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Today is the Day

Today is the Day
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Copyright: Hollie is an SLR novice (slrnovice2) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 331 W: 31 N: 344] (1197)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-06-02
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 20D, EF 75-300mm IS USM, Hama Skylight 1-A
Exposure: f/7.1, 1/160 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2005-06-02 6:58
Viewed: 3936
Points: 44
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
First breakfast outdoors :). Our fledglings escaped the confines of the box this morning before I got up after I spent *5 hours* inside my hide yesterday waiting for that critical moment when they leave the box. Not daft are they? *grin*.
It was easy to tell they had left the nest this morning. Yesterday the parents were back and forth all morning trying to tempt them out. It is a thrilling thing to be able to see it first hand, I've never seen it myself before - the adults taking food to the box entrance and waving it temptingly before the chicks to entice them out. The parents also perched in the area of the box and called and called and called. Yesterday they got no joy but evidently it worked today.
I don't know how many fledglings there are, I've only seen this one so far but the parents are all over the place trying to track them down. I think they are beginning to wish they'd left them in the nestbox - at least they'd know where they were!
It was a wonderful thing for me to see this little fledgling and know that he was not even a full day out of the nestbox. You can tell he is newly out of the nest by his gape and downy feathers. I have more images but I liked this one even though its not the best POV for Mum (or Dad) because of the way the chick is saying 'feed me!'

Camera Settings: Drizzle yesterday and very overcast today so not the most brilliant light in the world. ISO 1600, f7.1 and 1/160 sec. I wasn't sure I'd get away with that speed but thought I'd give it a go in the spirit of experimentation. Wings are blurry but otherwise it seems ok.

PP: Cropped, gaussian blur on the BG cos of the ISO noise, sharpening, levels and highlight/shadow on the birds to bring them out from the BG.

BTW PDP if you see this - will post another image of the hoverfly after another blue tit image :)

dew77, Fisher, twin, naki, manyee, ellis49, PDP, JeanMichel, radz, TAZ, touristdidi has marked this note useful
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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2005-06-02 7:20]

Hello Hollie!
Very nice shot.Blured BG,lighting ,framing and composition are excellent.Very well done!TFS...:-)

Now, that's a demanding call for food. :) :)
Excvelent shot and perfect timimg, well done on the composition.


Hi there :) Lovely story and a great moment !! Congrats on this very good catch :D


I can well understand why this shot appealed to you, it does to me, too. The blurry wings of the youngster have probably to do with the fact that they often shake in order to gain and hold the attention of the parent feeding.
Good POV and excellently done in difficult conditions overall.

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  • puciu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 469 W: 0 N: 16] (2631)
  • [2005-06-02 12:09]

wspania³e zdjecie akcji, bardzo dobrze uchwycone.

Hello Hollie.

Very nice capture.

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  • twin Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 244 W: 17 N: 494] (3259)
  • [2005-06-02 15:07]

very beautiful composition... a great moment... an excellent shot...
very well done Hollie..

What a chance you had to catch such a decisive moment and made a good shot out of it with good DOF and all.
Love this wide opened beak and I think I can feel the tension in his little legs, holding on tight on the branch so not to fall.. Great job.

Hi Hollie, what a lovely captured moment.
Well composed, good DoF and nice perspective.
Thanks for sharing.

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  • naki Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 382 W: 27 N: 5] (40)
  • [2005-06-02 18:09]

Great timing Hollie. Very nice composition with lively colours and good PP work.
Well done.

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2005-06-03 2:23]

Hi Hollie. A great moment. What a good capture. The dynamics between the two are priceless. Very sharp, well-exposed, and well composed. TFS. : )

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  • deud Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 438 W: 11 N: 534] (2540)
  • [2005-06-03 5:37]

amazing shot! you obtain a great gift for your patience! the light and dof are excellent! congratulations.

p.s. there is no SLR novice level!

Great shot, very good pose and POV. very well caught.

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  • jossim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1538 W: 5 N: 2240] (12636)
  • [2005-06-03 6:27]

Un beau moment et une belle prise nature.

Félicitations !

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  • Zeno Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 483 W: 0 N: 1345] (10867)
  • [2005-06-03 15:41]

I like photo's like this one very much. You caught the action very well.You were there at the right time and you made a marvellous composition.The green colors of the background and the light are great.
My compliments and thanks again for sharing!!


Very nice picture, Hollie.
Little soft but you catch a great moment.
Good timing, nicc colours and well composed.
Great work.

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  • optic Gold Star Critiquer [C: 322 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2005-06-06 8:26]

Great capture Hollie, very well composed i like the colours and clear details, dof & pov are great.

Well done

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  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2005-06-06 15:05]

Excellent work Hollie, great job to capture thhis parenting. Nice POV and good catchlights in the eyes. Nice shot, well done.

Looking forward to the hoverfly :-)

I like it very much, Hollie. It's a lively moment, well caught. You did very well with noise removing in the BG. Very good exposure and colors.

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  • radz Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 598 W: 11 N: 72] (436)
  • [2005-06-14 14:15]

D day talking !!I wonder really what they have been talking!!!!:).Love this shot,good composition&cool momment you captured!!!

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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2005-06-28 3:29]

Beautiful and interesting composition for this nice couple ! The tittle is funny ;-) Good pose, colors and details ! Thanks for sharing.

sweet moment!!!! Wonder if parents can get lazy adult children to go outside, the same way?

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