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Thought I would give my new log an outing.
I find these birds a bit flighty but the numbers visiting my feeders are very much on the increase.
Taken in early morning light,the bg is a big old conifer in the garden which I'm not sure works to be honest,may have to move the location of the log !

F2.8 manual mode
1/400th sec with tripod
ISO 200
EV -0.3
Centre weighted Metering.

Raw converted in CS2,slight crop,curves adjusted & border added.

The larger version is worth a glance if you can.

Thankyou for looking.
Janet

Camera:Nikon D2X Check out Nikon Nation!
Lens:Sigma 120-300mm f2.8
Recording media:Digital Raw
Title:Great Tit
Username:chase chase
Uploaded:13 Apr 2006 - 5:32 AM
Tags:Wildlife / nature
Votes:68
Has Modifications Modifications Welcome (Upload a Modification)

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JouŠo
JouŠo  1056 forum posts Finland
13 Apr 2006 - 5:35 AM

hi, Janet!
Fantastic capture!

Jouko

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Ade_Osman
Ade_Osman e2 Member 114484 forum postsAde_Osman vcard England36 Constructive Critique Points
13 Apr 2006 - 5:46 AM

Not bad at all Janet, although I've made a few tweaks in the mods which I feel benefit the shot a little....Let me know..

Ade

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martinb13
martinb13  8 Scotland
13 Apr 2006 - 5:58 AM

Great - even the detail in the log is interesting!!

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chase
chase Critique Team 81116 forum postschase vcard England235 Constructive Critique Points
13 Apr 2006 - 5:59 AM

Thanks guys.
Ade,this is an image I wasn't too happy with,I played around with different things & just couldn't put my finger on it,still can't & I'm not convinced that it will remain ! I like the warmer colour you have put on the mod,I tried it & all I did was screw up the natural colour of the bird..lol I like the eye contact I have here but there's just something I'm not settled with..we'll see.Thanks for the mod though.
Janet xx

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vparmar
vparmar  9 United Kingdom
13 Apr 2006 - 6:01 AM

brilliant shot well captured

vinny

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elcid
elcid  9150 forum posts England
13 Apr 2006 - 6:02 AM

Lovely shot of a lovely bird, spot on.

Bill.

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Ade_Osman
Ade_Osman e2 Member 114484 forum postsAde_Osman vcard England36 Constructive Critique Points
13 Apr 2006 - 6:15 AM

I don't think there is anything wrong with the shot Janet, but it's always nice to see things a little differently. Looking at my mod again, I think I may have over-cooked it!....hey ho....LOL

Ade

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Jasbe
Jasbe  9116 forum posts England
13 Apr 2006 - 6:32 AM

Lovely clear shot janet.
Jason

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Wooly
Wooly  8112 forum posts England4 Constructive Critique Points
13 Apr 2006 - 6:45 AM

Terrific detail Janet.

Alan

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Rock
Rock e2 Member 12Rock vcard England2 Constructive Critique Points
13 Apr 2006 - 6:54 AM

I do like this capture .
As they say " The Eyes Have It ".
Rob

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PatrickSmith
13 Apr 2006 - 6:54 AM

It is so unusual to see a direct head on shot like this. Maybe that is why you are not quite happy with it. But that is my favourite part. I think Ade is on to something with a little added warmth. The quality looks good. I say, keep it!
Patrick

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tull
tull  11181 forum posts United Kingdom
13 Apr 2006 - 7:49 AM

Lovely and sharp and colourful Janet.

Mark.

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Simon_Whitehouse

superb capture.

Smithy

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CP_01
CP_01  8
13 Apr 2006 - 8:22 AM

Perfect!

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chase
chase Critique Team 81116 forum postschase vcard England235 Constructive Critique Points
13 Apr 2006 - 8:33 AM

Thankyou all.
Patrick..you may well have hit the proverbial nail there !! I do like the eye contact but possibly not used to seeing it on a little bird.

Janet xx

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jacquienewsham
13 Apr 2006 - 9:15 AM

great shot and capture

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jacquienewsham
13 Apr 2006 - 9:15 AM

ooops sorry

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MalcolmS
MalcolmS e2 Member 81061 forum postsMalcolmS vcard England13 Constructive Critique Points
13 Apr 2006 - 9:16 AM

Great colour and detail Janet

Malcolm

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GillyB
GillyB e2 Member 9316 forum postsGillyB vcard United Kingdom8 Constructive Critique Points
13 Apr 2006 - 9:39 AM

Excellent AP capture as opposed to a Lateral, he looks like a cheeky one to me!
gill

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kinfatric
kinfatric  9550 forum posts Scotland9 Constructive Critique Points
13 Apr 2006 - 9:53 AM

this is a superb full on shot Janet, just wonderful

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PhillsPhotography

wow what a superb shot nice crisp detail
il do a swap for my d70 if you like (no ah well worth the try ) Wink

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juldon
juldon  1178 forum posts England
13 Apr 2006 - 10:01 AM

Thats a great shot Janet the birds are very busy just now.

Julie

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hayleyk
hayleyk  956 forum posts England
13 Apr 2006 - 10:23 AM

I love the pose,Janet,looks great large.
Have an RC Smile
hayley

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mandarinkay
13 Apr 2006 - 10:46 AM

Hi Janet .... to be honest with you I think that, in this case anyway ... the conifer makes an excellent b/g for this bird as it contrasts so well to show the bird. A cracking shot altogether with lovely clear detail! Fantastic! Click*
Karen
Edit .... Janet ... just read your comments to Ade ...... don't pull this ... it is a cracking shot ... imo there is nothing at all wrong with this one! And 30 ohters can't all be wrong can they? Wink Take care xx

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chase
chase Critique Team 81116 forum postschase vcard England235 Constructive Critique Points
13 Apr 2006 - 10:51 AM

Thankyou all,I appreciate your comments.

