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Say, what kind of bird's eye?

Say, what kind of bird's eye?
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Copyright: Mike Hodgson (Fisher) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1540 W: 309 N: 2234] (8915)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-04-24
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 20D, Canon EF 70-200mm F/2.8 L USM, Hoya 77mm HMC Super U.V.
Exposure: f/8, 1/640 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2006-04-24 15:23
Viewed: 4835
Favorites: 3 [view]
Points: 80
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Fresh off the press, folks.

This is the eye of a female Dark-eyed Junko. Relative size for a world view, would be a Common Sparrow.

How did I manage this you may wonder.? It all started when I heard a sound in my shop whilst walking around the yard. I turned toward the shop and there, inside the shop was this Junko trying to get out. I went into the shop, captured the bird in my left hand and in my right hand held the 20D with a Sigma 36mm extension tube and a Canon 70-200mm F/2.8.
Voila!!! an eye, up close and personal.

An interesting fact about the eye of a bird. Alot can be said about how far travelled, breeding, blood line etc.

In CS2
Cropped, sized for web.


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  • loot Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5524 W: 722 N: 4163] (11276)
  • [2006-04-24 15:45]
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Hi Mike
Totally WOW! What a POV, giving new meaning to the expression of a 'birds eye view'.
This was extremely well done, especially considering the fact that you took it while holding the 20D in one hand. It is not exactly a point and shoot sized body.
I am rather baffled in trying to figure out what I see in the reflections in the eye. Did you go outside of the shop to take this? Is that the sun's reflection? Is that a tree with pink blossoms I see in the BG? How come I don't seem to see you in the reflection?
The focus is brilliantly sharp with oodles of details and the contrasts (exposure) are great.
Great stuff and TFS.

Very nice shot. The details are incredible. Good work, bye Tom

its captain birds eye..:)
you got pretty close here..is that the full frame shot?
did a w/s to try some abstract ideas
must try this with one of those damn pigeons which are messing up my back yard fence..

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  • shal Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 256 W: 64 N: 481] (2140)
  • [2006-04-24 15:51]

Hey Mike,
OMG, what an excellent post, great POV poor little bird muct be totally confused :P
great detail and interesting Note :)
Cheers TFS,
Vishal Sabharwal

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  • jossim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1538 W: 5 N: 2240] (12636)
  • [2006-04-24 16:00]

Surprenante prise Mike,les détails dans l'oeil sont extras. Félicitations et merci pour l'envoie de cette prise de vue originale.


Hi Mike,
Superb shot, amazing. POV, colors, framing, goood details, lighting and details are excellent. Congratulations...
Ali Rıza

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  • Luc Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1835 W: 301 N: 4287] (14767)
  • [2006-04-24 16:28]

Really impressive Mike.
I think you got the eye! And the spark in it!
Thank you.

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  • valy67 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1727 W: 59 N: 3060] (9219)
  • [2006-04-24 16:31]

What a great close-up, I wouldn't have guessed whom this eye belongs to if you hadn't told in your note. Excellent sharpness, excellent details and great composition. Reflection in the eye is stunning. Congratulations !

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  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2006-04-24 17:20]
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HI Mike, Great shot but I find it a little scary!!!

Well done on this it's very well done.

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  • thor68 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 795 W: 138 N: 1319] (5674)
  • [2006-04-24 17:38]

it´s the eye of the tiger...ooops, wrong movie..
look me in the eye...ok,
i thought it was a duck.
excellent close-up, mike! :-)
so many fine details.
perfect job & take care, thor.

Hello Mike,

Wonderful close-up!!! Did you add the sun rays on the eye? I'm not sure but I think I see you in its eye ;-)...
Great shot and now, we can say without hesitation that dark-eyed junco's eye are dark ;-)



Excellent shot Mike! The sharpness and detail are very good, and the light reflected in the eye really makes the image come alive.


Wow what an amazing shot! Certainly the type of photo one doesn't see too often. You hit the focus bang on.

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2006-04-25 2:22]

Wow, Mike.
What a shot.
Very unusual POV, to say the least.
Great details... hahaha...
TFS. : )

Late night, early morning.
Quick visit.
Great capture, thanks for posting.

Holy cow Mike. Great idea and very well done. The detail is incredible and I like the reflection in the eye.

Great work and TFS

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2006-04-25 3:57]

Hi Mike!
Excellent idea! I've never seen bird's eye from so close distance. Arty presentation, composition is very good. It looks surprisingly well - all these feathers around and glass surface of dark eye. Something new.

