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At last!
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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: 2008-07-03
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 400D, Canon EF 300 f4L + Canon 1.4 converter
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/1250 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Milestones, Pictured Symbolic Qualities of Sun [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-07-08 23:28
Viewed: 4393
Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 86
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I'm back from the Swedish Mountains to show you not only my 400th posting but an image of the Scandinavian ssp svecica of the Bluethroat (Luscinia svecica). This is a species I have been longing to photograph for a long time.

I take this opportunity to thank those who gave me critiques while I was away.

My son and I were lucky enough to have three days of sunshine and temperatures of over 20 Celcius even above the tree line, but we had rain and cloud as well.

This male was taken just below the treeline at about 750 meters above sea level. He is sitting in a Mountain Birch not far from his nest near the ground. His partner lacked the blue breast but some females have a little blue.

This subspecies has red in the centre of the blue. When he streches his neck the blue spreads out a lot more. In Scandinavia it nests in the sub-alpine regions but in other parts of Europe it breeds at lower altitudes. It overwinters in tropical Africa.

This image was taken with the camera hand-held at a distance of about six meters. After moderate cropping and size reduction it was adjusted for light levels and slightly sharpened.

It's nice to be back on TN!

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Hi Ivan,
Excellent capture of this magnificant Bluethroat which is high in my list too. I have yet to even see one. Congratulations for your 400th post. Could not have better picture to celebrate that. Excellent pose and composition showing nice BG. The details are sharp and colours are bright and natural.

Hallo Ivan
This is such a neat and elegant looking bird. The blue on the throat completely looks like a bib. The blue is such a special colour and have an almost royalty to it. You have captured this bird with great detail and clarity. Here I especially refer to the tiny yellowish spot on the beak and visibility of the opening for the nose. Great stuff and thanks for this contribution.
Kind regards

Congratulazioni per la tua 400th su TN. Stupenda cattura di pettazzurro, eccellenti POV e composizione con la bella posa sul ramo e la bellissima ambientazione, ottima nitidezza, molto belli i colori e la luminositā. Grazie e complimenti. Ciao Maurizio

Hi Ivan, my dear friend!
Welcome back with your 400th post! Congrats! great work! We long for you my friend too! Hope you have got a good time! Your shot is excellent in all around! A splendid composition, details and colours. TFS.


Hej Ivan,
congrats on your 400th post and for your beautiful catch.
The Swedish nigtingale is a beautiful bird especially in the summer plumage. When the are passing here they are more pale.
Beautiful colours, well exposed and with very good details.
Well done.

Tråkigt att det inte blev ett besökt på Fjärilsvägen,
det var ganska dåligt väder den dagen som du passerade.
Men det är gott om kattunvisslare jus nu.

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2008-07-09 1:14]

Hi Ivan

Congratulations . . . .and what a stunning shot to return with. The pose is great and the light is catching the bird at a great angle too. Excellent detail.


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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2008-07-09 2:08]

Hi Ivan,
Welcome back :o) And congrats on your 400th posting.
It's a very good photo of the Bluethroat. Setting, light, catchlight in the eye, focus, sharpness,and details look so nice. TFS

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2008-07-09 2:13]

Hola Ivan,
preciosa captura,
excelente pose y ambiente,
buen foco y colores.
muchas felicidades por tus 400 trabajos,
saludos y éxitos, :))

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  • jesst Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 368 W: 0 N: 172] (2441)
  • [2008-07-09 2:21]

Wonderful shot in difficult conditions!

HI Ivan,
The bird is a real Handsome guy :) Congratulations on the 400th post. Neat classic photograph apt for the landmark. waiting to see the next 400 from you, TFS

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2008-07-09 3:10]

Hi Ivan

Nice to see you back and glad to hear you had a great time in your trips :)
This is a lovely capture in which the colors of this beautiful Bluethroat are superb and so well visible! The pach of light you managed to get on it is also terrific, while the pose - with the head nicely turned - adds a lot to the composition.
Very sharp and well exposed, this is a top post that markes this nice comeback of yours and this great landmark - 400th post :)

Cheers and TFS

Hola Ivan,
Excelente captura de este precioso pájaro, gran nitidez, bellos colores, buena iluminaciķn, simpática pose. Bienvenido y felicidades por tu 400th. Saludos
José Ramķn

Hello Ivan,
Congrats on #400!
Wonderful bird you captured here. And the lighting is very good as well as the male's pose.

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2008-07-09 3:49]

Hi Ivan.
My congratulations on 400th post and nice trip with plenty (I am sure) photo trophy. This one is excellent. I like deep shadows, attractive sunlight and very impressive rich colour palette of the shot. Image of twig and charming bird on it is crisp sharp and stands out off BG perfectly. Bravo and best wishes to all your remarkable family.

Hi Ivan

Go to hear you had a great time with your son in the mountains.
Quite a good shot of the bluethroat and congratulations on 400.
Good sharpness
Excellent composition
Great DOF and POV
Great background


Hi Ivan,
Welcome back. A nice capture of this beautiful blue throat. CONGRATULATIONS on reaching the 400th. Very good composition and sharp details. Thanks a lot for sharing.

