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My 300th Post

My 300th Post
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Copyright: Jane Magen (jaycee) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-02-22
Categories: Birds
Exposure: f/4, 1/800 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Milestones [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-02-28 7:30
Viewed: 4191
Points: 70
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
300 pictures ago I was a complete novice - knew very little about photography and even less about editing. I am slowly learning - thanks to so many of you fine photographers and wonderful people. I thank you for your patience, kindness, and friendship. For this post I have chosen one that you won't recognize as mine from the thumbnail - no blue Arizona sky - looking down instead of up at my favorite desert sparrow.

Black Throated Sparrow

This handsome sparrow of the arid Southwest is well named. Its alternate name, "Desert Sparrow," is also apt, for despite its vivid markings, it is often difficult to detect among the rocks and scrub, especially when not moving about. However, it may be observed when it mounts a bush or rock to sing its pleasant song. The Black-throated Sparrow is well adapted to the extremes of its habitat. Studies have shown that it has a great tolerance for heat and drought. During the hot months of late summer and early fall it maintains itself on dry seeds and drinks regularly at water holes. After the rains, these sparrows scatter into small flocks and feed on vegetation and insects, from which they derive all the moisture they need. They raise their young in the dry upland desert.

5 1/4" (13 cm). Gray above, white below, with striking black throat and breast; 2 conspicuous white stripes on sides of head, 1 above and 1 below the eye. Sexes alike.


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Hi Jane,

Very good composition and pov.
Beautiful colours and the Sparrow are in camouflage with the stones and rocks.
Well done.

Regards Gert

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-02-28 7:57]
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Hello Jane,
Congratulations on your 300th post!! Time flies doesn't it! Thanks for all you've shown us so far and I look forward to many more!
This is a very fine capture of the little Sparrow by stones and gravel in matching colours. He looks very cute with his black beard. I like your POV and the composition is lovely.
TFS and kind regards, Ulla

so from 300 you now get to look down instead of up:-) And I am feel privileged to be your gallery neighbor today. Congratulations Jane. Your 300 images have served nature well and have helped preserve things which will be important to countless others in the future. may you continue on doing what you love to do so well.

hello jane,
please accept my best wishes on posting your 300th shot, that is a big achivement and shows your dedication for photography and lovely for nature, i liked the eye contact and the composition,
tfs & regards

Hi Jane! Great work to reach 300th posting my friend. This is also excellent and lovely capture with nice composition, lighting and details.
TFS and Cheers,


Hello Jane
first of all congratulations on 300 Posts that are a joy to learn from..both photographically and through your notes..I for one have learnt a huge amount from you and I thank you for that.
As for this picture its good to see you have given your neck a rest and aimed closer to the ground!!..This is a locely sparrow and so different from our UK ones..The scene is sharp and good and i really like the shadow that this lovely fella is casting.
Many Thanks Jane and I look forward to another 300.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-02-28 9:05]
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Hello Jane,
Congratulations on your 300th posting.
Thanks for sharing your images of the wildlife, especially the birds, in you area. I have both enjoyed them and learnt from them and I hope to see may more from you!
This one of the Black-throated Sparrow is excellent and very suitable to mark the occasion. This is a fine composition among the rocks and shows how this beautiful bird can be camouflaged in this kind of habitat though you show good details of his markings from this excellent POV.
Thanks for sharing this one and for your kind words on mine,

Hi Jane

Congratulations on your 300th post. What a pretty bird posing beautifully here for you. Nice composition and great POV.

I hope to see the next 300!



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  • Arjun Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 358 W: 7 N: 1237] (7593)
  • [2008-02-28 9:26]
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hi jane,
congrats for a triple century.
all pics were very good.
hope we all will share lot more pics from you
good luck!

Congratulations on #300. This a good shot for it. I particularly like the smiling log on the right. Here's hoping for 300 more:)

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-02-28 10:41]
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Hi Jane. Well congratulation 300 and still going strong. you have chosen a fine close of the little sparrow . good detail and natural looking colours. well done TFS.
Nick.. Keep them coming.

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2008-02-28 10:45]
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Hi Jane,
My Heartiest Congratulation on your reaching this stupendous milestone. 300 is a huge number and your effort is really commendable. How is your index finger doing after clicking so many times?? Hahaha. Anyway, awaiting to see many many more from your camera.
This is another great picture and you have captured this little one in a fine pose. Superb natural lighting and exposure and I like your low POV to portary it. I like the rocky surrounding and the simple but effective composition. Kudos.

