E.J.Wilkins

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Song Thrush

A picture of a Song Thrush on our bird table, which had been wrecked by the gales. Taken 30th January 2007, about fifteen feet away, through a slightly grubby window.

We are very lucky to have these birds in our garden, they are increasingly rare and are on the Red  List of endangered species.. Red is the highest conservation priority, with species needing urgent action.
http://www.rspb.org.uk/birds/guide/s/songthrush/index.asp

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A week or so of bird images.
The first time I've had a 'theme' but I've quite a few pictures I'd like to share and see what you think, and what might be done to improve them 'for next time'.

please visit my vfxy
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Song Thrush

A picture of a Song Thrush on our bird table, which had been wrecked by the gales. Taken 30th January 2007, about fifteen feet away, through a slightly grubby window.

We are very lucky to have these birds in our garden, they are increasingly rare and are on the Red  List of endangered species.. Red is the highest conservation priority, with species needing urgent action.
http://www.rspb.org.uk/birds/guide/s/songthrush/index.asp

.....

A week or so of bird images.
The first time I've had a 'theme' but I've quite a few pictures I'd like to share and see what you think, and what might be done to improve them 'for next time'.

please visit my vfxy
.

comments (29)

  • dotun
  • 9 Mar 2007, 00:05
Oh goodeness gracious, I love it.
EJWilkins: Thanks Dotun, I'm delighted. smile
  • alex
  • 9 Mar 2007, 00:17
yeah, couldn't agree more with dotun here. this is a very good one, ellie. great detail in the feathers, and very crisp too. this is inspiring to me, want to go try my hand at birds. there aren't many around here, yet, but they will be in a couple of weeks.
EJWilkins: Go for it Alex, you've got the patience and wil be sure to get some fabulous results. smile
Ellie this is faboulosly detailed. I love the macro and smoothness in the shot. For me, its the best of the Bird series and this one makes me want to see more smile
EJWilkins: Oh flip, I hope you won't be too disappointed. This one's probably my favourite too, because of the detail. Some of the others are less good/clear but are of birds I don't see too often, or don't tend to stop still for very long.
Like some of Louis' recent shots this has a textbook feel to it. It is clear, matter of fact, detailed, and contains a lot of information about the subject. And this is exactly as it should be for this documentary-style photography. Excellent work, Ellie!
EJWilkins: Thanks Martin. I know a lot of people dislike wildlife photography because 'they've seen it before' but for me it's quite a challenge, and one that I enjoy. I'm really grateful for your comment/opinion smile
  • Ginnie
  • Atlanta, GA, United States
  • 9 Mar 2007, 05:38
You sure can be proud of this, Ms. Ellie! GOSH, I am really liking your new camera. BUT I also like your old one. (Isn't it funny how we can go back-n-forth between the two and still get fabulous pics!) As Martin says, this is textbook! That one eye alone astounds me! And the one wee toe hanging off.
EJWilkins: I like my new camera too Ginnie, but I know what you mean, the other one take a pretty goo picture as well. I too was rather astonished with some of the detail, even though (as Colin's pointed out) the picture isn't too well composed/framed.
Wonderful close up! That E-400 is nice smile What lens are you using on it right now? The 50-200 or the X?-150? Nice shot, larger than life and lots of impact. Plus it makes the best shutterchance thumbnail of the day! wink
EJWilkins: Hi Ian, this is using the kit 40-150 lens, with a blue band round it. Yes, I think the E-400 is nice too smile
waou, that's a good one, very detailled !! have a good week end Ellie
  • paul
  • 9 Mar 2007, 08:03
this is your best bird pic yet - great shot Ellie
EJWilkins: Hmm, you're right, trouble is I think I should have saved it until the last because everything else is 'less good' in terms of detail. But, no matter. Thanks Paul. smile
  • chunter
  • Salisbury, Wiltshire. UK
  • 9 Mar 2007, 08:15
chunter from Salisbury, Wiltshire. UK 9 March 2007, 08:14 delete


I can't disagree with all those previous comments Ellie. This is good. The new camera certainly adds to your flexibility. I don't think you could have got this on the Dimage.

