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Copyright: Sebnem Sozer (dew77) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-11-23
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 30 D, Canon EF500/4L IS + 1.4x II
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/125 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): 100 points or more (Chapter 2) [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2006-12-04 3:34
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Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 116
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This photo was taken last week at Ballikayalar, 45km far from Asian side of İstanbul.Distance between me and this cute guy was nearly 30-35m.I used tripod,1.4 teleconverter,500mm lens and cropped %50 at photoshop.
Have a great week and hope you’ll like it!

Little Grebe
Infos from Wikipedia, the free encyclopedi

Scientific classification

Kingdom: Animalia

Phylum: Chordata

Class: Aves

Order: Podicipediformes

Family: Podicipedidae

Genus: Tachybaptus

Species: T. ruficollis

Binomial name

Tachybaptus ruficollis
(Pallas, 1764)

The Little Grebe, Tachybaptus ruficollis, or Dabchick is, at 23-29 cm in length, the smallest European member of the grebe family of water birds. This bird can be found at pretty much any open body of water across most of its extensive range.
Little Grebe is a small water bird with a pointed bill. The adult is unmistakable in summer, predominantly dark above with its rich rufous colour neck, cheeks and flanks, and bright yellow gape. The rufous is replaced by a dirty brownish grey in non-breeding and juvenile birds.
Juvenile birds have a yellow bill with a small black tip, and black and white streaks on the cheeks and sides of the neck as seen below. This yellow bill increasingly darkens, eventually turning black.
In winter, its size, buff plumage with a darker back and cap, and “powder puff” rear end enable identification of this species.
The Little Grebe's breeding call sounds like a horse whinnying. One Cornish bird interbred with a vagrant Pied-billed Grebe.
This bird breeds in small colonies in heavily vegetated areas of freshwater lakes across Europe, much of Asia down to New Guinea, and most of Africa. Most birds move to more open or coastal waters in winter, but it is only migratory in those parts of its range where the waters freeze.
Like all grebes, it nests on the water's edge, since its legs are set very far back and it cannot walk well. Usually four to seven eggs are laid, and the striped young are sometimes carried on the adult's back.
Camera Model: Canon EOS 30D
Shooting Date/Time: 11/23/2006 10:42:14 AM
Shooting Mode:Aperture-Priority AE
Tv( Shutter Speed ): 1/125
Av( Aperture Value ): 6.3
Metering Mode: Spot Metering
Exposure Compensation: 0
ISO Speed: 400
Lens: 500.0 mm
Focal Length: 700.0 mm
Image Size:3504x2336
Image Quality: RAW
Flash: Off
White Balance Mode:Auto
AF Mode:AI Servo AF
Parameters Settings: Tone Curve Standard
Sharpness 3
Contrast 0
Noise Reduction:Off
File Size:7809 KB
Drive Mode:High-speed continuous shooting

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Belle harmonie de couleurs.
Bonne journée.

Merhaba Şebnem Hanım,
Mükemmel bir kompozisyon mükemmel detaylar. Kuşun gösterdiği yüz ifadesi çok sevimli. Ayrıca sizinle fotoğraflarımızın komşu olması da benim için hoş ve güzel bir sürpriz oldu.

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2006-12-04 3:59]

Hi Sebnem.
You have started up heavy artillery in action (500 mm lens + 1.4x converter). And result is very nice. You have captured a very cute duck with excellent reproductionits details and colours. Colours palette is really superb. Redlections at the water, delicate transmition from sharpness to blurriness are wonderful. My compliments and TFS.

Hi Sebnem

Beautiful shot. Lovely colours with clear sharp details. Nice work. :-)

Hello Sebnem,
What an amazing fluffy little fellow!
I like the composition and the cricle created by the bird...
Great colours and fine details, cute model!
Pablo -

Hello Sebnem,
You post infrequently, but when you do, your pictures leave one astounded at your originality, technical skills and a great sense of aesthetics.
The Little Grebe may not be a bird of heroic dimensions, but you have endowed it with so much appeal in this picture it looks like a bird from heaven.
It is the synergy between the water and the bird that leaves me amazed at the beauty of this remarkable shot.

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2006-12-04 5:55]

Hello Sebnem
Nice to see another superb picture from you!
The title here is great and i think very few people thought that brown on brown would look that well :)
The focus here is sop-on, the sharpness impecable and the DOF excellently managed.
Also the light and colors are terrific why the exposure is just as it should be :)
Grat work!

Bravo and TFS

Hello Sebnem !
Another splendid picvture froö you ! I love the warm colors and the reflections on the water, but you have also excellent details and a wonderful composition. This browm bird may not be as spectacular or colorful as some other species, but on thios picture he looks awesome. very well done !

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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2006-12-04 7:33]

Merhaba Şebnem,
Hem lens hem konvertor, arada epey mesafe varmış (sonra okudum 30-35 mt). Bence gayet guzel bir sonuc almissin, oldukca net ve keskin bir goruntu.Yansima ve sudaki dalga cok hosuma gitti. Eline saglik.

