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Grey Wagtail for Fatih Izzler :)

Grey Wagtail for Fatih Izzler :)
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Copyright: Smitha Komath (smitha) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 348 W: 73 N: 1165] (4409)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-12-07
Categories: Birds
Camera: nikon D3, Nikkor AFS600 F4G VR
Exposure: f/5.0, 1/3000 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Vanderschelden's favorites III [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2009-01-08 10:28
Viewed: 6618
Favorites: 3 [view]
Points: 86
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Hello Friends,
I would like to dedicate this picture of Grey Wagtail to Fatih Izzler. Today while I was browsing through the gallery I came across Fatih's picture of Grey wagtail which gave me immense pleasure for two reasons.
1. His picture of wagtail in its habitat is of excellent quality and a joy to look at.
2. I was happy to see a picture of the same species, I shot recently, with Izzler.
So i decided to fish it out and dedicate it to Fatih. I hope you will like it, Fatih.:)

Some information on Grey Wagtail (Motacilla cinerea):
It is a small passerine bird chiefly grey and yellow with a long tail.
It can be seen singly on ground near rocky streams and wooded country or forest glades.Sexes look alike in winter. But in summer chin, throat and upper breast of male turns black in colour. It feeds on insects and worms .In winter it can be seen through out India.In summer it breeds in Himalayas between 2000 and 4000m elevation.
I took this picture from Munnar where I went with my husband Anil to take some pictures of birds.This shot was taken from a boat and I never knew taking pictures from a boat can be very difficult for a first timer.:(
But I have decided to perfect with practice if Anil agrees to take me there occasionally.;)

The picture was cropped, resized and noise removed with neat image.

I hope you all liked this picture of Grey Wagtail. Thank you for dropping in,

izler, haraprasan, Argus, siggi, JoseMiguel, gracious, pekkavalo1, fiyo, CeltickRanger, Adanac, vanderschelden, ramthakur, iris, eng55, Alex99, jusninasirun, marhowie, sandpiper2, horia, uleko, Dis. Ac., boreocypriensis, dew77, goldyrs, rcrick, maurydv, Tamrock, anel, blackfox has marked this note useful
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  • izler Gold Star Critiquer [C: 1387 W: 3 N: 9] (44)
  • [2009-01-08 10:35]

merhaba Smitha
i am very happy for this nice dedication
i like composition, POV, BG, colours and sharpness
fatih izler :)

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  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2009-01-08 11:28]

Hi Smitha
Nice capture. Well done, perfect focus,sharp and rich details.
Good job.
Razvan Zinica

Hi Smitha,
HAPPY NEW YEAR. Seeing your post after a very long time. A nice capture of this beautiful Wagtail. Very good dedication for Fatih. Sharp details and a lovely composition. Thanks a lot for sharing.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2009-01-08 12:13]

Hello Smitha,
I'm sure Fatih will be delighted with this tribute.
It is a very fine portrait of a Grey wagtail taken from an ideal POV with excellent sharpness and lighting and the neutral green BG sets it off very nicely.
Thank you for sharing this delightful image.
We have small numbers of this species nesting in Sweden and if I could take a shot of it approaching this quality I would be very pleased.
Thank you!
Best wishes to you and your family,

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2009-01-08 12:23]

Hello Smitha,
Great dedication to Fatih..
excellent shot of this lovely Grey Wagtail,very good details presented ,nice BG and POV well captured with beautiful colours TFS
Best regards Siggi

Hi Smitha,
Beautiful capture of the Grey Wagtail.
This high quality image shows the bird in an excellent pose, with plenty of fine details all around.
I like a lot the subtle blurred background, which green combines so good with the bird's tones.
A great dedication to Fatih.
My compliments and thanks for share.
Best regards,

Hello Smitha,
great quality of this dedication of Grey Wagtail to our friend Izler!
the image is sharp with beautiful colouration and details as always
many thanks for the sharing as well

Hi Smitha,
Excellent capture of this Grey Wagtail; good POV and composition, sharp fine details and great natural BG.

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  • fiyo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1053 W: 5 N: 3475] (15161)
  • [2009-01-08 14:26]

Hello Smitha
Very nice shot.
Lovely detail and colours,nice composition.
Nice work,very well done.

hello Smitha

a beautiful photography of the Grey Wagtail
shot with fine POV and framing, i love that
you leaved a very good space where the bird is looking,
luminosity and colours are beautiful, sharpness and
details are excellent, TFS


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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2009-01-08 16:53]

Hi Smitha,
Beautifully captured portrait of this cute grey wagtail, I liked its shape from this viewpoint and soft colors that you got of the bird and the background. tfs.

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2009-01-08 17:24]

Hello Smitha,
Superb quality image of this beautiful species. Great details and colors in this nice composition results in a great view of this Wadtail. Thank you Smitha.

Hello Smitha,
That IS an image. An excellent photograph. One the best images I saw this year...9 days in 09:-)
No kidding it's ver beautiful. A perfect Grey wagtail. Definitely a favorite.

Hi Smitha,

Well composed picture of beautiful bird taken from good view point, colours are pleasing, the back ground is highlighting the picture, well taken.TFS

The bird has been captured in an elegant pose, Smitha.
There is so much grace and charm in it.
What strikes me the most in the combination of very subtle colours on its sleek body.
The diagonal position of the subject fills the frame beautifully.
Well done and TFS.

