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Blue Bunting

Blue Bunting
Photo Information
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: 2007-05-06
Categories: Birds
Camera: NikonD200, Sigma 120-300mm F2.8, Digital RAW
Exposure: f/4, 1/60 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Colourful Birds, Buntings-Kiraz Kusugiller, Blue Birds [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-05-07 10:27
Viewed: 4335
Favorites: 3 [view]
Points: 54
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Good Morning

Sorry for not being around on the site but I am traveling all over the place for work. Its also the reason I haven't posted. I am actually on the road again this evening and will be gone for 3 days. Looks like May and June has a lot of travel for me, oh well got to feed the family. Still have not made it out yet other then in my back yard. However the birds are migrating through and there is a lot more variety. This Blue Bunting I took yesterday evening in my staged area. Ok, got to go pack and get ready, will try to catch up with you all as time permits, hopefully will get back to a normal routine soon, again sorry for the absence will try to make more time.


Physical Setup:

1. Setup some drift wood, and tree limbs. I hid seeds within the crevices of the drift wood.
2. Sat inside the hide and waited for birds to show up.
3. Would fire several shots; validate the exposure, then fire off some more.

Camera Setup:

Location: Middletown, Delaware (Backyard)
Special: None
Weather: Sunny
Tripod: Yes
Camera: Nikon D200
Lens: Sigma 120-300mm with 1.4X
Focal Len: 270mm
Flash: None
Exposure Mode: Aperture Priority
Metering Mode: Multi-Pattern
White Balance: Auto
Exposure: 0.67
Shutter: 1/60
F Stop: F 4
ISO: 250

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2007-05-07 10:57]

Hello Gregory,
Brilliant capture of this stunning bird in fantastic colours against the dark background. Excellent DOF, great sharpness and I really like his pose. Wonderful composition too!
Many thanks for this beauty! Ulla

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2007-05-07 10:58]

Hi Greg,

I always look forward to your posts. I have never seen a blue bunting - in fact I've never seen any blue bird down here. This is gorgeous. Marvelous pose, fantastic colors, sharp details, wonderful setting and perfect bg. As always, a work of art.

Happy traveling.


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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2007-05-07 11:02]

Hello Greg,
Fine capture of a beautiful bird, with fine sharpness and pose and taken from a good POV.
Might have been even better without the branch with the drooping leaves, but this does not detract from the quality of this shot.
TFS and have a successful trip.

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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2007-05-07 11:11]

Hello Gregory,
Colors, composition, pose and your POV is very good. TFS

Hello Gerg
Excellent shot of this Blue Bird,
Perfect details and sharpness,
Fantastic colors and DOF,Welldone.


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  • shal Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 256 W: 64 N: 481] (2140)
  • [2007-05-07 11:37]

Hi Gregory,
excellent image beautifully done,
I'm planning on getting the same lens soon for my D200 ;)
Great work :)
Cheers :D

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  • jhm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 893 W: 0 N: 507] (1853)
  • [2007-05-07 11:50]

Hello Gregory,

A very wonderful pose of this splendid bird, nice position and great sharpness and clarity.
Very well done.


Un colorido excepcional.
Magníficos detalles completadas con una nota muy acertada.
Un saludo y tfs, JL.

Hi Gregory,
Very good image...
Wonderful bird you captured...

What a brilliant capture of this beautiful Blue Bunting, Greg!
I just can't stop myself admiring its lovely plumage.
Wonderful composition!
Thanks and best regards.

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  • thor68 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 795 W: 138 N: 1319] (5674)
  • [2007-05-07 12:56]

wow, what a pretty blue bird, Gregory! :-)
lovely colors, nice soft bg, well composed with the bunting sitting on your old tree
giving you a superb "over-the-shoulder"-look. great idea with the seeds and the hide.
well done & take care, thorsten.

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  • wuta Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 855 W: 2 N: 617] (2142)
  • [2007-05-07 14:55]

Hello Gregory, Fantastic shot from the bird ,great compositie colours sharpnes pov dof light and framing ,tfs Greetings Teunie .

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  • Hil Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 696 W: 13 N: 1407] (5035)
  • [2007-05-07 15:26]

Hi Greg

A Superb capture of the beautiful Blue Bunting which is new to me, as always a beautifully composed shot with a great POV and a lovely pose with the bunting looking over its shoulder, nice detail and wondeful colours too.

TFS Hil :o)

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2007-05-07 16:10]

Hi Greg

Another beautiful from you!
I really like the way the splendid colors of this Blue Bunting make him stand out so nicely here.
Again the DOF here is outstanding and the sharpness great.
Very well done!
Take care and God-speed (if you travel a lot) :)

Cheers and TFS

Hi Gregory,

Fantastic shot of this beautyful bird
SUPERB compo, sharpness, colours, POV, DOF and BG
beautyful lighting

TFS Thijs

That's what I call a real masterpiece of a bird potrait.
Everything from, light, colours, background, focus, details and composition works in perfect balance here.
This goes srtaight to the favourites.
Excellent shot.

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2007-05-07 19:00]

Hola Gregory,
Magnífica captura y bello color,
una composición espectacular...

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  • iris Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 479 W: 60 N: 970] (3088)
  • [2007-05-07 19:53]

Hi Greg,
Execellent PoV. a very nice posture and as usual the stage looks fantastic. The details on the bunting is all so nicely pictured.It looks as if u just called the Bunting "Hey" and it turned back to look at you.
Nice shot.
TFS & Cheers

I'm speechless. It is gorgeous. Your patience and artist's eye combine to produce photographic magic. It is just wonderful.

Evelynn : )

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  • tinman Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 242 W: 7 N: 458] (2663)
  • [2007-05-08 12:08]

Brilliant note and explanation of your setup. Well done, top marks from me here. The pic is really great, super bg and pose captured. Lovely lens you have there too. well done, no more points today, will return

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  • livios Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2150 W: 319 N: 4263] (16942)
  • [2007-05-10 0:28]

Gregory, what beautiful blue shades on this image.

Another impressive image with a lovely blurred bg and great sharpness. I enjoy the catchlight and pose too.


Beautiful blue birdy Gregory and with a very nice soft background. I hope to see more from you soon as last time you took off it seems you were gone quite awhile. Well wherever you go be safe. :)

Hi Gregory,
Magnificent picture!
I like so much the particular soft appearance of the image, probably due to some applyed effects on the layers on PP?
So vivid and intense the colour of the bird's plumage.
My compliments, thanks for share it and have a good time on the road.
Best regards,

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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2007-05-11 8:58]

Hi Greg,
wow you sure got beautiful visitors in your back yard. What amazing colors on this bird and the pose you getting is fabulous.
Very elegant composition, with the lovely details and the wonderful OOF BG.
Very well done.

bonjour gregory
une fois de plus pas facile de trouver quelques chose a redire!
c'est encore tres beau.

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2007-05-15 4:37]

Hello again Gregory,
Excellent capture.POV,pose of bird,colors and composition are wonderful.

A nice capture of this Blue Grosbeak, good composition and detail. You have managed to bring out the colours and details very nicely. The background is blurred perfectly.


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