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Barn Swallow

Barn Swallow
Photo Information
Copyright: Michel Martineau (MMM) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-05-12
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 1D Mark III, Canon EF500/4L IS
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/500 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-07-07 18:07
Viewed: 3439
Points: 70
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I just got back from holliday so the text will be short.This image is a souvenir from pointe pelé.
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Hi Michel,

Super rapprochement with excellent detail of the bird. Very well captured. Excellent use of light side.

Good work



Great shot wid great colours,

salut Michel

une belle photo en close-up du Hirondelle Rustique
avec un excellent POV, belle luminosité et couleurs
douces de l'image, et joli eye-contact de l'oiseau,



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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2009-07-07 19:40]

Hello Michael,
Great close-up of this beautiful Barn Swallow. Nicely composed with gorgeous coloration!! TFS.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2009-07-07 22:34]

Hello Michel,
A fine capture of a Barn Swallow with good focusing on the head. The pose and POV are excellent, though maybe it might have been better not to crop this so tightly.
Thanks and best regards,

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2009-07-07 22:42]

Hola Michel,
bonita captura,
agradables colores y pov.
selecto encuadre.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2009-07-07 23:01]

Hello Michel,
Beautiful photo of this Barn Swallow. Good sharpness and focus on the head. Natural colours and a very nice composition, OOF BG and eye-contact. Excellent POV.

Hello Michel,
a beautiful picture of the Barn Swallow taken from an excellent POV, perfect focusing on the head with fine details, splendid warm colours, very nice pose and composition.
Best regards

hello Michel
very good pose, with colours warm and rightly intensely,good use of light, with very good clarity and details,very fine photo
TFS thanks for sharing

Hi Michel

Excellent capture of this barn swallow, love the colors, details and neutral BG.


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  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2009-07-08 0:33]

Hello Michel
Perfect capture taken with great details, beautiful colors, and clear BG. Well done.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2009-07-08 1:42]

Salut Michel,un portrait de tres haute qualite'et je suis sur pas facile a realiser si parfaictaiment! Des couleurs fantastiques et une nettete' excellente,tu as eu de la chance en le trouver!Mes compliments et bonne journee',Luciano

Hola Michel,
Preciosa captura de bonita composición, buena nitidez y detalles, saludos
José Ramón

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2009-07-08 4:14]

Hello Michel,
A wonderful close shot of this pretty Barn Swallow. I love its pose and the colours look beautiful against the smooth light background.
TFS and regards, Ulla

Hi MF Michel,
A delightful capture of this beautiful Barn swallow from frontal POV with lovely pose and details.
TFS and cheers,

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2009-07-08 13:07]

Hi Michel. This is avery close shot of the Barn Swallow. Your picture shows all of the feather details . with warm colours. I like the catch light in the eye. well done TFs.

Hello Michel,

Excellent photo.
Beautiful colours with great details.
Light,focus and sharpness are good.

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2009-07-08 16:18]

Hi Michel,

I think these Barn Swallows are so cute but I have seen them only twice - once in town in a nest outside of a supermarket and once in Europe. I think it's the facial expression that makes it so attractive. A wonderful shot in a terrific pose on the bare branch. The face, eye and feathers are excellent. I love the background and composition. Hope you had a great holiday!!!


Hello Michel
Magnifique photo de cette hirondelle assise sur cette branche dans une vraiment belle pose, les détails sur l'oiseau sont stupéfiant, le beau BG met l'hirondelle superbement en valeur
Passe une bonne nuit

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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2009-07-08 16:46]

Hola Michel.
Love this birds, as you know we can see them only in summer, but they always come back to the same place where they were born.
You have a beautiful photo here.

Hi Michel,
A nice capture of this beautiful bran swallow. Excellent composition and sharp details. Thanks a lot for sharing.

Ciao Michel, elegant composition with lovely lovely bird on a splendid blurry BG, perfect focus, fine details, wonderful colors and excellent sharpness, very well done, ciao Silvio

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2009-07-09 8:20]

Hello Michel,
Very nice shot ! Excellent details, beautiful colors and composition. I love the branch, as well as the beautiful pose of the bird. The blurred BG makes the bird stand out very nicely.Best regards Siggi

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  • roges Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 957 W: 0 N: 1329] (6264)
  • [2009-07-09 10:07]

Hi Michel !

Welcome back from vacation!
Nice macro.
Surprised and played excellent.
Have a nice day,

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  • valy67 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1727 W: 59 N: 3060] (9219)
  • [2009-07-09 15:22]

Bonsoir Michel !
Une bien belle image de cette hirondelle, j'adore sa pose et son regard acéré - on dirait presque qu'elle est en colère ! :-) Jolis détails, couleurs naturelles et un bel arrière-plan flou rajoutent encore à la beauté de l'image. Félicitations !

Hi Michel,
Thanks for this beautiful souvenir. Sharp focus and nice natural colors. Very well done.

Bonjour Michel,
Très bonne photo de cette belle hirondelle bien colorée,
La faible profondeur de champs met bien l'oiseau en valeur sur un beau Bg dilué

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  • Marx44 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 172 W: 97 N: 926] (3891)
  • [2009-07-12 13:59]

Kolejny wspaniały ptasi portret.
Kompozycja i kolory jest bardzo doba.

I have many swallows and we do have these barn swallows but I have not seen them...quite different than other swallows in colour but not in size.

Your image has this masters painting quality to it...a softness around the subject which is pleasing to the eye...and your colours are very much earth tone...that's a definite plus when it comes to nature:-)

Hi Michel. A good quality's macro. Beautiful colours and excellent sharp. TFS.


A lovely shot, I love the beautiful focus on the eye...The colours are superb!
An excellent presentation, overall!
Kind regards,

Hi Michel,

an very nice presentation from this colourfull Swallow.
Fine colours, good pov and sharpness.
I did'nt know that this specie aslo are in Canada.


Wow Mike,

what a lovely bird! You have captured it to the perfection. Lovely snap with bright and sharp image. Very well done.


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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2009-10-29 4:52]

Hi Michel,
what a perfect capture. the selected details in excellent focus is so effective in rendering this as awonderful natural pose of the swallow.
Very beautiful blue head that gives an attractive view.
well captured shot.


Bonjour Michel,

La branche aide au cadrage de l'oiseau. La prise de vue permet de distinguer avec précision les détails et les couleurs de l'hirondelle rustique. La lumière du début de l'après-midi a un bel effet sur les couleurs. Bonne journée.


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