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dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
This photo was taken at last days of 2006 in Gebze Ballikayalar Canyon ,40 km far from İstanbul.Itís a very nice and my recently. It was a dark and rainy day again i used my 500mm lens+1.4TC on tripod .Distance between me and robin was 10-12m and no crop this time:)
Hope youíll like it!

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European Robin

The European Robin (Erithacus rubecula) is a small passerine bird that was formerly classed as a member of the thrush family, but is now considered to be an Old World flycatcher, Muscicapidae. European Robins and similar small European species are often called chats.
The European Robin is a common European songbird. It is 12.5 - 14.0 cm (5.0 - 5.5 inches) long and it is known for its pugnacious behaviour despite its small size. The distinctive red patch on the chest of both sexes led to its original name of redbreast. In the fifteenth century, when it became popular to give human names to familiar species, the bird came to be known as Robin redbreast, which was eventually shortened to robin.
Robins have a fluting, warbling song in the breeding season. Robins often sing into the evening, and sometimes into the night, leading some to confuse them with the Nightingale. Both males and females sing during the winter, when they hold separate territories, the song then sounding more plaintive than the summer version. The female Robins move a short distance from the summer nesting territory to a nearby territory that is more suitable for winter feeding. Male Robins keep the same territory throughout the year.
Robins build a neat cup nest in crevices, holes or artificial sites such as discarded kettles. When juvenile birds fly from the nests thay are all brown in colour and do not have a red breast. After 2 to 3 months out of the nest, the juvenile birds grow some reddish feathers under their chins and over a further 2 to 3 months this patch gradually extends to complete the adult appearance.
The Robin is well known to British and Irish gardeners: it is relatively unafraid of humans and likes to come close when anyone is digging the soil, in order to look out for earthworms and other food freshly turned up; when the gardener stops for a break the robin might use the handle of the spade as a lookout point.

Camera Model:Canon EOS 30D
Shooting Date/Time:12/30/2006 1:15:03 PM
Shooting Mode:Aperture-Priority AE
Tv( Shutter Speed ): 1/80
Av( Aperture Value ):5.6
Metering Mode:Spot Metering
Exposure Compensation:0
ISO Speed:800
Lens: 500.0 mm
Focal Length:700.0 mm
Image Size: 3504x2336
Image Quality: RAW
White Balance Mode:Auto
AF Mode:AI Servo AF
Parameters Settings
Tone Curve Standard
Sharpness 3
Contrast 0
Noise Reduction:Off
File Size:7361 KB
Drive Mode:Low-speed continuous shooting

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dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
Color and contrast adjutments
Edited by:freakywindow Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 116 W: 39 N: 71] (990)

I did a bit of color and contrast adjustments on the original using Irfanview. Hope you like the results.


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dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
Surreal Robin
Edited by:acdirican Silver Note Writer [C: 5 W: 4 N: 18] (364)

1. Replace color effect on "the orange dewlap"
2. Replace color effect on "the abdomen"
3. + 20 contrast
4. Ligthing Effect