Hello Sebnem,

Excellent work, great colors, Bg POV DOF perfect details, very well Done,

TFs Kyle

Hi Sebnem,
Very 'warm' picture..; cute guy!
30-35m ...a long distance...
Nevertheless good sharpness.

Hello Sebnem,
What a nice little one! I think that he is very cute! You managed very well with exposure and details. I love those tones of colors and the bird is very well detailed even if the BG is quite the same color that he is... Nice lightning and reflection too. Well done and TFS,

hi sebnem,
I have seen the pictures of your gallery today only and I really enjoyed it.
this one is also a nice post,
well composed shot,
nice pov, well saturated colours,
framed well,
very well done,
tfs & regards

Hi Sebnem,
A marvelous picture from 30-35m away. Nothing to complain on this picture. Cute Grebe with fine composition and perfect settings. TFS.

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2006-12-04 9:54]

Hola Sebnem, un amor de foto,bella mirada y perfectos tonos, excelente compo. Saludos

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2006-12-04 10:33]

Hello Sebnem,
This is a fine capture of the Little Grebe in winter plumage. You must ahve waited with your heavy equipment poised on the tripod fom him to come up from his dive to get this sharp image.
This is an excellent study in brown. In a normal Swedish winter they pop up between the sheets of ice, which allows for very short photogrphic opportunities.
TFS, regards, Ivan

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  • fiyo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1053 W: 5 N: 3475] (15161)
  • [2006-12-04 10:42]

Hello Şebnem,
Excellent shot,
Very good lighting, sharp and detailed image, very nice colours.TFS

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  • Dave Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 503 W: 43 N: 657] (2178)
  • [2006-12-04 11:25]

Hi Sebnem,

Excellent title, beautiful picture! Simplicity works best so many times, and here you demonstrate that!

Thanks & TFS,


Merhaba Şebnem Hanım,
Güzel atmosfer harika bir kare.Sudaki dalgalanma ve yansımalar olağanüstü.Kahverengi tonları ayrı bir hava katmış.Elinize sağlık.


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  • osse Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 955 W: 0 N: 89] (7805)
  • [2006-12-04 11:45]

Hi Sebnem
Beautiful all in brown shot. Good composition. Good colours, sharpnes, details, DOF and POV. Also good note and rfame.
Just beautiful my friend


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  • pvb Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 385 W: 16 N: 531] (1981)
  • [2006-12-04 13:01]

Hi Sebnem,
Very nice picture to see. I like the composition.
Very nice reflection and circles in the water.
Good framing.
tfs paula

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  • carper Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1973 W: 119 N: 2582] (8439)
  • [2006-12-04 13:22]

a beauty Sebnem,
very nice pov and good details, the composition is nice to look at and you did a very good job here, well done.
gr. jaap

Hi, Sebnem.
Lovely bird and very beautiful light. Long distance to get sharp shot. Well done.

Hi Sebnem,
Wonderful colours on this cutie and the environment! Like the circular waves and the reflection also!
Thank you!

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2006-12-04 14:31]

Hi Sebnem!

As I see you founded some time for little photo-trip :-) That's very good news! I like this photo because of colours. Water looks very interesting, bird is good camouflaged on it. Good details and fantastic light.

Greet Ekrem and young Yakuza member, Cem, from me and Joanna :-)

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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2006-12-04 14:50]

Merhaba Sebnem,
I like the color of the water a lot, like brilliant earth. The duck seems to have an special light. Lovely capture!
TFS, José M.

Love it!! looks like he has another little duck right under him with that reflection..nice shot.. great POV ..
Donna :o)

Thanks for your comments on "done for the day" :o)

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  • pilonm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 588 W: 90 N: 975] (3321)
  • [2006-12-04 16:21]

Hello Sebnem,

Wonderful picture took at very long distance! You did a fantastic job on the composition and I like very much that caramel colors all around! I like also the little spark on the eye of the bird! Exposition, POV and focus are all perfectly managed! Great job and TFS,


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  • Dando Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 637 W: 32 N: 792] (3084)
  • [2006-12-04 17:11]

Hi Sebnem,
Excellent shot. Great brown tones, beautiful lighting and great details. Great composition well done and TFS.

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  • izler Gold Star Critiquer [C: 1387 W: 3 N: 9] (44)
  • [2006-12-04 18:17]

selam sebnem
bu sevimli modele basarili bir kadrajlama yapmissin. kompozisyon, renkler, suya yansimalar, netlik ve detaylar harika olmus
eline saglik

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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2006-12-04 18:28]

Hello Sebnem,
quite the equipment you are using, and with great results I might add. The details and sharpness are excellent. Very nice selective DOF, with the focus sitting perfectly on your little friend. Beautiful tont in tone composition.

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  • sayat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 280 W: 0 N: 258] (1457)
  • [2006-12-05 10:07]

Şahane bir kare olmuş, elinize sağlık. Mesafenin büyüklüğüne bakınca, 500mm merceğin önemini bir kez daha anladım. Özellikle kuşun çevresindeki çember şeklindeki dalgacıklar ve sudaki yansıma şahane. Tebrikler.

