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Great Tit

By colmar  
Good Morning,

The first of a few images from the WWT at Arundel, a Great Tit Parus Major, this is a first for me capturing these beautiful little birds from a hide , we arrived here mid morning with Lillian and got out and about for the day around this wonderful sight, so good we all joined as yearly members, my hope and aspiration to take some images of these grand birds as well as some I have seen on epz...

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Thanks to Evgenya for the mod , appreciate the time on that Smile

Many thanks for the comment and votes on Arundel Castle,and indeed a few other images , all votes and constructive comment are gratefully received and truly appreciated. Colin and Mari

Tags: Kent Colmar Great Sussex Tit Arundel Wetlands Wwt Wildlife and nature

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andylea 7 37 1 United Kingdom
12 Mar 2010 12:05AM
morning colin
brilliant detail great comp wonderful colour a beautiful capture nice one Wink
andy

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morpheus1955 9 3 2 United Kingdom
12 Mar 2010 12:09AM
Morning Colin, what a superb shot, super colours and detail, great composition too.

Hugh
mrswoolybill Plus
9 965 1494 United Kingdom
12 Mar 2010 12:14AM
Love that little hint of fluff blowing in the breeze.
Moira
taggart Plus
12 47 13 United States
12 Mar 2010 12:17AM
Congratulations on your "first" capture!
A grand little bird!
Jennnnnn
saeidNL 6 3 Netherlands
12 Mar 2010 12:18AM
Good morning colin
Stunning sharp detailed image..love it.
saeid
kilo363 6 3 Scotland
12 Mar 2010 12:22AM
great detail, great oof b/g and just the single branch with no other distractions. I know nowt about bird photography, but this looks good to me
RonnieAG Plus
6 153 116 Scotland
12 Mar 2010 12:27AM
Good morning, Colin,
This is a rather good capture of the great tit. I have no skills in this direction, so good for you. Nicely composed shot with subject well positioned in the frame.
Regards. Ronnie.
mikbee 9 3 8 Scotland
12 Mar 2010 12:37AM
Good capture Colin.I have tried to get a few bird shots in my back garden, but the little sods are too fast for me !!
Mick.
DanielD 6 1 United Kingdom
12 Mar 2010 12:39AM
Good morning Colin! Your picture is remacable as usual. The great details bring it in my top preferance. Well done!

Dan
12 Mar 2010 12:43AM
Excellent detail and colour. Lovely image........Sandy
Bob_V 9 1 2 United States
12 Mar 2010 12:45AM
What a great capture of this bird Colin.
Bob
12 Mar 2010 3:14AM
Great image
12 Mar 2010 4:01AM
Very beautiful Tit. excellent detail and color. Great shot, Colin.
Evgenya.
EAS 7 1 13 Scotland
12 Mar 2010 4:50AM
A beauty! Love those tiny wind-blown feathers. A lovely addition to the fine detail.

Ann
goso 10 2 1 Australia
12 Mar 2010 4:56AM
A splendid pic Col...Bill
12 Mar 2010 5:22AM
Morning Colin - Well done with your first little great tit shot, we were members of the Wetlands for a couple of years, we visited so many times that we got fed up with it - But have been thinking this past week or so about joining up again !

Well done - Chris
CarolG Plus
9 196 18 Greece
12 Mar 2010 5:48AM
A super capture, Colin, fine detail. Carol
Glyn1 7 4 1 England
12 Mar 2010 6:51AM
lovely GT, excellent feather detail & colour, good pose and a great bg.

Glyn
Lillian Plus
7 22 17 United Kingdom
12 Mar 2010 7:40AM
I guess I'm back to putting on a feline today...cannot compete with that little beauty...'Dang'!
You managed to single one out of the masses then, every type of little bird there, and even a pheasant bought his wife in.
well done.
Lillian
EMJAYCEE Plus
7 10 10 England
12 Mar 2010 8:04AM
Great capture Colin with excellent detail and a grand pose.
Joan.
Cor 7 Belgium
12 Mar 2010 8:06AM
Superb
heids 7 1 1 Scotland
12 Mar 2010 8:14AM
Wonderful capture with superb detail. Well done
12 Mar 2010 8:23AM
great shot
gareth
Adderwatcher 7 60 19 United Kingdom
12 Mar 2010 8:36AM
Beautiful capture Colin, the detail is superb.
Scott
baclark 7 3.7k 24 United Kingdom
12 Mar 2010 9:20AM
Cracking capture of this lovely bird.
Barbara
Brian65 7 2 United Kingdom
12 Mar 2010 9:26AM
Snap Colin, yours takes the prize,great image.
Brian
PinkK 7 80 1 United Kingdom
12 Mar 2010 9:56AM
Wonderful capture
stephenscott 7 8 2 United Kingdom
12 Mar 2010 10:20AM
Excellent colin,this is a superb shot,greatr detail,well taken..

