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Old 21st January 2013
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Just to annoy Jon - more snow scenes and birds in snow!

Well I have to admit to being somewhat disappointed myself today as we had been promised a bit of brightness in the sky but there was none - just dreary grey skies. However, not being ones to sit about, we spent an hour or so in our usual haunt but very local to us as, although all the main roads have been treated and are fine, the side roads are not and although public transport was up and running, it didn't seem sensible to leave town not knowing if we would get back!

Right on our doorstep (almost) this was the scene at the start of our jaunt -

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Taken from a bridge close to the town centre a midwinter scene with snow and ice -

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We also met a few of our feathered friends. Fortunately parts of the canal and also a large pond area at the side have areas that are unfrozen so things are not as bad as they might be and the narrowboat owners are generous with their leftovers!

Doh, my cover is blown - thought I blended in well with the snowy surrounds! -

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This seagull obviously likes the snow - he/she is standing in an area of snow next to a completely clear patch alongside! -

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and, finally, our seasonal friend, the robin, also perched on the snow! -

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All taken with the OM-D, 70-300mm lens except No. 2, which was taken with the 50mm.

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Re: Just to annoy Jon - more snow scenes and birds in snow!

With such fantastic photographic light I don't know what you are all complaining about ,,, as usual these are lovely Annie.

Out blue skies may look wonderful to you but if you were here to experience the oppressive heat then I'm sure you would rather be indoors like us!
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Re: Just to annoy Jon - more snow scenes and birds in snow!

Soft light is very underrated and renders superb detail. The shot of the gull is right out the top drawer, a real stonker!
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Re: Just to annoy Jon - more snow scenes and birds in snow!

Gull and Robin are top for me but I do so lurve the icy canal images too
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Re: Just to annoy Jon - more snow scenes and birds in snow!

Ann1e, well you've gone and done t no problems there!!
These shots are truly excellent especially the the mono image.
But when I scrolled down and saw the gull, well Teddy bounced of three walls and drowned in the milk!
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Re: Just to annoy Jon - more snow scenes and birds in snow!

Lovely set, I like the look of the Gull and Robin, thats an interesting theme worth developing further.

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Re: Just to annoy Jon - more snow scenes and birds in snow!

Really inspiring thread, the treatment of the Gull and Robin are sublime, something to aspire too.
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Re: Just to annoy Jon - more snow scenes and birds in snow!

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But when I scrolled down and saw the gull, well Teddy bounced of three walls and drowned in the milk!
I just had to visit Ann1e's gallery and rate the gull a 10.
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Re: Just to annoy Jon - more snow scenes and birds in snow!

Thank you all for looking in and commenting.

Mark - you will not make me enjoy these freezing conditions by telling me how warm you are!

Thank you, John, for your very encouraging comment - I guess you and Mark are right about soft light working very much in the photographer's favour!

Chevvy, Jon, Tom and Imageryone - glad you all liked the gull - wasn't quite sure about it but I definitely like it now that it has been well received!

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... Mark - you will not make me enjoy these freezing conditions by telling me how warm you are! ........Regards, Ann1e
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Re: Just to annoy Jon - more snow scenes and birds in snow!

I like the gull but

That Robin is fantastic!

Is that effect just caused by him shaking with a slowish shutter speed or is there some magical jiggery pokery going on to keep his head stil and the rest wobbly ?
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That Robin is fantastic!

Is that effect just caused by him shaking with a slowish shutter speed or is there some magical jiggery pokery going on to keep his head stil and the rest wobbly ?
I had a quiet word with the robin on your behalf but he was not going to own up to any jiggery pokery!

To be serious, or reasonably so - when I took the pic the robin was almost still and the resultant image was pretty sharp. The effect I chose for the photograph I posted was created with the help of Picasa, software which I haven't until recently used to its full potential.

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Re: Just to annoy Jon - more snow scenes and birds in snow!

Lovely shots Ann1e, the canal images really give a flavour for the weather we have been having.
I also like the Robin and Gull processing, definitely emphasises the subject nicely.
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Re: Just to annoy Jon - more snow scenes and birds in snow!

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Soft light is very underrated and renders superb detail. The shot of the gull is right out the top drawer, a real stonker!
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Re: Just to annoy Jon - more snow scenes and birds in snow!

Me too Ann1e, couldn't agree more either. This is a lovely set and the birds are wonderful.
I am enjoying seeing all these little robins lately. When you say they are seasonal, do they disappear during your summer?
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