What might be done to improve? Of course it's all very subjective, and as a record of a Song Thrush for the Observers' Book of Birds it's absolutely spot on. As an aesthetically pleasing image, perhaps to frame for enjoyment, a general guideline is to leave some space on for the subject to move or look into. At the moment he/she's looking out of the picture, not into it.

Hope this helps.
EJWilkins: Thanks Colin, you're right. As a 'picture' there's something lacking even though it seems to have all the right detail. This where your experience shows, thank you for pinning down what it is smile
What a shot . . and you must have great camera..
EJWilkins: Thanks Shakara, I have a lovely new camera, it's the Olympus E-400. smile
I too can't disagree with everyone else but I don't feel this is your best. Colins comment has me intrigued I have to say, leave space for the subject to move or look into ? Perhaps we cxan talk about this when we meet ?


Had another look and I can kind of understand it as the thrush is looking out not away but out.
EJWilkins: Colin's absolutely right. The bird is rather crowded by the right hand edge of the picture, it needs some space for the thrush to 'look at', in the same way as a car would need space to 'drive into'. smile
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 9 Mar 2007, 09:36
Excellent bird shot. Do you have a new camera? e-400?
EJWilkins: Thanks Louis. smile
... and yes I do. I really like the camera, it's a delight to use although I've got a lot of learning to do. Olympus have just announced its successor, the E-410, which will be on sale before the summer.
I told you these Olympus lenses are good, didn't I ?! Get the shot right as you have done superbly here, and the Olympus will produce the goods!
Can you believe the bas***ds in Italy that shoot thousands of these beautiful creatures during migration...for fun? Breaks my heart.
EJWilkins: You were right David, the lenses are good.
I think these beautiful birds are eaten in other European countries too, sad to say. They do no harm apart from eating a few worms and have the most delightful song.
great closeup
Oh Ellie, what a nice little bird !
  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 9 Mar 2007, 11:49
Hi Ellie.This is an excellent image of a really pretty bird. Looks like its head is cocked, and perhaps it is watching to see if you are "danger" or "waitress".
  • mal
  • 9 Mar 2007, 18:18
you have a great knack of nailing focus with shallow focal lengths, great shot El. Mal
EJWilkins: Ah, I think I probably cheat! The bird table is well away from any undergrowth, so the 'background' is about 20 to 30 feet away.
Ooh Ellie, very very nice...I thought we needed high focal lenses to shot birds... You prove us we don't !
Best yet Ellie - you'll have to get the Windowlene out now tongue
EJWilkins: Thanks Chris.
Will have to keep trying to beat the weather .. I clean the windows, it rains! vicious circle!
Stunning Ellie, simply stunning! My favourite songbird of all.
A very stunning picture, Ellie. I love the shallow DoF! The focus and sharpness is amazing, even though it has been taken through a window. Whoever is cleaning your windows is doing a great job smile
  • Julischka
  • Germany, near Frankfurt am Main
  • 10 Mar 2007, 08:11
For it is taken through a window it is very well done! smile
  • Deb
  • 10 Mar 2007, 19:44
The markings on his breast are so pretty! Nice shot, Ellie!
This, for me, is certainly the best of your bird theme so far. It's a truly lovely shot.
Amazing details (especially around the eyes) , the background is perfect and put the bird very well on the picture : Thumbs up !!
  • BeakerSt
  • Shutterchance
  • 11 Mar 2007, 23:36
Either a huge bird, you look like a bush or a nice zoom. tongue
EJWilkins: Ahh, umm .. it's a standard sized bird; I've a fairly decent zoom but it's not a spectacular one (40 - 150); I was about fifteen or so feet away just the other side of some windows, so maybe I do look like a bush! sad I'll have to stop wearing those green jumpers now!
Great !! Magnifico retrato del p√°jaro!!
What a super shot Ellie! PERFECT!
Absolutely brilliant shot, as are the series with the blue tits on the feeder. I live in the West Midlands and have only seen two song thrushes in the past five years. They really are in trouble. Beautiful as your image is I hope that this is not how my daughter will have to see them. I have a gallery of bird images at http://picasaweb.google.co.uk/Histoman/Birds which you are welcome to visit. I would welcome your comments.

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