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In the Greyness of Winter

In the Greyness of Winter
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Copyright: Ivan Kruys (Argus) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-01-06
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 50D, Canon EF 300 f4L + Canon 1.4 converter
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/320 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): CeltickRanger's favorite Bird photos -6- [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2010-01-06 4:10
Viewed: 3756
Points: 80
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Eurasian Tree Sparrow (Passer montanus)

Swedish name: Pilfink, meaning ‘willow finch’.

At last I was able to post a freshly-taken image!
The dark sky and light snowfall made me use ISO 800.

This species of sparrow has been described and posted many times but it is worth noting that unlike the House sparrow, the sexes are almost identical in appearance.
It is common in most of Europe and large parts of Asia.
In Sweden it is common in the southern half of the country and it is not that common in the UK.
The advantage of snow it that it reflects light to create a nice effect on the ventral side of the bird.

Oddly enough I note that this is only the second time that I have posted an image of this common species.

This was taken through a window in light snowfall at a distance of about 4 meters (14 ft) with my long lens hand held and after light cropping and size reduction it was selectively sharpened. I could have sharpened it more but then the image becomes noisy at ISO 800.

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Hi Ivan.
A perfect capture of this bird.
Great details and colors of picture.Well done.
Best regards.Alin.

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2010-01-06 4:27]

Very cute and fluffy little sparrow captured with good viewpoint and colors/details. I like the snow falling effect against grey background. Beautiful. tfs.

Ciao Ivan. The best details for this sparrow against a "cold" BG. Excellente DOF and nice compo.


Hi Ivan

Beautiful capture of the Tree Sparrow.
Sharpening and Details are perfect.
I love it just like that:)

Kind Regards

Hello Ivan,
a fantastic capture of Passer montanus, very good sharpness, marvellous natural colours in a splendid winter atmosphere, excellent POV and composition.
Best regards

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  • horias Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 837 W: 58 N: 2084] (11033)
  • [2010-01-06 4:59]

All is beautiful:sharpness of the details, colors, BG,POV!
Great shot my friend!

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2010-01-06 5:15]

Hi Ivan

Great pose and detail. Much cooler with you than here! (see note on Ulla's post). I really like the cool 'glow' in this picture.


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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2010-01-06 5:16]

Hello Ivan,
Très beau, vraiment!
Impressed by your tree Sparrow-shot. What beautiful colors and fine composition. It is so fresh as Ulla's shot!
Lucky day for you both, it's the Three Kings day!
Un grand merci pour ce joyau!

Ciao Ivan, splendid bird in nice pose against a fantastic blurry BG, great light, wonderful natural colors and excellent sharpness, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio

hello Ivan
this is a very good sharpness pose of this beauty great details and nice light with beautiful colours
greeting lou

Hello Ivan Friend,

This bird seems to be flying and will slair hit my face! The level of detail, definition, light and 3D effects are portentous. Congratulations! great shot!

Greetings and thanks for sharing


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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2010-01-06 6:07]

Hi Ivan,
Magnificent capture of this tree sparrow.Lighting,natural colors,pose of bird,blurred BG and composition are excellent.Masterpiece!
Thanks for posting..

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  • cloud Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 497 W: 111 N: 1535] (9539)
  • [2010-01-06 6:19]

Hello Ivan,
It;s my daily friend because next to my flat on larch tree always perch whole flock of them. Good sharpness , exact light and colours, clear BG.
Regards, Pawel

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  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2010-01-06 6:44]

Hello Ivan
nice capture of this sparrow in winter.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2010-01-06 7:47]

Hello Ivan,
Just like the photo of Ulla, amazing! This pose is really superb. I can see all the fantastic coloured feathers. Great quality! Also a beauty!

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  • joska Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 806 W: 0 N: 4092] (22535)
  • [2010-01-06 8:26]

Great photo of this Sparrow, natural colors and fine details!

Hello Ivan,
Hope you'll be having a good time in 2010 though your reference to snowing means life is not that good as far as photography goes....smile.But in this bad weather this a fine shot, invaluable in every way. Even the odd snowflakes are there. The bird has been captured superbly and your note is once again candid and exceptional.... a paradise of information, practical and helpful. You are grooming me brother and nudging me to go for a good camera....lol. Thanks for sharing a wonderful photo with fine posture of bird...and thanks for your support and comments...take care...warmest regards/Abid

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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2010-01-06 10:40]

Hola Sr. Ivan.
Hermosa fotofrafia de este pequeño Gorrion. Muy bellos tonos de color cafe en su plumaje que lucen desobremanera gracias a la calidad y nitidez de la imagen.
Saludos. Un abrazo fraternal.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6553 W: 89 N: 15640] (65417)
  • [2010-01-06 11:01]

Hi Ivan,this sparrow is most common...but this wonderful winter atmosphere not! And you create a magic composition whit the snowflakes..it seem to hear the cold to exit from the monitor! Thanks a lot for this top class pic and for your identification about my butterfly...i have a good notice for you,my dominicans butterflies are end..eheh....have a nice time,Luciano.

