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Black Crow A Chief

Black Crow A Chief
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Copyright: Robert Shannon Sr (eqshannon) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2458 W: 216 N: 10291] (31139)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-09-10
Categories: Birds
Camera: Fuji Finepix S2 pro, Sigma 70-300mm
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-12-16 7:06
Viewed: 5197
Points: 46
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Wakan Tanka unsimala ye. Mitakuye ob wani kta ca lecamun welo.

Spotted Tail was tribal leader, but Black Crow and others planned on killing him and becoming the new tribal leaders. These things happened in native days. For the warrior, every day was a good day to die. Native Americans had a completely different values system than was opposed on them by white men. Many including Black Crow took their names from their power animals and power spirits.

This bird is a scavenger here in the western cities. They will eat anything organic and some things not. From a dead cow to chasing an eagle and trying to bite a feather from its tail, they are a constant nuisance. Sort of like a Catholic wearing a scapula to remind them. If the scapular is given to an unbeliever for their conversion, the person giving the scapular prays the prayer for them if the unbeliever does not want to pray the prayer himself. If the unbeliever does not want the scapular, it may be hidden in their vicinity and the prayers said for him.

The crow pictured here was aware of me below him, but nonchalantly went about his business, caring nothing of what I did. It was as though he was very aware of my limitations and his inaccessibility...but he didn't know about my long lens:-) So without knowing, he gave me his best side for a portrait. And he sat still as if I were using a shutter speed from the 1800's daguerreotype.....and when I looked at him though the lens, time shifted for me...backwards a hundred years...I could see the legend and tales of this bird in all of the west....and then he flew off...and I went on back home.

Argus, NinaM, Maite, uleko, EOSF1, Dave, nglen, angybone, jaycee, jrobertop, Jamesp, Adanac, pierrefonds, Luis52, CeltickRanger has marked this note useful
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  • NinaM Gold Star Critiquer [C: 773 W: 3 N: 1157] (4077)
  • [2007-12-16 7:27]

Hi Bob, this photo has a particularity, it gets better the more we look at it... at first glance, I was kind of surprised that you posted this one. Just a crow right in the middle of a picture. Then my eye wandered and I began to see the details. The beauty of the head of the bird and the feathers at its right shoulder. The details on its feet and the details on the wire. I love it. You did a great job with the black against the sky and the direct light. Simple and efficient composition here. I love crows and thanks for your note. It's snowing flour on Quebec!


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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5077 W: 260 N: 15590] (50614)
  • [2007-12-16 7:33]

hello Bob,
Nice capture of a Common Crow in good lighting and with excellent sharpness. Our crow species in Sweden is grey and black. Crows are intellent birds: opportunists accredited with a certain amount of cunning. On reading your note and how the indigenous Americans used animal and bird names the use of crow must have been popular. Isn't there a tribe called Crows that were allies of the Blackfeet?
Thanks and have a good Sunday,

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  • Maite Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 998 W: 65 N: 1270] (5199)
  • [2007-12-16 8:10]

What a far curious and interesting note for this excellent capture, Bob! For sure American natives had an intelligent and shrewd way to understand Nature and to fuse with it making the best of that relationship. Much we should learn of them.
Magnificent shot with great details on the beautiful head and eye of this black crow. A beautiful and marvellous composition.
Thank you very much for sharing.
Best wishes

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3423 W: 173 N: 3309] (10940)
  • [2007-12-16 8:23]

Hello Bob,
A fine shot of the black Crow. Like Vultures they're important to help the "world go round"! Our grey/black Crow is common here but I prefer the Rooks and Jackdaws of which we have plenty here around us.
TFS and best wishes, Ulla

Hi Bob, splendid bird in great pose with wonderful details and great contrast against blue sky, excellent sharpness, very well done, ciao Silvio

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2007-12-16 8:38]

A bird from Bob ! Well done on this hard to get bird, they're very shy and black birds are hard to shoot well too. You've done great for sure, the composition and exposure are quite fine ! Thanks !