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  • iris Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 479 W: 60 N: 970] (3088)
  • [2009-01-08 22:39]

Hi Smitha
An awesome capture and a fitting dedication for Fatih! I just saw his shot. I love the way your bird stands out against the smooth green BG. This makes a fine contrast to the yellow underside of the Wagtail that is prominently displayed. The subject itself is picked up with excellent details, i love the overal richness that the colours impart to the composition.And to get this one from a boat with that heavy lens ..that gives the work a very professional touch.
TFS & Cheers

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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2009-01-09 5:38]

Hi Smitha,
Very nice capture of this Wegtail and lovely dedication for Fatih.POV,pose of bird,catchlight in eyes,details and exposure are perfect.Very well done!
Thanks for posting.

Hi Smitha,
this is a very beautiful picture with great sharpness and details, the bird stand out so good from the nicely BG.
The picture is also well exposed and well composed.
A small nit is the busy foreground, maybe a higher POV had helped, but taken from a boat it not easy.
Nevertheless it's a great shot.
Very well done.

  • smurali Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 205 W: 14 N: 609] (3596)
  • [2009-01-09 9:39]

Smitha, Now I do not know whether to be target of jealousy of feel jealous about the owner of this picture. Could not have asked for more. Looks as if you had asked the Wagtail to provide you a perfect side pose. Great picture. Looking for more pics from Munnar.

- Murali

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2009-01-09 11:28]

Hi Smitha.
Great and very elegant shot of a true beauty. Pictured scene, charming shapes of the bird, attractive FG and wonderful BG create a very nice and pleasant for look composition. Technically shot is taken excellently. All is great. My compliments and TFS.

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2009-01-09 13:11]

Very good photo, Smitha!
Really sharp and clear.
Superb low-down DOF.
Excellent composition.

Very well done,

Hi Smitha,
This is simply superb and Fatih must be happy with the dedication. Flawless bird shot which is enviable to me. Flawless exposure and details and very nice perch too.


Hi Smitha,
Excellent image, very nice work.
The detail, color, exposure, BG, etc..They all come together here.
Thank you for this beauty,

Hi Smitha

Excellent shot of this beautiful species, one of the finest shots of this species I've seen. It's highlighted really well against that perfect OOF green background. Excellent sharpness, details and composition.


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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2009-01-10 8:13]

Hi Smitha

First of all, many thanks for your kind comment and nice words on my website. It was actually the first one i've ever designed and i was also pretty happy with the simple but effective look.

This is a lovely capture of this Grey Wagtail!
I like the nice side POV you've got here and the excellent BG it provided. Hence, the bird is clearly isolated and stands out wonderful.
Furthermore, the warm light and the spot-on exposure make the colors vibrant and very beautiful and making the entire photo more exciting.
Impeccable sharpness and nice presentation, too.

Bravo and TFS

Ciao Smitha, beautiful composition with lovely bird, good focur, great colors, excellent sharpness and fine details, very well done, ciao Silvio

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2009-01-10 9:42]

Hello Smitha,
Isn't it strange in a way that we can see the same bird species here as you can far away in India!! This is a fabulous capture showing the Grey Wagtail in a lovely pose. Excellent sharpness, beautiful colours and a fine soft contrasting background too. Very well done!
TFS and best wishes, Ulla

Hi Smitha,

ver nice presentation of this Grey wagtail.
Good of sharpness, exellent bg, dof and pov.
Beatiful natural colours.


Hi My dear Friend Smitha,
A masterpiece job of this cut Grey Wagtail. Composition, details and soft lighting are perfect.i also liked your POV and the DOF you managed here.
TFS and have a great Sunday with your family MF!


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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2009-01-12 11:01]

Hello Smitha,
Excellent capture.POV,pose of bird and details are wonderful.

Hello Smitha,
Fantastic capture, superb sharpness, depth of field,
details and clarity, beautiful colors, lovely catchlight,
nice details in the foreground and lovely oof green background, outstanding photo.

Superb shot, Smitha...Very well composed, overall, and perfectly detailed.
I wonder how you guys end up meeting from across continents!Here, I don't have time to run across the city to meet Ram Sir(Much as I'd love to)!But I'm glad you are able to meet, nonetheless, sis!
Do well!

Hi Smitha,

Lovely composition and sharp profile of the Grey Wagtail. TFS.


Hello Smitha
This bird is very lovely, excellent colors and details. The comosition is amazing. The details are sharp. This capture is very beautiful

Hi Smitha, beautiful capture. Excellent DOF, sharpness. Nice BG color. TFS. Regards - Adil.

Hi Smitha

Beautiful capture, the detail in the plumage is stunning, wonderful colours, and that narrow d.o.f has isolated it perfectly. Lovely work, all the best,

Cheers Rick :)

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2009-02-04 17:35]

This is quite an sleek beautiful bird. Very attractive, good focus, colours and sharp details Smitha.


Hello Smitha,
your gallery is wonderful, thank you for your comment to my picture; you have captured a Grey Wagtail with superb sharpness in a splendid composition, very beautiful soft colours, i like the marvellous pose on the rock against a pleasant BG.
Best regards

Hello Smitha.

Excellent image, nice composition and colors.
Very good details.

Jose Luis.

Hi Smitha,

Great shot of this wagtail. Good DOF, the whole bird is in focus and the BG is nicely blurred thereby isolating the subject. Very well done.


Hi Smitha,

I feel the happiness watching this shot..


hi smitha1
A beautiful bird and you capture it in a very nice way!
good work!

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2010-01-10 4:29]

Hello Smitha,
Thanks for your kind visit to my butterfly. Looking at your gallery I found this remarkable picture of the Grey Wagtail. Composition,sharpness, natural colors are excellent. Very beautiful shot, indeed. This is a bird I see close to my house next to the river quite often, but I never have taken pictures of it.
My kindest regards

Everything in this photo is at highest level. Impressive work. TFS

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