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A Long-tailed Tit from yesterday whilst out at the feed station with Missy. Finally getting a pair of these as regular visitors and also the Nuthatch has started to come in.

Many thanks for the comments on yesterdays Great Tit upload.

Brand:Canon
Camera:Canon EOS 7D
Lens:Sigma 800mm F5.6 EX DG HSM
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Date Taken:30 Jan 2012 - 12:23 PM
Focal Length:800mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/5.7
Aperture:f/8.0
Shutter Speed:1/1000sec
Exposure Comp:-2/3
ISO:320
Exposure Mode:Aperture-priority AE
Metering Mode:Multi-segment
Flash:Off, Did not fire
Title:Long-tailed Tit
Username:MossyOak MossyOak
Uploaded:31 Jan 2012 - 7:54 AM
Tags:Feed station, Long-tailed tit, Ltt, Wildlife / nature
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KarenFB
KarenFB Junior Gallery Team 74167 forum postsKarenFB vcard England160 Constructive Critique Points
31 Jan 2012 - 8:01 AMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

Beautifully caught, the details on the bird are stunning! Smile

I hope you don't mind me saying, and it is only my opinion. I know the background is probably totally natural, but with the perfect lighting it almost looks as if you had it in a cardboard box - I wonder if a little less blurring in the background would make it seem more 'natural'. Smile

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brownsilent
brownsilent e2 Member 7brownsilent vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
31 Jan 2012 - 8:01 AM

This little bugger looks so lovely in every small detail. Great fluffy-thing-image.
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saeidNL
saeidNL  4 Netherlands3 Constructive Critique Points
31 Jan 2012 - 8:03 AM

A fabulous capture,well done,
saeid

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MossyOak
MossyOak  2 England15 Constructive Critique Points
31 Jan 2012 - 8:08 AM

Many thanks Karen, the bg is completely natural and is dead bracken which is about 10 feet behind the perches. With the 800 I want it to look like canvas. If I raise the perches the bg changes to green as there is a large holly growing behind, but that is a no no as holly produces too much bokeh in strong sun. To get any form of detailing to show the bg would meen shooting at about F22, and the changing light and changing settings would be too much and the bird would be gone unfortunately.
A very good point though.

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asurahitam
31 Jan 2012 - 8:18 AM

nice shot...Smile

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CarolG
CarolG e2 Member 7125 forum postsCarolG vcard Greece16 Constructive Critique Points
31 Jan 2012 - 8:20 AMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

A little charmer, Richard, perfect detail. I do agree with Karen, though, I would rather see just a tad of detail in the background, rather than a plain 'canvas', but I understand your explanation. Carol

Last Modified By CarolG at 31 Jan 2012 - 8:21 AM

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MossyOak
MossyOak  2 England15 Constructive Critique Points
31 Jan 2012 - 8:26 AM

There are different shades of brown in the bg, just scroll the image and you will see them, very fine changes mind you, but it is the bird that is the subject and that is what the author tries to get, the bg aids in the bird jumping out. Think of it like a studio shoot with a plain bg and then add a few minor textures.
Achievment as you cannot always control nature unlike in a studio.
Good points folks, but it aint easy in the wild. Smile
I forgot to change the EPZ bg to black, that gives the eye a contrast to see the textures in the bg.

Last Modified By MossyOak at 31 Jan 2012 - 8:29 AM

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Clint123
Clint123  42 Constructive Critique Points
31 Jan 2012 - 8:34 AMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

Some very good points made here about the background. I can see subtle changes in the tones and the eye is straight away drawn towards a superb Longy and textured perch. The colours from the perch blend naturally and with the bg the whole image comes together superbly.
Cracking capture and patience to wait for these in that cold wet field.
Clinton

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Richsr
Richsr e2 Member 790 forum postsRichsr vcard England205 Constructive Critique Points
31 Jan 2012 - 8:54 AM

Good details and tones in this fine capture Richard
Regards Richard

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M_squared
M_squared e2 Member 2M_squared vcard United Kingdom
31 Jan 2012 - 9:04 AM

Beautifully captured.

