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Copyright: Ralf Lukovic (ralfsworld) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 492 W: 93 N: 1903] (6560)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-12-30
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 1D Mark III, Canon EF 400mm F/2.8 L IS USM
Exposure: f/7.1, 1/640 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): annick vanderschelden's favourites [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-04-11 4:54
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Points: 48
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This little Chiffchaff was photographed in Spain/Alicante @ 800mm and camera settings was Manual and I used ISO-320 F/7.1 and 1/670sec. This kind of birds are really fast and not easy to photograph and I was really pleased when I saw this shot on my screen @ home...

The Common Chiffchaff or simply Chiffchaff, (Phylloscopus collybita), is a common and widespread leaf warbler, named for its distinctive onomatopoeic song, which breeds in open woodlands throughout northern and temperate Europe and Asia. It is a migratory passerine, which winters in southern and western Europe, southern Asia and north Africa. Greenish-brown above and off-white below, it is named for its simple chiff-chaff song. It has a number of subspecies, some of which are now treated as full species. The female builds a domed nest on or near the ground, and assumes most of the responsibility for brooding and feeding the chicks, whilst the male does little more than defend his territory against rivals, and attack potential predators...

more info: wiki

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Beautiful work! I really love both the sharpness and the background blur that your lens provides. I also like the almost monochromatic colouring: it anchors the bird in its environment really well.

Are you using the 2x converter on your 400? If so, how do you find image quality for larger prints?

Hi Ralf,

What a wonderful image of the lovely Chiffchaff.
Great composition with very beautiful feather details, color tones, pose of the bird and soft BG .
Sharpness, focus and exposure are superb like always in your images.
Excellent work. TFS!!!

Best regards and have a nice weekend,


Hi Ralf,

Fantastic photo.Great shot with wonderful colours.Lighting and sharpness are very good.

Hi Ralf,
great shot, with amazing sharpness and details.
The background is great and contributes to the successful composition.
Great POV
TFS Tatjana

Hi Ralf

what a lovely show. the composition, DOF and focus are all spot on and excellent. I love the balancing act as well clearly showing how light they actually are...


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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-04-11 7:58]

Hej Ralf,
What a brilliant composition in beautiful colours and a lovely capture of the little Chiffchaff!! It looks gorgeous standing on those brittle seed heads and against a beautiful soft background. Greatly in focus too and lovely sharp details.
TFS och trevlig helg! Ulla

Hi Ralf,
Very nice shot. Great composition and details.

Hello Ralf
This a great capture of the Chiff Chaff..Super sharp with a cracking BG...These are rare in the UK but i captured one in my back garden earlier in the year..I wish it had come out like this!!
Great work and a great note.

Hello Ralf,
Excellent portrait.
DOF, pose, perch, BG, POV, light, and so forth are well done.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2008-04-11 11:07]

Hello Ralf,
A simple bird in a superb photo! What a great details and fantastic colours. The composition, POV, pose and DOF are marvelous. A really perfect BG.
Have a good weekend,

Hi Ralf,
great capture of lovely Chiffchaff with great sharp details, POV and composition. Splendid coloration . BG also great with fantastic colors. TFS, have a nice weekend

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  • darwin Gold Star Critiquer [C: 259 W: 0 N: 403] (1401)
  • [2008-04-11 18:12]

Hi Ralf
Very nice shot and pose,its a wonder the tiny
twigs can hold him up
Lovely Light and color,specially the background
Superb sharpness and detail
tfs jon

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  • GLEM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 540 W: 87 N: 750] (10)
  • [2008-04-12 2:37]

hi Ralf,
i put in my favorites yerderday night, now i can put some words. Fantastic picture, the Dof in outstanding, light is pure...simply perfect.


hello Ralf

lovely shot of this beautiful cute bird, fine POV and framing,
excellent DOF, great sharpness and details, it is the bird's pose
that i love most on your image, the way are his head and feets,
it gives a dynamism to the image, TFS


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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2008-04-12 6:55]

Hi Ralf.
Great Camera and lens Work. This guys never stay still for one second.
Nice and sharp, beautiful colors and lovly pose.
Your note is also very interesting.
Have a nice weekend My friend,

Hello Ralf very nice detail realy sharp, nice colour tones, light and fine pose tfs rgds Necip.

Very good job Ralf, a wonderful pose..
Great details, color, DOF, light, and BG here.
I like the comp also..
Now if this bird was in a birdbath you could call it "Chiffchaff I was Taking a Bath" ;}

Hello Ralf,

Very nice capture of Chiffchaff in action. Good pose, composition and pin sharp details.



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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2008-04-13 8:21]

Hi Ralf,

This Chiffchaff is beautiful. I love the pose as he looks down at the flowers. Fine details of his face, wings and plummage. My favorite thing about this shot are the colors. The bird looks wonderful against the golden background.


A wonderful image of the portrait of the bird. The details are very well visible.
Best wishes,

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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2008-04-14 15:15]

Hi Ralf
Beautiful image.Great pose from your subject and excellent POV .Shaapnes and details are excellent.Nice catch light.
TFS Michel

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-04-15 6:44]

Hej Ralf,
Yes, I agree that this is a Chiffchaff and a fine capture of it too. Excellent sharpness, POV and composition on the vegetation against a great natural bokeh.
Thanks for sharing this beauty,

Fick vårsolen idag! :))

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  • Rolf Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 58 W: 0 N: 27] (196)
  • [2008-04-16 5:14]

Hi Ralf,
Very nice shot with great composition and details.

Hello Ralf , very good comp. and POV , good saturated colors , TFS and good luck .

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