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A Blue Tit (Cyanistes caeruleus) perched on the top of one of my ornamental conifers which has produced an abundance of cones this year.
Settings: F/4 1/160sec ISO640 manual @500mm tripod

Thank you all so much for your C&Cs on my Nuthatch upload and a special thank you to Geoff(Nikonuk) for his critique and to Dave Sumner for his great mod and critique. Great tips and very much appreciated.

Camera:Canon EOS 40D
Lens:Canon 500mm F4L IS
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Title:Blue Tit (Cyanistes caeruleus)
Username:teocali teocali
Uploaded:25 Feb 2010 - 11:30 AM
Tags:Close-up / macro, General, Wildlife / nature
Votes:60
Modifications wanted Modifications Welcome (Upload a Modification)

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WL_Harris
WL_Harris  6 United States2 Constructive Critique Points
25 Feb 2010 - 11:44 AM

Very beautiful image, the combination of colors draws me to this shot.
Very well seen and captured.
Lee

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Maiwand
Maiwand e2 Member 7Maiwand vcard England69 Constructive Critique Points
25 Feb 2010 - 11:45 AM

First class shot Sylvia. The birch cones have provided a lovely perch station and it appears to have enabled the Bluey to be in excellent light. Lovely pinpoint eye catchlight as result and excellent plumage detail.
Ron

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VidB
VidB  6 United Kingdom11 Constructive Critique Points
25 Feb 2010 - 11:51 AM

Superb well detailed and colourful image, well captured
Dave

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clicknimagine
25 Feb 2010 - 11:54 AM

very nicely done...

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DannoM
DannoM  658 forum posts England
25 Feb 2010 - 11:58 AM

A very nice bluey, particular like the perch. Well done.
Dan.

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Canadiann
Canadiann  4 Canada2 Constructive Critique Points
25 Feb 2010 - 12:07 PM

Beautiful indeed and those cones do provide so much to help the shot especially with texture, The birds pose is beautifully captured.
I'm afraid I can only dream of shots like this with my poor camera and skills.
Regards
Ann

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Glyn1
Glyn1  5 England1 Constructive Critique Points
25 Feb 2010 - 12:59 PM

Fabulous Blue Tit, feather detail & colour are top quality. Love the perch Smile, super BG and excellent lighting.

Glyn

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pluckyfilly
pluckyfilly e2 Member 8293 forum postspluckyfilly vcard United Kingdom33 Constructive Critique Points
25 Feb 2010 - 1:04 PM

well detailed a great image

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TonyDy
TonyDy e2 Member 5TonyDy vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
25 Feb 2010 - 1:15 PM

Great image, well caught.
Tony

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gary_d
gary_d  6556 forum posts Wales13 Constructive Critique Points
25 Feb 2010 - 1:29 PM

Nice colour and detail. - gary

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CarolG
CarolG e2 Member 8141 forum postsCarolG vcard Greece18 Constructive Critique Points
25 Feb 2010 - 1:31 PM

What a super capture, Sylvia, and on a very complementary perch, too. Carol

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Malty
Malty  5 England
25 Feb 2010 - 1:35 PM

Beautiful image - Very well taken indeed.

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johnjones
johnjones  5 England
25 Feb 2010 - 1:53 PM

great image spot on
jj

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Mike_Smith
Mike_Smith e2 Member 7132 forum postsMike_Smith vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
25 Feb 2010 - 3:10 PM

Superb shot and very well presented

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RonnieAG
RonnieAG e2 Member 5139 forum postsRonnieAG vcard Scotland112 Constructive Critique Points
25 Feb 2010 - 3:23 PM

A lovely shot, Sylvia, beautifully lit and presented.
Ronnie.

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Daisymaye
Daisymaye e2 Member 6Daisymaye vcard Canada9 Constructive Critique Points
25 Feb 2010 - 3:23 PM

Excellent capture. Great place to have landed too. Superb detail and colour.........Sandy

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Vince_S
Vince_S  5 England
25 Feb 2010 - 4:28 PM

Super shot with rich colours.
Vince

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DRicherby
DRicherby  6269 forum posts United Kingdom725 Constructive Critique Points
25 Feb 2010 - 4:58 PMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

A nice shot, well lit with an interesting perch.

