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A group of Long-tailed Tits (Aegithalos caudatus) visited our garden yesterday and spent quite a lot of time at the fat feeder. These little birds are such little extroverts and their movements are so predictable. This image is taken from 4.2m away, handheld and just cropped to portrait format at the sides.

Brand:Canon
Camera:Canon EOS 5D MkIII
Lens:EF300mm f/2.8L IS II USM
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Date Taken:2 Feb 2013 - 4:11 PM
Focal Length:300mm 4.2m from subject, handheld
Aperture:f/2.8
Shutter Speed:1/800sec
ISO:800
Exposure Mode:Aperture-priority AE
Metering Mode:Spot
Flash:Off, Did not fire
Title:Watch the Birdies!
Username:teocali teocali
Uploaded:3 Feb 2013 - 8:56 AM
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bagupsteve
bagupsteve  1043 forum posts United Kingdom
3 Feb 2013 - 8:57 AM

Superb shot of these wonderful little birds,
Regards steve

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Trev_B
Trev_B e2 Member 7101 forum postsTrev_B vcard England61 Constructive Critique Points
3 Feb 2013 - 9:04 AM

This is absolutely gorgeous Sylvia...

Trev

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zoomsinclean
3 Feb 2013 - 9:05 AM

Beautiful capture of these nervy little birds and you have all three pin sharp.
Graham

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tomcat
tomcat e2 Member 85834 forum poststomcat vcard United Kingdom15 Constructive Critique Points
3 Feb 2013 - 9:08 AM

Three beauties SylviaSmile

The combination of your prowess and that 2.8 lens, has captured them perfectly

Adrian

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Craggwildlife
Craggwildlife e2 Member 570 forum postsCraggwildlife vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
3 Feb 2013 - 9:13 AM

well spotted and captured
David

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richmowil
richmowil e2 Member 5240 forum postsrichmowil vcard England1 Constructive Critique Points
3 Feb 2013 - 9:19 AM

WOW! Its got the factor/s that make the image superb!!

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CarolG
CarolG e2 Member 7128 forum postsCarolG vcard Greece16 Constructive Critique Points
3 Feb 2013 - 9:27 AM

A fantastic capture, Sylvia. Carol

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M_squared
M_squared e2 Member 3M_squared vcard United Kingdom
3 Feb 2013 - 9:35 AM

How delightful! Great image. Well captured.

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MossyOak
MossyOak  2 England15 Constructive Critique Points
3 Feb 2013 - 10:00 AMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

As discussed last night Sylvia, the dof is just falling away very slightly at the sides on a aperture of F2.8. Looking at the EXIF data you could easily try F8 which would also be very close to the optimum aperture for that superb piece of glass.
An odd number which is always a winner and all with great eye contact against a superb mottled backdrop on another great rustic and worn perch, maybe a little central in portrait but that's being picky really. I'd love to see a landscape variant with a little space left of frame.
Deep down this is superb though with no distractions and a great shot yet again.
Richard

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chalkhillblue
chalkhillblue e2 Member 5143 forum postschalkhillblue vcard United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
3 Feb 2013 - 10:22 AM

What a lovely image of these delightful little birds, always a joy to see, you were so fortunate that they stayed around for a while, a rare occurence
whenever I see them, very well captured Sylvia.
David

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RonnieAG
RonnieAG e2 Member 4137 forum postsRonnieAG vcard Scotland110 Constructive Critique Points
3 Feb 2013 - 11:16 AM

What a chance having all three sitting staring in the one direction: a lovely sight and well captured, although I find Richard's comment thoughtful.
Ronnie.

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TonyDy
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3 Feb 2013 - 11:20 AM

Superb shot, Sylvia.
Tony

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brian17302
brian17302 e2 Member 2brian17302 vcard United Kingdom10 Constructive Critique Points
3 Feb 2013 - 11:32 AM

Fantastic photo of these little birds
I has never seen Long Tailed Tits in the wild

Regards Brian

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mossy
mossy  146 forum posts England1 Constructive Critique Points
3 Feb 2013 - 11:48 AM

One is a jewel 3 is a treasure chest of charm.

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EMJAYCEE
EMJAYCEE e2 Member 5EMJAYCEE vcard England10 Constructive Critique Points
3 Feb 2013 - 12:12 PM

All of them posing so nicely for you.
Joan.

