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Blue Tit in the Snow *For Marhowie*

Blue Tit in the Snow *For Marhowie*
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Copyright: Joe Kellard (joey) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-04-06
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 400D (Rebel XTi), Canon EF 100-400mm L IS USM, Digital ISO-200, Hoya 77mm UV Filter
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/800 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Dedications at Trek Nature part Four [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-05-13 1:56
Viewed: 3445
Points: 43
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I have dedicated this to Howard (Marhowie) for being a huge inspiration to me and many others from the very start. I'm always amazed by his bird shots so I thought I'd dedicate him a Blue Tit :-)

This was taken back in April on the day we had 3 inches or so of snow overnight! This little Blue Tit seemed to be enjoying the snow as much as everyone else :-) These little birds are very tough little things! I've seen them go out collecting seeds in the harshest of weather: snow, rain, wind, sleet even hail!

I hope you like this!

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1001 W: 4 N: 3276] (14759)
  • [2008-05-13 2:00]

Joey, First one and we were neighbours today.
Full marks. and great shot. I like the snow part of this picture. Lovely one. Ganesh

Dear Joe,
A beautiful dedication to Howard. The bird looks so cute and fluffy. excellent POV, sharpness and details in theplumage. It looks as if it is gong to enjoy the ice stick.:)
Thanks for the share,

Hi Joe
Brrrr! He looks so cold, as if his frozen to the twig
Nice shot,composition with good detail and natural color
tfs jon

Hi Joe,
A great dedication to a great photographer. You did great capturing the quick little creatures. They don't sit still that often. Altough you have some great details in the feathers, the photo does look a bit soft in the focus department. Probably also caused by the choise of a wide aperture. You got an IS lens, so enough room on the shutter to use. You also might want to adjust the levels a bit more, especially in the highlight area. Its a bit grey.

Good Morning Joe & thank you mf!
I'm behind as usual on the comments so..
I'll be back.

The 'feel' of winter is palpable in this picture of a Blue Tit, Joe.
The snow sticking to the twig, especially the tall pyramid on top, adds great beauty to this lovely composition.
Despite manifest inclement weather, you have manged great clarity in this capture.
Well done and TFS.

Howard is an amazing photographer I sure do agree. He is like a magician with the camera...and a fellow who challenges to bring out the best in all of us...so fine man for dedications!
I seem to remember that snowy day....more than one TN'er including you spoke and imaged on that day....very nicely done for some circumstances which you do not normally have. do you get "snow days":-)

Hi Joe:-) what a chunky and beutiful blue tit with superb clarity and details. Nice dedication. TFS this beauty!
Well done my friend, Owlman:-)


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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2008-05-13 10:21]

Hello Joe,
What a nice close-up for this cute "Mésange" in french.
The "+++" : composition, nice subject and pose, the snow in bonus, POV, sharpness, DOF, neutral BG, exposure...
The "-" : nothing...
Congratulations my friend and thanks for sharing,

Hi Joey,

First of all: thanks for this great dedication to a great photographer.

You did a great capturing with this quick little creatures. He looks so cold, so cute and fluffy!!! But this is a normal pose in those cold days. Sharp, beautiful natural colors. But they are not so bright. I love the diagonal pose. Thanks for sharing. Greetings and TFS BOB

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5136 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2008-05-13 12:05]

Hello Joe,
We have a very warm Spring here for over 10 days and now I'm looking to a Blue Tit in the snow. But the photo is very beautiful. Great sharpness and natural colours. I like the pose and composition.

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-05-13 12:12]

Hi Joey. Whats with the snow its summer man.No only joking . Great detail and colours. As you say they keep going in all weathers. I have seen the so wet but they keep at it. i like the way your seems to bland into the BG.well done TFS.

PS . Will have details re Sunday by Thusday eve so i will email you on Fri in the day time..

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2008-05-13 12:50]

Hi Joe,

A nice dedication to Howard. Hard for me to believe this is a spring shot! The Blue Tit looks like he's freezing. He looks adorable with that big mound of snow on the top of the stalk.


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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2008-05-13 13:34]

Hello Joe, very well done! I like the way that this bird looks more in MY environment than yours! :-) Great compo and very good technique, thanks!


Hi Joe,

This Blue Tit appears to be the same that later joined your fit club with excellent results. Very good pose and composition with the rare thing here, snow. Details and very sharp and colours are good while I think the conditions could not have the the best. Great work!


Best wishes


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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2008-05-13 15:08]

Hello Joe,
You have handled the low light to perfection here, still bringing out great details and colors. Howard should be pleased. Great work as usual Joe, thank you for sharing.

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2008-05-13 15:27]

Hi Joe

A lovely composition and worthy dedication - good colour and excellent detail. Well observed and captured.


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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6475 W: 89 N: 15609] (65297)
  • [2008-05-14 1:24]

Hi Joe,this winter's pic is great,remember me your fantastic gallery that you post this winter whit a lot of beautifull birds,thanks for share,Luciano

Hi Joe,
A nice capture of this blue tit. A very good dedication for Howard. Excellent composition and sharp details. Thanks a lot for sharing.

not an easy one with the low light, but you made a fantastic shot here,
I think that Howard wil be proud one you, fantastic photojob, have a nice day.
gr. jaap

Hello Joe,
Seems like the snow came late this year, hehehe!
But no reason to worry those fellows will cope with worse situations than we see here...
Lovely colours and details in the fluffy plumage!
I’d like to take this opportunity to thank you for support and advice during my time here!
It has been great and I have learned a lot through the many fine presentations in TrekNature!
Pablo -

Hi Joe

I had a look through your gallery after my last critique and noticed this one with a similar motion blur. I'm guessing that the F/5.6 and 1/800 isn't accurate as it's the same as the other shot and still has blur. Are you sure you have IS turned on correctly? ;)
Other than that, a lovely shot.

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