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Copyright: Alexei Alyokhin (Alex99) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-05-24
Categories: Birds
Camera: Konica Minolta Maxxum 7D, Minolta AF 100-400 F4.5-6.7 Zoom APO, Hoya HMC Super UV(0) 72 mm
Exposure: f/8, 1/1500 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): Superb Birds [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-01-10 7:05
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Favorites: 2 [view]
Points: 124
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Giovanni Giacomo Casanova de Seingault (April 2, 1725 – June 4, 1798) was a Venetian adventurer and author. His autobiography, Histoire de ma vie (Story of My Life), is regarded as one of the most authentic sources of the customs and norms of European social life during the 18th century.

So famous a womanizer was the Italian-born libertine Giacomo Casanova that, a full two centuries after his death, his name remains synonymous with the art of seduction. But for the years he spent in the employ of Count Waldstein of Bohemia as a librarian, Casanova, "the world's greatest lover" — a one-time consort of European royalty, popes and cardinals, and man known to the likes of Voltaire, Goethe and Mozart — would have been consigned to obscurity. As it was, he barely found the peace to write his memoirs.

Judith Summers' biography of Casanova paints a different picture of him than the traditional one. She describes how he was attracted to strong-minded women who presented him with an intellectual as well as a romantic challenge. He did not pursue sex for its own sake and if he had nothing to say to a woman, rarely wanted to sleep with her. She also puts forward the theory that among his 200 plus lovers were many women who took advantage of his kindness, generosity, and vulnerability.

A story to which there is more than seems at first glance is the gorgeous nun who slipped Casanova a note suggesting he meet her in private. Casanova waxed lyrical about tasting the forbidden fruit and trespassing on the rights of the omnipotent husband. However, it transpired that the nun, M.M, was a sexual predator beholden to François de Bernis, the French ambassador, who was fully complicit of the seduction of Casanova and who most likely observed their first tryst from a secret chamber.

Casanova fell deeply in love with M.M; however, she always put the ambassador first and outdid Casanova in her sexual extremism by seducing his female fourteen-year-old former lover, first into a three-in-a-bed romp including herself and Casanova, and then with the ambassador. The debauchery of this young girl he had loved sickened Casanova, but he was so in love he colluded...

Source: Giacomo Casanova

I apologize for quality of the picture. It was taken from a small window of my garret from long distance (about 15 m) hand-held (in series shooting mode). The nice married couple live under a roof of my country house. The head of the sparrow family has nothing in common with Casanova. It is a respectable father of a big family. Together with his wife they had grown up very cute children in the summer.

P.S. I am happy that there is not KGB now in my country otherwise I would be arrested for divulgence of state technical secrets -:))).

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ThreadThread Starter Messages Updated
To Humanist: Good luck and something else.Alex99 1 01-28 12:04
To Photoslave: Privacy.Alex99 1 01-28 11:56
To oscarromulus: Male & female & Thanks.Alex99 1 01-28 11:54
To jusninasirun: High estimation. Thanks.Alex99 1 01-19 09:39
To wuta: My best wishes.Alex99 1 01-12 10:02
To Maite: Male or female?Alex99 3 01-10 11:52
To pvs: WS: Bravo.Alex99 1 01-10 11:50
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Hi Alexei,

I think one of the first times we are neighbours or maybe I was been informed by our secret service about your posting time,anyway a nice capture of this couple of tree sparrows having a short time,well captured with good sharpness,detail and colors,tfs


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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2008-01-10 7:24]

Hi Alexei,
I will be back.

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  • Maite Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 998 W: 65 N: 1270] (5199)
  • [2008-01-10 7:52]
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Hello Alexei
A very good note about Casanova and a perfect shot for a distance of about 15 m. The scene is really cute, though I am a bit perplex, for I would have swore they are two males captured in an embarrassing non-natural position :). Well, maybe I don't know much about sparrows and they are male and female. All and all the shot is really great, I love it!
Congratulations and thank you very much for sharing.
My best regards

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2008-01-10 8:02]

Hi Alexei,

What nice tenants you have in your country home. The sparrows are adorable and you froze the action perfectly. The details of the wings and faces are wonderful. She seems to be likeing the attention of her mate.


