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Bluebirds of Happiness

Bluebirds of Happiness
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Copyright: Werner Dirla (werdir) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1416 W: 147 N: 2654] (11957)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-04-17
Categories: Nature
Camera: Nikon D90, AF-S VR Zoom-Nikkor 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 G, 67 mm Hoya UV
Exposure: f/13.0, 1/800 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): Marshy Point Nature Center [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2010-04-18 15:47
Viewed: 1228
Points: 22
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Although I like birds a lot, I am not what one calls a “birder.” While at the spring festival at Marshy Point Nature Center on Saturday, my wife and I crossed paths with two of the real birders who conduct walking tours around the nature preserve. They had a scope set up and were showing a tour group some distant birds. I guess they could tell that I was interested, so they invited us over to take a look, and I was amazed that they spotted this pair of Eastern Bluebirds in a distant tree.

Since this was the last stop of the tour, they invited everyone for a Sunday walk with them in a few weeks, which I’ll probably attend. I couldn’t easily tell which tree the bluebirds were in, so I walked along with the gentleman as he carried the scope to his car, and asked him to point the tree out to me. When he did, I couldn’t believe how far away it was. We talked about photography and my camera briefly, then I snuck up as close as I could to the tree in question and got a few pictures of this beautiful pair. I did not get close enough to scare them off.

My 300 mm lens can only do so much in these circumstances, so I took advantage of digital zoom by cropping in closely. I dodged the male’s head slightly to show more detail and applied USM. Although the result is slightly grainy, I decided to leave it as such. If you think I should have removed the noise, please let me know.

Thanks for viewing, all critiques and comments are welcome.

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  • bri Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 751 W: 13 N: 1404] (6384)
  • [2010-04-18 16:03]

Hi Werner,
Great shot, I don't think the noise is a distraction at all, you have caught these two in a great pose, the colours of the birds are striking and the sunlight is giving the leaves a real vivid green look. Nice image with excellent DoF and interest. Best wishes

Bonjour Werner,

Vous présentez ici une radieuse phographie de printemps.
Le ciel semble blanc nacré et l'armature de cet arbre probablement un genre d'érable,
convient tout à fait à ce duo d'oiseaux bonheur.
Un léger bruit certes sur le plumage donne une texture robuste à leur costume de plumes.
Ce cliché est plaisant et poétique.
Merci pour le partage de ce moment vécu lors de votre balade.

Amitiés. Yolande

Excellent nature shot.Very natural atmosphere with spring colors.Amazing quality for a digital zoom,great job.Best wishes Otto.

Bonsoir Werner,
Agréable prise de vue de ces deux magnifiques oiseaux sous ce feuillage d'un vert tendre du printemps, le contre-jour et la luminosité est magnifique, superbe travail et détails.
tous mes compliments .

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  • Dot Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1583 W: 40 N: 3488] (13942)
  • [2010-04-18 21:26]

HI Werner
Everybody is posting birds while I am still trying.
You got yourself quite a collection and I must say these are real beauties, no doubt the blue one is the male.
I must be tired cuz if there is noise its not noticeable
Good shot

hi Werner good work here very clear image looks very natural good crop and framing tfs
regards bryan

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  • nicou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2777 W: 0 N: 5194] (50772)
  • [2010-04-19 0:41]


Dans ce branche et feuilles cxolorés en jaune, ce deux beaux oiseuax, sont merveilleux, ils sont parfaitement positionné dans l'image, le contre, jour est parfaitement maîtrisé, sueprbe.

bravo et amitié


Hola Werner
No se como definir la imagen pues puede considerarse comentario o critica
La foto me parece bien realizada con un encuadre acertado nitida y con buen color y contraste que define la silueta ,teniendo en cuenta que es una foto tomada en la naturaleza y tiene mucha dificultad

Un saludo

Very nice natural shot . I like this photos but if you have darken B/G pic. will be better.
Regrds Zoran

Hi Werner,
The BG has tendency of being OE which is distracting a little bit,here the darker BG and the lighter FG works fine in my opinion to enhance your main subject which are these two beautiful birds.
Best Wishes

Hi Werner

While these two are somewhat hidden in the (fairly busy) context of the tree branches, you've done an admirable job of placing them both in strong parts of the frame.

I also think your exposure was very well managed - yes, the background is bright but that is, in my opinion, perfectly acceptable, as the subject needs adequate exposure.

Possibly you could have concentrated on just one of the pair - the lower-right one, which is much clearer to view.

I can't see any noise at all!


p.s. my respect to you for delivering such honest critiques, particularly when some recipients are not used to constructive suggestions and react badly. TL needs more like you!

Werner, the OE background shows much better the details in the tree and the birds. Couldn't work any better than the exposure you chose. Or... the camera chose for you, whichever the case. Very interesting photograph with the colors as they are. I really like it!

Hello Werner,

Beautiful capture.
Excellent focus and very natural colors.
Noise is almost not noticeable.

Best regards,

Hello Werner! Even far away with backlight conditions you caught good details of those fantastic birds (never seen the Bluebirds yet)! The birds are well placed in the frame and we can see their features very well. Good job! I did a workshop for the pleasure.


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