR
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/640 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2006-05-08 17:35
Viewed: 4243
Points: 10
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I got this shot the other day of one of the swallows that had nested in a man-made "swallow home" along the road. I was lucky the sun was in the right place, and that I was there at the right time. It's amazing how shiny blue their colour is. Hope you like it.
Used Spot Metering; Cropped and Sharpened.

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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2006-05-08 17:46]

Hello Lissa,
it's hard to get a good shot of those swallows as they are seldom sit still. You did excellent, POV sharpness and the light is wonderful. Yes you right the color is amazing and you captured the metalic blue so well.

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  • Glint Silver Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 36 W: 0 N: 51] (315)
  • [2006-05-08 18:26]

hello Lissa,
this is a beautiful shot. Isn't the blue gorgeous? I like this because it reminds me of the swallows that visited the last house I lived in. It was a farmhouse with outbuildings and the swallows came back every year. Our place was so popular that it became pretty cowded an the smell of gauno-phew! (well, actually the dictionary says that guano is the excrement of sea birds but I was just trying to be polite!). But we didn't mind the sh** at all as we looked forward to their arrival each spring. However, one year their nesting place was discovered by a sparrowhawk and there was devastation. Oh dear, it took ages for them to reach anything like the same numbers again. Nature is red in tooth & claw.
best wishes
ps your swallows tail seems quite short ?


Lovely shot! The colours are excellent. The background is nicely blurred. The swallow is somewhat unsharp I think though? I added a workshop to sharpen, hope you like it?


Hello Lissa
C'est une merveilleuse prise de vue que ce bel oiseau au couleurs éclatantes,les détails et le BGsont très jolis.
Merci et au revoir....JP

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2006-05-09 3:05]

Wow, Lisa. What a beautiful capture.
There is a bit of OE on the breast, but you sure caught the iridescence on the back feathers. Great shot and TFS. : )

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