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Tooma Plus
4 2.1k 3 Scotland
10 May 2020 1:14AM
Fun title. Nice catch. Robins do hover pretty good. We had one a year back who would do a rapid fly-bye, like he was buzzing us, then come back to hover in front of our hand to check out the food we had on offer, before a quick touch down and grab. A lovely experience. 😎

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dimalexa 3 4 Greece
10 May 2020 1:15AM
I looked twice to be sure that the photo is yours. A very difficult scene to take photo, I think it's beautiful, not only for Silly Sunday, John!

*** A lot of thanks for your User Award to my photo "AS A SETTING", it's very kind of you, John! About the tones in B&W film, that you mention in your comment, I believe the same. I look very carefully at John's (lifesnapper) collections "Greece in mono", where several places are the same with these in my photos. Many times i've mentioned that digital conversions can not, no matter how successful they are, have the sweetness and softness of the tones of analog photography, even if the scanning process is mediated.
ColleenA Plus
7 445 7 Australia
10 May 2020 1:36AM
I love this photo...well done
Daisymaye Plus
11 23 16 Canada
10 May 2020 1:40AM
One determined little robin. Nice capture John.
10 May 2020 4:35AM
Delightful capture John
10 May 2020 6:38AM
Super capture JohnSmile

10 May 2020 6:42AM
This brings to mind what a seasoned photographer said to me many years ago about wild life through the view finder: If you see it, you've missed it. So I'm guessing that you didn't see this until it came up on your monitor, John.Smile
At first, I thought it was pecking at a light bulb which had turned to salt and fallen.Wink

Mike_Young Plus
13 24 11 United Kingdom
10 May 2020 7:16AM
Yes, their aerial skills know no bounds when it comes to getting at the food. So fast though, I've yet to capture them in action. Great comp.
jacomes Plus
5 22 2 Portugal
10 May 2020 7:56AM
A vote for trying something new
kaybee 16 7.1k 26 Scotland
10 May 2020 8:02AM
It makes a lie of your claim in that bird hide that you are so bad at bird photography that you don't even try.
Bad Duddler…………….
Superb shot.
dudler Plus
16 1.1k 1645 England
10 May 2020 8:34AM
Shot from my recliner in the summerhouse: my only defence is that it's both well-placed in relation to the bird-feeder, and allows me to be patient beyond all normal measure with the aid of a book...

But I have a portrait from inside that hide which is, relatively speaking, a better shot, I think.
saltireblue Plus
10 10.6k 61 Norway
10 May 2020 8:38AM
It would seem the lock-down and restrictions are having an effect on you, John. The usual birds you photograph so expertly have been replaced, through necessity, by birds of another feather.
To frustrated cries of, 'A bird, a bird, my Leica for a bird!'

(With apologies to anyone offended by the outdated terminology for the female of our species)Wink
10 May 2020 10:02AM
Great capture with perfect timing! SmileSmileSmile

chase Plus
14 1.6k 359 England
10 May 2020 10:31AM
Well he, like you is making an attempt John.
Sadly, for me this is OOF.
Birds in flight are so very difficult to get right, I have tried and failed on many occasions Sad
I am not a fan of including feeders in the image (that's very personal ) so, the idea would be to set up a 'waiting perch' close to the feeders, all you need is a twig, branch or your choice of material, shoved into the ground close to the feeders. Birds do wait for their turn...generally speaking.
If you can, shove a bit of food/seed/peanut butter somewhere on the perch ( not to be seen by the lens) so that they have something to keep them occupied whilst you compose your shot, if you are really good you can then pre focus on the bit where, hopefully, they will land.
Another tip would be to use continuous burst, rattle off a few and keep your fingers crossed.
Irishkate Plus
9 42 118 United Kingdom
10 May 2020 11:05AM
Fast on the trigger John!
dudler Plus
16 1.1k 1645 England
10 May 2020 11:29AM
Thank you, Janet!

The feeder is very obvious, and offers things like this: the lilac that the birds tend to queue on would offer a more static pose, but might be easier to focus on. One of the things that the exercise has made me terribly aware of is the lack of precision of even quite a good AF system, as the Olympus has. But there is a depth of an inch within the small focus spot.

Now, if I had a 600mm lens for my Sony... I'd probably need to trade in a whole nursery of Lensbabies, for starters...
mac Plus
18 6 Scotland
10 May 2020 12:02PM
The robin deserves every morsel he can get from the fat ball to match his efforts in hovering!
dark_lord Plus
16 2.5k 663 England
10 May 2020 12:37PM
I'm giving you a vote for the timing and the moment, not the focus Wink
A good technique, sitting comfortably in the conservatory Smile
dudler Plus
16 1.1k 1645 England
10 May 2020 2:06PM
Two versions coming, demonstrating relative positions and my wildlife technique, the latter © Janet Duder.
capto Plus
8 6.2k 18 United Kingdom
10 May 2020 9:23PM
That technique is very appealing.Smile
11 May 2020 3:07AM
Pretty good bird capture, John. I,would have used a higher shitter speed....I have captured swallows in flight. I like the photo,of the artist at rest.


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