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Junco in the light

Junco in the light
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Copyright: Michel Martineau (MMM) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-10-14
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 30D, Canon EF500/4L IS
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/640 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-10-31 16:26
Viewed: 3407
Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 72
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I was able to get a shut at him while he was resting on a tree.Normally when I see them it is always when they are feeding on the ground.The other chance I had was that the light was excellent that morning .
Range: Breeds from Alaska teast across Canada to Newfoundland,and south to mountains in Mexico and Georgia.Winters south to Gulf Coast and northen Mexico.

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Aha! A fun bird to shoot and you do as well as some which I love so much as Mario. Very good photography Michel....you doggone Quebec folks have all of the nature world..including the famous Quebec mosquito..yes? J'Aime les oiseaux comme ceci j'a ! Et j'ai l'amour pour Québec oui ?
My conjugation is poor. Sorry..

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2007-10-31 18:01]

Hi Michel,

Beautiful shot of this Junco - another bird I have never seen. The pose is wonderful. He has a beautiful face and you have detailed him very well. The plummage is lovely with wonderful colors and shadings.


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  • RP1 Gold Star Critiquer [C: 154 W: 1 N: 6] (251)
  • [2007-10-31 18:06]

Salut Michel,
Belle prise. Photo précise avec un excellent éclairage et un beau BG. J'aime la composition et la posture de l'oiseau avec la branche en diagonale.

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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2007-10-31 19:55]

Hola Michael. Nice "Junco" In the light. Very sharp and nice pose. Luis52.

A wonderful image, well presented as always.
I like the composition too, it looks great.
Well done...

Hi Michel,
Very well composed and sharp picture of this beautiful bird. Good lighting and colours.
Thanks for sharing.
- Nirmal

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2007-10-31 23:17]

Hi Michel

Great detail and exposure - excellent POV.


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  • darwin Gold Star Critiquer [C: 259 W: 0 N: 403] (1401)
  • [2007-10-31 23:31]

Hi Michel
Great sharpness and detail
really stands out against
the soft background
tfs jon

Bonjour my friend Michel,
Another excellent posting of this beautiful Junco in a perfect lighting!
Good pose with superb sharpness, wonderful colour and so much details, the clarity on the plummage is awesome!
well done and well composed

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  • ddg Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 867 W: 24 N: 1008] (5507)
  • [2007-11-01 0:57]

Michel bonjour, bien belle lumière sur cet oiseau et jolie harmonie de teintes grises également. La composition est agréable, le tout rehaussé par le feuillage du BG qui donne un aspect très doux au tableau.La position de 3/4 de la tête de l'oiseau est bonne. Félicitations, Didier.

Hi Michel, splendid bird in lovely pose with great colors, excellent sharpness, very well done, ciao Silvio

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2007-11-01 1:25]

Buenos días,
un bonito momento,
interesante pov, plumaje e iluminación excelente,


Excellent overall shot. The feather detail you managed to capture is truly impressive.

Hello Michel
Excellent shot of this beautiful bird,
Perfect focusing,exposure and BG,Welldone.


One word: beautiful!
Superb light and blurred BG, Michel!
Well composed.


Great job here of this JUnco, lovely image.
These are great little birds,


Salut Michel,
Comme tu le mentionnes, le lumière est parfaite! Superbes détails. Belle composition. Couleurs superbes... J'ai une question : va voir dans ton courriel pour plus de détails.
Merci et Bravo,


Bonjour Michel,

Une belle image de ce junco sur la branche, la photo a une bonne composition, netteté et de jolies couleurs. Bonne journée.


Salut Michel,
Wonderful first plane of this junco!
It was so good to catch him on that branch, the image looks great with that leaves at the background.
Details on the plumage are so clear, sharp and well focussed.
Congratulations and thanks for share it.
My best regards,

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2007-11-01 7:57]

Hi Michel.
Great subject, perfect composition and very nice picture of the bird. All is the best. Superb light (so delicate) and colours (tender, natural and at the same time rich enough), excellent sharpness and details of the bird and twig, fine smooth BG and very-very cute bird and its pose. Bravo and best regards. Well done.

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-11-01 9:11]

Hello Michel

This is a lovely image of this junco.The bird is bathed in a warm light.
The colours are rich and well saturated.
The composition is very good ,the bird is well placed in the frame,and I like the diagonal effect of the branch.
The plumage detail is excellent and you have captured wonderful eye detail and catch light.


Hi Michel!
Beautiful capture of this small cuty bird species! You kept in professional way both sharpness and DOF! Bravo also for colouration (nice, delicate tones of BG!) and general composition. It is really nice picture for watching!
On the other hand it is a pitty that there is no Latin name of this bird (as you know it is the international language in zoology and botany :>).
Best withes from Poland,

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5136 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2007-11-01 12:52]

Hello Michel,
Wonderful natural colours in this photo. Perfect sharpness and details. Nice composition. Great DOF.

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2007-11-01 13:11]

Hi Michel

You took that small chance you had and turned it into a very beautiful photo! Congratualtions for your quick reaction!
The result is indeed a great shot with super sharp details and a great pose.
The BG is of course much better than in pictures taken with birds on the ground and it isolates the junco well, bringing it up even better.
Nice composition and very good exposure parameters, too.

Bravo and TFS

Hi Michel,

This is a lovely shot - a real competition picture - with soft tones and light, but pin sharp detail and great composition. Stunning work.

Kind regards,


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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2007-11-01 15:27]

Bravo Michel pour ce superbe Junco, c'est d'un piqué extraordinaire et l'exposition est parfaite. Du travail pro !


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  • Pier Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 25 W: 0 N: 37] (808)
  • [2007-11-01 15:41]

Fantastiche queste tue foto di soggetti piccoli e difficili, e non lo dico per semplice complimento, davvero una pazienza e braura fuori dall'ordinario.
un saluto e grazie Piero

Magnifique, quelle belle prise avec, en effet, une si belle lumière.

salut Michel

cet après-midi je suis allé au Boisé Papineau
et j'ai eu la chance d'en voir un perché
mais comme c'était en contre-jour
je n'ai pas pu mettre en focus comme je le désirais

ta photo est très belle avec d'excellents détails du plumage,
belle luminosité, excellent profondeur de champs,
j'aime les pv et le cadrage de l'image, TFS


Hi Michel,
there is a very pleasant, well fitting softness in this perfectly approached, lively, clear image. Lovely gentle atmosphere that is stirred up by the well placed eruption of a twig in the blurred background.
Thank you! With best regards,

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2007-11-02 10:38]

Hi michel. . Just a short quick note to say good shot, running late sorry.

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  • demeve Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 586 W: 12 N: 1682] (6165)
  • [2007-11-02 11:14]

Alo Michel!
Wonderful capture, this little bird is so
beautiful. Great POV and nice composition


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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2007-11-19 15:43]

Bonjour Michel,
Great portrait of this lovely species, the grey headed darkeyed junco. We have a couple of species around my area, these birds are flighty and hard to capture, thanks for this excellent image.

Hi Michel,
Nice sharpness, detail, DOF, POV, and comp.
Good color & use of the available light also :)
Well done,

Salut Michel,
La proximité de ton sujet est impressionnante :) Bravo pour les détails, la composition et l'exposition parfaite. J'ai l'impression de pouvoir y toucher. Merci et à la prochaine,

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  • jossim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1538 W: 5 N: 2240] (12636)
  • [2007-12-19 18:52]

Bonjour Michel,

Bravo pour cette belle photo.L'éclairage fait bien ressortir les détails et les couleurs sont justes.
Merci pour le partage.

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