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Clutching Needles

Clutching Needles
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Copyright: Ivan Kruys (Argus) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-01-27
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 400D, Canon EF 300 f4L + Canon 1.4 converter
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/3000 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Superb Birds, Pentaxfriend's favorites [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-02-08 0:20
Viewed: 5015
Favorites: 3 [view]
Points: 90
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Though I am not inclined to post several images showing the same species, I couldn't resist this one, my third of the Crested Tit (Parus cristatus).

We take it for granted that these small birds move rapidly from branch to branch, But I didn't realise that grasping bunches of pine needles is also used as a way of moving through the trees, though this takes place just for a split second. A quick glance to see whether there are any pine seeds or insects before he is off again. He has no time to take much notice of the photographer standing a mere 6 meters away.

This species is widely distributed in Europe where there are stands of mature coniferous forests but its numbers have recently declined owing to intensive modern forestry, where there are no nesting holes and a limited supply of food in the way of insects and conifer seed cones.
It is however a visitor to bird feeders, which may have some effect in halting their decline.

This image was taken with the camera hand-held at a distance of about 6 meters and after cropping by about 40% and size reduction it was selectively sharpened and light levels adjusted.

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Hello Ivan,

Very beautiful composition. Great pose of the tit. Great POV and DOF. Excellent sharpness. Light is superb. Beautiful colours also.

Hello Ivan,
We have a saying in Turkish, which may be roughly translated as "I have created those small mountains", well, your Crested Tit has that look in its eye and stand! No need to stress the point that the present capture is -as usual- perfect from all viewpoints of technical and aesthetic photography.
Cordially yours,

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  • pvs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1127 W: 254 N: 3161] (14464)
  • [2008-02-08 0:39]

Hi Neighbour,

Once again an excellent capture of this crested tit,I dont mind at all that you show us more of this specie,as I know that they are quite hard to find and photograph,the more difficult to have them seen in a nice composition,I must say you managed very well,I like it a lot,thanks


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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2008-02-08 1:06]

Hi Ivan

I think these tits are wonderful, so no complaints from me! The pose is excellent as are the colour and detail.


hello ivan,
what a fine capture, the title suits the shot well, sharp image with good details of the plumage, dark blue sky makes nice bg,
well done,
tfs & regards

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  • jesst Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 368 W: 0 N: 172] (2441)
  • [2008-02-08 1:36]

Nice composition and pose, wonderful backdround and natural colors

Hello Ivan

You bird posts always amazed me. It is already hard enough to capture them in brilliant sharpness and details, but you always have something extra like the perch here. Awesome and stunning against the clear blue sky. I like looking at this so please allow me to add this to my personal theme.


Hi Ivan,
A fine capture of this crested tit. a very good title indeed. Excellent clarity with sharp details and a very good composition. Thanks a lot for sharing.

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  • cloud Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 497 W: 111 N: 1535] (9539)
  • [2008-02-08 3:13]

Hello Ivan,
I like to read your note about it how you see situation when You had taken photo. This shot is very good, colours aren't pretty well because poor light.
Regards, Pawel

Hi Ivan,
Excellent capture handheld using the tele, and from 6 meters as well. Even with a 40% crop, very good detail.
Great POV and the pose makes it a great one :)
Well done,

Hello Ivan,
This is wonderful. A nice close up with details clearly seen. Focus and color clarity are great. I also like the composition. Very well done.

Hello friend Ivan

An another wonderful capture of the beatiful Crested Tit which you show us with excellent sharpnes, lighting and detail! I also liked its posture here:)
TFS friend,
Best regards,


Great work, Ivan - and apt title, too! Excellent colors, detail and superb pose you captured. Hat's off! Cheers, Klaus

My eye went to his right foot immediately and saw he was grasping this tree with it's bundles of three needles...a descriptor of the tree and also a fine place for a lightweight to grasp. And just now after writing I read that you too did notice the pine bundles...see? Great minds think alike:-) I say that in all humility of course. A fine capture Ivan..You and your wife are a Blessed couple!

hello Ivan

another of your lovely photos of Crested Tit,
i love to see the abylity that this bird have
in the way he is perching on the top of the tree,
excellent POV and framing, excellent sharpness and details
and i love that catch-light on his eye, TFS


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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2008-02-08 8:57]

Hi Ivan,

I am amazed by the way this Tit is grasping the pine needles! A beautiful shot with wonderful clarity and nice colors. Superb composition.


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  • dejo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 344 W: 51 N: 520] (2242)
  • [2008-02-08 10:09]

Hello Ivan,
interestin observation and great presentation of the subject!
the pic is perfect in every sense, clarity is amazing!
best regards, Dejan

Hello Ivan, superb shot really excellent detail and great pov lovely composition perfect exposure. What a cute tit, I understand why you can't resist uploading it. Tfs your wonderful work Rgds Necip

Hi Ivan,
A quick shot by you and a great one too, amazing that he can be supported by just those few needles! Makes a great shot, love the evergreen with all the blue from the bird and the sky. TFS

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-02-08 11:58]

Hi . Ivan. Your 300 mm lens has worked wonders in your hands . this is a very good clear detailed shot of the beautiful little bird. you have used the light so well in the little brown eye. well done TFS. good notes too.

