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House Sparrow 27.1

House Sparrow 27.1
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Copyright: John Maenhout (jhm) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 893 W: 0 N: 507] (1853)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-01-27
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 300 D, Canon EF100-400 F4.5-5.6L IS USM, B+W 77 010 UV-Haze 1x
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/500 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2010-02-28 0:29
Viewed: 4021
Points: 56
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I took these picture of the house sparrow in my garden

Source; Wekipedia
Generally, sparrows tend to be small, plump brown-grey birds with short tails and stubby, powerful beaks. The differences between sparrow species can be subtle. They are primarily seed-eaters, though they also consume small insects. A few species scavenge for food around cities and, like gulls or pigeons, will happily eat virtually anything in small quantities. Members of this family range in size from the Chestnut Sparrow (Passer eminibey), at 11.4 cm (4.5 inches) and 13.4 g., to the Parrot-billed Sparrow (Passer gongonensis), at 18 cm (7 inches) and 42 g. (1.5 oz). Sparrows are physically similar to other seed-eating birds.

I hope you enjoy.

Shooting Date/Time
27/01/2010 09:48:06
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Lens 100-400mm
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400,0 mm
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3072 x 2048
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Hi John,
we are neighbours today, that's nice.
Your sparrow is very nice - so sharp and with beautiful light, I like it.
Thanks and have a nice day
Sabine - wishnugaruda

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2010-02-28 1:14]

Hi John,the sun kiss just the face of the sparrow and this is the secret of the beauty of your pic...impressive sharpness and colors,very nice point of view too.My greats compliments,have a nice Sunday,LUCIANO

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  • hansh Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 277 W: 1 N: 741] (2762)
  • [2010-02-28 1:44]

Hallo John.

Een fijne foto van deze huismus.
Mooi van scherpte en mooie kleuren.
In vind het altijd leuk om naar ze te kijken.
Prettige zondag,

Gr. Hans

HI John,
Great use of natural light with sharp focus and good details.The facial details are brought out very well with frontal lighting.

Ciao MF John. I like the light's management. Very good POV for this pleasant sparrow with perfectly focused eye.


Hi John,
A perfect portrait, the light is dramatic. The way in which the bird emerges from the bottom talk about an approach perfect. Great POV, excellent approach. This picture speaks for itself! Congratulations!

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  • horias Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 837 W: 58 N: 2084] (11033)
  • [2010-02-28 8:11]

Very sharp details and colors to your great house sparrow!
Great light too.

hallo John
super scherpe opname
mooie details en mooi licht zo op zijn kop
hij kijkt leuk naar de camera
super shot
groetjes lou

Hello John,
a very beautiful portrait of the House Sparrow taken from a good frontal POV with a great eye contact, very good sharpness and splendid colours, very well done.
Best regards
Ciao Maurizio

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2010-02-28 9:12]

Hi John. This is a bird we dont often see any more. They say it to do with the way we make our houses now. i like the way the sun light is just catching the face and body of this one, Taken with fine detail in the feathers. TFS.

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2010-02-28 9:25]

Hi John.
You have created a very nice and unusual picture of a common bird. First of all it is impressive 3D-effect. I almost see this charming bird just in my room on the table near the monitor. Lights and shadows are also wonderful and sharpness/derails of the sparrow head are ultimate. My compliments and TFS.

Dear John!

I believe it's agood idea to remember the plain beauty of that well known little fellow we almost see every day... and most of the time ignore! You present us a nice portrait of the Sparrow that I appreciate very much. He looks so cute in the sun...

Kind regards


Hi John,

Awesome post of this familiar beauty. The innocence on its face is adorable indeed. You caugh it from wonderful POV with nice highlighted head part.
TFS and have a nice new week!


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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2010-02-28 11:01]

Hello John,
Very lovely picture of this house sparrow. Great POV and composition. Very good details.
Well done and TFS.
Best regards Siggi

Hi John.

Excellent focus on the head of this house sparrow.
Details are amazing with well exposed details.
I like your lenswork in keeping the DoF shallow.
Dreamy image and TFS.

Best regards,

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  • roges Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 957 W: 0 N: 1329] (6264)
  • [2010-03-01 5:28]

Hello john,
Splendid catch spring. It seems like the spring I finally arrived.
Saracele birds are also happy. A little more heat, some more food ... Super composition you, congratulations.
Have a day and a wonderful week,

Hi dear John,

So nice work with great details.
Excellent sharpness and nice light too.
Very well done.

Kind regards and best wishes dear John.


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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2010-03-02 0:42]

Hi John,
well captured that show the beauty of the head. Very sharply focussed and also detailed. The head is so well ines with fine feathers and you showed it very wel.
The rest are gradually being blurred which give an impact on close up.
The light just hit the head part and it is realy amazing.


Ciao John, splendid light on lovely little hose sparrow, excellent sharpness and good details, wonderful blurry BG, beautiful natural colors, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio

hello John,
This is very well done photo with this sperrow, on this one I like the light that comes in frame,colors are also good
have a nice day


Hi John
very nice capture of beautiful House Sparrow, with sharpness of focus, POV and composition. eyes contact and colors also nice. thanks for sharing, best wishes

hello John,
impressive close up of little sparrow, with very fine DOF, colors output and details!
"keep photographing!" TFS

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  • KOMSIS Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 820 W: 0 N: 2419] (10674)
  • [2010-03-03 9:11]

Hi John,
A House Sparrow in the areas of different light ...
Very nice framing and detail.Light has fallen, sparrows look very good.
Best wishes,

Hi John, I get great joy from seeing images of birds such as this photo, i do not really know why, perhaps the sublime beauty and elegance of such creatures. It is one of the main reasons behind my interest in photography. The clarity of the small face and amout of detail is both remarkable and interesting. TFS. Murray.
PS I notice we use similar equipment so it is inspiring to see what effects can be captured. If only i knew better how to do the most appropriate settings.

hello John

excellent close-up photo of this sparrow with his very
beautiful eye-contact, fine POV, fine focus sharpness
and details to his cute bird head, TFS


Hi John,

What You show on the photo are fantastic: great playing with lights / shadows, plenty of details, superb sharpness, fine eye contact, facial expression. What I'm not satisfied with are those You don't show on the photo: a little cropped legs and tail-feathers. A pity, because the shot should have been "bombastic" - but became only "good".
Have a great weekend, friendly regards, László

PS: thanks for visiting my TrekEarth-gallery, too. Unfortunately I don't have too much time for TE and TL, because TN is more important for me, but I try to be more active there, too, as my sparetime allows.

Hi John,

The close-up view is showing the details and colors of the house sparrow. It is clear and sharp. It is well framed. The luminosity is enhancing the colors. Have a nice day.


Hallo John,

mooie close up van deze mus.
Goede scherpte, pov en dof.
Prachtige kleuren.
Jammer dat je iets te dichtbij was of te ver hetb ingezoomd of gecropt hebt.
Mis een stukje staat en en poten.


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