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*Great Tit*

*Great Tit*
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Copyright: Txxx Bxxx (thor68) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 795 W: 138 N: 1319] (5674)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-04-19
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 20D, Sigma 135-400mm f/4.5-5.6 APO, SanDisk Ultra II 1GB, Hoya 77mm UV
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/1250 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Great Tits [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2006-04-19 13:00
Viewed: 6268
Points: 52
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I am still trying tit inflight-shots;
although this is not so sharp and i cut the
wing tips off i decided to show it anyway
because of the "action".

My bird-friends are slowly eating up the last
nut-fat-stick, so the opportunities are declining...
better luck next winter. :-)

liquidsunshine, coasties, Matt-Bird, SkyF, marhowie, dew77, goutham_ramesh, Luc has marked this note useful
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  • cecile Silver Star Critiquer [C: 43 W: 0 N: 7] (1060)
  • [2006-04-19 13:03]

magnifique pose, juste dommage que la photo soit pas nette!

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  • radz Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 598 W: 11 N: 72] (436)
  • [2006-04-19 13:14]

Its great try!!!Love the POW,best of luck next time for sharp shot.Neverthe less i like this shot very much.

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  • osse Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 955 W: 0 N: 89] (7805)
  • [2006-04-19 13:34]

Hi Thorsten
You have done it again :) .Great flyt shot.Good backgroun and POV.
Well done Thorsten


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  • wuta Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 855 W: 2 N: 617] (2142)
  • [2006-04-19 13:51]

Hello Thorsten , Beautifull shot ,good colours background
framing ,verygood job ,tfs ,Greetings Teunie .

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  • pvs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1127 W: 254 N: 3161] (14464)
  • [2006-04-19 13:53]

Hi Thorsten,

Full action on this shot,I think its already difficult to shoot when they are sitting still as they are so fast,well done and TFS


A good in flight capture Thorsten,
Good detail and colours. . exposure and lighting are good. Good POV, notes and framing.
Keep practising, you'll be getting it right every time very soon.

Thanks for posting, enjoy the rest of the week.

Genial, Thorsten,
der Schuß des Jahres, wundervoller Moment.
Fliegend, mit Nuß und außerdem noch sensationell scharf, suuuuupiiii!
Vielen Dank und lieben Gruß
Sabine - wishnugaruda

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  • loot Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5524 W: 722 N: 4163] (11276)
  • [2006-04-19 15:14]
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Hi Thorsten
I take my hat off for a person who keeps on trying, trying, trying, to get it right. I think it was Thomas Edison who said, after failing 1 000 times to invent the light bulb, "I have not failed, for I have discovered 1 000 ways it did not work". So, I hope you don't have to do it 1 000 times, but keep on trying and I am sure we will see that magnificent in-flight shot come through, sooner than later. Have a look at this photo from Howard Cheek (marhowie) and read his notes (especially the end of the first paragraph). Then read Callie's critique on the same page (number 54 from the top) and for good measure you can read my critique as well (number 76 from the top).
This doesn’t come overnight and Howard surely did not have this falling in his lap. It was months of hard work.
Your photo has all the basics in place; composition, colour, DOF, BG, and exposure. All it needs now is the correct timing to get that focus to hit the spot and you're going to be in the pound seats.
Good luck and TFS.

Hi Thor, this is a great shot. No dammage for the focus, the picture has a great action!!

Thor dude,
Nice capture as always and no i did'nt say, "oh no another blue tit"
I like your pictures and i think you have the same or similar ideas as me, i have tried for ages to get an action shot like this. One day, be cool and well done.
Trev :-)

Hello Thorsten,
Awesome turn!
Well captured in a very pleasing composition...
Pablo -

hi thorsten
geniale cette photo,elle manque un peu de netteté,mais une mesange en plein vol bravo!

dommage qu'il manque de la netteté sinon cela aurait été un très grande photo...mais cela dit bon travail.

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  • aido Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 1044 W: 156 N: 1218] (4046)
  • [2006-04-19 18:48]

Hi Thor,
It is out of focus but what a fantastic position you've captured! On the turn with the wings fanned out, just great. I know how fast these birds are and I think any lens will struggle to keep up with the speed of this bird. Great work and excellent effort!

Hi Thorsten

Great shot. Good timing. Keep on trying. You will get the shot you want eventually! :-)

Hi Thor.
Good attempt, it is a good action photo. There is some interesting detail even thou the image isn't sharp.
I hope you get the shot you want Thor, regards

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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2006-04-19 19:59]

Hi Thorsten,
wenns auch noch nicht ganz perfect ist, ich finds super. Man koennte meinen der hat den Kern in der Luft aufgefangen. Klasse Pose, der Hintergrund harmoniert farblich super mit dem Gefieder. Eine schoene Komposition.

Magnificent inflight pose Thorsten,
Too bad it didn't make it in (DOF) :(
Hey, there's always next time...and film is cheap ;)
Well done.

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2006-04-19 21:50]

Not easy to shot so fast birds in flight, but your picture is very enterresting anyway. Very good movements and a good background. Thanks Thorsten.


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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2006-04-20 4:25]

Hello Thorsten,
What a moment!I liked POV,details,framing and composition a lot.

absolutely perfect....

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  • Gudule Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 248 W: 11 N: 288] (1204)
  • [2006-04-20 20:55]

A Great Tit but also a great and lucky fly shot. Congratulations, Thorsten. TFS.

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  • TPAKT Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Silver Note Writer [C: 97 W: 21 N: 20] (89)
  • [2006-04-21 14:25]

Privet Thorsten
Not frequently such you will see! I present as the photographer photographing similar turned. The Super-moment.

Hi Thorsten,

Even the picture is not as sharp as you like it , it is a super shot depicting the arial acrobatics these birds do.Have thought of using flash to freez the moment for these flying shots?


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  • shal Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 256 W: 64 N: 481] (2140)
  • [2006-04-24 15:17]

Hey Thorsten,
I know how tricky action shots can get,
This is a briliant reflex capture on your part,
excellent work :)
Cheers TFS,
Vishal Sabharwal


The action shots are very difficult indeed. This is a good effort from you and I like the pic regardless. It's all about practice! Hope you get a good in flght soon. TFS,


Love this picture. It's not the sharpest one but it gives a good feeling of motion. It also has wonderfull wing detail. Trying to get one of these birds on camera during flight and eventualy succeeding must be great.

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  • twin Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 244 W: 17 N: 494] (3259)
  • [2006-05-28 3:00]
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very beautiful image...
great composition with the wings wide open...
may be it could be better by 1/2000 shutter speed... but I know, so immediate shot... so no much time to think about...

well done thorsten...

I like it much...

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