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A Nuthatch (Sitta Europaea), taken in the garden last November.
Settings: F/4 1/400sec ISO400 manual @ 500mm tripod

Thank you all so much for your great response to my Dunnock upload - very much appreciated as always Smile

Camera:Canon EOS 40D
Lens:Canon 500mm F4L IS
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Title:Nuthatch (Sitta europaea)
Username:teocali teocali
Uploaded:24 Feb 2010 - 3:56 PM
Tags:Close-up / macro, General, Wildlife / nature
Votes:46
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Charlesmoss
24 Feb 2010 - 4:01 PM

Beautiful capture with fine detail in the plumage and eye
Regards Charles

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CarolG
CarolG e2 Member 7128 forum postsCarolG vcard Greece16 Constructive Critique Points
24 Feb 2010 - 4:08 PM

A belter, Sylvia, fantastic detail. Carol

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Brian65
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24 Feb 2010 - 4:22 PM

Wonderful shot, such great detail.
Brian

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Thushari
Thushari  5 Sri Lanka1 Constructive Critique Points
24 Feb 2010 - 4:24 PM

Nice shot with great detail and color.

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gary_d
gary_d e2 Member 6520 forum postsgary_d vcard Wales12 Constructive Critique Points
24 Feb 2010 - 4:30 PM

Another impressive image. - gary

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LukeParkinson
24 Feb 2010 - 4:33 PM

Super shot. Very well captured

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RonnieAG
RonnieAG e2 Member 4139 forum postsRonnieAG vcard Scotland111 Constructive Critique Points
24 Feb 2010 - 4:33 PM

A real beauty, Sylvia, and what a superb presentation too. Lovely work.
Ronnie.

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lianna
lianna  4 United Kingdom13 Constructive Critique Points
24 Feb 2010 - 4:44 PM

excellent shot x x

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colmar  742 forum posts Scotland35 Constructive Critique Points
24 Feb 2010 - 5:16 PM

A wonderful image so detailed and presented so well too Colin

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SurreyHillsMan e2 Member 627 forum postsSurreyHillsMan vcard England2 Constructive Critique Points
24 Feb 2010 - 5:19 PM

Great pose, comp and colour Sylvia

Jon

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24 Feb 2010 - 5:27 PM

Beautiful shot

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shandoor  5 United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
24 Feb 2010 - 5:34 PM

Beautiful image a superb pose wonderful detail and colours
Alexa

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WildLight  6145 forum posts United Kingdom3 Constructive Critique Points
24 Feb 2010 - 6:15 PM

A great shot of this Nuthatch.
Superb DOF and POV.

Joe

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Gezina
Gezina  7 United Kingdom6 Constructive Critique Points
24 Feb 2010 - 6:27 PM

Good shot Sylvia - lovely detail and well presented -Ina

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24 Feb 2010 - 6:42 PM

Lovely shot Sylvia and a great comp !!

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24 Feb 2010 - 7:02 PM

superb work Sylvia

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24 Feb 2010 - 7:25 PM

Lovely capture.
Geoff

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24 Feb 2010 - 8:46 PM

An unusual pose Sylvia beautifully captured. Lovely colour and detail.
Ron

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Imagephotographics

Excellent shot Sylvia - beautiful detail captured

Chris

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Graham_P  7 United Kingdom19 Constructive Critique Points
24 Feb 2010 - 9:52 PM

Love the unusual angle and eye contact you've captured in this one Sylvia,
Graham.

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24 Feb 2010 - 10:20 PMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

Lovely shot Sylvia with some good detail, I notice this was taken at f/4 but with the 500mm and the bird at this angle this isn't going to get you sharp detail overall. The head and feet are sharp as they appear to be on the same FL but I notice the detail drops off from the middle to lower chest. Depending on light availability it would be better to go for a minimum of f/8. That's the minimum I'm using and I'm still at the experimental stage with mine,
Regards,
Geoff.

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Davesumner
25 Feb 2010 - 3:04 AMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

Hi Sylvia,

I was just reading Nikontuk's comments and I thought I'd add a few of my own. Nikontuk's comments are very valid and that is reflected by the fact he has received 'Constructive Critique' for that.
However, this is one area I like to photograph and I quite like the shot as it is. You managed to get the birds eye nicely sharp and I just love that the bird's poised ready to react. I also love the angle of its perch and the fact that it is looking right into the image.

It is a shame that the detail does drop off but it isn't the end of the world because the important bits are sharp. The background is beautifully out of focus and the viewers eye has nowhere else to go but to the bird.

I have uploaded a mod for you to look at, I just toned down the background a little because I think it is just a bit too colourful and detracts slightly from the bird. I also noticed that the image was a little noisy so I put it through a noise reduction program.

I hope this helps

DaVeS

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Ray42
Ray42  6 England3 Constructive Critique Points
25 Feb 2010 - 7:41 AM

A great shot Sylvia and some interesting comments above for us snappers to learn from

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Shroomer  7 England167 Constructive Critique Points
25 Feb 2010 - 10:11 AM

Dave and Geoff took the words out of my mouth here Sylvia. As the shot was last November, you were at F4 and now you know the optimum is about F8 for small birds like this. When viewed large the noise is very apparent, but the main bit, the eye is as sharp as glass. Nothing wrong with the shot its down to post processing I feel
Well done on this
Richard

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tigertimb  640 forum posts United Kingdom66 Constructive Critique Points
26 Feb 2010 - 8:37 AMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

Lovely shot Sylvia with that great composition, and pose.
The slight distraction for me is some slight sharpening/resizing halos on the high contrast edges and the shiny highlights reflecting off the branch, which I would darken a little.
But in contrast to Dave, I really like your background which to me has a faded oil-painting kind of feel. Not to disagree with Dave as it's personal taste, but I prefer this sort of background to a plainer one. It has overall colour and interest, but no specific feature to draw my eye from the bird.
Tim

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maratsuikka
27 Feb 2010 - 8:02 PM

excellent cc here too,Sylvia

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