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Autumn Tints & Blue Tit

Autumn Tints & Blue Tit
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Copyright: Alexei Alyokhin (Alex99) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-10-30
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D700, AF-S Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8G ED VR II, Nikon TC20EIII, Hoya PRO1 DMC UV(0) 77 mm
Exposure: f/7.1, 1/500 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2011-01-08 1:18
Viewed: 4804
Points: 83
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
There are many Blue Tits in countryside where I spend a lot of time in summer and autumn. However, in a wild they do not allow to come near to them too closely. That is why I have not any good shot of the species till last time.

After purchasing teleconverter Nikon TC-20E III my capabilities have grown a bit. And my first meeting with these birds has crowned a series of pictures of the cute Blue Tit. Despite the image of the bird is not perfect I was impressed with autumn colour palette, beautifulness of the bokeh produced by lens with TC and attractiveness of the scene at whole.

These were last warm autumn days and birds hastened to take pleasure in good weather and still a juicy bark of tree twigs.

PP: no colour correction, applied autotone correction only, image is cropped, resized and sharpened quite a little bit.

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Hallo Alex
I just love the autumn colours and blurred details of your backdrop. It is just so pretty. I also like the unusual point of view, as it makes the image "different" as the customary. I can also now say that I had a very close shot of a Blue Tits, head (ha-ha). The combination of colours of the bird as well as the background is a great mix-a-match. Overall a very "happy" image. Thanks for sharing. Best regards.

Hello Alex,
Very beautiful photo of this Blue Tit in splendid colours. Superb sharpness and details. I see the hairs flowing left of the bird. Excellent POV, timing and composition.

Hello Alexei,

nicely taken with good of sharpness, pov and blurred bg.
Fine colors.


Ciao Alexei. Fantastic bright colours for the cute bird in action. Perfect detaisl and sharp against a great BG. Lovely compo.


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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2011-01-08 4:07]

Hello Alex,
such a dazzling composition of wonderful colours. The bird is cleaning herself in wonderful details, supported with lovely background colours of mighty attraction.
I just simply like the bokeh as much as I like the sharp view of the bird.
Wonderful use of lighting.


Ciao Alexei, lovely bird in nicepose on a fantastic lighting BG, perfect focus, splendid colors, fine details and excellent sharpness, very well done, my friend, have a good week end, ciao Silvio

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2011-01-08 4:24]

Hello Alex,
A very special pose for this little Blue Tit. It seemed to be very busy!
Love the warm colored-background. Like always sharpness and composition are excellent.
Kind regards

I mostly like the gorgeous powerful color gamut here Alexei! The rest is a bit controversial. I mean the pose of the bird with the eyes almost hidden from the viewer and the rest of the Blue Tits features like the gorgeous tail is missing here and somehow that is robbing the image to a certain degree. The bird also seems a bit to small in this frame in my opinion of coarse. The depth of field created by this magnificent lens is impressive. The colorful background is well separated and the Blue Tit's body is standing out very well. Happy New Year Alexei!
George Veltchev

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  • KOMSIS Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 820 W: 0 N: 2419] (10674)
  • [2011-01-08 6:46]

Hi Alexei,
Extreme Beauty.!
A nice capture of this beautiful Blue Tit. Good sharp details and a nice composition.
Have a nice weekend,

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2011-01-08 6:59]

Hello Alexei,
I like the pose and POV that for a change shows the top of the head of the Blue Tit: we see lots of side views and some frontal views but almost never the colours and pattern shown in this view. This makes this Blue tit shot unusual and attractive!
As usual in your images, the sharpnes and natural colours are top class, as is the composition.
Thanks and have a good weekend,

Hello Alexei,
Amazing photo with perfect colours and very good sharpness on the bird and the branch. I love the colourful BG!
Best wishes, Pambos

Hallo Alexei,
a very beautiful picture of the Blue Tit, fantastic autumnal colour tones, superb sharpness, very good DOF and OOF BG
Best regards

Hi Alexei,

Beautiful shot with a great DOF. The bokeh background full of warm colours adds to the beauty of composition.

Thank you for sharing.


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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2011-01-08 7:43]

Hello Alex,
These little birds don't sit still for a second, they're always hungry - we have a couple as regular visitors in the garden. Nice view of this little onje clinging on to the twig and showing its lovely colours. A lovely WARM background and well composed!
TFS and best wishes, from the cold north! Ulla

Hello Alexei,
Lovely composition with excellent colors.
Very nice details and interesting POV.
Great capture.