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Steve_S
Steve_S e2 Member 8176 forum postsSteve_S vcard United Kingdom3 Constructive Critique Points
31 Jan 2012 - 9:19 AM

Great detail and ......BG Smile
Steve

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sparrowhawk
sparrowhawk e2 Member 5250 forum postssparrowhawk vcard United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
31 Jan 2012 - 10:09 AM

another great shot and i personally like it the way you have taken it !

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skewey
skewey  731 forum posts England
31 Jan 2012 - 10:27 AM

Excellent detail Richard and pose.


Paul

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johnjo58
johnjo58 e2 Member 3johnjo58 vcard United Kingdom5 Constructive Critique Points
31 Jan 2012 - 11:07 AM

Great work Richard, I really like the background the variations are subtle but IMHO that is the best type. I also struggle with BG that are clearly added after the event, very false looking.

All a matter of taste, thank god we are not all the same

David

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Karen_Summers
31 Jan 2012 - 11:12 AM

The background is lovely have a lot of these myself that are perfectly natural, its ok to have distraction in the background when it looks good as an habitat shot but this is perfectly fine for me.

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MossyOak
MossyOak  2 England15 Constructive Critique Points
31 Jan 2012 - 12:34 PM

Many thanks everyone. Just back in from more shots like this. Too dam cold for a longer session, I will stick with the dead bracken as I really like it, come spring/summer it should give a slight contrast as more green comes through. Aint nature fun. You'll never catch me using a false one or manipulating after for a bg. I hate them and they stick out like the dogs ........... Grin

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TonyDy
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31 Jan 2012 - 1:45 PM

Great shot, Richard.
Tony

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Maiwand e2 Member 7Maiwand vcard England69 Constructive Critique Points
31 Jan 2012 - 3:47 PM

Lovely crisp and well detailed capture of the LTT Richard. He must have had an away day today as the little devil did not show. Cracking good shot mate.
Ron

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KarenFB
KarenFB Junior Gallery Team 74167 forum postsKarenFB vcard England160 Constructive Critique Points
31 Jan 2012 - 4:06 PM


Quote: I forgot to change the EPZ bg to black

If you go into 'Edit' you can change the background colour! Wink

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MossyOak
MossyOak  2 England15 Constructive Critique Points
31 Jan 2012 - 4:24 PM


Quote: I forgot to change the EPZ bg to black

If you go into 'Edit' you can change the background colour! Wink

If you look Karen you will see that I did this when I commented this morning @ 8.26am Wink

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KarenFB
KarenFB Junior Gallery Team 74167 forum postsKarenFB vcard England160 Constructive Critique Points
31 Jan 2012 - 5:04 PM

Lol! So you did - just testing!!!! Wink

(sorry!)

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OAKEY
OAKEY  6 United Kingdom
31 Jan 2012 - 7:21 PM

Super detailed capture Richard and colours are spot on.
Shaun

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moiral
moiral e2 Member 3moiral vcard Scotland
31 Jan 2012 - 7:21 PM

Here was me thinking what a great bg that you had, then I started reading the comments. Had to go back and have another look, but going with my first instincts - definitely like the bg. Anyway, first class shot of this wee beauty, wish I could get a shot like this. It is so coy looking here. Moira

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MossyOak
MossyOak  2 England15 Constructive Critique Points
31 Jan 2012 - 7:25 PM

Just like to confirm it is a natural bg of dead bracken

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tomcat
tomcat e2 Member 85744 forum poststomcat vcard United Kingdom15 Constructive Critique Points
31 Jan 2012 - 7:33 PM

Backgrounds seem to be the topic on this one RichardWink

I wonder why?Tongue

Adrian

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MickyMc
MickyMc  6 United Kingdom
31 Jan 2012 - 10:59 PM

I'm really confused with your coming and going...but if the photography is up to scratch well I'll appreciate it. Wink
Mavis

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teocali
teocali e2 Member 6191 forum poststeocali vcard England18 Constructive Critique Points
31 Jan 2012 - 11:06 PM

Superb LTT capture and pose, Richard. Beautiful plumage detail/patterning and fab textures in that perch, all isolated to perfection by the warm, clean, natural bg tones
Sylvia

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