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-02-08 12:12]

Ha ha! That's really clever! Grabbing a bunch of needles with each foot :-D
Great sharpness and clarity.
Superb composition.
The crest is very clear.
Well done Ivan,

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2008-02-08 12:20]

Hello Ivan,
This is gorgeous! Perfect sharpness and details, fantastic vivid colours, excellent POV, composition and pose. Beautiful intense blue BG.

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  • rdfoto Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 372 W: 0 N: 719] (3295)
  • [2008-02-08 12:42]

Bonjour Ivan
Très belle prise, très beau sujet, couleurs et netteté. l'image et bien cadrée.
Amicalement Robi

Hi Ivan,

Beautiful shot
excellent POV, pose, BG, sharpnes and details

TFS Thijs

Hello Ivan,
Nice to see another perfect capture of Parus cristatus. First class, everythinh excellent, POV, details, sharpness, eye contact.. Greetings.
have a nice weekend my friend

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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2008-02-08 14:01]

Hola Sr. Ivan
I am glad You Post this one too. It is an excellent photo. Great sharpness and very nice pose in top of this pine tree.
as usual Very good note.
Saludos Y un fuerte Abrazo

Oh my...! What an amazing capture Ivan! I like its pose so much with superb details, composition, colors and exposure. This is a little work of art! I wish I have taken this picture myself :)! Congratulations!

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2008-02-08 14:19]

Hola Ivan,
sensacional captura,
hermoso pov. y pose,
excelente foco
y detalles,
saludos amigo.

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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2008-02-08 14:35]

Hola Ivan,
This cute bird captured in such a nice pose worth a second post! Perfect details, approach, background and pose.
TFS, José M.

Bonito, armónico y equilibrado conjunto, con una luz muy especial e interesante. Un fondo muy acertado y excelente pose del ave. El ojo impresionante !!
Saludos Ivan.

Hi Ivan,

Cute little bird, superbly captured.
Very nice blue sky for BG.

Ben Lakitan

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  • fiyo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1053 W: 5 N: 3475] (15161)
  • [2008-02-09 0:44]

Hi Ivan,
Excellent shot!
Great composition with nice POV,
very good details and nice colours.
Well done!

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2008-02-09 0:59]

Hi Ivan,
I will be back.

Hi Ivan, elegant bird in great pose with wonderful details and splendid sharpness, very well done, have a great week end, ciao Silvio

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  • cako Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 485 W: 0 N: 772] (3395)
  • [2008-02-09 5:28]

Hi İvan
this is very nice composition
very good sharp and detail
very well done

Una excelente captura con un colorido fabuloso.
Extraordinario bg y OOF.
Buena nota, tfs, JL.

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  • Ena Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 324 W: 61 N: 594] (2454)
  • [2008-02-09 9:00]

Hi Ivan,
Very nice capture!
Good details and sharpness!
Beautiful blue sky!

Hi Ivan,
Quelle belle prise d'une grande netteté avec de belles couleurs.

Hello Ivan,
This is an elegant posture, and I admire the way he is grabbing hold of the pine needles!
Looks like a bright little fellow with a glimpse in his eye...
A fine composition, and the plumage is well reproduced!
Pablo -

Hello Ivan,
Very good one!
The perch and its pose are outstanding.
Very good moment.
Well done

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2008-02-11 9:15]

Hi Ivan.
Subject of the picture and picture of this subject are fantastic and perfectly done. First of all it is the impressiveness of the POV. It is highest. Second, it is sharpness and details of all even tiny objects. Third, it is terrific exactness and beautifulness of the natural colours. Especially O like coloration of the bird legs. Superb job. Bravo.

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  • mlines Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 556 W: 26 N: 668] (3116)
  • [2008-02-11 14:41]

Hi Ivan, I like the purity and simplicity of this composition. Small birds are very special and this photo encapsulates so much that i like to see in them. The first time i noticed the use of a convertor (1.4 Canon) and the camera shows it is a excellent one in the right hands. Inspiring. TFS. Murray.

bonjour ivan
le POV est superbe pour placer l'oiseau devant le ciel,la netteté impeccable.
la dof est egalement tres bonne.
vraiment felicitations.

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  • badar Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 106 W: 0 N: 160] (785)
  • [2008-02-13 7:47]

Hi Ivan,
Beautiful image of this very dainty bird. The way it delicately clutches the pine leaves.

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  • zulfu Gold Star Critiquer [C: 685 W: 0 N: 2] (43)
  • [2008-03-02 1:55]

Hello Ivan, a perfect-lovely capture of this beutiful bird with superb composition, excellent details and sharpnes. TFS. Regards,

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