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By brian1208
This little Robin was mooching food and posed for a series of shots. I got closer and closer until I thought I would try to spook it and get a shot of it flying off. This is the result. I was particularly pleased with the result as I had just changed to my kit lens for some landscape shots when he flew in. So it was not my usual "birding" lens,

Comments welcome as always

Tags: Wildlife and nature

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Comments


janecurrie 13 46 Scotland
8 Feb 2004 4:29PM
Excellent capture - well done - love it!

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richardc39 12 2
8 Feb 2004 4:34PM
Great shot. Got a similar shot with my Ixus ages ago (although my bird looks tiny). Love to try and re-capture it with my 300D, but don't expect to get the chance. At least I know how it can look now!
brian1208 Plus
12 11.0k 12 United Kingdom
8 Feb 2004 4:37PM
Thanks both, I forgot to say, as this was shot in overcast woodland I had to use the onboard flash - it worked well here.

Brian
8 Feb 2004 4:42PM
Wow. Brian i took one of these beauties thismorning, and was so pleased until I downloaded to PC. What a load of toot it was.I am so jealous, lucky you, Fab shot.

Fran
brian1208 Plus
12 11.0k 12 United Kingdom
8 Feb 2004 4:51PM
Thanks Fran - it can be a real shock what downsizing for the web does to your pictures sometimes can't it. Maybe it will print out better?

Brian
helendixon 12 30 United Kingdom
8 Feb 2004 5:19PM
Nice shot and well caught. It gets my click
Helen
ruzzi 12
8 Feb 2004 5:23PM
It's a beatiful picture,well done!
brian1208 Plus
12 11.0k 12 United Kingdom
8 Feb 2004 5:24PM
Thanks Helen and ruzzi, much appreciated comments,

Brian
davidbailie Plus
12 457 7 United Kingdom
8 Feb 2004 6:13PM
Nice - different
cal9 12 99
8 Feb 2004 6:24PM
This is fantastic Brian. The timimg is perfect. Do digital cameras have an "autowind" feature (for want of a better word) or did you time your shot?

Alan
KatieR Plus
12 6.2k 6
8 Feb 2004 6:24PM
Really great - and doesn't it just show how there's not necessarily a "right" lens for situations.
Just being there to get the shot is more important.
Well done.
brian1208 Plus
12 11.0k 12 United Kingdom
8 Feb 2004 6:33PM
Alan, you can use a digital in many ways but the "cycle time" depends on the size of the buffer memory, shutter speed and data transfer rate among other things. In this case I was firing single shot rather than continuous. As I was using flash in P mode I was firing at 1/60th sec and I guess I was taking one shot / step / sec (roughly). I got around 6 shots off before Robin took flight, so I claim a "timed" shot in this case! :0)

Many thanks David, Alan & kyd, I do appreciate your taking time to comment,

Brian
Mari 12 1.8k Wales
8 Feb 2004 6:58PM
What a fantastic capture, Brian. I told you in the forum the other day how good your portfolio was and this just proves it to me even more.

Mari
bill j 12 47
8 Feb 2004 7:29PM
Great shot Brian,nice to see a different approach to shooting wildlife,gets the big CLICK.
brian1208 Plus
12 11.0k 12 United Kingdom
8 Feb 2004 7:35PM
Mari - thanks for your vote of confidence - what's that funny blue patch that's appeared under my photo - yippee! :0)

Bill, from one Robin photographer to another - thanks,

Pete - what can I say - all I need to make my day now is an Awarb! Thanks

Brian
jon1169 12 51 United Kingdom
8 Feb 2004 7:45PM
Dad, well done on getting the EC - it's a great photo and the detail is fantastic. Robin looks like it's saying "don't shoot"!

Jon.
brian1208 Plus
12 11.0k 12 United Kingdom
8 Feb 2004 7:48PM
Thanks Jon, I got a few other decent shots when out with Matt & Steph at Dimmings Dale yesterday - watch this space.

Brian
SuziBlue 13 16.2k 10 Scotland
8 Feb 2004 8:20PM
Brian!!! what a fantastic shot - and well done on the EC!!! hoorayyyyyyyy .. what a corker!