Steve..
12 Mar 2010 10:38AM

Quote:Morning colin
brilliant detail great comp wonderful colour a beautiful capture nice one
andy



Sorry but i would have to disagree with that but as seen as its your first attempt not bad, But if you look closely there is no feather detail especially noticable down its left breast the head and eye area its all very flat with no sparkle in the eye or defination in the feathers. The BG is good tho that is just my opinion and just trying to help as honest critism is what we all want im sure.
hary60 7 2 United Kingdom
12 Mar 2010 10:56AM
Very good first attempt must agree with Brisco the detail is a bit flat
Harry
Richsr Plus
9 91 223 England
12 Mar 2010 11:01AM
Good first attempt at this Colin.
Regards Richard
Zoundz 7 25 1 Ireland
12 Mar 2010 11:07AM
Good first shot! Well done, it's not easy at first, but you'll soon get the nag of it! Detail isn't great - but it looks like you've used heavy noise reduction software? I would guessy ou had pretty poor lighting to shoot in? I find my shots lack detail if the light is poor.

A good attempt though! Grin

xx
colmar 9 42 35 Scotland
12 Mar 2010 11:10AM
Yes I did and do use noiseware was a high iso due to the poorish light ..... guess I "overcooked" the noiseware.... Thanks for the comments Smile

Colin
12 Mar 2010 11:16AM
wonderful!
WL_Harris 8 3 2 United States
12 Mar 2010 11:19AM
Very nice shot Colin and this place sounds so wonderful, I was looking at Lillian's post from here just a short ago and I think I would enjoy becoming a member at a facility like this.
A bit to far for me though Sad
Have a great day and a wonderful weekend.
Lee
12 Mar 2010 11:24AM

Quote:Yes I did and do use noiseware was a high iso due to the poorish light ..... guess I "overcooked" the noiseware.... Thanks for the comments

Colin



Yes Colin it looks like you have overdone it with the noiseware. Its just gone very flat now and lost all detail its looks to pastey. And i just dont understand all the comments before mine saying great shot ,fantastic as im affraid its not and with people writing that you will think it is and then never learn from mistakes and i thought thats what this site was about (LEARNING) Ive enver used a Noiseware programme so cannot help there sorry but try uploading the orignal as a variant and allow people to modify the orignal for comparison
Joline Plus
10 27 53 United States
12 Mar 2010 11:49AM
V1 has the right tones for me. V2 looks rather harsh somehow.
Zoundz 7 25 1 Ireland
12 Mar 2010 12:01PM
I do use very light noiseware if I have to - but it really is only gentle backround noise removal - there should be no need for it of course, but sometimes we do have to bump up the ISO.

Don't be at all disheartened, the original image (v2) is lovely despite the noise, much better detail, and a lovely pose and background caught too!

xx
12 Mar 2010 12:18PM
I would be delighted if I could get anything as good as this
Shroomer 9 14 167 England
12 Mar 2010 12:28PM
Thats the problem at Arundel Colin if this was from the hide. The light is poor in there. Best place is to stand on the path and shoot in.
As a couple have said, there is no detail at all in the feathers. The others must be seeing something completely different or are just clickers. It gives the appearance of a wet watercolour. I use Neatimage to rectify mine if noise is visible. The problem is if you reduce the noise then picture quality will fall as well.
Better luck next time.
I appreciate you do not look at mine, but as you say urge you to look and compare the detail
Richard
You have to ask yourself do you ever feel emnarassed getting this amount of votes for something that a lot would bin
This is not a dig it is a very valid question and I hope the clickers read it so it hits home
Shroomer 9 14 167 England
12 Mar 2010 12:37PM
Just seen V2 and will say that the wb is completely wrong and thus the bird has a green hue
agingrocker 7 13 1
12 Mar 2010 1:00PM
Super detail
Antony
12 Mar 2010 1:44PM
Great treat for Eyes.
colmar 9 42 35 Scotland
12 Mar 2010 1:47PM
A few valid points taken on board ..... a few other points nothing to do with photography not taken. NO I am not embarassed that the social side of the epz scene means a lot of folks comment and vote that is their right . Do I take every comment as the benchmark if I am honest NO ..... I take images and if I like them that is a starting point from me and where I then can move on from.