Always love your notes but your photos even more, MORE.
You have AMAZING creations.!!!
Your subjects are handled with such meticulas care
that I can "feel" it, here, all the way in Canada.
Best regards,

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  • RAP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2524 W: 345 N: 2373] (7405)
  • [2006-12-05 13:03]

Nice... very nice compo Sebnem with perfect point of view, great colors and lighting, exactly DOF and focus and in spite of a lightly slow speed and medium ISO, the sharpness is perfect too.
Very appropriate framing and presentation.
With admiration... Ricardo

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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2006-12-05 13:53]

What a gorgeous little Grebe. Lovely warn tones. The light is stunning



Hello Sebnem,
It sounds like you had quite a reach to reel this one in, great job :)
I like the overall comp with reflection and circular ripples around the subject..Excellent colortones, detail & exposure.
Have a good day!

  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2006-12-05 15:16]

Hi Sebnum, he still looks a long way away, but well done on teh comporion, TFS
Sorry, run out of smilies!

tres joli ce canard , bien que ce soi les mêmes couleurs c' est parfait
bon travail

belle photo,le petit est bien net et a de belles couleurs,surtout sur le bec,la couleur orange. Thomas

  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2006-12-06 17:56]

Hi Sebnem, nice shot. The composition is good and i do like the brown tones. Well done.

Salut Sebnem
Très bien réussie cette prise de vue en mettant le focus principalement sur la tête de ce bébé canard les couleurs et les détails ainsi que le BG tout est parfait.
Merci et passe une bonne semaine....JP

Hi Sebnem,
An excellent shot on this Grebe. The long lens and telconverter did a great job with the isolation. Beautiful rich color saturation and sharp detail. The expanding ring of ripples from its body is what really makes the shot here. Well done.

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2006-12-07 9:34]

Hello Sebnem,
It's one of my favourite little divers which you have portrayed so beautifully here. Very sharp and wonderful colours!
TFS, Ulla

Hello Sebnem,
Harmonious and beautiful scene, reflections,waves and bird details are absolutely great.

Merhaba Sebnem,
Another excellent shot of yours.
I always enjoy your great photos and always curious on how you did it. Thanks for giving comprehensive technical notes of your shots. I feel that this is the result of a great concept [coming out of creative mind], high quality gadgets, and skillful photographer who executes the shot.
Thanks for sharing the image and your knowledge.

Ben Lakitan

bonjour sebnem
tres joli ce petit oiseau,j'aime bien les cercle autour de lui.bonne netteté.

Hello Sebnem
Love this picture.
Excellent colors, dtails, composition and framing.
Great POV, DOF and BG.
Great shot.
Regards and TFS

Hi friend,
Great macro shot! Great light, colours, sharpnes, details, DOF and POV!
Take care Ana:)

Muy tierna imagen. Cuando la realidad imita a la ficción. Digo esto porque este patito recuerda el juguete que damos a los bebés en el baño...
Muy bellos colores, una preciosidad la luz, buen POV, DOF y BG, Sebnem.
Muchos saludos y muchas gracias, JL.

Merhaba a beautifull catch Love the colours and sharp detail well done tebrikler Selamlar Hosca Kal Necip.

Hi Sebnem, lovely colors, nice reflection, good composition, very well done, ciao Silvio

Merhabalar, Küçük Batağan'ı çok güzel fotoğraflamışsınız:) Renklerdeki sadelik ve netlik oldukça hoş.


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  • Adam73 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 208 W: 5 N: 522] (2253)
  • [2006-12-15 10:52]

Grebes are very cool birds but difficult to make look beutiful. You have captured the the perfect time of light and exposure and this photo is very beautiful. Great job.

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2006-12-17 23:17]

Hello Sebnem

A wonderful composition of this grebe.I like the rich earth tones,the colours are well saturated.The photo is well focused with great POV and DOF.A beautiful reflection in the water enhances the shot.Well done.TFS


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  • CTP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 644 W: 6 N: 946] (2726)
  • [2006-12-19 12:11]

Merhaba Sebnem,
Cute capture of this Lil Grebe:)
Great pov,dof,reflections,rings,focus,sharpness,note and frame.TFS
Merry Christmas,

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  • milas Gold Star Critiquer [C: 191 W: 0 N: 10] (173)
  • [2007-01-03 4:38]
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selam sebnem hanım;
yine güzel bir kare yakalamış ve güzel bir çekimle göndermişsiniz...ne desek az, sitenin en iyi fotoğrafcısınız bana göre tebrikler selamlar

Wonderful colors and perfect sharpness as always. We're off to Istanbul in June, can't wait!


Muy buenas Sebnem
Una bonita foto por la luz y definición que tiene, una gran captura la de este joven de "zampullin"
Mis felicitaciones,
Un saludo

Beautiful shot. Lovely colours with clear sharp details.

Merhaba Sebnem,
It's been a while, hope you resume your posts in TN soon.
This is a beautiful capture, with a warm and nice light. that produced those excellent details on the bird's plumage.
I like a lot the circles around the bird and the composition made.
Great work and thanks for share.
My best regards,

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