Phil..still got my D70 a good one to have,still,I'm sorry,no swap !!...lol

Julie,it's so nice to see the birds so busy,it's costing me a small fortune in seed though.My garden is a great nesting site at the moment.

Gill..glad he was AP & not PA though, not a pretty sight !!

Thanks Karen,I reckon Patrick is right,it's the full on pose that possibly doesn't sit quite right with me.

Janet xx

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thorn
thorn  9124 forum posts Scotland2 Constructive Critique Points
13 Apr 2006 - 11:14 AM

Hi Janet,your new log seems to have attracted some gorgeous visitors already,fantastic capture and detail.Take care.AnnSmile

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Marian
Marian  862 forum posts England
13 Apr 2006 - 11:51 AM

A lovely sharp image, and stood on the log he looks great
Marian

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exposure
exposure e2 Member 101307 forum postsexposure vcard England
13 Apr 2006 - 12:39 PM

Beautiful eye detail and catchlight tones and composition.
Pauline.:0)

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SoupyD
SoupyD  8
13 Apr 2006 - 1:42 PM

Gorgeous...love the colours and detail in the feathers! wtg!

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Billies
Billies  9 Ireland
13 Apr 2006 - 3:27 PM

Magnificent, especially in large.
Bill

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tonymarq
tonymarq  8 United States
13 Apr 2006 - 5:29 PM

Janet all i can say is WOW!! ok must pick up my jaw now as it is on the ground somwhere!!

stay well
tonymarq

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glazzaro
glazzaro e2 Member 970 forum postsglazzaro vcard United States23 Constructive Critique Points
13 Apr 2006 - 5:36 PM

Well I like it, nice comp and you really have the art of birds shot down! Wink Spot on! Click!!!

Greg

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BerthaDBluze
13 Apr 2006 - 6:20 PM

I like it too! Great eye contact, nice colors, composition, and detail. Smile

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13 Apr 2006 - 8:29 PM

I'm with the others like the full on direct look and the log adds to the capture..Judith

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bricurtis
bricurtis e2 Member 91892 forum postsbricurtis vcard England48 Constructive Critique Points
14 Apr 2006 - 12:52 AM

Hi Janet. Great pose I like the full on look and the detail. Reading your comments IMHO The dark BG seems to make the bird a little lacking in natural colour on my monitor.I would not take it down though.

Brian.

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plugin  9 Canada
14 Apr 2006 - 3:49 AM

Beautiful capture!
Jim

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bricurtis
bricurtis e2 Member 91892 forum postsbricurtis vcard England48 Constructive Critique Points
14 Apr 2006 - 5:15 AM

Back for another look Janet. Big is definately best, but your previous Great Tit shots do have more colour to them.

Regards
Brian.

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chase
chase Critique Team 81116 forum postschase vcard England235 Constructive Critique Points
14 Apr 2006 - 10:13 AM

My thanks to you all.
Brian,,I have recently had my monitior calibrated.. by a very nice but expensive young man..the colours look very different to me now,maybe I have been over cautious on this occasion,or it could be the dark bg.I will need to take a couple of images with the log elsewhere for comparison.
My thanks to you for taking the time to compare.
Janet xx

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bricurtis
bricurtis e2 Member 91892 forum postsbricurtis vcard England48 Constructive Critique Points
14 Apr 2006 - 10:41 AM

No problem Janet I am always interested in your work.
Incidentally when I bought a new monitor before Christmas I was left thinking that things did not look the right colours compared to my previous one. A friend fine tuned it and things now seem OK, but I fully understand what you are saying.

Brian.

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KBan  9456 forum posts England4 Constructive Critique Points
14 Apr 2006 - 11:05 AM

hi Janet the large version has superb detail
keith

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14 Apr 2006 - 1:26 PM

A rare shot to get the bird looking right at the camera.

W

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yjjeep  10
14 Apr 2006 - 6:57 PM

Outstanding eye detail.Great job on this one.Take care.

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georg e2 Member 9georg vcard South Africa
15 Apr 2006 - 3:55 AM

Was off ePZ for three weeks. Jan (ePZ) and his wife Meri was visiting us in South Africa. Now I have hopefully time catching up with comments.
Georg

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JCowlan  8 England
15 Apr 2006 - 1:21 PM

Hi Janet,

Nice sharp image, good detail and catchlights. Nice texture in the log too



James

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lizziew
lizziew  9
16 Apr 2006 - 10:13 AM

beautiful colour and detail very well presented......liz

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User_Removed
16 Apr 2006 - 6:44 PM

texture in bg is great... super shot all together!... great stuff!

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angelamary
18 Apr 2006 - 2:02 AM

Lovely pose! Well caught!

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MoWiz  9114 forum posts United Kingdom
19 Apr 2006 - 12:23 AM

love the pose and eye contacy, works for me, great shot
Mo

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daringdaphne
20 Apr 2006 - 11:00 AM

I think it is a great shot: I liked the mod's warmer tones, but then I have never taken a bird so it looks great for me.The detail is good, and I like the direct gaze, almost as if he's seen you.

(*.*)D

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Hawkgenes  9 United Kingdom
21 Apr 2006 - 9:05 AM

Like the way he's looking at you. Great shot

Hawk

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Cronk  9 United Kingdom
23 Apr 2006 - 10:15 PM

A lovely shot of a lovely creature and I think you are right, they are on the increase.

Paul

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25 Apr 2006 - 10:13 PM

Excellent image, Janet.

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podgod  10494 forum posts Scotland3 Constructive Critique Points
8 Jun 2006 - 10:31 AM

A beautiful crisp image, the background works well with this bird but would not work so well with a less colourful bird.

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