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24 Feb 2010 4:01PM
Beautiful capture with fine detail in the plumage and eye
Regards Charles

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CarolG Plus
10 199 20 Greece
24 Feb 2010 4:08PM
A belter, Sylvia, fantastic detail. Carol
Brian65 8 2 United Kingdom
24 Feb 2010 4:22PM
Wonderful shot, such great detail.
Thushari 8 1 Sri Lanka
24 Feb 2010 4:24PM
Nice shot with great detail and color.
gary_d 9 576 13 Wales
24 Feb 2010 4:30PM
Another impressive image. - gary
LukeParkinson 7 30 3 United Kingdom
24 Feb 2010 4:33PM
Super shot. Very well captured
RonnieAG Plus
7 154 118 Scotland
24 Feb 2010 4:33PM
A real beauty, Sylvia, and what a superb presentation too. Lovely work.
lianna 7 13 United Kingdom
24 Feb 2010 4:44PM
excellent shot x x
colmar 10 42 35 Scotland
24 Feb 2010 5:16PM
A wonderful image so detailed and presented so well too Colin
24 Feb 2010 5:19PM
Great pose, comp and colour Sylvia

Mike_Smith Plus
10 422 1 United Kingdom
24 Feb 2010 5:27PM
Beautiful shot
shandoor 8 1 United Kingdom
24 Feb 2010 5:34PM
Beautiful image a superb pose wonderful detail and colours
WildLight 10 145 3 United Kingdom
24 Feb 2010 6:15PM
A great shot of this Nuthatch.
Superb DOF and POV.

Gezina 11 3 6 United Kingdom
24 Feb 2010 6:27PM
Good shot Sylvia - lovely detail and well presented -Ina
24 Feb 2010 6:42PM
Lovely shot Sylvia and a great comp !!
pluckyfilly 11 351 33 United Kingdom
24 Feb 2010 7:02PM
superb work Sylvia
Geofferz 9 1 United Kingdom
24 Feb 2010 7:25PM
Lovely capture.
Maiwand 10 3 73 England
24 Feb 2010 8:46PM
An unusual pose Sylvia beautifully captured. Lovely colour and detail.
24 Feb 2010 9:49PM
Excellent shot Sylvia - beautiful detail captured

Graham_P 10 1 19 United Kingdom
24 Feb 2010 9:52PM
Love the unusual angle and eye contact you've captured in this one Sylvia,
24 Feb 2010 10:20PM
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,
Davesumner 10 28 300 Australia
25 Feb 2010 3:04AM
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

Ray42 9 3 England
25 Feb 2010 7:41AM
A great shot Sylvia and some interesting comments above for us snappers to learn from
Shroomer 10 14 167 England
25 Feb 2010 10:11AM
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
tigertimb 9 40 66 United Kingdom
26 Feb 2010 8:37AM
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.
27 Feb 2010 8:02PM
excellent cc here too,Sylvia

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