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Male Winchat in Evening Light

Male Winchat in Evening Light
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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: 2011-06-18
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 7D, Canon EF 300 f4L + Canon 1.4 converter
Exposure: f/9.5, 1/500 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2011-07-23 9:51
Viewed: 3662
Points: 50
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Winchat , Saxicola rubetra

Swedish name: Buskskvštta, meaning 'bush chat'.

This species is a summer visitor to most of Europe after over-wintering in tropical Africa

I saw this male at a distance guarding his territory from a fencing post, but when I came closer he flew on to this Rowan tree branch when I took this shot.

This was taken at a distance of about 10 meters (33 ft) with my camera and long lens hand-held in the evening light at about 7 pm.

After fairly heavy cropping and size reduction the image was slightly sharpened and converted from RAW to JPEG.

buscape, PaulLees, bungbing, maaciejka, cirano, marius-secan, siggi, maurydv, jaycee, CeltickRanger has marked this note useful
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Hi Ivan,
This is such a cute bird!! Great sharpness and details, lovely composition.
Very well done.

Wonderful paint today dear Ivan! Excellent DOF and managment of light and colours. Intrigant environment.


Ivan, this is a great shot of this bird. Excellent sharpness and detail. Bill

Lovely clear shot of this Winchat
Excellent colors and pose
Perfect sharp details and POV

TFS Thijs

Hello Ivan,
wonderful capture of this little bird with fine evening light and beautiful colours. Good sharpness and well chosen POV. I also like the birds pose and the way you placed it it your picture.
Best wishes,

Hi Ivan,

Splendid lighting with remarkable colour, nice pose and perfectly positioned in the format, good sharpness with fine detail, superb point of view and a nice highlighted eye, great work here Ivan and have a nice Sunday,
Best regards,


Hello Ivan,
Beautiful shot of this lovely Winchat, great sharpness details, lovely highlighted eye, colours and composition are also very good, nicely done,
Thanks for sharing and have a nice weekend,
Best Regards,

Hi Ivan,
really amazing shot. Perfect point of view. Excellent contrast. Nice natural warm colours.
Great composition.
Have a nice Sunday,

Ciao Ivan, lovely bird in nice pose on a beautiful lighting BG, wonderful natural colors, fine details and splendid sharpness, very well done, my friend, have a good week end, ciao Silvio

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2011-07-23 14:31]

Hello Ivan,
Splendid photo of this Whinchat in very beautiful natural colours and excellent sharpness and details. Great composition, POV, DOF and OOF BG. Nice twinkling in the eye.

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  • cirano Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 997 W: 0 N: 944] (13609)
  • [2011-07-23 14:56]

Hello Ivan,
Very nice capture of this lovely bird,excellent composition with nice colors and very good sharpness.
Have a nice Sunday!...

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2011-07-23 15:08]

Hi Ivan,it's always difficult to take birds and this is little too...ehehe...a beautiful composition whit the best focus and sharpness and a painted background that i like a lot.Thanks for share,have a nice Sunday,Luciano

the light catches the bird wonderfully. Good point of view and details. regards yiannis

Beautiful photo Ivan. Excellent composition and fantastic colours.

beautiful scene with great colors performance!
regards Nasos

hello Ivan
super composition with many beautiful colours
great details and good sharpness
thanks greeting lou

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2011-07-24 4:45]

Hello Ivan,
thanks a lot for the note in my previous post. The content is so educational and very encouraging in regards to nature as well as scientific approach. Honestly, the writing is very academic and very useful. Not many could write like this, as it needs an encyclopedic knowledge and ocean deep experience. Really appreciate your effort.
As for your shot, the photographic art is very obvious as well as scientific features. The sharpness clarity and details are well represented in an attractive bokeh in the background.
A well blended shot.


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  • iti Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 577 W: 0 N: 650] (7939)
  • [2011-07-24 5:17]

Hi Ivan,
Nice natural colours with excellent detail.Perfect composition.
Regards Jiri.

Hello Ivan,
A splendid winchat. Lovely natural colors and very good focus.
Great details and perfect light.
For the moment I have some problem with the focus of my Sigma 150-500mm lens.
I meet many interesting birds but I can't take any picture.

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2011-07-24 8:49]

Hello Ivan.
What a marvellous capture of this little and beautiful bird. I like a lot the composition with such superb sharpness and exposure, and very good DOF and beautiful colors.Best regards Siggi

Hallo Ivan
This photo is beautiful - everything is perfect - a real gem. It is crisp with sharp details and the bird has a great pose too, and off course the light is wonderful. Thanks for sharing. Best wishes.

Hallo Ivan,
a very good capture of the Winchat, superb sharpness and splendid lighting, very beautiful natural colours, excellent point of view and a very nice composition with a lovely pose of the bird on a diagonal branch
Best regards

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2011-07-31 11:00]

Hi Ivan,

A beautiful looking bird in a magnificent setting. It must be so nice to have summer visitors - no one wants to visit Tucson in the summer. In fact it seems there are fewer birds, bugs, and butterflies this year than ever before. Not even the Colorado Toads showed up for monsoon season. This Bush Chat looks so cool to me with the beautiful colors, fine details, and big sparkle in his eye. I love the pose on the branch and the superb composition.


Evening light has such pleasing effect on pictures, Ivan. This is a nice bird shot perched on that diagonal twig. Well controlled depth around the plane of focus in beautiful framing.
Thanks and kind regards,

Hello Ivan

Excellent photo of the Winchat with fine POV
and framing, the evening light is very beautiful,
beautiful catch-light, excellent focus
sharpness and details, TFS


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