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Female Brewers Blackbird Backlit in Flig

Female Brewers Blackbird Backlit in Flig
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Copyright: Robert Shannon Sr (eqshannon) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2458 W: 216 N: 10292] (31141)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-04-28
Categories: Birds
Camera: Fuji Finepix S2 pro, Sigma 70-300mm
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2008-04-29 6:15
Viewed: 2709
Points: 44
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Under most "normal" conditions I might have erased this image from my computer. A number of reasons for doing just that, but each of you might see it differently...and then...I thought twice and I'm glad I did...You see, what makes this image interesting to me as a photographer is the way the light from behind outlines the bird in flight and gives it's feathers the true glow which they have whilst perched, nor if seen from direct lighting. Then it also depicts well the movement of the bird. And the pine tree behind with cones.........I just couldn't get myself to hit the delete button. The image looked too ethereal... too graceful....something about it but I am not sure what. Perhaps I am the only one who sees...we shall find out what you think.

While the male Brewers blackbird is quite black and greenish sheen under light, the female is a bit smaller and has not the sheen to its feathers that the male does. And when they come to feed, they always seem to come together. I have seen this behavior in ducks...one mate. With blackbirds it is hard to tell how may are having just one mate.....they all look the same:-) but this one took on the appearance of an angel and no longer looked the same. Maybe I saw the aura? Not sure....but here it is...a Brewers Blackbird, female in flight.

Fujifilm DSLR
SIGMA 70-300 at 86mm
ISO 800

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hello Bob

you did very well to not delete this image, when i viewed your image
first place my eyes whent is the effect of the bird being againts daylight
(l'oiseau étant en contre-jour) it gives that wonderful light line,

my English is not good as yours it is why i will paste
and copy some text lines from your excellent notes :

« what makes this image interesting to me as a photographer
is the way the light from behind outlines the bird in flight
and gives it's feathers the true glow which they have
whilst perched, nor if seen from direct lighting »



Yes, Bob, the camera sometimes does things as if of its own volition.
I find this capture very interesting.
With the play of light on its wings in flight, it truly looks ethereal and something we would never be able to see in that form with our own eyes.
You did well not to delete the image.

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2008-04-29 9:02]

Hi Bob

I just love this - I love the movement and light here - it conveys a great sense of exceitement.


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  • NinaM Gold Star Critiquer [C: 773 W: 3 N: 1157] (4077)
  • [2008-04-29 9:05]

It is beautiful, Bob, everything is in harmony. The pattern of the wings are repeated in the pattern of the pine branches, the cones. It's the same with the colours. I love blurred effects sometimes, it gives a mood and another feeling at the picture. The movement of the wings of this bird is almost like a dove... well, it does look like a dove, evoking peace coming back. I'm very happy that you share this picture with us Bob, and maybe is it the angel leaving with Jane's pain. Let's hope so!


Thank you for holding on to this register.
You a wise young man; "YOUNG MAN"... ???? Right?
Warm regards,

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-04-29 11:50]

This is exactly my first reaction to my against-the-light image: I thought it was going to be one to erase, but realising that the light worked to illuminate the outline, the merits of the shot soon became apparent.
Your bird is beautifully outlined by the light and there is enough sharpness and flight action to make it worth posting.
In addition the artistic quality is great.
Nice to see, Bob and thanks for sharing it!

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-04-29 11:55]

Hi Bob. As you say somtimes i am going to remove a picture from my computer and my daughter will say no its good. we all see things a different way. i do like the light in this one and the way it shines on the wings and tree. glad you posted it. TFS.

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2008-04-29 12:01]

Hi Bob,

No way should you have deleted this picture. The light around the wings is just amazing. As always, your choice of words is perfect - ethereal is just what it is. Beautiful against the dark green pines.


Hello Bob,
Many thanks for not erased from your computer, this is truly a beautiful image and very special on the backlight that effecting the bird and the environment!
I loved this very much with appreciation!
best regards

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-04-29 13:59]

Woah do NOT delete this!!!! This is so original!
Those back-lit wings are like an angels!
Excellent pose too.
Very good composition as it gives a sense of speed.
I love it! :-D

Cheers Bob!



The delete button is a heavy task master. You swayed in the right direction though I feel.
You have caught the light through the wing tops in a way that makes me yearn to be out in the woods. Top work that man, sorry to keep it short but am getting told off and to do other things.

Keep clicking that man.........

Ta Ta


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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2008-04-29 15:39]
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Yes, I like the back-lighting Bob - well planned and captured!!
An angel - well, maybe!
An aura - okay, but maybe not.
A lucky catch - yes, I think so.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2008-04-29 16:14]

Hi Bob,the light on the wings is a very artistic effect,you have a special hand to take the pics,you're a master to choose the light and the exposure,fantastic work and excellent note,have a nice day,Luciano

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2008-04-29 19:37]

Hello Bob,
To delete or not to delete, all I can say is that as soon as I brought your image up I was drawn to the wings of fire. I really like how the wings and tail seem to be illuminated with a halo effect.
If it were captured any other way, we would't have this beautiful and unusual image. I'm glad you kept it!!

Hello Bob,
A lovely composition!
The moment is skillfully captured with artistic use of backlight, the result is as bird image way out of the ordinary...
Pablo -

Namastay Bob,
First of all sorry this time I am also failing to give 2pts here. But you are my neighbor today. And I am more sorry about that for not giving you the 2 pts timely. Again I am sorry for not giving you 2 pts timely for this lovely capture. Whew!
It is hot here around 40 d Cel. So a nice capture to see from you of this black bird. Excellent composition and well timed.


I love this shot for its beautiful light.I'm glad you didn't delete it.

Hi Bob, great backlight composition with beautiful flying bird, good colors and splendid light, very well done, ciao Silvio

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-05-02 8:17]

Hello Bob,
Very beautiful and interesting light effect on this Blackbird in flight. I like the softness of the pine tree too. A great painting!
TFS and best wishes, Ulla

Very very nice capture! Although this photo is a little blurry which is fine! I created a workshop on this photo. Also nice job on the lighting of the bird! Thanks for sharing! Cheers Josh Lewis

Wonderful use of backlight...it is like an aura. Very cool!

Hi Bob,

A good capture of the female brewers blackbird which is in flight. Even if it was done back lit it came out very well. There is a good contrast between the colors. have a nice day.


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