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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2008-01-10 8:44]

Hi Alexei,
superb timing and excellent technical skill, your DOF has given this an almost 3D feel. i don't think the quality of this shot is poor at all, but you are the artist and your own biggest critic :o) Well done, and a great note too, very educationl.

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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2008-01-10 8:50]

Hola Alexei. Great moment cauth here. This two sparrows are very busy to have some family.
Nice photo. great sharpness and light.

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-01-10 9:20]

A rare moment that happens in only a split second and your impeccable timing has once again caught you a superb shot!
Unusually, the central composition works really well and your POV is perfect!
Great sharpness and clarity.
The criss-crossing wires in the BG are, in my opinion, like marmite - you either love them or hate them! They are potentially distracting however I think they add a unique twist the photo...

Great work my friend!

Hello Alexei,
what a nice capture among wires. Great timing. Focus and composition excellent as like title and notes. Thanks a lot for sharing.
best wishes

Hi Alexei, splendid couple of sparrow in great pose with wonderful details and excellent sharpness, very well done, ciao Silvio

Hello Alexei,
This is a good shot to me!
Very good size posting to enjoy the closeness of the two Sparrows!
excellent sharpness with perfect exposure and focus!
very well done indeed
thanks for the wonderful notes

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  • sayat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 280 W: 0 N: 258] (1457)
  • [2008-01-10 11:08]

Excellent capture of a private moment! Great shot.

Bonita y oportuna captura Alexei. Una luz impresionante y un enfoque muy preciso.
Un abrazo: J. Ignasi

Privet Alexei,
You made a very good quality image from that distance.
I like the way you managed to get this clear view through that crossing wires.
The proper exposure settings choice did let you got this action scene, in which the upper bird have its magnificent wing's feathers extended for our enjoy.
It must took you a lot of time the PP work to erase the wires on the PP, but you did it great!
Congratulations and thanks for share it.
My best regards,

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2008-01-10 12:23]

Hello Alexei,
Where electricity can lead to. Super moment. Fantastic sharpness and clear colours. Great light and composition.

Hello Alexei,
excellent tiltle and metaphor
realy well managed and timed with a perfect focus and ideal deeph of field, wonderfull colors too,
cheer and thanks for sharing,

Lol! This is an appropriated title :) I have seen birds mating only once and they were swallows. Even thought, I guess that they do it in private in my country, lol! Well seen and captured :) Thanks,
PS, Very interesting notes.

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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2008-01-10 14:34]

Hi Alexei,
A perfect timing and pov in a typical human scenery that gives and extraordinary strength to the image.
Best regards, José M.

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2008-01-10 14:42]

Hola Alexei,
Really strange,
2 male sparrows "FULL" of youthful excitation...
original work,

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  • thijs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 82 W: 1 N: 104] (529)
  • [2008-01-10 14:47]

Hi Alexei

A great copulation-shot of thes sparrows. You managed to capture it on the most important moment. Well done! I love the details and the poses of both the birds. The male got some great stretched wings. great picture with a good PoV and DoF. Well done!

TFS, Thijs

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2008-01-10 15:34]

Hi Alex,your work is impressive,the pic is taked in a decisive moment and is perfect under all corners of view,and the note are very interesting,thanks for share,have a nice day,Luciano

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2008-01-10 18:16]

Hello Alexei,
Great action shoot, this hoochy goochy image is well timed and very sharp. This is nature in practice, thanks for sharing Alexei.

I've always wanted to catch some birds in the act Alexei..perhaps I need to add whatever it is you use to their birdseed ;}
The perfect title, great "action" captured.

Hello Alexei,
A perfect timing to get this shot. Very nice picture from a distant of 15m. Lovely pov and composition. Good reading about Casanova.