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  • aido Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 1044 W: 156 N: 1218] (4046)
  • [2006-04-25 4:00]

Hi Mike,
That's what I call a macro shot! Excellent detail, great work.

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  • osse Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 955 W: 0 N: 89] (7805)
  • [2006-04-25 5:50]

Hi mike
Great macro shot. Very good sharpnes, details, clours, DOF and POV.
Well done


Hi Mike

Wow... what a fantastic shot. The reflection in the eye is outstanding. Very creative and a shot we will not see often. Well done! How was Miss Junko after the photo shoot?


Belle prise de vue sur cet oeil, Félicitations pour l'expositions et les belles couleurs et les merveilleux détails.

Merci et au revoir..... Jean Paul

What a wonderfl shot, excellent contrast, colors, are really great , POV, fantastic, excellent JOB. TFS Kyle

Hi Mike,
I've always liked your artistic approach and this is a great example of it. It's almost surreal, such depths within that eye and is that a sun I see within that dark universe? The feathers are so pin sharp they look like cactus spines. Great technical execution and impeccable artists eye. Excellent stuff :)

Hi Mike,
just perfect, I love the light-reflection in this big eye so much.
I also have a big eye here today ;-)
Very well done, excellent work, bye
Sabine - wishnugaruda

Hello Mike,
You, no doubt, seized the opportunity well. Great idea and quite striking or even a bit scary results. I like the catchlight in the eye. It's quite interesting to see the feathers from so close.
Great shot!

Hi Mike,
Wow! Awesome macro with fantastic detail.
Luv the suns reflection seen so very well..
You did well to take advantage of this situation, with excellent results mf.
Very well done!

Fantastic capture Mike, an artistic touch to this one with the fine pens treated as graphic elements. Nice work.

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  • Dando Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 637 W: 32 N: 792] (3084)
  • [2006-05-01 17:32]

Hi Mike, excellent close close-up. Well caught in more ways than one. Amazing detail well done. TFS

  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2006-05-01 21:59]

Wow an amazing picture Mike, superb story behind it too. So sharp it hurts ! :-)
Thanks for this,


hello Mike,
This is a wonderful vista! Excellent details on feathers; original and beautiful.

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  • Gudule Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 248 W: 11 N: 288] (1204)
  • [2006-05-10 20:17]

Sir, I am open-mouthed in admiration. It will be one more my favorites. TFS and congragtulations, Mike.
This a unique close-up shot.

This is a very small bird telling me even with a 70-200mm that you were pretty close, after reading your note it definitely shedded light on that. Very nice details and exposure. :)

Well I have to admit, that is the closest shot of or a "Birds Eye View" that I have ever seen. Nice work as usual.


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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2006-05-23 21:50]

Hi Mike, I don't think you could have got any closer!! Superb show of the Junko's dark eye! The sun looks great reflecting behind you. Well done,

That, my friend, is the look of utter terror. Poor bird, it must have shat itself when you grabbed it and pointed that big lens right at it. Wonderful capture, amazing POV.



Awesome close up shot. The detail and sharpness are wonderful and show an unusual POV shot extremely well. TFS,

Wow! Totally awesome...well done the sharp detail on the eye and featheres...
Excellent cropped as well....
Nice work...

What an amazing capture, I can just picture you in my mind's eye, holding a bird in one hand while trying to focus and hold that monster camera! Super fine macro photo, I love all the detail, excellent work.

This looks like a jewel!!!
When I came across shots like this, I realize how many beutiful posts I am missing.
Perfect, a pleasure to see this one :)

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  • Dingo (24)
  • [2006-06-14 14:30]
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Awesome, Mike... and you make it sound so easy, bird in left hand, cam in the right... LOL.
Stunning capture.

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  • RAP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2524 W: 345 N: 2373] (7405)
  • [2006-08-12 9:03]

Impresionante imagen querido Mike... de veras.
Un POV osado y llamativo sin dudas, con gran nitidez y perfecta elección del recorte.
Una foto para recordar... la he sumado a mis Favoritos.
Mis mejores saludos... Ricardo

Impressive image dear Mike... indeed.
A fearless and attractive POV without doubts, with great clarity and perfect election of the cutting.
A picture to remember... I have added it to my Favorites.
Best regards... Ricardo

The details in this close-up are incredible. It is a stunning capture.

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