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Orchard Oriole

Orchard Oriole
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Copyright: Michel Martineau (MMM) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-05-13
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 1D Mark III, Canon 500mm f4L + Canon 1.4 converter
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/500 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): RARE or SIGNIFICANT contributions to TN 4, jacqueline's favourites [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2009-12-06 15:57
Viewed: 4020
Points: 70
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This is another souvenir from my pointe pelé trip (by the way I'm going back in 2010).I'm now going thru my file for filing and cleaning and I do find image that I had overlook and that I would like to share with you.This the first time that I will be presenting to you the Orchard Oriole,in fact I do not recall seeing that specie on TN but I'm probably wrong.
From Audubon
Bluebird -size .adult male has chestnut body and black head backwings and tail.Female yellow-green;immature male similar to female,but has black throat.

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hi Michael.. Beautiful snap of a beautiful bird.. nice composition and bokeh.. wonderful image.. TFS.. regards, Biju

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2009-12-06 19:25]

Awesome image Michel!!
I have never seen this particular bird before, but you show it off with wonderful detail and gorgeous natural colors. Love the composition, soft lighting and blurred BG. Well done!!

Hello Michel,
Fantastic composition.
Superb colours, details and excellent blurred background.
Great focus.

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  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2009-12-06 21:16]

Hello Michel
Another perfect capture...wonderful colors, clear BG and sharp details

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2009-12-06 22:09]
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Hello Michel,
Though slightly soft, the featrures of this Orchard Oriole are well seen against a superb neutral BG and set in a pleasing composition.
At a focal length of 700 mm you must have used a tripod!
Congratuations on what I think is a first for TN!
Thanks and have a good week,

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2009-12-06 22:44]

Great composition and fine pose of the cute bird. fine background to go well with dark colored bird, bit more brightness will do more good. tfs.

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  • horias Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 837 W: 58 N: 2084] (11033)
  • [2009-12-06 23:05]

What a beauty!
Wonderful sharp details, great colors!
Very good POV,BG!

hello Michel
splendid in her simplicity composition and background, exceptional output in colours and details, wonderful photo!
keep photographing! TFS

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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2009-12-07 0:12]

Hi Michel,
Beautiful bird.Well caught,framed and composed.Colors,BG,details and composition are perfect.
Have a great week!
Thanks for posting..

Ciao Michel. Nice compo with good bright natural colors and DOF. Eccellent details and contrast against blurred BG.


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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2009-12-07 7:35]

Hi Michel.
What a cute bird on a tiny alone twig you have pictured. They create a charming composition especially considering amazing, nicely coloured and blurred BG. Pose and details of the bird are very nice and composition of the image is wonderful too. My best regards and kind wishes.

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2009-12-07 11:56]

Hi Michel . This is a bird i have never seen so thanks for posting this one on TN. You have taken this one with a good side view. Fine feather detail and natural looking colours. It stands out from the plain green Bg. Well taken TFs.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2009-12-07 12:01]

Hello Michel,
Great photo of this icterus spurius in a very beautiful composition. Good POV with eye contact. Nice natural colours and sharpness, a bit soft. Fantastic matching OOF BG.

Hello Michel,

an very good picture from this bird with blurred beg.
Fine colours.


bonjour Michel
superbe image de cet Oriole des vergers, j!aime bien son plumage brun et noir, c'est une magnifique prise avec d'excellents details et couleurs
le fond totalement flou met l'oiseau si bien en valeur, bravo !
Passe une bonne nuit

Ciao Michel, wonderful bird in nice pose against a beautiful blurry BG, good colors, fine details and splendid sharpness, very well done, ciao Silvio

Hello Michel,
a wonderful capture of the Orchard Oriole taken from an excellent POV with superb sharpness and fantastic colours, a very pleasing composition with marvelllous BG and lovely pose of this beautiful bird
Best regards

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2009-12-08 3:59]

Hello Michel,
What a beautiful little bird, new to me! You show the features and colours really well and I like its pose and the fine soft background. Well composed too!
Many thanks and cheers, Ulla

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  • fiyo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1053 W: 5 N: 3475] (15161)
  • [2009-12-08 7:33]

Merhaba Michel,
tek kelimeyle harika bir fotoğraf,
tebrik ederim

Hola Michel,

hay un aspecto que destaca en tus tomas y es la NATURALIDAD con que plasmas los motivos fotografiados; eso particularmente es muy importante para mi ya que entre otras cosas permite conocer bien y realmente lo que ves. No se manipulas electrónicamente mucho tus tomas o poco, pero yo lo veo así.
Excelente trabajo.
Saludos: Josep Ignasi.