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  • Dave Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 503 W: 43 N: 657] (2178)
  • [2007-12-16 9:40]

Enjoyable note and a nice picture.
I like crows. I had one as a pet when I was young and would love to have another, although my wife is not too keen on the idea.

Hello Bob,
Nice to see your bird posting and it's nice!
You had captured well with good exposure and focus in the shot!
the clarity on the head and shoulder is fine!
thanks for the notes again

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2007-12-16 10:30]

Hi Bob. Good close up ofthis Bird. you have captured him well. good detail . a nice POV from below. well done TFS.
good notes too.

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2007-12-16 10:31]

Hey Bob!
A different post from you today but still a cracker!
Definately has the "bob" touch to it! The "bob" touch is characterised by its pure quality in every single way!!
Excellent notes to accompany.
Well done my friend.

A good 'un.....great birds, aren't they? So wise...where would be without the scavengers...the sin eaters of the wild. :)

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2461 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2007-12-16 14:09]

Hi Bob,

Who else would post a crow with notes like this?? Truly, you are such a fine writer and so creative in both the words you write and the pictures you shoot. Great pose on the wires and he does seem to be ignoring you. He might be flattered knowing you don't photograph just any old bird.


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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-12-16 14:36]

Hello Bob

This is a lovely shot of a common crow.Cornwall,where I live is a wintering ground for Crows and it is not uncommon to see thousands of these intelligent birds roosting in the trees around the city.Sometimes the trees look as if they have black leaves.They seem to leave in the daytime to the outlying area farmer's fields and just before dark you can see ribbons of black in the sky heading back to the city.They may gather thousands at a time and all of a sudden they lift off to the city for the night.
You have captured this one well,with lovely catch light in the eye.
The plumage detail is very good .
It shows well against a lovely blue sky.


Hi Bob,
As usual you spin a good tail, always enjoy your notes as much as your photos. A simple crow but a great shot I like the diagonal line of the power lines he perches on, and yes, he did give you a good pose didn't he? TFS both your story and your great photo!

Hi Bob,
Beautiful picture!
Excellent coloration and contrast.
Very good luminosity and great perspective... very well detailed.
Thanks for sharing!
José Roberto

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1785 W: 36 N: 5588] (18578)
  • [2007-12-16 22:01]

Hi Bob,
Great to see a change of subject from you and what a wonderful shot of this crow. Superb lighting and exposure and I like your POV to portray it. But be careful, don't go directly below a bird, they are a nuisance sometimes. The blue sky acts as a fine BG. Very nicely composed. Kudos.

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2007-12-16 23:19]

Hi Bob

The POV here is good - especially as the viewer can see the eye really well. The exposure is great - black bird/light BG. I also enjoyed reading your note.


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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2007-12-17 4:15]

Hello Bob,
Nice portrait of this lovely crow, I for one like crows and ravens, for thier intelligence and attitude. The also clean up what us human pitch in our streets. Great note as always my friend.

Hi Bob,

A good POV of the black crow, the photo has a good composition, sharpness and nice colors. Thanks for sharing.


hello bob,
i couldnt guess that it was you who posted this one, but it was a pleasing surprise and now i am ready for the birds too, the sky makes fine bg here, liked the pose and the composition,
tfs & regards

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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2007-12-17 15:11]

Hola Sr. Bob.- Me sorprende ver en su galeria una Ave, en esta caso un "Cuervo" Los cuales aun a pesar de su color negro total lucen muy bellos. La nota escrita aqui define claramente la forma de pensar y actuar de los primeros pobladores de America. Muy sabios, pues siempre vivieron en armonia con la Naturaleza.
Saludos Luis52.

hello Bob

nice image a good pose of the bird and a good pov from you,
and i like the image's against daylight photo effect, TFS


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  • clnaef Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 778 W: 67 N: 645] (6814)
  • [2008-01-02 22:59]

Impressionnant volatil à l'oeil bien vif.
Bonne journée.

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