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-02-28 11:21]

Hi Jane,
congratulations on your 300th post!!!!!!!
Wow you've posted 300 excellent photos so far and I'll will look forward to 300 more excellent photos :-)
Nice photo for your 300th.
This is a very cute little Sparrow :-)
Good composition and POV.
I bet this little bird would be very proud to be the subject of such an important post!
Thanks and congratulations,


Hello Jane,
My heartiest congratulation on your 300th post, and thank you from the past for the wonderful sharing and friendship! will see many more coming!
nice to see a Sparrow on the rock in a beautiful pose of him, good sharpness, cplour and details
wishing you the best of everything

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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2008-02-28 14:06]
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Hi Jane.
Well Congratulation for Your 300! And what a nice photo to celebrate. High quality label in photography Jane.
Your friend

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  • NinaM Gold Star Critiquer [C: 773 W: 3 N: 1157] (4077)
  • [2008-02-28 15:57]

Congratulations Jane for this 300th picture! One has to be disciplined to post almost every day and to comment the pictures, with a lot of passion. I'm glad for you, I realize too that photography is a never ending learning. One great choreographer in Montreal said that the result isn't what counts but it is the path used to do the creation that's the funniest part. I agree and I'm sure that you have a lot of fun too! You sure improved a lot and will again in the future. And I love this picture for the nice "sundried" colours, the repetition of the pattern, the rocks, either big or smals but almost in the same shape. The addition of the bird with the same colours complete the "portrait", real nice. Thank you and may many other posts follow!


Hello Jane,

Congratulations to your 300th post, you choosed a lovely image
with the POV and framing that i love, excellent DOF,
luminosity, details, sharpness are excellent
and a lovely catch-light at the eye, thanks for your
nature photographic contribution Jane


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  • fiyo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1053 W: 5 N: 3475] (15161)
  • [2008-02-28 20:59]

Hello Jane,
Congratulations on your 300th post!
Very nice capture.POV,colors,sharpness and composition are excellent.TFS

Hi Jane,
CONGRATULATIONS on your 300th. A beautiful capture of this lovely black throated sparrow. Excellent sharp details and a natural environment. Hope to see another 300 soon. Thanks a lot for sharing.

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  • demeve Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 586 W: 12 N: 1682] (6165)
  • [2008-02-28 21:33]

Hello Jane,
It's late and I'm running out of time
So I'm just marking today.. Congratulations for the
300th posting


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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2008-02-29 0:35]

Dear Jane

Aaargh! I thought I had done a crit of this - I now remember that the telephone went as I saw it posted - sorry!

Congratulations on your 300th posting. Excellent composition with great detail and exposure handling.

Thank you for your contibutions to TN.

Best wishes


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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2008-02-29 8:18]

Hello Jane! Congrats on this achievement! You've got a great pic to celebrate this! That Saprrow is really beautiful and well photographed. Good composition, sharp details and great exposure, well done! Thanks!


Hi Jane,

Congratulations on reaching your 300th posting, and a nice one it is too. He certainly is a handsom bird and I can see why he would be a favourite. Good that you have included some of the background, and I love the composition.

Looking forward to another 300.


Hi Jane,
congrats on your 300th post
a nice picture taken with your small S2, well composed and
with good POV.
Nice colours and lighting.
Well done.

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2008-02-29 20:57]

Hello Jane

A wonderful capture for your 300th post.
Nicely composed,this little birdie is cute.
Very good focus and details.
The colours are natural and well saturated.


Hi Jane,
Bravo for 300ième.
C'est une très belle prise d'une grande composition où les couleurs de l'oiseau et son environnement sont bien mises en valeurs.

Hi Jane,
Congratulations on your 300th post. The Black Throated Sparrow is well seen in this natural surrounding. Lovely pov and composition. Nice picture to mark the milestone.

Hello Jane,
Well congratulations on your 300th posting. You are a very dedicated member of this wonderful community, and one that I view as a great friend. May we see many more of your great postings, like this one, thanks Jane.

Hi Jane, a perfect-lovely capture of this beutiful bird with superb composition, excellent details and sharpnes. TFS. Regards,

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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2008-03-01 11:24]

Hello Jane
happy 300 th posting hope to see a lot more from you.You have chosenn an excellent one for the occasion.Good POV and sharp image.Sharp image with nice catch light in the eye.
TFS Michel

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  • zulfu Gold Star Critiquer [C: 685 W: 0 N: 2] (43)
  • [2008-03-01 16:38]

Hi Jane,
Excellent composition of this lovely bird with great details, thanks for sharing.

Hi Jane
Congratulation for 300th posting. This is also a lovely capture of this beautiful bird! Excelent composition, nice colours and sharpnes!
TFS and Regards,


Hello Jane
congratulation for your 300th post on TN,
excellent shot of this very cute bird,
all is perfect on this one,
a great cheer,

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2008-03-02 6:36]

Hi, dear Jane.
My hearty congratulations on 300th post which represents you photo creativity perfectly. Simply great picture of the beautiful small bird and very nice scenery. All charming objects are reproduced skillfully. I like excellent DOF, natural colours and effect texture reproduction. Shot is composed amazingly too. Light is great as well as the impressive 3D-effect. Bravo and best wishes.
P.S. I am very touched with your decision and opportunity every day see your icon in one of my profile pages. Thanks a lot.

Hi Jane,
Congrats on your 300th (a bit belated).This fello certainly is camouflaged in amongst the grey rocks.Well done in magaing to pick him out and make him distinct.Nicely composed with the background.
Regards, David

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