Hi Alex,
Fantastic photo in great clarity. Very beautiful colours and excellent sharpness. Good POV, DOF and compsoition.TFS

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2011-01-08 11:24]

Hi Alex,very nice this bird whit the colors of your flag..eheheh...impressive and beautiful composition,whit the perfect focus on the tit and the usual great quality of sharpness and colors.Thanks for share,have a nice day,Luciano

Ciao Alexei.
Bello scatto di questa cinciarella che fŕ uno spuntino.belli i colori e la composizione perfetta la nitidezza molto bene.
Ciao Marco.

hello Alexei

of course it is much more better if the bird
looks in the way of the photograoher, but i
personally love much more this bird's pose
occupied to do something, for me you shooted
the photo at the best moment, with fine POV,
i love the good free space in front,
beautiful light and color tones, excellent focus
sharpness and details of the bird and the branch,



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  • cloud Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 497 W: 111 N: 1535] (9539)
  • [2011-01-08 14:58]

Privet Alexei,
I especially like colours of BG. Against it on the twig colourful joyful view of tit.
Regards, Pawel

Interesante trabajo.
En un primer momento atrae la captura de la luz y los colores tan llamativos,
pero una mejor observación nos da una buena visión del ambiente y sobre todo de
la naturalidad del trabajo.
Saludos Alexei: Josep Ignasi.

hello Alexei
I love shots like this, when the subjects have unusual pose, so the image is unique and very special, colors and light are superb, sharpness is impeccable, fantastic BG too
Have a great sunday

Hello Alex,
Well, I have to say this is really artistic and pleasant to the sight! ... Good work, brilliantly lit! ... I send you greetings from Venezuela! TFS my friend!

hello Alex
great coloured Pastel picture
great sharpness nice pose of the little Tit
super coloured composition Alex
great shot
greeting lou

great autumnal atmosphere in this portrait
of Blue Tit head bowed,Alexei
colors of the feathers that combine well with the background

thanks ciao sERGIO

Hi Alexei
Beautiful photo with interesting composition, wonderful colours and good sharpness

Hello Alexei,
Great pose for this little Blue tit and perfect timing. It is captured in nice warm light from excellent POV with vivid colours and blurred BG. Well done!

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2011-01-10 13:44]

Hello Alexei,
This Tit is incredibly sharp and the details are very impressive .Great composition and great technique. Well done my friend.Best regards Siggi

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  • tcr Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 158 W: 8 N: 538] (3384)
  • [2011-01-10 14:04]

Beautiful scene, great luminosity, accurate focus, well composed picture and rich colour.

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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2011-01-10 15:54]

Hello Alex
Excellent closed up.Good POV and excellent natural pose.As usual razor shar image with excellent detail.The OOF BG is just wonderful great work
TFS Michel

Normally this image would be a wrong timing but it is a slice of life which is enhanced greatly by the backdrop and the way the colours blend almost together. It has an art touch to it..only a pro could have made this work and we know you are more than a scientist but a pro as well.

hello Alexei, brilliant beautiful colors in a nice scene, I like the background is written like a painting, the sharpness of the scene is excellent, your POV and the pose of the bird is a different and very good performance!
TFS Nasos

hi Alexei
what beautiful capture of cute Blue tit, searching some edible things on branch. colorful BG and nicely contrasted to his blu and yellow colors. great color harmony.
sharp focus, POV/DOF and light using superb. nicely composed and presented. thanks for showing us this beauty.
have a nice evening my friend

Simple yet GREAT photography!!!
The work of a dedicated amature.
Mario wishing you and all your loved ones a great 2011.

Hy Alex
Such bright colors and extraordinary sharpness!The pastel colors from the bg accentuate very much the blue tit in a perfect compozition.
All the best

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  • fiyo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1053 W: 5 N: 3475] (15161)
  • [2011-01-12 2:42]

Merhaba Alex,
Blue tit harika poz vermiş size.
Renkler, netlik ve keskinlik, kompozisyon harika olmuş.
Tebrik ederim, saygılarımla..

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  • Nilson Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 488 W: 0 N: 566] (4423)
  • [2011-01-14 10:47]

Hi Alexei

Great shot of this bird, good colors and sharp details. Amazing composition, good POV.
Well done

Privet Alexei,
I agree the blue tit seems just a bit too small in the image, but the colorization of the pic, sharpness and natural pose absolutely saves the photo. I think with a bit heavier crop the subject grabs more attention (see WS) - everything else on the shot is simply fabulous. Congrats and tfs.
Friendly regards, László

It is a palette of beautiful autumnal colours, Alexei. And you are very right in your rejoinder to a fellow TN member; the beauty of this capture lies in the most natural posture of the bird. After all, it is NOT posing for the camera.
The use of your teleconverter in such an effective way speaks volumes about your abilities as a professional photo artist who knows how to use his equipment well.
Thanks and regards.

Hello Alexei,

Last Sunday was the Garden Bird Counting Day here up in the North, and I counted my blue tits, great tits and even a great spotted woodpecker dropped by!
This little fellow is either shy or busy with food hehehe...
Excellent details, good light and the colours are outstanding!

Pablo -

Dear Alexei,

fabulous colours in this image that I missed during my long absence from the site! A real feast for the eyes. Seeing the tit apparently undisturbed and busily bending its head is very appealing. A very lively report of a blue tit's behaviour, makimg the viewer feeling part of the bird's universe.
Thank you my dear friend.
With al my best wishes from you,


P.S.: Thank you for your visits and very kind words to my recent postings, taking the precious time to do so while being very busy. Same as you, I have been and still am very busy with professional work over the last months, and very little time to spend here, too. Always very good to meet you!

Hello Alexei,
Interesting curious perch you have here my friend. Love the focus and how well you have silenced the smooth background. Great framing and details of this first class shot.

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