This is just glorious .. the sheen on those wings is superb and the pose just beautiful. You should be very, very proud of this pic -you deserve every bit of praise.

*clicketyclick*!!
brian13 12 218
8 Feb 2004 8:43PM
Fantastic shot Brian. Well deserved EC.
Brian.
justin c 12 4.7k 36 England
8 Feb 2004 8:52PM
Great timing and a fine shot.Congratulations on the E.C.
ukuwi 12 476 1 England
8 Feb 2004 8:53PM
Amazing shot Brian, dof is fantastic, I think that its stuffed(only kidding) well deserved the EC, keep em coming
Terry L Plus
12 586 5 England
8 Feb 2004 8:54PM
Excellent shot Brian, everything about it is right. Well captured and congratulations on the EC.

Regards
Terry.
cozzie 12 56 Northern Ireland
8 Feb 2004 8:58PM
Superb capture. Well done on your much deserved EC award.
brian1208 Plus
12 11.0k 12 United Kingdom
8 Feb 2004 8:58PM
Thank you all - gives me a warm glow to receive such nice comments. The main thanks should of course go to my model :0) I don't know why it is but they do seem to be on top form this year, so many good Robin shots.

Brian
vfr400 14 886
8 Feb 2004 9:05PM
Cracking shot Brian congrats on your EC
chris
zippie 12 1.3k England
8 Feb 2004 9:05PM
Brian this is excellent. Congratulations on the EC Award, well deserved.

Lovely use of DoF and perfect timing.

Andy
Franticsmurf 13 829 Wales
8 Feb 2004 9:25PM
Very worthy of an EC. Until they bring out an 'auto timing' function on auto-everything-else cameras, this is the kind of shot that separates point and shoot from skilled photographer.
Dave
brian1208 Plus
12 11.0k 12 United Kingdom
8 Feb 2004 9:32PM
Dave, Andy & Chris - more kind comments, for which many thanks. I'll have to try for another EC to prove to myself this wasn't a fluke!

Brian
Greyheron Plus
13 280 7 England
8 Feb 2004 9:33PM
What a beauty Brian, fabulous photography!
Congratulations on a very well deserved EC.


Mike
Miles Herbert 13 1.8k 4 United Kingdom
8 Feb 2004 9:35PM
Superb...what else is there to say except well done.
db 12 35
8 Feb 2004 9:35PM
Excellent shot Brian. I've been trying some wildlife stuff recently and seem to manage to get a lot of empty feeders and bird tables. Wasn't sure if it was me or the digital 'shutter lag'. As I use the same gear I now know it's me Wink

Well deserved EC.

Dave
agoreira 12 6.0k Wales
8 Feb 2004 9:42PM
One for the box Brian! It's a belter!
Frank
Gary_Williams 12 38 3 United Kingdom
8 Feb 2004 10:29PM
Stunning, well done.
ericfaragh 12 123 1 United Kingdom
8 Feb 2004 10:29PM
Congrats, Brian. Good shot. Smile
brian1208 Plus
12 11.0k 12 United Kingdom
8 Feb 2004 10:34PM
So many positive comments - I'm a bit overwhelmed - thanks to all - its not a bad shot though is it Smile

Dave - have a try with "sports" setting to start with - I found that gave me confidence in the camera, then I had to start practising!

Brian


seven21 12 196
8 Feb 2004 10:41PM
Great shot Brian - the flash captures the moment brilliantly - steve
naturenut 13 1.8k England
8 Feb 2004 10:48PM
Fantastic shot Brian, congratulations.
Margaret.
dtomo68 12 9 United Kingdom
8 Feb 2004 11:08PM
brilliant shot fantastic

David
cal9 12 99
9 Feb 2004 12:04AM
Had to comment again Brian as the EC was awarded after I commented. So a big well done.
:O)
Alan
cambirder 12 7.2k England
9 Feb 2004 12:21AM
Congrats Brian, I normally skip over Robin pictures, but this ones a bit special. I could not help notice that its sharp all over except the tail, which must have been moving somewhat faster than the wings. I will have to look out for this with my local Robin.

