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Copyright: Gregory Lazzaro (glazzaro) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 473 W: 108 N: 1293] (4605)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-12-30
Categories: Birds
Camera: NikonD200, Nikkor 70-200mm f:2.8 D VR, Digital RAW
Exposure: f/9.0, 1/160 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-01-11 1:04
Viewed: 5751
Favorites: 4 [view]
Points: 68
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Hi all

Sorry I have not been around, been sick for over 3 weeks now, having a nasty fight with the flu. So I have not been out much to take any shots. In fact this was in from the archive, taken December 30th. Anyways my setup and stats are listed, will get out to see you all soon. Oh, I almost forgot,I also launched a new website, http://www.supernaturephotos.com, I have been working on this site everyday for the last month trying to set it up just right.


Bewick Wren

Discussion: Bewick's Wren uses its long, narrow, slightly down-curved bill for scavenging on the ground and picking in crevices for insects and spiders. Searching for food, it may venture into hollow trunks, rock crevices, or barns. Bewick's Wren was named by Audubon for Thomas Bewick (1753-1828), the English naturalist and engraver. Although this species resembles the somewhat larger Carolina Wren, it has an entirely different song and, at close range, shows white in the outer tail feathers.

My setup when shooting:

1. This was shot at afternoon, around 2:00 pm. Skies were clear with clouds and it was warm.
2. I used a tripod from within a 2 man hide.
3. Setup the branch, loaded peanut butter and seed on the backside.
4. Used the Nikon 70-200mm lens with TC.
5. Sat back inside the hide and waited.
7. Kept adjusting the Shutter Speed and Aperture to compensate for the alternating light patterns coming through the trees, clouds and sun.

Camera Settings:

Location: Middletown, Delaware (Backyard)
Special Equipment: N/A
Processing: Saturation, levels and contrast.
Weather: Some clouds, shot in the shade, time 14:00.
Tripod : Yes
Camera: Nikon D200
Lens : Nikon 70-200mm with 1.7x TC
Focal Len : 340mm
Flash : No
Exposure Mode : Manual Mode
Metering Mode : Multi Pattern
Exposure : 0
Shutter : 1/160
F Stop : F 9
ISO : 200

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Very beautiful shot Gregory. Overall sharpness is perfect on the subject that sets nicely on the OOF background, I also love the side profile shot of this sporty looking passerine. :)

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2007-01-11 1:35]

Wow, Greg... That shot is exquisite.
Those wrens are so small and so quick.
You did a fantastic job of capturing it with super sharp details, beautiful colors and markings, and in a gorgeous, gorgeous composition.
TFS this artistic masterpiece. : )
Happy New Year to you and yours.

Hello Gregory !
This is a great picture ! Excellent sharpness and details, beautiful natural colors, wonderful composition and BG. I also like the pose of the bird on his branch, and the white frame which fits the picture very nicely. Well done !

Hi Gregory,
Delightful capture with great colour. Love the limited tones in the image. Great BG as usual along with great DOF keepiong the pirch and bird tack sharp. Took a look at your website...very professional, hope it pays dividends for you. BTW was that your shot on NikonNet recently...child with puppy?

HOla Greg
Una toma muy buena de este "alzacola".
Feliz año y que venga cargado de más y mejores fotos.
Un saludo, Jorge

Hello Gregory , very clean bird photo , POV good ,sharpness OK , thanks.

Belle attitude pour cet oiseau.
Bonne journée.

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2007-01-11 4:01]

Hi Greg

I'm very sorry to hear you've been sick! The flu also has many victimes here, too, this time of the year :( Hope you'll get well soon!!! :)
I've checked your site and it looks wonderful! Keep up the great work! :)
Regarding the picture itself, it again a splendor!
The way you maanged to get there cute bird to pose for you is simply fantastic.
I'm also impressed by the way you get to shoot them with no distracting branches in the front of the subject and anywhere near for that matter :)
The details are superb, very clear snd sharp, the natural colors are most charming and the light is great here.
I also like the POV and the DOF chosed, which isolate the little wren from that lovely blurred BG.

Bravo and TFS

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2007-01-11 4:13]

Hi Gregory.
BRAVO. This is really amazing shot of a cute at high range birdy. Excellent and very impressive POV, wonderful captured scene and moment, great sharpness and details of the bird and tree branch, extremely well blurred and beautiful BG, pleasant lighting and delicate colour palette. Superb piece of photo art. My congratulations and best wishes.

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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2007-01-11 4:20]

Hi Gregory,
Very good and a sharp image of the Bewick Wren. Good POV, composition and colors. TFS

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2007-01-11 4:56]

Hello Gregory,
Wonderful capture of this cheeky, hard-to-get bird! You've got him in a lovely pose, in excellent sharpness and great colours. Beautiful background too. A composition really admirable!
TFS and best wishes, Ulla

Hi Gregory,
This is really good stuff...
What a wild life location...your backyard:-).
This peanut butter must be really tasteful:-)
Really too crazy picture...
I'm going to visit your site..no doubt.

