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Old Mar 17, 2006, 8:46 AM   #1
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Well, at least here in Minnesota...

We know it's close when these guys start coming back...













Thanks for looking--C&C welcome,

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Old Mar 17, 2006, 9:07 AM   #2
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Tom W wrote:
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Well, at least here in Minnesota...

We know it's close when these guys start coming back...


Thanks for looking--C&C welcome,

Tom W
Nice! Here in Brooklyn, your commment USED to be appropriate as well. Now many Robins over-winter....

My new symbol of Spring is the American Oyster Catcher. I got my first view of a returning flock yesterday....:lol:

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Old Mar 17, 2006, 9:47 AM   #3
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Very nice and "YEAH SPRING"!
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Old Mar 17, 2006, 2:14 PM   #4
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Beautiful, Tom esp No.3 - maybe a bit more contrast/punch ??
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Nice shots!! did you soften the first 2 shots?? As Dave mentioned, robins really aren't a sign of spring any more. Up here in Massachusetts there were flockd of them wintering over. Here red-winged blackbirds and grackles, as well as others, are the signs.

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nice shots, I agree perhaps a little more contrast and they would really pop
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Old Mar 18, 2006, 2:33 PM   #8
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Very nice pics Tom. Robins are still a Spring thing here in Oregon. I now wake up to Robin calls each morning. Are those Cherrys frozen on that tree? You must have had an early winter. The cherrys on my tree barely made it past rippening with all the Scrub Jays binging on them. I was so frustrated that I began wondering what a Cherry stuffed Jay tasted like....
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Old Mar 18, 2006, 6:37 PM   #9
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Thanks for the replies everyone. The top two are a little soft for two reasons--1) handheld out the truck window with a 300 F4 + 1.4x teleconverter at ISO 800, at just before sunup--2) I forgot to turn off the heat in the truck, and the heat coming out of the truck window, causes images to be soft. Kind of like the waves that come off of the road in the middle of summer. I learned this from shooting out my back patio door in the winter. I usually remember to turn off the heat, but it slipped my mind on this occassion. After fighting over the decision, I still liked them enough to think them worthy of keeping and posting, and I thought they had a nice softened 'portrait' look to them as pointed out in one of the replies. As far as the one on the bottom--the BG is vinyl siding on a house, and if I bump the contrast any it blows the BG to an unnacceptable level of brightness. I like all three photo's but the post was really more of a tribute to the arrival of spring for us here in middle minnesota. The robin's return is definitely a sign of that here, and I thought it was appropriate.

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