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By Dawns Early Light

By Dawns Early Light
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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: 2008-06-17
Categories: Birds
Camera: Fuji Finepix S2 pro, Sigma 70-300mm
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-06-17 7:51
Viewed: 2591
Points: 44
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Oh, say, can you see, by the dawn's early light,
What so proudly we hail'd at the twilight's last gleaming?

- Francis Scott Key 1814

I awoke in some pain at an hour when light was just now coming in the window. Light not withstanding, I still had an uneasiness about me....some lingering depression, some not-yet-awake but I could not shake it off. So to the computer with whizzes and stirrings of the hard drive I could hear the birds outside singing in the willow trees....announcing the sunrise. Pretending not to pay attention, I made a vain attempt to go about my work....and yet the sunken feeling remained. To top the cup of morning head gloom, I had no image to post. Oh. Yes there were one or two in line, but they felt as badly as I did. So giving up I turned off the computer and made an attempt to go back to sleep and perhaps try this again later. Yet nothing could make me sleep or return to such place where perhaps there would be not this feeling...this unknowing, uncertain, gnawing....

Once more I tried to work on the computer, reading a critique which mentioned some such as corrections in linguistics of past and present tenses...all too deep so quickly grabbed the camera and went to the living room window where a comfortable chair beckoned. And sat there simply taking images of the birds arriving to the feeder so early on. Breakfast. A House Finch arriving to find a sparrow taking the best seat. Did he prevail in landing? Yes....and as I did prevail in coming back to the computer for a third time and posting this House Finch for you. So now. I feel a bit better. Do you?

Argus, Alex99, MMM, jaycee, Dis. Ac., maurydv, CeltickRanger, NinaM, writerscrawlz, tuslaw, Janice, haraprasan, peter_stoeckl, goldyrs, sranjan, pierrefonds has marked this note useful
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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-06-17 8:08]

A House Finch and a Sparrow vying for food as seen against a blue sky in the morning!
A great capture, Bob and I feel good!
Great half-silhouette lighting and composition and a nice POV.
Thanks for an unusual and cheerful image,

Hi Bob,

A nice bird house shot with art house minimalism. Nice pose, temperate hues. Liked this one.


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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2008-06-17 8:50]

Hi Bob

I really like the way you have used contrasting dark and lit areas here. The poses are great and I especially like the half-lit bird.


PS Glad they arrived - will email l8r

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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2008-06-17 9:36]

Hi Bob
Nice composition.I like that presentation showing two different species and also I like the idea of showing them in a shadow mode.
TFS Michel

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2008-06-17 9:46]

Hi Bob.
Your comments are always touching and encouraging. However, my destiny is my destiny.

I like an idea of the shot, interesting realization of it, great use of back light and impressive framing. Timing is spot on too. I also like note a lot. Many thanks and my best regards.

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2008-06-17 10:00]

Hi Bob,

I love your notes - hope you feel even better by now. This is a very familiar scene - usually the Finch has no qualms about shoving a Sparrow out of the way. You captured him hovering very nicely - I've tried and maybe someday I'll catch up.


Nice capture..
The shadows on the birds are really worrying..
Hope u were on the better side of the light...

Hi Bob,

nice capture from these birds, nice light on his wings.


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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-06-17 11:40]

Hi Bob. I have felt like this for a few days myself not to sure why ,I have a lot going on i think i am just tierd . Reading your notes have made me smile so thanks. some may not like this picture but i like the silhouette. TFS .

Interessante e bellissima composizione, un uso della luce per creare un'immagine dove forma e colore diventano gli elementi focalizzanti, il movimento degli uccelli dà vita a queste forme e colori. Grazie e complimenti. Ciao Maurizio

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  • NinaM Gold Star Critiquer [C: 773 W: 3 N: 1157] (4077)
  • [2008-06-17 15:46]

I like silhouettes and very subtle colours, when we guess the colours more than see it with our eyes. The light here is fantastic and make us guess the colours beautifully. The moment is suspended, you stopped TIME! Thank you Bob, I like looking through your eyes,


I really enjoy the title, and yes, I do feel better now. One thing I look forward to is being awakened each morning by the birds. Their song makes my heart sing, and better yet, I've never heard one sing out of tune. Sadly, I can't say the same about myself!

Lovely morning capture - and glad it brightened your day as well.

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2008-06-17 20:13]

Nice shot Bob,
The sparrow at first glance reminds me of a pianist, sitting at his piano, ready to play a melody.
I see you have the same trouble as I do with house sparrows taking over. My bluebirds haven't nested this year due to house sparrows taking over the bluebird house.
Hope the rest of your day went well!!

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-06-18 1:58]

Excellent image, Bob!
Superb action and I love the poses.
The harsh morning light is brilliant!
You've exposed this amazingly well... usually a shot like this would have been exposed for the shadows (which are a large majority of this shot) and the highlights would have been completely blown, thus ruining the shot, but this one has been exposed for the highlights and the shadows are completely black which I think gives an awesome effect... so basically you're bloomin' good at esposing! :-)
Excellent sharpness and clarity.
Superb composition.
This has actually cheered me up a bit too :-)

Well done, Bob!


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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2008-06-18 4:08]

Yes, you're feeling better, and I feel better too, thank you Bob.
I know that feeling of dread you talk about - usually it is for no reason, but it can linger.
And what a pretty sight to look out your window at. I love how the finch is stuck in mid-air looking at the intruder!! Good catch - well done my friend
And good night now, it's after 11 pm now!

Hi Bob, splendid couple of lovely birds, great back light composition, very well done, ciao Silvio
PS thanks for the splendid ws, I like a lot:)

hello Bob

excellent shot of these birds taken with the effect
of « againts daylight » (en « contre-jour), i love it,
and i love the effect of the light coming by the side, TFS


Namastay Bob,
As you mentioned in the morning hours you took this shot and also still feeling a bit sleepy. This is a very good capture. So you have steady hands and nice composition too. I would have blurred it ;>. Thanks a lot for sharing.


Hi Bob,
essentially concentrated image, simply and clear, with powerful light, perfectly captured in motion. Thank you!
With best regards,

This entire picture look magical, Bob...A house hanging out of nowhere in the azure sky, and two winged angels doing a gig arond it...
Very well done!

Beautiful silhouette effect! Very dramatic! Well done!

Dear Bob,
It looks like hanging home from the heaven with two beautiful angels around. Super shot with excellent exposure & shades of light.
Regards-Subhash Ranjan

Hi Bob,

A good capture of the house finch in flight approching the bird feeder. The subject is well frame. The dawn light has a good effect on the colors. It seem the flying bird is trying to chase the other bird. Have a nice day.


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