Hello Gregory,

What a wonderful and high quality work of art! I wasn't able to find a nit on this picture. I like the way you composed the image. Positioning the subject just below the center against this beautiful soft background is very effective. The bird and the branch stand out clearly and are rendered very sharply. Excellent details in the subject too! The natural colors and especially the very good contrast makes the picture almost real! It is one of the best bird pictures on TN!
Technically I can't find anything wrong. Focus was achieved very accurately and exposure is perfect, with no detail loss due to under or overexposure. The light was very well handled. I appreciate the area around the eye is well lit and the catchlight in the eyes make the bird look alive.
Another strong point of this image is the pose of the wren. It is a positive thing to be able to read the silhouette against the background. The bird showed you a very beautiful profile which you captured perfectly.
I like this delicate and classical frame you constantly use in your work. It conveys a very select look to your photos.
Your note is very useful to members who want to learn. I appreciate the part where you described the shooting setup and camera settings. It is an excellent post. Well done! Thanks!

With Friendly Regards,

hi gregory,
lovely shot,
nice pov,
well composed,
lovely dof,
natural colours,
well done,
tfs & regards

Ah Greg, your work is getting better and better.

I suppose the penut butter is cheating, but when you get results like this who cares.

Well composed and super sharp, one day I'll get a real camera.

Well done

very very beautilful!
sharp with great pov and dof
nice background to

Hello Gregory

Excllent work, Great colors bg POV DOF perfect details very crisp, nicly composed and capture photo excllent work

TFS Kyle

Hello Gregory,
Good to know you are better and recovered!
Another outstandig preentation here, it's a pleasure to look at this impeccable work.
Right sharpness, exposure, focus and bird's pose.
Composition is wonderful, and the background got with DOF works great.
Congratulations and thanks again for share and let us learn about your technique,

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2007-01-11 11:25]

Hi Greg,

Wonderful shot of this little wren. The colors and details are wonderful.

Here in Arizona we have the Cactus Wren but I have never seen a Bewick. TFS


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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2007-01-11 11:36]

Hello Gregory,
It's very hard to catch clear photos of this guy(may be only in Turkey:)).Your capture is crips clear and has to many details.I liked POV,catchlight in eyes,lighting and simple BG a lot.Excellent work!

Hi Gregory :)
Fantastic colors! Great POV, DOF and composition. Excellent photo!

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  • RAP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2524 W: 345 N: 2373] (7405)
  • [2007-01-11 12:58]

Another great capture Greg with your accustomed personal touch... warm colors and clearness.

I like it a lot: composition, POV, DOF, focus, sharpness, color, lighting, background, framing, notes.

I like it: frame (something thick for my taste)

I don't like it: nothing to quarrel.

Excellent presentation with the ideal POV... thank you for posting.
Best regards... Ricardo

  • fiyo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1053 W: 5 N: 3475] (15161)
  • [2007-01-11 14:40]

Hello Gregory,
Excellent capture,
Lovely detail and colours,nice composition.
Nice work,very well done.

Points later :)

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  • marcin Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 138 W: 0 N: 268] (2057)
  • [2007-01-11 16:13]

bardzo ladne zdjecie, gratuluje i pozdrawiam

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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2007-01-11 17:00]

Gregory.- Me agrada la foto, muy natural. Y muy interesante la forma de poder capturar este hermoso ejemplar. Creo que voy a tratar algo similar. Luis52.

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  • jossim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1538 W: 5 N: 2240] (12636)
  • [2007-01-11 21:17]

Un seul mot à dire SUPERBE!

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-01-11 22:43]

Hello Greg

A beautiful shot with beautiful colours and details.The POV and DOF are excellent.The details are razor sharp.I like the wren pose with tail cocked.The BG is lovely.Excellent job.TFS


Hello Gregory,
I see you making comments today and I said to myself, let's see what kind of great picture he took recently and then I saw this little wonder! I don't know if it is possible but I might have seen this bird in a park near home. I don't know if they live here though but it was very similar and sang very loud, louder than any bird I ever heard signing... Your pictures are always the best quality we can imagine. Details, composition, POV, DOF and exposure are perfect again with this beautiful framing that is very typical to your style. I must try this peanut butter trick someday; thanks for sharing with us these useful tips!

bonjour greg
vous avez encore la un merveilleux cliché.
la luminosité est extra et apporte beaucoup de details et une netteté sans egale.

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2007-01-13 4:34]

Otra vez aquí, interesante atmósfera luminosa y el bg maravilloso, y la perfecta compo hacen un magnífico disparo, felicidades por cada trabajo. Saludos Gregory

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  • pvb Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 385 W: 16 N: 531] (1981)
  • [2007-01-14 7:23]

Hi Greg,
You have done a very good job with this little bird. I alway like the tail. Good sharpness with good details. Very good composition you caught your model in and I like the colours and framing very much.
Thanks Paula

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  • yllen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 230 W: 0 N: 16] (641)
  • [2007-01-16 21:22]

Hola Greg:
Adoro a estas pequeñas aves. Esta es una magnìfica y perfecta composiciòn. No tengo màs palabras para definirla: Todo excelente.
¡Congratulaciones y gracias por compartir tus fotos!
Saludos desde Argentina.

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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2007-01-17 16:10]

Hello Gregory,
gorgeous composition, I love the placement of your bird and the POV a lot. Colors, sharpness and details are fabulous. Very well done.

WoW Gregory,

Again a SUPERB shot
Perfect composition, colours, sharpness, details, POV and DOF
i see i missed a few Perfect shots from you
this is one of my favorite birds
they sound is so lovely

TFS Thijs

Really excellent shot Gregory. This is one of the best ornito photo I ever seen. Also thank you very much for your detailed shooting information. TFS.

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