Paul
ken j. Plus
12 374
9 Feb 2004 12:43AM
Well done Brian,
You got one at last!!
And about time - Well deserved!!
billma 12 119 United States
9 Feb 2004 5:08AM
I missed this one for a while. Amazing, especially considering the lense that you were using. You must have felt the wind from the wings.
IanA 12 3.0k 12 England
9 Feb 2004 6:30AM
It has all been said above Brian!
My congratulations are now added to the list.
'Click'
Regards
Ian
tigertot 12 36 England
9 Feb 2004 7:28AM
From one robin catcher to another - fanatastic capture, well done. Congrats on the EC - well deserved.
brian1208 Plus
12 11.0k 12 United Kingdom
9 Feb 2004 8:24AM
I can't thank you all individually as there are so many comments - but I do appreciate each and every response.

Paul, I hadn't spotted that but think I may know why. On one shot I have of a seagull taking off I noticed that just as they take off there is a powerful downward thrust of the tail feathers. It shows very clearly when they are on the water as a circular hole appears. I think that is what we are seeing here.

Brian
10 Feb 2004 8:03PM
Fabulous shot Brian -colours, detail, lighting - brilliant. Congratulations on your first EC award, very well deserved.

Mary
brian1208 Plus
12 11.0k 12 United Kingdom
10 Feb 2004 8:20PM
Mary - many thanks - time you got one soon,

Brian
12 Feb 2004 1:54PM
Wah! Your pictures are so beautiful. I love this one very much.
brian1208 Plus
12 11.0k 12 United Kingdom
12 Feb 2004 2:01PM
Felix, thanks for the kind comment, I think I am improving slowly

Brian
durlstonp 13 638 1 United Kingdom
12 Feb 2004 6:53PM
Simply stunning!

DP
brian1208 Plus
12 11.0k 12 United Kingdom
12 Feb 2004 7:07PM
Thanks DP, I finally made it to the ranks of the "Exalted" - LOL.

I've just printed it out on Epson PPGP and it does look rather good,

Brian
12 Feb 2004 10:50PM
Hi Brian - just saw your comments on my ballet-dancing Robin and had to check this one out and yes, it is a beaut too ! We used the same technique incidentally, except I was 'lucky' enough to have the 200mm hanging off the end so it was a wee bit easier to catch the 'spook' thrown by my good wife !
Respect, Roger (Anconoid)
brian1208 Plus
12 11.0k 12 United Kingdom
12 Feb 2004 11:02PM
Cheers Roger :0)
deviant 12 3.0k 1 United Kingdom
16 Feb 2004 1:13PM
Brian not only do I love the shot but I am in awe that you got it with a 55mm lens! You are a star.
DEv
brian1208 Plus
12 11.0k 12 United Kingdom
16 Feb 2004 1:52PM
Thanks DEv, put it down to a compliant Robin Smile

Brian
16 Feb 2004 6:04PM
Great photo, I like it a lot!
Wolfgang
brian1208 Plus
12 11.0k 12 United Kingdom
16 Feb 2004 7:09PM
Welcome to the site Wolfgang and thank you for the kind comment. I look forward to seeing more of your shots,

Brian
17 Feb 2004 11:23AM
Stunning shot! Well done! Did you superglue the poor thing's feet to the wood?
brian1208 Plus
12 11.0k 12 United Kingdom
17 Feb 2004 11:54AM
Thank you Ian

Brian
Pressman 14 88
17 Feb 2004 6:43PM
Brian - a well deserved EC.A wonderful capture.
brian1208 Plus
12 11.0k 12 United Kingdom
17 Feb 2004 6:47PM
Pete, thanks
simon9924 12 15
18 Feb 2004 8:30AM
Nice one Brian, wonderful shot.
loek 12 1
18 Feb 2004 2:16PM
You make me feel a very beginner! Maybe, I should buy that camera too, to start with ...
brian1208 Plus
12 11.0k 12 United Kingdom
18 Feb 2004 3:25PM
thanks Simon and Loek. Loek, a kind comment but you have got Pete's accolade as well - so I can't believe you feel like a beginner :0) It is a very nice camera however,