I enjoyed your PS immensely, Alexei!
Great sense of humour, my friend.
Coming to the picture of the mating sparrows, it is a fantastic snapshot with the male strddling the female in a beautiful posture.
Superb composition, indeed!
I also enjoyed your story of Casanova.
Thanks and best regards.

Hello Alexei,

Nice capture! I would have said also that it was two males but I checked on internet and on wikipedia it is written that male and female are practically alike.
Good sharpness and nice colours.

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  • Etka Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 95 W: 0 N: 59] (514)
  • [2008-01-11 1:48]

Świetne zdjęcie. Niesamowicie uchwycone.

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  • fiyo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1053 W: 5 N: 3475] (15161)
  • [2008-01-11 2:14]

Hello Alexei,
very nice capture with a superb composition; sharpness, colors, light, everything is excellent !

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  • izler Gold Star Critiquer [C: 1387 W: 3 N: 9] (44)
  • [2008-01-11 6:49]

merhaba my dear friend
good capturing of these cute and beautiful birds while they are in activity ;)
i like composition, point of view, posing, lighting, colours and details
thanks for sharing

Interesting notes. ha ha
AND lovely shot. Inflight shots always fascinate me...love the stop-action-freeze of this one.
Lovely lovely!

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2008-01-11 8:47]

Hello Alexei, great moment captured with a very good technique. Even from that distance the details are sharp and the exposure is fine. Well done, thanks !


Fast work getting this shot Alexei! Quite good detail and excellent POV. Great stop action of the wings.
I like what you did in work shop. The x-rated note is very informative. :-0 Thanks for your kind, encouraging critique of my Whimbrel. You have a wonderful way with words.
TFS, Richard

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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2008-01-11 11:38]

Hi Alexei

I think this one should have an over 18 rating :) It is a cute moment captured and the focus is perfect. You have frozen the "action" wonderfully



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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-01-11 12:40]

Hello Alexei,
For a distance of 15 meters this is superb quality! The capture of the intense moment between the two Tree Sparrows is also excellent, though I guess the arrangement of wires and steel may be negative in some peoples eyes. On the other hand they strengthen the composition and underline once again that these birds, other living things, are in our hands.
Thanks for sharing this,
Best wishes, Ivan

Hi Alexie,

Poor image? NO! Amazing sharpness inspite of the distance. Good exposure and colours. You done a GREAT job here given the constraints.

Great work,

Warm regards,

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  • osse Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 955 W: 0 N: 89] (7805)
  • [2008-01-11 16:16]

Hi Alexei
Right place in right time again. Good moment shot. Great colours, light, sharpnes and POV.
Well done my friend


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  • demeve Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 586 W: 12 N: 1682] (6165)
  • [2008-01-11 19:08]

Hello Alexei,
This sparrow waisted no time to show it's intentions
no shame at all.. Great POV and composition, beautiful
colors and details.. Congratulations my friend


Hello Alexei,

I'm so glad that birds can't read and what they do, they do naturally! I watched a pair of coupling sparrows last year and was amazed at how many times they returned to the task!
Excellent timing and a very good shot despite what you perceive, according to your very high standards, as poor conditions!

Kind regards,
Bev :-)

a fine shot Alexei,
yes that nature, I hope that winter go's on in spring, so fast as posible, very good capture of those lovers, good photojob here, have a great weekend.
gr. jaap

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  • wuta Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 855 W: 2 N: 617] (2142)
  • [2008-01-12 9:51]
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Hello Alexei , A Lovely shot and compositie , good sharpnes colours pov and dof tfs, Greetings Teunie .

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  • dkaved Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 259 W: 17 N: 431] (2114)
  • [2008-01-12 10:04]

Hi Alexei,
Well you couldn't get a more "decisive moment" than this!You used the fast exposure perfectly to freeze the motion and without panicing (as we sometimes do at these crucial moments!) got a great image with good light and crystal clear detail.Sparrows have al the fun eh? Well done and enjoy the rest of your weekend.
Regards, David

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  • mlines Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 556 W: 26 N: 668] (3116)
  • [2008-01-12 18:53]

Hi Alexei. Good nature shot and interesting notes! In this seasonal routine it is all part of the cycle of life. Vive le difference. Good clarity under difficult backdrop. TFS. Murray.

