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Gray Moods
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Copyright: David Robert (Dave) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 503 W: 43 N: 657] (2178)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-02-01
Categories: Birds
Camera: NikonD200, AF VR-Nikkor 80-400mm ED
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2007-02-01 19:47
Viewed: 4413
Points: 20
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Tufted Titmouse Parus bicolor

Not near as colorful as the Cardinal from yesterday, but so much more abundant and common.

Cool fact: The Tufted Titmouse's range throughtout the eastern United States has grown steadily northward during this century. This expansion may be linked to the growing number of people feeding birds each year.
Today, the Tufted Titmouse continues to expand northward into Canada. In the first half of this century, the Tufted Titmouse was found primarily along the Mississippi and Ohio river basins. In the 1940s, the Tufted Titmouse’s range expanded into Connecticut, and by the 1950s the Tufted Titmouse had been recorded in northern Pennsylvania, Upstate New York, Massachusetts, and Ontario (Canada). By the1970s, Vermont and Maine were also part of the territory.

Description: The Tufted Titmouse is an active, noisy, and conspicuously vocal bird whose typical song is a loud whistled peter peter peter. Both sexes have a distinctive black forehead and gray crest. The upperparts are gray, with slightly darker gray flight feathers. The lores are pale buff. The face and underparts are white with rufous flanks. The dark eye and eye ring are prominent on the white face.

A dominant bird at feeders, the Tufted Titmouse often chases away birds that are the same size or smaller. During winter, this titmouse caches food in bark crevasses throughout its territory.
Info Source
Exposure Time = 1/160"
F Number = F5.3
Exposure Program = Shutter priority
ISO Speed Ratings = 110
Focal Length = 230mm
Orig Image Width = 3872
Orig Image Height = 2592
No PP other than adding the frame, signature, some very minor cloning, and resizing for TN.
Thanks for looking.

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Hi David,
I like the different background you used here, the dark one.
It's so soft and nicely blurred.
Despite the bird is almost the same color tone, you got a very detailed image of him, thanks to the good POV used here.
Congratulations, thanks for share and best reagards,

Hi David,

Nicely captured and well done on the composition.
Your exposure needs lightened, it is underexposed. Easily fixed in photoshop.


Hi Dave

Looks a little dark and dull on my monitor, but the pose is great. Love the subject too. TFS.

nice composition but it would be nice if the bird wias lightened.

Hello Dave, nice shot with great soft atmosphere.
Good sharpness aon the bird.
(pts later)

Hello David,
I like those birds very much but I just can't take decent pictures of them. This is very difficult from me as they never are at the right place at the right time and they just can't stay in place… This is a very nice capture of this cute bird with good details, POV and composition. I think that the WS improved the exposure. Well done and TFS,

  • Great 
  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2007-02-02 7:19]

Hi Dave,
Well composed capture with excellent detail and color. With the out of focus background and the soft lighting, this gives a relaxing mood to me.

  • Great 
  • jossim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1538 W: 5 N: 2240] (12636)
  • [2007-02-02 22:52]

Très belle composition,j'aime bien la pose de l'oiseau sur cette branche. Bel ambiance et bonne harmoni des couleurs.

  • Great 
  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-02-04 15:44]

Hello Dave

Nicely captured tufted titmouse.The shot has a nice atmosphere to it.Very good DOF and POV .The Details and focus are very good.The OOF grey BG is superb.TFS


Hi Dave,
Great one, I like the title it fits well :)
Nice POV and pose, well detailed..
I played with this one in a WS mf.

  • Great 
  • degani Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 130 W: 0 N: 322] (2607)
  • [2007-12-01 14:15]

beautiful picture David,
the colours and the gray backgrond to the bird a special light, it is a beautiful bird in a beautiful image

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