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Mourning Dove

Mourning Dove
Photo Information
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: 2007-01-21
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D-200, Nikkor AF-S VR 70-200mm f/2.8
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-01-21 18:01
Viewed: 4434
Points: 44
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
A Common Mourning Dove sitting on a branch just outside the back door.

D200 70-200mmVR f/2.8
f/2.8 ap used
ISO 100
Shot raw/nef converted to jpeg

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  • lgfoto Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 194 W: 13 N: 279] (1536)
  • [2007-01-21 18:15]

Very professional shot Mike. I like the sharpness and composition. Good finishing.TFS

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  • yllen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 230 W: 0 N: 16] (641)
  • [2007-01-21 21:32]

Hola Mike:
Adorable retrato de esta paloma, con grandes detalles, lindos colores, buena iluminaciòn, profundidad de la escena y un fondo borroso que destaca al ave. Es una compo muy armònica.
Saludos, Nelly

Well it may be a common dove but it is an uncommon photo. I love the simple composition, and all the tans and cream colors complemented with the soft greens. It is just lovely.

Evelynn : )

Nice feather-ball Mike, and right outside the back door no less..
Lovely color and good light.
Well done on the composition and details mf.
So, did you ever get my snowy version of same?
Have a great week,

Hi there Mike! The whole composition is so relaxed and gentle. Love the earthy soft tones. Really pretty presentation! Linda

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  • loot Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5524 W: 722 N: 4163] (11276)
  • [2007-01-22 1:28]

Hi Mike

What a lovely shot of this morning dove. This presentation has a great air of peacefulness and it is great to see such a shot from you.

I fancy the composition with the frontal shot of the dove, the angle of its perch, and the decorative effect caused by the pine needles. The colours are soft and stunning, the details are very sharp, the BG is brilliant and the OOF colour match compliments the bird very well, and you did great work with the exposure control.

Very well done and TFS.

Hi Maike, nice pose of your turtle, seems really frozen.
Good colors, details and sharpness.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2007-01-22 7:43]

Hi Mike,
I like the comp. of pine needles and dove set against a fine BG and the fact that it is sharp and well-lighted makes this an excellent shot.
TFS and best wishes, Ivan

It's wonderful, Mike, those warm and beautiful colours and the pose of the dove is very nice, it seems it was cold at this time.
The sharpness is excellent, thanks and greetings
Sabine - wishnugaruda

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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2007-01-22 13:26]

Hola Mike.- Una foto muy hermosa de esta "Paloma" muy nitida y con exelente luz. Luis52.

She looks lovely set against those pine nettles, nice work.


Hi Mike
Félicitations, pour cette belle photo.
Très intéressants détails du plumage caractéristique à la Tourterelle. Ses couleurs sont d'un beau naturel. J'aime les épines de pin ainsi que la neige qui cadre bien le côté gauche.. Belle et bonne prise.
Merci et au revoir...JP

Good composition and colours are very calm. Good details. Just perfect. Bravo. best regards, Cezar T.

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  • livios Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2150 W: 319 N: 4263] (16942)
  • [2007-01-24 17:56]

Mike, a pleasing shot with a great mood.

The image is simple but effective.

Great mood, very nice brownish shades.

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-01-24 22:39]

Hello Mike

A very nice composition ,I like the pine needles it makes a nice setting.Excellent POV and DOF.The plumage details are very sharp.Great job.TFS


Great close up of the Mourning Dove. The details and sharpness are amazing. Well done Mike.

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  • Silke Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 729 W: 98 N: 1707] (5458)
  • [2007-02-14 15:53]

This was a truly fabulous capture Mike! Amazing to think that you found her so close to home too -- a good lesson for us all, nature may be as close as your back door (or your friend's backyard in my case :))

Hello Mike,
This is a good POV and you caught great details on the Dove. I like its pose, environment (they are often seen on wires) and this exposure. Well seen and well done! Thanks,

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  • Debz Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 505 W: 0 N: 847] (3307)
  • [2007-03-18 16:45]

Hi Mike, lovely composition and nice framing. How lovely to have this sight near your back door. Lovely colours and good sharpess on the Dove and Pine tree. Perfect soft DOF. Great shot.

Ah, Mike, I can see you've been a big a slacker as me! Amazing DOF here, what a great picture of the dove.

TFS (if you ever come back!)


Beautiful soft color palette with just the right splash of green for contrast and context. The dove looks very contented, giving the whole scene a sense of tranquility. Well done.

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2007-04-19 21:21]

Hello Mike,
Excellent image of a bird I love to hear and see, great colors and sharp focus, thanks for sharing.

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