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johnjo58
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3 Feb 2013 - 12:12 PM

A wonderful group Sylvia, charismatic birds very well captured
David

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pluckyfilly
pluckyfilly e2 Member 7282 forum postspluckyfilly vcard United Kingdom33 Constructive Critique Points
3 Feb 2013 - 12:13 PM

Your garden provides much pleasure not only to you Sylvia but to members here including me - such a beautiful shot which follows the rule of thirds with 3 LTT's

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DerekL
DerekL e2 Member 9100 forum postsDerekL vcard England22 Constructive Critique Points
3 Feb 2013 - 12:36 PM

Lovely image. The bird's expressions and stares make it for me.
Agree with Richard about using F8.0 instead of F2.8.

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Rich1970
Rich1970  1 United Kingdom
3 Feb 2013 - 1:38 PM

Fantastic image ,love them
Rich

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Maiwand
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3 Feb 2013 - 1:49 PM

The chance shot of a lifetime Sylvia and well done to you for not letting the chance slip away.!!GrinGrinGrinGrin Lovely shot indeed.
Ron

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oldgreyheron e2 Member 7124 forum postsoldgreyheron vcard United Kingdom6 Constructive Critique Points
3 Feb 2013 - 3:41 PM

What a brilliant and entertaining image Sylvia.

Mike

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JuBarney
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3 Feb 2013 - 4:22 PM

Super shot
Ju

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teocali
teocali e2 Member 6212 forum poststeocali vcard England18 Constructive Critique Points
3 Feb 2013 - 5:29 PM


Quote: As discussed last night Sylvia, the dof is just falling away very slightly at the sides on a aperture of F2.8. Looking at the EXIF data you could easily try F8 which would also be very close to the optimum aperture for that superb piece of glass.
An odd number which is always a winner and all with great eye contact against a superb mottled backdrop on another great rustic and worn perch, maybe a little central in portrait but that's being picky really. I'd love to see a landscape variant with a little space left of frame.
Deep down this is superb though with no distractions and a great shot yet again.
Richard

Hi Richard
Thank you very much for your UA, which is much appreciated and also for your thoughts on the image, which are very valid and I have marked for Constructive Critique. I have uploaded the full frame version of the image, which I sent to you for cropping, to illustrate the point and I think it looks really good - many thanks Smile
Sylvia

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teocali
teocali e2 Member 6212 forum poststeocali vcard England18 Constructive Critique Points
3 Feb 2013 - 5:32 PM

Thank you so much, everybody, for your kind comments and votes. A special thank you also to John (John_Wannop), Mike (oldgreyheron) and Richard (MossyOak) for the User Awards - I am very grateful and they are very much appreciated Smile
Sylvia

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Norfolkboy
Norfolkboy e2 Member 8Norfolkboy vcard England4 Constructive Critique Points
3 Feb 2013 - 6:22 PM

A superb group, Sylvia.
If I had not already used my award today this shot would
certainly be favourite to receive it.
Colin

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nealie
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3 Feb 2013 - 8:15 PM

This is so good, beautiful.

John

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MalcolmM
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3 Feb 2013 - 8:23 PM

Lovely trio

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bricurtis
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3 Feb 2013 - 9:03 PM

The 3 amigos - fabulous image of these delightful little birds Sylvia - a good crop by you initially for maximum impact imho.
Brian.

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ringyneck
ringyneck  7293 forum posts United Kingdom18 Constructive Critique Points
3 Feb 2013 - 10:37 PM

Brilliant.....do you dust them off each day...they look like a loved ornament.

Keith

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Irishkate
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3 Feb 2013 - 10:41 PM

How fortunate were you to capture three on that rustic perch.
KateGrinGrinGrin

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teocali
teocali e2 Member 6212 forum poststeocali vcard England18 Constructive Critique Points
3 Feb 2013 - 10:55 PM


Quote: Brilliant.....do you dust them off each day...they look like a loved ornament.

Keith

Don't tell anybody, Keith, but they are actually a Royal Crown Derby Special Edition Paperweight - GrinGrinGrin
Actually I got really lucky, as a largish flock of LTTs were passing through and started queueing for a nibble of the fat block. Thank you so much for your User Award - Means a lot to me and I am very grateful Smile
Sylvia

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TerryMcK
TerryMcK  571 forum posts United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
4 Feb 2013 - 9:22 PM

Superbly captured, Sylvia! Prefer the composition of V2.
Terry

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4 Feb 2013 - 9:46 PM

A terrific trio of tits Sylvia, they are all posing so beautifully for you. They look so comical and just like ornaments you'd find on the mantlepiece!Grin

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philhomer
philhomer  432 forum posts England32 Constructive Critique Points
5 Feb 2013 - 5:01 PM

can't argue with the above commendations but have to say that i am astounded to see such depth from a 300mm @ 2.8! personally prefer the portrait or vertical aspect

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