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Kowalik for Gert

Kowalik for Gert
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Copyright: Grzegorz Wieczorek (red45) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-01-03
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 400D, Sigma 70-300mm F4-5.6 APO DG Macro
Exposure: f/9.0, 1/250 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Dedications to Gert [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-01-04 8:53
Viewed: 3378
Points: 24
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
We all know, that Gert [ellis49] is best photographer of Nuthaches on TN. So it is obvious that my first [and still quite poor :-)] picture of this cute bird I dedicate to my old, Swedish friend! Kowalik is Polish name of Nuthach of course :-)

Photo taken yesterday with quite good light conditions. Another fast bird and another not so good shot. I like pose, light and colours. I don't like composition with terrible plastic bag and poor sharpness. I'm still loosing fight with my new cam :-) But I won't surrender :-))) Now I'm waiting for my first shot taken with 400D which will be significantly better then from my old S2 IS :-)

fartash, smitha, uleko, nglen, ellis49, marhowie, scottevers7 has marked this note useful
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Hello Grzegorz
Very intersting spieces to shoot,
Perfect details,colors and composition,

Best wishes for 2008 :o)

Hello Grzegorz ,
Nice picture of the Nuthach. Good focus, details and colours.Nice POV too.

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-01-04 9:23]

Hello Greg,
Ignoring the net is is a very fine close shot of the Nuthatch in a nice pose. I like the light and colours and details are very sharp. Beautiful background too.
TFS and regards, Ulla

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-01-04 9:37]

Hello Grzegorz,
what a cracking shot of this Nuthatch!
You seem to be having great fun with that 400D! I've just bought a 20D on ebay but it hasn't arrived yet :(

Superb image that has great lighting and natural colours.
The DOF is splendid!
Well done,

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-01-04 9:42]

Hi Greg. Each shot gets better .You have used a f/9 which i think has given bettr detail all over. good natural colours. with a good POV. well done .TFS.
I started to loose heart when i changed to a SLR at first but it soon comes ok in the end.

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  • Arjun Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 358 W: 7 N: 1237] (7593)
  • [2008-01-04 9:48]

hi greg,
beautiful picture and fantastic details,

bonjour grzegorz
une tres jolie pose de cette sitelle,bon le filet n'est pas ce qu'il y a de mieux mais peut etre ne se pose t'elle jamais avant de venir manger!
les couleurs sont absolument naturelles et l'oiseau est assez net.

Hi Greg,
thanks for the dedication, it's a great honour.
It's a very good picture of Nötväckan(Kowalik)with for a newbie ;-), good POV, nice colours and fine details.
It's not easy to go from a Compact Digi but you manage very well my friend. After a couple of days you will handle your new
camera like a Pro.
Well done. old friend.
Thanks for the other link too, I will take a closer look.
My best regards to Joanna and your son.


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  • thijs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 82 W: 1 N: 104] (529)
  • [2008-01-04 14:50]

Hi Grzegorz

Great shot on the Nuthatch! I think they are really special birds. you captured it really well, with great details and colours. I love the stripe that crosses the eyes, and the light in the eye.

Very nice blurred BG

TFS, Thijs

Hi Greg,
A great dedication to an excellent photographer. I agree the light was excellent. The detail is really pretty good. Well composed and framed. I think you did very well here.

Nice closeup work Greg,
Ok - The plastic bag can go :)
But despite what you say, there's good details here. The exposure and colors look great too..
Perhaps a slightly smaller aperture/faster s-speed would've tightened it up a bit?
Everytime you go below the baseline rule of FL = shutter-speed, it gets harder to make a sharp image..IMHO :)

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2008-01-05 18:49]

I'm repeating what you said in your last posting: The New camera ". . .hard to master it, and it'll take me some time."

Yes, I'm still having learning, but I hope you will enjoy it - I love my Canon camera . . . Birds are hard too Greg, you'll have to practice on some ducks!!! YEAH!


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