Hola Alexei,
Buen momento capturado con la maestría que nos tienes acostumbrados, muy buena iluminación y nitidez, la nota muy amena. Saludos
José Ramón

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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2008-01-13 23:51]

Hi Alexei,
I liked your notes :o)) Good focus, sharphess, details, lighting and good timing. TFS
Best wishes,

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  • dejo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 344 W: 51 N: 520] (2242)
  • [2008-01-14 0:53]

Hello Alexei,
nice work, captured with great details and very good sharpness
TFS, Dejan

Hello Alexei,
Maybe the setting isn't very romantic, but...!
Excellent details in the birds, at this shutter speed even the wingtips are frozen...
Attractive colours in this fine light!
Pablo -

Hello Alexei.

Fantastic view, very romantic composition.

Jose Luis.

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  • clnaef Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 778 W: 67 N: 645] (6814)
  • [2008-01-14 23:22]

La chambre nuptiale n'est pas trop romantique !
Bonne journée.

A very fortunate capture. I find the quality of details just fine. I realize sometimes we cannot always choose the locations,because some of the wires are a bit distracting. But yes, it is good timing, and right settings.

Hi Alex,
Magnifique, vraiment très impressioannt d'avoir pu saisir cette scène en pleinneaction avec tant de netteté.
Marie Pts+

Dear friend, Alexei,
These two are HOMOSEXUAL; they are both males.
This is ONE IN A MILLION image.
Mario with fond greetings from COLD Calgary.

Una imagen nítida y con un perfecto encuadre.
Casanova dónde los haya...y este desafía el peligro.
Saludos amigo, JL.

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  • Ena Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 324 W: 61 N: 594] (2454)
  • [2008-01-17 16:04]

Hi Alexei.
Great shot!
Interesting title!
Nice detalis and colors!

Hello Alexei,
We have this bird here in Malaysia but this is a capture the moment of the movement. Well timed in superb light condition. The clarity and the actions are well written in this picture. Brilliant!
Have a wonderful weekend.

Dear Alexej,
what a charming snapshot, coming with a charming story - dealing with someone else than the actors in a very poetic and charming way!
I like that matter-of-fact picture report, showing the sparrow's robust vitality, withstanding most of human civilization's invasions. Thank you!
All my best wishes to you.

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  • sily Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 239 W: 6 N: 395] (1934)
  • [2008-01-21 15:23]

I don't know how you managed to capture this moment, but it's precious.The photo quality is as always perfect.

Hi Alexei,

excellent moment capture, with beautiful details. But... what about privacy?



Great moment, Alex! Your timing is incredible to have had the camera ready and to achieve sharp focus just in time. Were you lucky? Just very good? Or already shooting the birds before they started?

Funny title and the note! Great pleasure to watch and read! :)
Dear Alexei, once more time you prooved that photo-presentation is not only a picture, but also additional things are important. In this one all is really great!
Bravo for timing too, as I remember, copulation in Passer species is really short so you were in right time and place! ;)
And I am also very happy that there is no KGB in Ukraine, I prefer to see you on TN that in the prison! ;)
Friendly yours,

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2008-02-11 19:13]

Hello Alexei

A lovely captured of these two birds doing what they do.
Exceptional clarity with spot on focus and sharp detail.
The lighting is well handled and the colours are natural and vivid.
Great work.


Well focused, DOF and POV are great too.
Best regards,

Great shot! The lamppost and the inclined blue wire in the background are little distracting,.. but the position of the birds,.. POV are beautiful. Good work

I love this shot...
It's going right into my favs..

hello Alex
an other very good moment, very good composition and attribution of details and colours,great scene great photo!
keep photographing! TFS

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