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Splashes of Colour

Splashes of Colour
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Copyright: John Reasbeck (ubc64) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 53 W: 25 N: 122] (555)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-04-23
Categories: Nature
Camera: Nikon D300, Nikkor 70-300 AF-S VR 4.5-5.6 IF ED
Exposure: f/11, 1/500 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2010-04-23 21:08
Viewed: 1395
Points: 12
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Every day, more and more birds build their nests at Red Deer Lake in Lloyd Park. That large marshy location is just west of Spruce Meadows off Hwy. 22X, in Calgary, Alberta. I went there today to try to find something appropriate for this week's "Splash" theme. I was concentrating on Canada Geese landing on the lake, and the splashes made by American Coots as they chased each other. Toward the end of my shoot, I spotted some male Red-winged Blackbirds and Yellow-headed Blackbirds in the reeds. As I was trying to get into position to get a good shot of a Yellow-headed Blackbird, which was about 50 feet away, a Red-winged Blackbird landed on a reed about 20 feet away from me -- he was even in better light than the other bird. I took a number of shots. Male Red-winged Blackbirds like to thrust out their pretty red and yellow shoulder patches when they sing. Most of my shooting was done during those very colourful exhibitions. So, here's my entry for the "Splash" theme: "Splashes of Colour".

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Great timing to catch this bird and nice job with the difficult exposure. There is still nice detail in the shadows and the background really sets off the subject. TFS

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  • RSK Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1089 W: 589 N: 1943] (14753)
  • [2010-04-23 21:44]
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Hi John,
on my excursion to George C. Reifel bird sanctuary,I tried numerous times to capture this same shot of the Red-winged blackbird , with absolutely no luck,I know just how difficult
it is, to get that shot of its colourful wing colours. So I was just satisfied to listen to his singing.With a 300mmm lens you have captured this birds colours in great detail & clarity,I'm amazed that you captured it singing as well as its wings spread out in all their colour.Guess that's the differenc betwen luck & knowing what your doing:-) Well Taken IMHO.

Hello John,

I think this is such an engaging shot!
Not only is the bird displaying its beautiful plummage, but it is singing as well!
The dof keeps the bird sharp against an unobtrusive b/g and it is well placed in the frame.
My only concern is the poor lack of contact with its eye. If you select the eye area and lighten it, it does stand out better from the dark plummage.

Kind regards,
Bev :-)

Bonjour John

Belle capture de cet oiseau aux superbes couleurs.
Sa posture est assez périlleuse mais il a l'air de bien gérer!
Le BG flou et monochrome fait ressortir d'autant mieux le sujet.
Bravo John!

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  • werdir Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1416 W: 147 N: 2654] (11957)
  • [2010-04-24 5:28]

Hi John,

To me a splash of color certainly fits the theme, and what better way than to capture a Red-winged blackbird. Very sharp, with a proper aperture to keep the bird sharp, yet provide shallow DOF for a blurred background. The reed he's sitting on almost blends into the background, so in the thumbnail this looks like an in-flight capture. I'd love to catch one of these in flight, a lot of times the coloring under their winds is more impressive that the stripes on top.

Best regards,

HI John..nice shot..great details...well done.


Beautiful combination of colors and very interesting position of this bird.Good picture.
Best regards.Alin.

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