Brian
18 Feb 2004 9:11PM
best shot iv'e ever seen of a robin Brian. Love the feathers. The back ground colour works great. very well done.
brian1208 Plus
12 11.0k 12 United Kingdom
18 Feb 2004 10:25PM
Thank you Les, glad you approve
Brian
KathyW 12 1.8k 12 Norfolk Island
18 Feb 2004 10:52PM
Make that 50 clicks...
Brilliant shot - well done.
brian1208 Plus
12 11.0k 12 United Kingdom
19 Feb 2004 7:57AM
Kathy - thanks for the half century Smile

Brian
24 Feb 2004 9:46PM
really brilliant...talent in the raw!
brian1208 Plus
12 11.0k 12 United Kingdom
24 Feb 2004 10:02PM
Thanks Nick - not too raw I hope? Smile

Brian
lovelylindax 12 16
24 Feb 2004 10:59PM
duh I always take ages to catch on but just made this 52 clicks x
You are a rather clever chappie
Linda x
brian1208 Plus
12 11.0k 12 United Kingdom
24 Feb 2004 11:03PM
We can't keep meeting like this - LOL.

Thanks again Linda - I have just noticed that the more I use my camera the better pictures it seems to be taking! :0)

B
noseprints 12 576
26 Feb 2004 1:26PM
nature shots don't grab me right now, so i haven't noticed this till today. it is really incredible! good work!
brian1208 Plus
12 11.0k 12 United Kingdom
26 Feb 2004 1:50PM
Lucie - I'm pleased it did eventually grab you Smile

Thanks for the positive comment.

Brian
26 Feb 2004 3:23PM
Congratulations Brian, well deserved outstanding shot.
Richard
brian1208 Plus
12 11.0k 12 United Kingdom
26 Feb 2004 4:28PM
Thanks Richard
highlander 12 32 Scotland
26 Feb 2004 11:24PM
Excellent shot Brian...congrats. on the EC. as it is a perfect catch. Impressed.
Doug.
brian1208 Plus
12 11.0k 12 United Kingdom
27 Feb 2004 8:04AM
Doug, thanks Smile
andytvcams 13 10.4k United Kingdom
1 Mar 2004 7:35PM
I'm speechless,outstanding photography and a very worthy winner of an EC award,i can see why you are so pleased with this one of yours,a real pleasure to view.

Andy.
brian1208 Plus
12 11.0k 12 United Kingdom
1 Mar 2004 7:40PM
Andy - praise indeed, many thanks

Brian
4 Mar 2004 12:58PM
Have just spotted this one, only two things to say - bloody great.
4 Mar 2004 12:58PM
brian1208 Plus
12 11.0k 12 United Kingdom
4 Mar 2004 1:03PM
cheers Den

Brian
5 Mar 2004 12:06AM
I don't know really I write a bit before about this picture...if yes thats no problem because I will say again it is a very nice and beautiful shot.

*click click click*

Carsten
n.towndrow 11 4
5 Mar 2004 11:56AM
Wow!
brian1208 Plus
12 11.0k 12 United Kingdom
5 Mar 2004 12:13PM
Thanks Ness and welcome to the site

Brian
grahammul 12 120 United Kingdom
14 Mar 2004 1:55PM
Great shot Brian, I think everything else has been said.
click
Graham.
brian1208 Plus
12 11.0k 12 United Kingdom
14 Mar 2004 3:57PM
cheers Graham.
18 Mar 2004 8:56PM
This is the only shot of a robin I've ever really liked. Excellent.
brian1208 Plus
12 11.0k 12 United Kingdom
18 Mar 2004 8:59PM
Lydia, thank you - a compliment indeed. Welcome to the wonderful world of digital by the way.

Brian
ofalgibra 11 2
4 Apr 2004 2:58PM
It's the sort of shot you see in magazines - beautiful.
brian1208 Plus
12 11.0k 12 United Kingdom
4 Apr 2004 3:01PM
Thanks Matt, welcome to the site, Brian
alansnap Plus
12 570 25 United Kingdom
5 Apr 2004 6:56PM
Brian,

this is amazing. I just love the detail. I hope you fed it well.

