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Rainy Day

Rainy Day
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Copyright: Gary Fudge (garyfudge) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 181 W: 5 N: 320] (1098)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-05-30
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D80, Nikkor 80-400mm, Digital
Exposure: f/8, 1/400 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-05-30 9:14
Viewed: 3243
Points: 42
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
House Sparrow.

This is an often overlooked little bird. Recent declines have seen numbers reduce, although they remain almost as widespread as ever.
Males are easily recognised, although they look quite like the Tree and Spanish Sparrows. Females lack the bold patterns and can be mistaken for Finches.

This shot was taken during heavy rain, as can be seen, with iso set at 800, hence the noise.
Shutter 1/400 at f8, taken at the full length of my 80-400mm lens.

PP, just re-cropped and colours boosted slightly.

Thanks for looking.

Proframe, ramthakur, MMM, Hil, Necipp, Adanac, Jamesp, hester, Royaldevon has marked this note useful
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  • pvs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1127 W: 254 N: 3161] (14464)
  • [2007-05-30 9:24]

Hi Gary,

A nice composition with good colors and sharpness,maybe I would crop the image a bit tighter on the top site,but thats me,


Beautiful shot Gary.
Composition is excellent and light, stripes of de falling drops and BG colors are wonderful.
You've managed to get a great image with these high ISO settings in this nasty kind of weather.
My compliments. Best regards, Harry

great colors nice DOF good pose by the bird. nice focus. be careful about getting your camera wet. i'm not sure about the D80 but in general digital cameras and water don't mix well.

Beautiful composition, great blurry background. Nice and clean. You're right about leaving space. I'm still working on learning the artistic aspect of photography. :)

Hi Gary,
Lovely shot of this cute bird that has become such a rarity in the urban spaces. The bg looks great too. TFS.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2007-05-30 10:30]

Hello Gerry,
Good photo of this Sparrow. The photo has the expression of a rainy day. Nice colours and beautiful composition and BG.

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  • pirate Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 799 W: 152 N: 1186] (7474)
  • [2007-05-30 10:44]

I was hardly out for photography these days because of bad weather conditions. Obviously that was wrong as shown by your capture. Nice and Unusual

i like the composition of this one.and the two coloured BG!
well sharp!good!

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  • NinaM Gold Star Critiquer [C: 773 W: 3 N: 1157] (4077)
  • [2007-05-30 11:21]

Wow Gary, what a nice picture! This house sparrow is a beautiful specimen and as you say, quite often overlooked. Nice composition and nice background too. I like the raindrop and the colour of the feathers. Thank you!

What a lovely capture of a male House Sparrow despite the rain, Gary! You have chosen the camera settings with a discerning eye and made a wonderful picture. The view from the rear presents the plumage of the bird to great advantage.
After reading your note, my interest in this bird gets a little spurt of renewed enthusiasm. In fact House Sparrows are the only birds that inhabit my building compound sort of permanently. I photographed them eagerly after I acquired my new equipment, but then lost interest after gathering the impression that shooting these common birds was tentamount to having nothing better to do :-)!
Best regards.

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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2007-05-30 14:02]

Hi Gary
Nice capture and good composition.I like the colors and the beautiful BG.
TFS Michel

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  • Hil Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 696 W: 13 N: 1407] (5035)
  • [2007-05-30 14:17]

Hi Gary

Great shot of the cheeky Sparrow, nicely presented composition and I like the pose and POV that shows us the wings neatly folded behind his back, good detail and excellent colours too.

TFS Hilary :o)

A good shot Gary considerinhg the miserable weather we have had recently I expect Scotland was even more showery, nice background blur and fine pose showing back feathers and you managed some catch lights in the eye considering the light tfs rgds Necip.

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2007-05-30 22:18]

Hello Gary,
Great details and great exposure, I like the rain streaks too. Thanks for sharing.

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-05-30 23:45]

Hello Gary

Just fantastic! It looks like a tiny parasol and the rain drop is wonderful.Excellent DOF and POV.The composition is super.TFS

Hi dear Gary ,
very nice image with excellent details.
nice BG and amazing colours.
very well done.
thanks for sharing

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2007-05-31 2:50]

Hi Gary

A well composed shot with great colour saturation. I love the green BG and the blurred rain drops.


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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2007-05-31 10:34]

Hi Gary,

Nice house sparrow in a gloomy atmosphere. They are not rare here - I think they have all come to Arizona to worship the sun.


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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2007-06-06 13:52]

Hi Gary

You do a great line in wet birds :) lovely shot, great rain streaks, lovely green blurry BG, great composition and a sharp, well detailed soggy sparrow. Lovely



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  • iris Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 479 W: 60 N: 970] (3088)
  • [2007-06-09 3:40]

Hello Gary,
superb image of the sparrow in the rain. The falling water droplets have been amazingly captured.The details are superb, the PoV is excellent, the eye contact is really exact and the BG is awesome.

TFS & Cheers
Am sorry i didn't get back to look at your portfolio sooner...after you had critiqued mine.Lost track a bit:)

Hello Gary,
Fabulous shot! I've never seen a sparrow with an umbrella before! Lovely composition and sharpness.
Best wishes,
Bev :-)

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