Would I bin this obviously not. I like it I prefer the edited if too smooth a version, and next time I will try the wb changes and the other points raised to effect the outcome.
xwang 7 55 8
12 Mar 2010 2:48PM
Beautiful colour and detail,I prefer V1.
ChiliMan Plus
10 135 17 Singapore
12 Mar 2010 3:17PM
That's the kind of background which makes a bird stand out so well, Colin.

A.
PaulLiley 7 2 13 United Kingdom
12 Mar 2010 3:39PM
Gosh! Its not an area of photography that I have much experience in except to say I have bought a 70-300 in the past 6 months and would like to snap wildlife more often. My portfolio tends to be varied. Jack of all trades etc. etc. that's me. I think its a great start for you and like us all, we improve the more we get into a new area. I've seen that with my landscapes. I just love new challenges and many don't 'come of'. Yours does! ps. I've used noise reduction on my bird pics cos I don't own a very expensive (ie very sharp) telephoto lens. Haven't got the money. Looking forward to more of your feathered friends pics. Paul
imagio 10 12 1 England
12 Mar 2010 3:39PM
Spot on V 1 for me Colin

Bernie
12 Mar 2010 4:20PM
V1 for me, a brilliant capture.
Christine
12 Mar 2010 5:32PM
awesome
12 Mar 2010 5:34PM
two cracking images v2 for me
cassiecat 8 39 46 England
12 Mar 2010 5:45PM
[quoted text removed by mod following deletion of another post] This is colins first attempt at bird photography and there have been some encouraging and helpful suggestions put forward by richard,brian and laura for areas of improvement.

lesley
Shroomer 9 14 167 England
12 Mar 2010 5:49PM
That is constructive, I would have deleted it, even after the Mod there are flaws. At Arundel a month ago, I took close on 100 shots from that hide and binned the lot as the light was bad and results were not of a standard to be exhibited on here.
pluckyfilly Plus
10 351 33 United Kingdom
12 Mar 2010 6:02PM
as someone that usualy takes landscape pics this is a good effort and not a bad result for a first time wildlife shot, start at the begiinning and improvements will come naturally, you have a good catchlight in the eye and nice clean background - from here it only gets better Colin

I am a member of WWT Arundel and may see you there sometime
Suehh 9 39 6 England
12 Mar 2010 6:03PM
Very nice captures Colin. I have had some of these wonderful creatures in my garden during the cold spell and they don't stay still for a second. I never, ever managed to get a shot anywhere near as decent as this and I tried, believe me I tried. I like the pose very much. Sue
Shroomer 9 14 167 England
12 Mar 2010 6:07PM
Who took all the other bird shots in your portfolio then Colin
lianna 6 13 United Kingdom
12 Mar 2010 6:41PM
a really beautiful capture!!! V1 for me. superb detail x x
Ray42 8 3 England
12 Mar 2010 7:18PM
A good shot and some good and interesting advice from Richard
colmar 9 42 35 Scotland
12 Mar 2010 7:20PM
Firstly ..... the blurb above states this is the first from a hide with the sigma and convertor , secondly it meets a standard that for NOW I am happy with. It is a pleasing image to the eye in general, I do appreciate that it is not to a standard of other photographers that concentrate on birds. As I stated above I do take the valid points in critique from those that have provided it. I don't however understand what the problem is with my particular image and why it makes anyone upset and feel the need to come back and make comment on anything OTHER than the image that is posted. I have read extensively the forums and indeed other areas within the epz land and know there is and was an ongoing "feud" regards EC/HC/UA etc ..... I do not wish to get involved ..... I post for MY pleasure I comment on Images that I LIKE for whatever reason .... I am happy to have made new friends and contacts within the gallery and to transfer that to meeting and socialising with them.... I enjoy helping where I can any of the folks that I have managed to do that for...... I do not enjoy having to write this over an image that I took and posted ...... I do welcome constructive critique on MY image and not on the voting habits and comments of those that have done so ........ So AGAIN I ask those that wish to critique or comment constructively then do so , if you wish to make a comment and say this is good , nice , lovely as thats what you think then great..... if you wish to simply snipe because others vote comment for whatever reasons then do not bother .....
12 Mar 2010 7:35PM
V1 for me, Simple honest shot.