Alan:o)
brian1208 Plus
12 11.0k 12 United Kingdom
5 Apr 2004 7:47PM
Yeehaa - welcome and thank you for number 60 Smile

thanks for commenting Alan

Brian
BrianM 12 6 United Kingdom
7 Apr 2004 9:03AM
Seems most has already been said but to say it again, an excellent capture and a superb image. Congratulation on the EC, well deserved.
brian1208 Plus
12 11.0k 12 United Kingdom
7 Apr 2004 9:14AM
Brian, thanks for taking time to lokk and comment

Brian
8 Apr 2004 3:43PM
There's nothing that you haven't heard but I think his is an absolutely wonderful shot, It's definitely the best shot I've ever seen of a Robin, well done!

Lyns
brian1208 Plus
12 11.0k 12 United Kingdom
8 Apr 2004 4:33PM
Lyns, thanks for taking time to comment,

Brian
11 Apr 2004 4:05PM
Brilliant
Click
Dave
brian1208 Plus
12 11.0k 12 United Kingdom
11 Apr 2004 4:29PM
Thanks Dave
16 Apr 2004 12:56PM
Very good unusualt shot.
Mark
brian1208 Plus
12 11.0k 12 United Kingdom
16 Apr 2004 3:31PM
Mark, thanks for taking time to comment - I am suprised (and pleased Smile that people keep coming to look

Brian
corin45 12
16 Apr 2004 9:46PM
Superb shot Brian! Regards Steve.
brian1208 Plus
12 11.0k 12 United Kingdom
16 Apr 2004 9:57PM
Another visitor - thanks Steve, my little Robin will be getting too cocky soon! Smile

Brian
MartinWait 12 88 United Kingdom
19 Apr 2004 7:50PM
I have to say this is an excellent capture. Great shot! Sorry it's taken me this long to comment and say congrats on the well deserved EC.

Martin.
brian1208 Plus
12 11.0k 12 United Kingdom
19 Apr 2004 8:00PM
Martin - don't apologise, its nice that people are still spotting Robin Smile

thanks for commenting,

Brian
pj.morley 13 947
21 Apr 2004 10:58PM
Absolutely fantastic and a well deserved EC...
gajj Plus
12 32
22 Apr 2004 2:47AM
I must have been writing final papers and missed this shot entirely 'til just this moment. Couldn't possibly think of anything original to say after all these fabulous and true comments so I'm just clicking and saying congrats!
Jan
brian1208 Plus
12 11.0k 12 United Kingdom
22 Apr 2004 7:54AM
Thanks for the visits John & Jan. Hope the finals went OK Jan, always a busy time.

Brian
muzzeyman 12 293 United Kingdom
30 Apr 2004 11:48PM
Missed this fisrt time round, but what can be said? this is a masterpiece. You certainly look as though you are loving every minute of retirement :o) Congratulations on the EC, well deserved.
brian1208 Plus
12 11.0k 12 United Kingdom
1 May 2004 7:51AM
Thanks for the kind comment Phil. Yes, its the best career move I ever made and it gave me time to pick up a camera again to start learning how to use it properly,

Brian
Just paid a visit Brian, that's the longest credit I've seen! Add me.
Daphne
brian1208 Plus
12 11.0k 12 United Kingdom
1 May 2004 3:48PM
Daphne, thanks for finding Robin and for commenting - it does seem to attract a fair amount of positive reaction, for which I am very grateful

Brian
marlin 12 90
2 May 2004 10:16PM
Cor blimey, it's no doubt been said already (couldn't read all that lot) but brilliant pic! Oh, and have another click.
brian1208 Plus
12 11.0k 12 United Kingdom
3 May 2004 7:53AM
Mark, thanks for the click. Although Robin has had a fair bit of attention its always nice when somebody else finds him worth a comment

Brian
Denise 14 279
4 May 2004 6:01PM
Brian, this is just brilliant. Natural setting, all in all "beautiful".
brian1208 Plus
12 11.0k 12 United Kingdom
4 May 2004 7:24PM
Thanks for click number 80 Denise Smile

Brian
brian1208 Plus
12 11.0k 12 United Kingdom
10 May 2004 6:21PM
The icing on the cake with this shot is that it won "Print of the Year" at my photographic club. Smile
sze4j Plus
11 56 Singapore
11 May 2004 6:38PM
Funny....i just saw this! Wow....here's an 81st click for u! And congrats to both awards! =)
brian1208 Plus
12 11.0k 12 United Kingdom
11 May 2004 6:42PM
sze, thanks for finding Robin, he hasn't got too lonely yet Smile

(hope the exams weren't too bad?)

