drawing in the sky of Rome

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© dario sartini
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Photo Info
UploadedJanuary 30, 2008
TakenNovember 11, 2007
MakeNikon Corporation
ModelNIKON D70
Exposure1/250 sec at f/8
FlashNo Flash
Focal Length65 mm
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I did not ask the birds to pose for me ... but they did.

66 responses

  • Pamela Brumbley

    Pamela Brumbley (Deleted) gave props (30 Jan 2008):

    whoa that is a lot of birds! its amazing how they create their own designs in the sky.

  • Paul Lavallee

    Paul Lavallee gave props (30 Jan 2008):

    awesome submission for this theme!

  • John Linton

    John Linton gave props (30 Jan 2008):

    Wow! Alfred Hitchcock should have gone to Rome to shoot some footage for The Birds. What kind of birds are these?

  • Reese M.

    Reese M. gave props (30 Jan 2008):

    What an amazing shot!

  • dario sartini

    dario sartini said (30 Jan 2008):

    no no Steven, the sensor was very clean ....
    in latin these birds are called sturnus vulgaris. I don't know the english translation. sorry

  • dario sartini

    dario sartini said (30 Jan 2008):

    found !
    they are starlings (or european starlings)

  • Kyle Wilkins

    Kyle Wilkins gave props (31 Jan 2008):

    that is absolutly crazy!!!

  • Svein Nordrum

    Svein Nordrum (Deleted) gave props (1 Feb 2008):

    Extraordinary! Almost like an abstract painting, wonderful!

  • Will Southwood

    Will Southwood said (2 Feb 2008):


  • Johanna Mifsud

    Johanna Mifsud said (5 Feb 2008):

    A work of art Dario. Mesmerising.

  • Maurizio Giglio

    Maurizio Giglio said (7 Feb 2008):

    Very very good! ;)

  • Wiktor Figiel

    Wiktor Figiel (Deleted) gave props (8 Feb 2008):


  • Christopher Dack

    Christopher Dack gave props (16 Feb 2008):

    Wild -- unreal that you could catch them like this -- beautiful!

  • Rachel Mckinnie

    Rachel Mckinnie gave props (18 Feb 2008):

    Soooooooooooooooooooo amazing.

  • jamon johnson

    jamon johnson said (19 Feb 2008):

    everything that everyone else said...Absolutely Amazing!

  • Steve Hogle

    Steve Hogle gave props (4 Mar 2008):

    Wow and wow

  • tanya zani

    tanya zani said (6 Mar 2008):

    no way....this isn't altered at all? it is AMAZING!!!!

  • Michele Randell

    Michele Randell gave props (7 Mar 2008):

    What a fantastic moment in time you have captured!!!

  • Yereth Jansen

    Yereth Jansen gave props (9 Mar 2008):


  • Maggie Weber

    Maggie Weber said (11 Mar 2008):

    so neat a beautiful!

  • Misko Kordic

    Misko Kordic gave props (12 Mar 2008):

    Amazing picture...

  • Marek Janicek

    Marek Janicek said (13 Mar 2008):

    Wow! This is unbelievable! First I thought it's a dirt on the film :) Amazing shot!

  • Michael Fancher

    Michael Fancher gave props (16 Mar 2008):

    Wild and amazing!!!

  • Glorija Lizde

    Glorija Lizde (Deleted) said (17 Mar 2008):

    omg. so crazy :D gorgeous colors

  • Stefano Pelloni

    Stefano Pelloni gave props (22 Mar 2008):

    ... meravigliosa ...

  • Ines Pasic

    Ines Pasic gave props (24 Mar 2008):

    Marvelous shot!

  • Marcus Way

    Marcus Way said (25 Mar 2008):

    Wow again! This is a lovely shot the spiraling flocks look like an illustration from a Dr. Seuss book, some sort of half duck half tornado creature. The background colours would have made a beautiful enough picture alone; and then the birds take it to another, almost ethereal, level. Nice.

  • herman vandecauter

    herman vandecauter (Deleted) said (25 Mar 2008):

    Which kind of food do you give to the birds?

  • Sol Hess

    Sol Hess gave props (27 Mar 2008):

    Goodness!!! You're a magician! Bravo!!!

  • monika mitterdorfer

    monika mitterdorfer gave props (31 Mar 2008):

    unbelievable! fantastic! great! this is really like a painting!

  • adniloj

    adniloj gave props (8 Apr 2008):

    the birds do you very well! quite a nice capture!