It does have a bit of a super-imposed look because of the background replacement, which has left a bit of a black border around the bird. The blue tit itself looks great in the small version though, in the large, it's not quite sharp.

*whispers* You forgot to do the space between his legs and a few other areas around the confer cones.

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mudge
mudge e2 Member 1250 forum postsmudge vcard United Kingdom56 Constructive Critique Points
25 Feb 2010 - 5:06 PM

Another great Tit image

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teocali
teocali e2 Member 6249 forum poststeocali vcard England18 Constructive Critique Points
25 Feb 2010 - 5:21 PM


Quote: A nice shot, well lit with an interesting perch.

It does have a bit of a super-imposed look because of the background replacement, which has left a bit of a black border around the bird. The blue tit itself looks great in the small version though, in the large, it's not quite sharp.

*whispers* You forgot to do the space between his legs and a few other areas around the confer cones.

Hi Dave
I didn't replace the bg. After tweaking levels/shadow/highlights I noticed the bg was a little noisy, so I selected the subject, inverted and put the bg through CS3 noise filter. Perhaps it is this selection that makes you think I changed the bg? The bg consists of the blurred evergreen leaves of a yucca plant about 10ft back from the conifer perch.

Sylvia

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Ray42
Ray42  6 England3 Constructive Critique Points
25 Feb 2010 - 5:29 PM

Nice shot Sylvia enhoyed the large view

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LukeParkinson
25 Feb 2010 - 5:40 PM

Good shot. Well done

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shandoor
shandoor  5 United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
25 Feb 2010 - 6:33 PM

Beautiful image with suepr detail and colours
Alexa

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lianna
lianna  5 United Kingdom13 Constructive Critique Points
25 Feb 2010 - 7:02 PM

a beautiful capture x x

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sable
sable  6 England7 Constructive Critique Points
25 Feb 2010 - 7:11 PM

A super little bird - only wish that I could get a shot anywhere near as good as this I seem to fail everytime - Elizabeth

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Geofferz
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25 Feb 2010 - 7:46 PM

Great capture.
Geoff

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EMJAYCEE
EMJAYCEE e2 Member 5EMJAYCEE vcard England10 Constructive Critique Points
25 Feb 2010 - 7:50 PM

Top marks in all departments.
Joan.

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Gezina
Gezina  8 United Kingdom6 Constructive Critique Points
25 Feb 2010 - 8:59 PM

Beautifully perched on the cones - with lovely detail and colour - Ina

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Excellent shot - well done

Chris

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vandalp
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25 Feb 2010 - 9:12 PM

Stunning detail Sylvia.
Vanda

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Lillian
Lillian e2 Member 5Lillian vcard United Kingdom16 Constructive Critique Points
25 Feb 2010 - 10:03 PM

WOW! this is an amazingly beautiful capture
so perfect
only problem...wish it was mine!
truely beautiful
Lillian

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tigertimb  640 forum posts United Kingdom66 Constructive Critique Points
26 Feb 2010 - 8:51 AMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

Great shot Sylvia, nicely cheerful and a perky pose Smile

Reading Dave's comment, I think the things that caught his eye are a few patches within the cones that are still noisy and so don't match. (under the birds leg, two around the green cone, and bottom right) A small smoothing brush should fix this and the dark edge he mentioned is most prominent along the underside of the bird and a bit of cloning of the background replacing the shadows only should clean that up too.
Hope this helps

Tim

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photophantom
26 Feb 2010 - 4:15 PM

fantastic close up
Dennis

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maratsuikka
27 Feb 2010 - 7:58 PM

good critique constructive here Sylvia...

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1 Mar 2010 - 2:12 PM

Lovely shot Sylvia and some useful critique here,
Geoff.

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