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Don't mess with me

Don't mess with me
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Copyright: tom trinko (trinko) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 587 W: 78 N: 322] (4321)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-03-25
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 20D, Sigma 50-500 F/4-6.3
Exposure: f/8, 1/500 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2007-03-28 9:33
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Favorites: 2 [view]
Points: 70
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This barn swallow landed on this post and let me get within about 10ft before flying off.
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the expression on its face sure meets what your title says.
pretty fierce looking little fella!
good sharpness and colors are outstanding.

Good one.

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2007-03-28 9:54]

Hi Tom,
Top shot. Superb colours, sharpness and lighting. Great POV and blurry BG. I think his expression suggests that it was angry with you for taking the shot without permission. But it has made an impression on TN for sure. Very nicely composed. Kudos.

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  • Bufo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 404 W: 69 N: 951] (4247)
  • [2007-03-28 10:12]
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Hi Tom,
it's a real pleasure to get a bird like this in close distance of your lens. Swallows are also a great subject. Very well captured with good light display. The blue colours are fantastic. And there's even a blink in the eye. What's more to wish.
By the way...is this Hirundo rustica?
Regatds, Jacob

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  • shal Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 256 W: 64 N: 481] (2140)
  • [2007-03-28 10:19]

Hi Tom,
excellent colours and details,
great pose as well :)
Cheers :D

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  • pvs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1127 W: 254 N: 3161] (14464)
  • [2007-03-28 10:30]

Hi Tom,

An excellent capture,with nice colors and details,you must have been realy close on this one,well done and TFS


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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2007-03-28 11:29]

Hi Tom

Very good shot - excellent pose, good BG and good colours.


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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2007-03-28 12:13]

Hi Tom,

The colors of this swallow are wonderful! I love the pose and the look on his face.


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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2007-03-28 12:26]

Hello Tom,
Beautiful close shot of this little Swallow. The colours are gorgeous and details sharp. Great focus on the eye and a lovely composition.
TFS and regards, Ulla

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  • smitha Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 348 W: 73 N: 1165] (4409)
  • [2007-03-28 13:37]

hi tom,
An excellent composition with good details and colors. the bird really looks angry.

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  • Debz Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 505 W: 0 N: 847] (3307)
  • [2007-03-28 15:22]

Hi Tom, you have caught a great moment of awareness. This Swallow is in a hurry and I wouldn't mess with him! Swallows do have beautiful eyes. Great capture with focus picking up the light on his head and those wonderful eyes. Great colour, sharpness and DOF.

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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2007-03-28 18:25]

Hi Tom
Beautifull shot.The colors & sharpness are great.Good POV and nice colors for the BG.
TFS Michel

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  • isa Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 49 W: 0 N: 34] (252)
  • [2007-03-28 19:30]

Good shot, great bird. Fantastic definition and colors.
Best Regards,

I have seen these birds around and have never got me a picture of one,they are just that tough to get.Beautiful details make this little one sing.TFS. Bob

Comme il est beau, les couleurs sont très belles. Il manque un peu de netteté sur la poitrine et la tête est peut-être un peu surexposée. Mais c'est magnifique.

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2007-03-30 10:11]

What an attitude you have managed to catch, Tom.
He looks like he is pouting.
Great colors and sharp details.
TFS. : )

One word to describe my critique and feelings:
Greetings from Mario.

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  • sgo Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 137 W: 32 N: 239] (718)
  • [2007-04-03 10:18]

Hi Tom,
Gorgeous, shimmering colours against a very well contrasting background that pick up the chest colours nicely! And wow what a closeness to this swallow who looks very stern as if saying don't come any closer! Thanks a lot for a very attractive shot!
With best regards,

Hi Tom, great catch of that bird you were real close colours are wonderfull.

hi tom!
this one is really good!
sharp with fine pov and dof

Hola Tom.
Una preciosa imagen.Un saludo.

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  • joelo Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Silver Note Writer [C: 40 W: 10 N: 37] (148)
  • [2007-04-12 23:18]

Hi Tom,

Good catch. The face is nice and sharp, but the breast seems a little soft. You did a great job of capturint the irridescence. The negative space on the left side makes for better composition than if it had been more centered.

TFS, Joel

Sharp focus on the eye, very protective seems. Anyway do like your own potrait back there at intro.

whot lovely hirundo.
well done!

tfs mario

Hi Tom
Very sharp - really like the saturated blue color and BG in the shot.

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  • radz Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 598 W: 11 N: 72] (436)
  • [2007-05-11 10:05]

Cute looking indeed..Love the eye contact&nice POV&Composition.

Hello Tom!
Nice capture with very cute POV and details. I like colours and very good DOF.
TFS and best regards,

I really love colors

The swallow seems to be quite serious about something. The lighting glistens on the bright blue feathers very nicely. A wonderful portrait. Well done.

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  • sily Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 239 W: 6 N: 395] (1934)
  • [2007-05-27 18:00]

HI Tom!
Great portrait of this striking look, very beautiful and razor sharp shot, great compo too!

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  • hibou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 217 W: 1 N: 331] (1629)
  • [2007-06-02 19:40]

Hello Tom
One of my favorites bird. I never be able to catch one with my camera. All details are perfect ...By the way I prefer your version than the other one in the workshop. TFS

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  • Isu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 313 W: 0 N: 21] (1663)
  • [2007-06-04 19:03]

Saludos ton, bella obra de arte, colores esplendidos, nitidos, y agradables, maravillosa me gusta muchisimo. Sira

OK, I won't mess with it. A beautyul shot, great details and colors. One of the rare times one of these little fellows stops flying.....


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  • Adam73 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 208 W: 5 N: 522] (2253)
  • [2007-06-25 18:45]

Barn swallows are so swift and fast but when they land and you get close enough they look so macho and stern. You captured the macho pose perfectly. Colors are great and sharpness and details are great as well. Nice shot.


You have beautiful birds. I never get such clear and close shots! Wonderful for the eye!

An excellent capture,with nice colors and details, many thanks for share

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