Hello Michel,

Great capture.
Light,focus and sharpness are fantastic.
Good composition.

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2009-12-08 10:00]

Hello Michel,
A beautiful Orchard Oriole you have captured. Very nice colors, details and POV. To my eyes the composition of BG looks very good .Thanks a lot for sharing.Best regards Siggi

salut Michel

une jolie photo de cet oriole, prise par un excellent POV
et cadrage, pour le cadrage j'aime la bonne espace que
tu as laissé devant l'oiseau, excellent focus netteté et détails,
et un background joliment flouté, TFS


Hi Michel,

Excellent capture of this beautifully coloured oriole -which i have never seen before- in a lovely pose from nice POV with perfect lit, nice details and fine composition.
TFS and have a nice night MF!


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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2009-12-09 4:21]

Salut Michel,une photo de grande classe,il y a le jus de l'atmosphere de la foret dans ta photo,excellent nettete' sur l'oiseau et magnifique composition aussi.Mes compliments et bonne journee',Luciano

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2009-12-09 4:48]

Bonjour Michel,
Un oiseau à la coloration très spéciale, comme on en voit pas chez nous.
Une image toute en finesse, bien composée et aux teintes harmonieuses.
Très bien vu et réalisé.
Je te souhaite une belle journée

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  • alin-m Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 472 W: 1 N: 126] (1773)
  • [2009-12-10 10:24]

Hi Michel.
Yours bird is funny and have verry interesting colours.
Good capture.Well done.
Best regards.Alin.

hi michel!
thats a real beauty!
captured with good sharpness and fine composition
nice background to
well done!

Bonjour Michel,
Une superbe capture bien en focus sur un joli BG dilué, avec une telle focale et une vitesse relativement lente c'est un très beau résultat,bravo
PS: merci de m'avoir fait remarquer que j'en suis a 99 photos publiées,le prochain posting te sera dédicacé

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  • KOMSIS Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 820 W: 0 N: 2419] (10674)
  • [2009-12-11 7:14]

Hi Michel,
What a lovely bird ...
Wonderful photo in fine sharpness and details.Great frontal pose, POV, composition and BG.
Best wishes,

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2009-12-11 13:04]

Hi Michel,

Sorry I'm so late - I have lots of catching up to do. I have never seen this Orchard Oriole before - such a beautiful bird. I love the pose on the end of the branch. The colors are exquisite. Fine details and a lovely sight.


Hello Michel
Orchard Oriole is very beautiful model as like other orioles. We have only Golden Oriole here. you are lucky to see and captured it with a great shot. focus, POV/OOF and exposure wonderful. eyes contact and pastel colors splendid. I like you flash using and composition with green leaves.
I agree with Ivan. tripod will give best result. But I dont use it with my 600mm, since it is hard to use for active bird shots. However, I like your shot very much.
thanks for sharing this beauty. best wishes

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  • loot Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5524 W: 722 N: 4163] (11276)
  • [2009-12-30 23:54]

Hi Michel

This little Orchard Oriole - Icterus spurious is a real cutie from the icterid blackbird
family. I like your beautiful composition with the little branch delivering the bird into
the frame. Excellent DOF to isolate the BG and so compliment the bird while at the
same time it also ensured nice sharp details of the bird. I fancy the near perfect full
on side view that you managed to capture.

To you and your loved ones I wish a wonderful, healthy, and a prosperous 2010.

Well done and TFS.

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2010-01-05 21:37]

Hi Miche,
your bird photos are rally beautiful and exciting. Full of superbs skills and composition.
This one very plreasant and very well captured in great artistic view. The branch came out from the corner and the bird give a good pose. The colour contrast is so nice and the beaut is so well apppreciated.
Congratulations and bravo for this fine image of a cute bird.


another great capture, tfs Ori

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2010-02-23 15:09]

Hello Michel,
What a splendid capture with great colour and sharp details giving a wonderful look at a species I have not seen before. Love the composition here Michel, thank you for sharing.

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  • Zeno Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 483 W: 0 N: 1345] (10867)
  • [2010-08-19 1:19]

Hi Michel,

This is a great shot! Very simple but the composition is very convincing and the colors are superb. My compliments!


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