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Shroomer 9 14 167 England
12 Mar 2010 7:52PM
Colin
I apologise for some things I have written, so enough of that.
I hope the MOD did justice. The other thing, which I didn't notice was you used a 2x conv. I wouldn't recommend one at all for birds as the quality really falls with these, a 1.4x is about the limit. The other thing is you would have to have manually focussed which as seen on close up is very good especially as you do not have the time on wild birds. If it was from the hide where the feeders are a 50-500mm is ample focal length there.
Richard
colmar 9 42 35 Scotland
12 Mar 2010 8:02PM
Thank you , and yes I appreciated the mod. I also would not use the convertor again , as you rightly say there is no need for it at the hides ..... I look to improve and as stated earlier certainly take on board a multitude of the comments made by yourself Brisco and Zounds in particular.

Colin
12 Mar 2010 8:06PM
Blimey mate, all you did was post a shot! and a very nice shot too. I bet you did'nt expect the Spanish inquesition? I guess, its because you said it was a first? I shall start a patition, "More bird shots from Colin". And be the first to sign up.

Jim.
ChiliMan Plus
10 135 17 Singapore
12 Mar 2010 8:34PM
I second Jim.

"More bird shots from Colin"

A Smile
GalleryGirl 9 4 2 United Kingdom
12 Mar 2010 8:43PM
He's beautiful. Well captured. I wish I had the patience to do more bird shots... although probably best I don't!

Marilyn x
discreetphoton 11 3.5k 20 United Kingdom
12 Mar 2010 9:31PM
Glad that's all sorted then Smile
borrower 7 4 England
12 Mar 2010 9:54PM
Super capture, lovely detail, prefer V1 though.
Louise
Roly 9 Wales
12 Mar 2010 10:23PM
I would have been pleased to have taken these.V1 for me.
tigertimb 8 40 66 United Kingdom
13 Mar 2010 1:38AM
A lovely shot Colin and a definite keeper in my book; good DOF, I like your composition and focus spot on.
And the original in #2 is showing some excellent detail and sparkle in the eye; apply your colour changes from #1 to #2, recover the highlights a little and I think it will sing.
For my money, I almost never apply noise reduction to fur or feather details as the baby goes out with the bathwater and you lose all the fine detail. A little noise gets lost with all the feathers and so isn't a problem; although if it's distinctly coloured you may want to correct just the chroma noise or desaturate in the blacks and whites as an alternative.
The lovely smooth background you've got though, is a different matter entirely - here the noise stands out to my brain and is noticable - so I would simply output from the RAW twice; once without noise reduction for your subject and once with the noise reduction for your background (probably with all sharpening disabled too) and then layer the two together - it's all about knowing where the software does a bad job and not giving it the opportunity! (PM me if you need a hand with the layers and masks)
Seems like you've the perfect image here to practise on and hone your bird editing skills to match your photography Smile
Tim
Canadiann 6 2 Canada
13 Mar 2010 9:52PM
As you know I am no photographer Colin, but I do know what I like and I like this very much.
Another very fine piece.
Regards
Ann
nickyv32 9 135 England
13 Mar 2010 10:54PM
Great detailed shot, love the little sticky out feather

Nicky Smile
20 Mar 2010 5:15PM
love this shot and nicely positioned in frame...which in turn gives impact to the image.....lee
LukeParkinson 6 30 3 United Kingdom
20 Mar 2010 5:17PM
Good capture. I think that Richard has improved it slightly. Well done
21 Mar 2010 5:23PM
nicely done

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