Hello Ivan,
Congratulations for your 400th post,very beautiful shot of blue throat with superb lighting and sharpness,very nice pose you have captured having great composition,
well done,

Hi Ivan
Congratulations on 400 posts and your prized capture of this Bluethroat
Excellent details and color
tfs jon

Beautiful shot,Ivan, but sorry, the comp's got a virus, and the techie's not oome in still!

hello ivan,

congratulations on posting your 400th post, i liked the eye contact & the composition very much, you have managed exposure well here,

Looking forward to another 400 shots from you

tfs & regards

Hej Ivan
Congrats on your 400th post with this beautiful bird.
I am in Cambodia now and have really hot weather :)
Have a nice time and one more time my congratulations :)

hello Ivan

happy to see your images again and congratulations
for your 400th photo posting and with a bird that you wanted
to photograph, very fine POV, DOF and framing, i love the
shadow/lights of the image, specially on the bird,
excellent sharpness and details and a beautiful catch-light at the eye,



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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2008-07-09 7:25]

Hi Ivan
Beautiful composition,good POV and very sharp image.Light and colors are beautiful .lso excellent pose from your subject.
TFS Michel

I have immediately added this to my theme of use of sun...usually meant for some such as symbolic however it is the closest I have without adding another theme...A very good if not great use of the sunlight. A perfect example of how it should be done! super Ivan. You are my hero! Well...peer anyway:-)

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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2008-07-09 8:46]

Hi Ivan,
Wonderful capture of this bluethroat.Colors,pose of bird,catchlight in eyes and composition are excellent.
Thanks for posting.

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2008-07-09 9:45]

Hi Ivan,

What an amazing bird to help celebrate your 400th post! This is just an example of the wonderful photos you have shared with us. This Bluethroat is one of the prettiest birds I have seen - so glad for you and all of us that you found him. Pose, colors, details, setting, composition are all picture perfect. Here's to the next 400.


Hello Ivan
First of all Thank You for your previous 399 posts all of which (I havent looked at them all yet!!) share a perfect balance of superb photography combined informed and knowledgable notes.
Secondly Congratulations for hunting down a bird that you have desired to capture for a long time..And all in the company of your son..It must have been a great moment for you.
The capture is exemplary as always.
Best Regards

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-07-09 11:14]

Hi Ivan . Good to see you home and had a good time. Firstly congratulations on 400 pictures , i look forward to many more. Its great when you get a picture you have been waiting for . And this is a very good close up of the Bluethroat . Not i bird i have seen . You have captured it with your fine detail and natural colours.With a nice pose in the tree. very well done TFS.

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  • zulfu Gold Star Critiquer [C: 685 W: 0 N: 2] (43)
  • [2008-07-09 11:24]

Hello Ivan, great shot of a bluethroat. TFS and congrats for the 400th posting. Regards,

Hello Ivan,
Sorry being late for being my heartiest congratulation on your 400th post that sharing with us! much appreciated for your outstanding works and contribution in this great site of nature! your talented works had been recognized by many members here, my sincere compliment!
Many thanks for sharing the Bluethroat that you longing for and you had done it, my congrat!
wishing you well and sincere regards

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-07-09 13:51]

Congrats on finally capturing this beautiful little bird!
And also a big congratulations for posting your 400th excellent photo! :-D
Very fine capture of this Bluethroat.
Superb composition.
Lovely colours.
Great sharpness.

It's good to see you back!


Well returned Ivan, congratulation for your splendid 400th post on TN, lovely bird with fantastic colors, wonderful composition, very well done, ciao Silvio

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2008-07-10 4:31]

Hello Ivan, congratulations on your 400th shot. Many more to come. Lovely shot. Ganesan

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2008-07-10 11:26]

Hello Ivan,
Yes, I'm longing for this species too.
Fantastic photo in wonderful natural colours and sharpness. Great POV and composition.
Congratulations on your 400th posting! I hope to see a lot more from you.

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  • falke Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 153 W: 18 N: 479] (1863)
  • [2008-07-11 1:34]
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Hi Ivan, congratulations on this exquisite photo. I really like the somewhat busy surroundings and the pose is just perfect. Maybe I would have croped it even a little bit further but I always crop to much.... ;o)

Best regards, Bengt! (Just back from a month on Pasman in the Adriatic sea)

Hi Ivan,

Congratulations with this Beautifull Bluethroat
and your 400th post
Excellent compo with superb sharpness and light
beautifull colors, POV, DOF and pose

TFS Thijs

Beautiful bird and capture Ivan,
Congratulations on 400 wonderful additions to TN. You've been a big part of what makes the site a worthwhile venture..
Thank you & have a nice weekend!

Hi dear Ivan,
What a SUPERB capture! This bird is a real beauty and I would be much impressed to see it in real! Lightning and pose captured are outstanding and so are details and composition. You also caught nice catch light in its eye. This is a very lovely post. TFS,

Hi Ivan,

Great shot,splendid capture with excellent details.Lighting and composition are good.I liked very much.

merhaba Ivan
In last week, I had asked you to Ulla: where is Ivan and his 400th. I think you post this great capture when I was in field. Also now, I am in field study in Southwest corner of Turkiye. Congratulations for your 400th post. I wish you many hundreds great shots here and other sites. This is great for Bluethroat with excellent pose and sharp details. your hard work supplies such a great result. Congratulations again.
I met the species in last October in Nigde and Cyprus in several times. Since that time, I cant see it again.
Best regards my friend

Hi Ivan,
my congratulations to you for this perfect portrait of a precious species. Excellent details, perfect pose, splendid light. With thanks, and best regards,

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2008-07-15 6:29]

Hi Ivan,
CONGRATULATIONS on your 400th posting (though a little belated) and a warm welcome back. You celebrate this occasion with this great image of the Bluethroat with such wonderful colours and details on its plumage. I can understand your happiness and excitement at this catch. Beautiful lighting and I like the natural setting too. Excellent DOF, POV and composition. Kudos.

Hello Ivan. I don´t have words to express my fascination about your photo. I´m really impressed. Do you use a hyde no? Can you descrive it?


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