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  • tcr Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 156 W: 8 N: 537] (3328)
  • [2010-01-06 11:37]

A fine portrait of this sparrow presented with accurate exposure control, great composition and a pretty blurred background.
Greetings and TFS.

Hi Ivan.
Looks so cute and pretty...Special pose and excellent detail on this lovely finch...TFS.

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2010-01-06 12:19]

Hi Ivan. I have to say this is a first class close up of the Tree sparrow. As i said to Ulla such a good picture through the glass. You have sharp focusing and fine detail. We can see the markings so well. TFS.

Hej Ivan dostum!

Today you have selected an awesome capture of a montan beauty for uploading. It is utterly flawless in all around!
TFS and have a anice night MF!


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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2010-01-06 12:43]

Hello Ivan,
this is a fine and beautiful picture of a sparrow with lovely colours, very natural. The background is blurred and show off nicely the bird. It is such a cute bird. Thank you.
Best regards Siggi

hello Ivan

WOW ! this one it is a GREAT close-up photo of the Eurasian Tree Sparrow,
fine POV and the way it is framed, superb focus sharpness and details,
beautifully blurred background with the snow flakes coming down,
this photo Ivan it is one of your best ones of your collection,



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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2010-01-06 16:00]

Hi Ivan,

A beautiful little Sparrow posing so nicely. I think he is looking at you through the window hoping you will invite him in from the cold. His face and feathers are wonderful and I love the eye ring. As I said to Ulla, I think you have more birds in your nasty weather than I do where it is quite pleasant.


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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 281 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2010-01-06 19:33]

Hello Ivan,
A super job of presenting this pretty little sparrow. The detail in it's plumage is fantastic. Beautiful colors and perfectly exposed.
This may be a common bird, but the quality of this image is awesome. It's hard to believe that this was shot through a glass window!! Well done!!

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  • Chiza Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 133 W: 0 N: 474] (5351)
  • [2010-01-06 20:05]

Hola Ivan: Una de las mejores fotos que he visto de esta especie. Además de muy buena información...saludos.

hello Ivan,
composition and background are excellent, beautiful winter scene with very good colors output and good sharp details, it's a very fine photo!
keep photographing! TFS

Hej Ivan
Gott Nytt År till dig och Ulla :)
Nice presentation of this common but beautiful bird.


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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2010-01-07 8:16]

Hi Ivan
Beautiful closed up.Excellent POV for that razor sharp image.Excellent plumage detail and alco nice pose.
TFS Michel

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  • Mello Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 140 W: 34 N: 480] (2419)
  • [2010-01-07 10:38]

ISO 800, but very well done MF Ivan.
You did a good job and when it comes with difficults you realy know how to get good results.
TFS and see you in TN.

Hello Ivan,
Wonderful shot with great details, colours and exceptional clarity.
Lovely composition.

Hwyl Fawr Ivan,

This is a great picture of this sparrow. Taken from a fabulous point of view that shows off the plumage on the back very well with excellent detail. Nice blurred background.
Great capture and TFS.
Blwyddyn newydd dda i chi.

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  • loot Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5524 W: 722 N: 4163] (11276)
  • [2010-01-07 15:46]

Hi Ivan

I am glad you were happy with the fish-eagles. Thanks for your generous and kind
words. This capture of the Eurasian Tree Sparrow is so well done it virtually raised
the sparrow to the level of an exotic tropical bird from the Amazon. The details are
as sharp as can be and the colours are absolutely soothing on the eyes. The near
evenly coloured greyish BG makes the darker image of the bird stand out beautiful
in the frame.

Well done MF and TFS.

Hej Ivan
this is great capture of lovely Pilfink against grey and plain BG. POV/OOF, colors and composition very nice. eyes contact and focus also great. thanks for sharing it with good informative notes. best wishes and good night

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2010-01-08 0:19]

Hi Ivan,
wow...this is a lovely puffy cure sparrow.
Very sharp indeed and excellent grey background.
The top view is superbs.
Very exciting indeed to have it captured like this.


Hello Ivan
you made a fantastic shot of this Tree Sparrow taken on a snowy day,
the details are very sharp and the colors are sooo beautiful
excellent POV and DOF
Have a good night

nice portrait, TFS Ori

Hi Ivan again,
And You said winter's boring for a photographer... This image's absolutely a stunner, perfect sharpness, composition and colors + use of technique. ISO 800 was a great choice, I don1t see noise on the bird at all. A perfect sparrow portrait. Bravo.
Friendly regards, László

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