  • Alexis - Now on Flickr

    Alexis - Now on Flickr gave props (8 Apr 2008):

    I had missed this one - what an absolutely astounding, and astoundingly beautiful, image.

  • Magda Beda

    Magda Beda said (12 Apr 2008):


  • Thierry Lacasse

    Thierry Lacasse said (2 May 2008):

    I love birds... ;)

  • Rogerio de Freitas

    Rogerio de Freitas said (4 May 2008):

    Great capture.

  • norman mayers

    norman mayers gave props (6 May 2008):

    wow! wow! wow!

  • William Allen

    William Allen said (21 May 2008):

    thats so strange...I think your lying, you did ask them to pose. Haha

  • Claudia Turner

    Claudia Turner gave props (22 May 2008):

    surreal and beautiful

  • Nathan McNamara

    Nathan McNamara said (23 May 2008):

    Truely amazing, beauty in colors!

  • Bonnie Blanton

    Bonnie Blanton (Deleted) said (24 May 2008):

    Unbelievable photographic moment! Congrats!

  • Roberto Chaves

    Roberto Chaves gave props (29 May 2008):

    I like this shot!

  • Rand Blimes

    Rand Blimes gave props (16 Jun 2008):

    cool moment to capture.

  • Tina Carpenter

    Tina Carpenter gave props (21 Jun 2008):

    this is an amazing shot congrats on the publish

  • Gary Foltz

    Gary Foltz gave props (23 Jun 2008):

    Right place eight time great shot and published nice.

  • Giulio Bassi

    Giulio Bassi said (17 Jul 2008):

    beh ... complimenti! ...... davvero meritata questa pubblicazione! .... una foto spettacolare!

  • Christophe Le Canne

    Christophe Le Canne gave props (31 Jul 2008):

    Stunning !

  • Barbara Gerstner

    Barbara Gerstner gave props (1 Aug 2008):

    Oh Oh Oh....you are very blessed to have witnessed this! BEAUTIFUL!!!!!!!!

  • Charidy Bunsa

    Charidy Bunsa gave props (22 Aug 2008):


  • andria

    andria gave props (23 Aug 2008):

    nuts! so surreal... I think I would have cried if I'd been there.

  • Patricia Shanahan

    Patricia Shanahan gave props (23 Sep 2008):

    This is wild ! Stunning capture !

  • Robert Armstrong

    Robert Armstrong (Deleted) gave props (24 Sep 2008):

    Fantastic! Awesome!

  • Andrea Petersen

    Andrea Petersen gave props (24 Sep 2008):

    Most unusual and I can envision this image as a Bird Goddess with wings.

  • ! Ù­ ĶîŘîàŊ ©

    ! ٭ ĶîŘîàŊ © said (16 Oct 2008):

    wow. this is such a magnificant picture. truly amazing

  • simone teixeira

    simone teixeira said (13 Nov 2008):

    °º° wow - stunning shot!!! incredible image!

  • Mal Stewart

    Mal Stewart gave props (17 Nov 2008):

    Unbelievably beautiful image. So well done, congratulations on getting published

  • !/! Jonathan Moyer

    !/! Jonathan Moyer said (23 Nov 2008):

    Incredible photo. This would make an amazing print. Truly an superb work of art. Well done.

  • David Fong

    David Fong said (10 Dec 2008):


  • Maria Eve Ploum (Eyegraphic)

    Maria Eve Ploum (Eyegraphic) (Deleted) said (24 Dec 2008):


  • Joseph Brunjes

    Joseph Brunjes (Deleted) gave props (16 Jan 2009):

    Great shot! Awesome colors

  • Joel MacPherson

    Joel MacPherson gave props (10 Feb 2009):


  • Michaela K.

    Michaela K. gave props (4 Oct 2009):


  • Drew Kelley

    Drew Kelley said (24 Dec 2009):


  • Epin Hervin

    Epin Hervin gave props (19 Aug 2011):

    You don't ask me to click favorite this photo.... but I did

  • Donna Mullins

    Donna Mullins (Deleted) gave props (7 Oct 2011):

    a late congrats on being published. so well deserved!

  • Thomas H.P. Jerusalem (Jerry)

    Thomas H.P. Jerusalem (Jerry) gave props (14 Feb 2012):

    Love it. Awesome pic!!

  • Susan B. Griffith

    Susan B. Griffith   said (28 Feb 2013):

    Wow, it almost looks like a swarm of bees. Nice find.

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