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Wren in evening light.

Wren in evening light.
Photo Information
Copyright: Peter Bagnall (Heyshamite) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 144 W: 0 N: 396] (2193)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-01-24
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 1Ds MkII, Canon 100-400L IS f4-5.6
Exposure: f/7.2, 1/350 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): The best photo on TN?, Vanderschelden's favourites [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-02-23 4:26
Viewed: 5873
Favorites: 3 [view]
Points: 44
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
A late afternoon, January photo of a female Wren. The judges at the Lancashire and Cheshire Photographic Union scored this picture 14/15 which pleased me very much. A snap shot of one of the Wrens that are in the wood where I have my hide. I used a 1.4x converter and remote shutter release cord. AV (aperture priority) and spot metering.

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  • Debz Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 505 W: 0 N: 847] (3307)
  • [2007-02-23 4:34]

What a lovely photo of this sweet little fellow! Detail, shapness and colour is great, as is the composition and pose of the Wren.



Beautiful photo of a lovely, wee bird. Great focus, such clarity and detail. Good DOF. Wish I could get a photo like that ! TFS

beautiful bird
Great focus and composition

One of my favourite small birds. A lovely natural shot, great pov. More focus on the face would be better (in my opinion).
You seem to have a few spots on your sensor, not sure if you were aware of them (I also have the same problem, but haven't tackled it yet...).
Thanks for posting.

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  • moody (62)
  • [2007-02-23 4:59]

Structure is just like an egg. Wonderful pic. Cheers, Moody

Hello Peter,

Excellent close-up of this cute little fellow! The picture is razor sharp and has some amazing details! The colors are natural and very well balanced (warm subject against a cold background). This isolates the subject very well!
I only have one small complaint about the composition: the bird is too close to the center of the frame. I would have left more space in front of it to make the picture more interesting. The excellent OOF background is a compliment for the shot, not only from a chromatic point of view but also because it eliminates any distracting elements from the picture. The great eye contact is also a positive thing, especially with that superb catchlights you captured.
Excellent job with the exposure too! There are no harsh shadows or OE highlights. Everything is rendered superbly! Congratulations and TFS!

With Friendly Regards,

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  • badar Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 106 W: 0 N: 160] (785)
  • [2007-02-23 5:18]

Hi Peter,
This is sweet, 14/15 wonder what were their nits on this one.
Badruddin Ali

Striking shot of this tiny bird, well cropped in to fill the image, focus is just a hair short of the eye, but otherwise very good.

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2007-02-23 5:24]

Hi Peter,
That's such a cute little bird. Excellent shot, the sharpness is wonderful and the grey blurry background just how it has to be to give all the importance to the bird. Bravo
Best regards

I score it 14,5/15 'cause I 'm a good judge:-).
Very image indeed.
Technically outstanding with these rich details.
Subject is a gem too.
So...a great job!
TFS and congrats...

Another great one!
I think it is better than the previous one!
The worm light and the pose of the bird gives it a nice cozyness.
There is no point discussing details, colors and DOF!
TFS and congrats!

Hi Peter,
Some excellent soft light and a perfect exposure here. The colors and fine detail in the plumage are superb. The long lensand extender combo. did well on the isolatio and sepertaion from a nice OOF backround. Nice camera work!

What a cute little bird!
Cute picture with great compo and very good details.

Hi Peter , excellent portrait , good luck.

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2007-02-23 11:21]

Hi Peter,

Beautiful capture of the wren. I love the pose, the colors, and all of the sharp details.



Hello Peter
What a cheeky looking little Wren. I just love the way their tail points upward and their round little bodies. I can see why the judges loved this image. I love the soft lighting, nice detail and that her natural surroundings are included.
TFS Janice

Hi Peter,
Another excellent shot of Wren!
Well donE
Congratulations and TFS,

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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2007-02-23 18:00]

Hi Peter,
A really pretty bird! Excellent details, light, pose, pov and bg.
TFS, Josť M.

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2007-02-25 3:48]

What a fantastic shot, Peter.
I know how hard it is to capture a wren. They are the fastest little birds, and they disappear on you just like that.
Anyway the light on this bird is just beautiful.
the details are exquisite, and I just love that little tail sticking up.
TFS. : )

Hi Peter,

Sorry for late reply, I've been away.
I really like this little wren and think that the best factor is that the light is tremendous, very cold and crisp. There is a decent amount of detail visible in the bird and the depth of field is perfect. I agree with Eddie that the wren seems a little central, other than that it's a delightful portrait.
Very well done,


Hello Peter! WOW! What a beauty in every way! Not exactly aerodynamic is he? Love the twinkle in his eye! Exquisite! Linda

very cute and sharp, good light as well, TFS Ori

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