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Merry Christmas.

Merry Christmas.
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Copyright: Luis Leal (Luis52) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-11-21
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D90, 80-200 f2.8D ED AF Nikkor+1.5X Kenko
Exposure: f/4.5, 1/4000 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2010-12-23 8:38
Viewed: 4100
Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 60
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
When I was just a child, My father once told me that birds are like angels that come from heaven to see what men is doing on earth. Today I'm almost 59 years old, and I still believe in such a great truth.

Merry Christmas and a peaceful next coming year, and most of all full of great health. These are my wishes to you all.

Luis Leal.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2010-12-23 8:57]

Hello Luis,
Excellent photo of this little angel. Sharp where it have to be. Beautiful natural colours in a very pleasing composition. Great timing and blurred BG.

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2010-12-23 9:27]

Hello Luis,
A beautiful in-flight capture of this little Sparrow with great focus on the head. Very well timed and lovely colours that stand out against the soft pastel background.
TFS and best wishes for Christmas and the New Year! Ulla

Hola Luis,
Su padre fue muy sabio al decir eso!... Esta ave, ciertamente es un hermoso angel bajando del cielo, la prueba indudable de que Dios nos regala milagros. Excelente foto, gran congelamiento de la imagen a 1/4000, como pintada a mano!... Feliz Nvidad y un feliz año nuevo para ti y tu familia. Gracias por toso lo que has compartido en TN durante este año que se va.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2010-12-23 9:37]

Hola Sr. Luis,
Feliz Navidad y Feliz año nuevo para ti amigo!

A fine capture of a Chiping Sparrow about to land. The position of the wings is indeed angel-like and captured with fine sharpness and colours in a pleasing composition.
Un abrazo,

Hello Luis,
Nice moment of landing captured with beautiful colours, good sharp focus, great POV and composition. Well done!
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Spectacular capture Luis! Looks like the little bird really is coming from heaven! Sweet and lovely short story! Fantastic moment captured brilliantly! Bravo Luis! Good shot indeed. Merry Christmas for you and your family as well! Thank you!
George Veltchev

An impressive photo of this bird!!!! Excellent composition!!! Regards, Erodotos

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2010-12-23 13:20]

Hello Luis.
Fantastic photo in a perfect timing. The focus on the head and body is perfect. Very beautiful natural colours. Excellent POV, DOF and composition.Perhaps history of your father is correct.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you and your family.Siggi

A perfect perch landing in the middle of the broken part . This makes the two into the One.
Be Blessed this Christmas

Ciao Luis, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you and your family too, lovely composition with beautiful bird in fantastic landing action, wonderful light and colors, nice blurry BG, fine details and splendid sharpness, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio

Hola Luis,
what a fantastic capture, great timing, superb sharpness and fantastic colours, a very nice composition, very well done
Merry Christmas to you and your family
Ciao Maurizio

Hi Luis,
Merry Christmas to You
Great picture,

Hi Luis,
An impressive if-flight photo; colourful and nicely composed. Best wishes, Pambos

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2010-12-23 15:35]

Hi Luis,what a top class pic,what a timing and what a impressive sharpness and colors...a very original and impressive Christmas card.Very well done,Merry Chritsmas to your and your family and thanks,Luciano.

Hi Luis

Great contribution and nice words from your father. Great composition and sharpness.

Merry Christmas and festive New Year.


hello Luis

a great in-flight action shot,
you shooted the photo at the best time,
with fine POV, superbly focused great sharpness
and details, i love the tails in spread, TFS

also for you and your family i wish you
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year 2011


Wow great capture here!

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2010-12-24 1:46]

Hi Luis.
Merry Christmas and Happy Coming Year to you and your family too. Nice note and exceptional picture. Brilliant work. Bravo.

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2010-12-24 5:42]

Fine timing and excellent pose by the bird frozen by you. Beautiful image. tfs.

I like the story that your father has passed, and now you wanted to share ... Merry Christmas to you and your family Luis
ciao sERGIO

El maestro congelando" aves !

Magnífico trabajo Luis, sabiendo aprovechar la luz y sacándole un gran
partido a los mecanismos de la cámara, cosa que algunos hacemos lo que podemos :-)

Te deseo unas buenas fiestas Navideñas y un próspero 2011, a poder ser en
compañía de todos tus seres queridos.

Un abrazo desde España: Josep Ignasi.

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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2010-12-25 9:59]

Hello Luis
Amasing in flight capture.Excellent POV and sharp image.Colors are natural.I also like th nice oof bg
TFS and have a merry Christmas to

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2010-12-26 9:32]

Hola Primo,

Oh, this little Sparrow really does look like an angel. Wonderful timing to capture this amazing position. I love your little story to go with the picture. The neutral colors, excellent details, and beautiful but simple composition make this a fantastic Christmas card. I hope you had a wonderful holiday and all good wishes for the New Year.


Hallo Luis
Your valuable input to everybody on the site is always appreciated, for me personally you a very humble gentleman and I appreciate you for that. Once again you share a beautiful image, and it warmed my heart when I saw it. It is more than a feast to me, sitting 1000's of kilometres away, sharing in your Christmas spirit and good wishes, and may I say all the same to you and your family. Thanks for sharing this lovely photograph! The photography is excellent. Best regards.

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2010-12-27 20:23]

Hello Luis,
A superb capture showing this pretty little bird in an attractive pose. The detail especially around the head, is super fine. Beautifully composed with a nice soft blurred BG and natural colors. Great work!!

Hi Luis,

Excellent shot
Perfect sharp details
Lovely compo with great details, colors, pose, POV and BG

TFS Thijs

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  • GLEM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 540 W: 87 N: 750] (10)
  • [2011-01-01 9:19]

hi Luis,
fantastic shot at the best moment of landing. I love the colors united and focused gaze of the bird.


And a very belated HAPPY CHRISTMAS to you.
Hope 2011 realises most of your dreams.
A detailed, well presented image.

Hello Luis,
I read your beautiful philosophy in your intro and, looking through your gallery, I came across this wonderful image. Great sharpness and just enough blur to show the movement with excellent composition. Well done.

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  • vanda Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 338 W: 25 N: 754] (3673)
  • [2011-02-13 10:38]

Hi Luis!
What a wonderful image!! Really this bird looks like an angel :)
Your capture is fantastic!! We can see this splendid bird in action. Superb sharphness and details, Great contrast against the blurred BG. Wonderful harmony of colours.
Very well done: congratulations.
ciao! Vanda

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