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Just a chubby little winter bird

Just a chubby little winter bird
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Copyright: Shelly OBrien (ShellyOB) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 294 W: 86 N: 790] (3425)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-01-16
Categories: Nature
Camera: Nikon D70s, Sigma 70-300 D macro
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/1250 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-01-17 9:58
Viewed: 1263
Points: 26
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I'd taken my camera out because I'd seen bluebirds flying around, but those little creatures are FAST. I've never gotten a decent shot of one. I spotted this little fellow in a tree next door and he sat there for a long time letting me snap shots of him. I was really surprised to see a baby bird (I guess it was a baby) so late in the winter.

I was using a 300mm lens on macro and I've found if I set my camera menu to sharper, I seem to get better detail. The light was really nice, too, so I guess that helped.

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To trampas: BirdsShellyOB 1 01-17 11:11
To SunToucher: Thanks, NiekShellyOB 1 01-17 10:44
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Hi Shelly,
Looks like the little bird is warming him self up with the winter sun. I like his chubby look.
On one hand I like the soft OOF part in this photo, but I think that a slighly smaller aperture would have been more preferd. Some of the edges of the bird became a little OOF as well. You had plenty of shutter speed left to go to F8.

Hello Shelly!
Very sweet little birs and excellent colours, light, contrast in your picture!
Nice detail and good point of view!
Really lovely background!
Best regards!

hi Shelley
great shot good detail on the bird and good background
regrds bryan

This is really nice Shelly! I love the BLUE in this! Really nice sharpness! The combination of green and blue is really nice here. I'm impressed! It's not easy to hold a 300mm steady enough to shoot birds who are constantly moving! good work!

This is a very nice composition, from the lighting, to the background colors. It's just beautiful!

hi shelly.
nicely shot.
very sharp and full of detail.
a beautiful little bird. although i dabble in ornithology i have never seen anything like him here.


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  • Dot Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1583 W: 40 N: 3488] (13942)
  • [2009-01-17 13:49]

Hi Shelly
I am not very good at getting shots of birds but I have been watching them for over 20 years and the babies will sit still for a long time while being trained and waiting to be fed.
You got yourself a real nice one, looks great against the background and the eye is really sharp.
Good shot

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  • Beger Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3311 W: 1066 N: 5188] (23042)
  • [2009-01-17 16:52]

Hi Shelly,
Superb capture in hard conditions!
I like the colors, the mix of blue and green colors in BG making a good contrast with the gray plumage of this little bird. The focus on the head, especially on the eye is very nicely rendered. Bravo! Annie

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  • gnada Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2538 W: 70 N: 4788] (22221)
  • [2009-01-17 20:08]

Hi Shelly...

Very cute little birs and excellent capture..!
Very nice color, sharp and full of detail.
What more can I say than bravo...
Best regards,


Hi Shelly, nice catch. Good light falling on him and sharpness gives more detail. The bird looks beautiful. Well done. Cheers - Adil.

Hi Shelly,

Great capture of the bird, The colors and details are perfect and like the clarity of the bird and the blurred background. Great job Shelly.

Best wishes and regards

Nice sharp details and a lovely little catchlight in his/her eye which really brings it to life. Colours are well saturated. Great timing and great capture.
Thanks for sharing

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