Brian
David 14 32 Scotland
15 May 2004 7:21PM
The background is just a tad too dark / distracting but the lighting, exposure and detail in the robin is just perfect. A great shot and a well deserved EC!

Regards,

David.
brian1208 Plus
12 11.0k 12 United Kingdom
15 May 2004 7:58PM
Thanks David - the dark background is from the fact that this was shot in shaded woodland, which necessitated fill-in flash, which made the background even darker. It was then a balance between the bird detail and backgound exposure - you can see what won Smile

Brian
Leo 14 46 9 England
19 May 2004 1:27PM
Non the less, background dark or not, you landed a cracking pic, perfectly sharp too.
Robin's are well know for not being timid around humans and yours was even better than most. Super picSmile Massive number of clicks I see...another one here!
brian1208 Plus
12 11.0k 12 United Kingdom
19 May 2004 1:33PM
Thanks for no: 83 Leo - its nice people still drop by and see Robin

Brian
billydo Plus
12 79 United Kingdom
20 May 2004 8:25AM
Click no 84 Brian! It's wonderful. Well done.
Neal.
brian1208 Plus
12 11.0k 12 United Kingdom
20 May 2004 8:51AM
Neal - thanks for dropping by and commenting

Brian
IRaddict 12 34
29 May 2004 1:30PM
wonderful capture Brian, I like the sheen of the feathers :o]
brian1208 Plus
12 11.0k 12 United Kingdom
29 May 2004 4:37PM
Thanks for taking the time to visit Robin and leave a comment Steve

Brian
vickyrking 11 13 Wales
20 Jun 2004 10:38AM
Hi Brian, I've just had a proper look through your portfolio and it's superb. Some really stunning photos! Well done. I love this Robin picture - thoroughly deserving of an EC. *click*

Vicky
brian1208 Plus
12 11.0k 12 United Kingdom
20 Jun 2004 11:16AM
Vicky - thanks for taking the time and for you kind comments, Brian
dp Plus
11 163 3 United Kingdom
22 Jun 2004 3:54PM
Taken me ages to find A) the bottom of this page B) this shot. Well done on an excellent shot, was it a built in flash you used?
brian1208 Plus
12 11.0k 12 United Kingdom
23 Jun 2004 7:52AM
Dave - thanks for taking the time to find Robin and comment. Yes, this was shot using the built in flash in P mode

Brian
Rock Plus
13 10 2 England
23 Jun 2004 11:55AM
With out any doubt the finest shot of a Robin I have ever seen ! The lighting conditions have been controlled and Robin did his best to make it a supreme shot ! I say this with out any involvment at all !
Robin.
brian1208 Plus
12 11.0k 12 United Kingdom
23 Jun 2004 12:27PM
Thanks Rob Smile

Brian
25 Jun 2004 9:07AM
Just fantastic...excellent capture, very well done.
brian1208 Plus
12 11.0k 12 United Kingdom
25 Jun 2004 9:32AM
Thanks for the kind comment Debbie
keruval 11 29
29 Jun 2004 5:45PM
Have just started browsing your portfolio and easy to see why this got EC.....click
Ruth
brian1208 Plus
12 11.0k 12 United Kingdom
29 Jun 2004 7:11PM
Thanks Ruth - much appreciated

Brian
4 Jul 2004 1:18PM
Lovely crisp shot with nice tight DOF!

Andy.
brian1208 Plus
12 11.0k 12 United Kingdom
4 Jul 2004 1:24PM
Thanks Andy, its nice people still take time to comment on this shot Smile

Brian
7 Jul 2004 7:46AM
Have only just seen this shot Brian and it's taken me a while to scroll to the bottom of the comments. What a superb shot, pin sharp and you've even got him to look at the camera, that takes some doing!! Contratulations on the EC. Click

Joan