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My First!

My First!
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Copyright: Ivan Kruys (Argus) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5042 W: 260 N: 15594] (50624)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-02-21
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 350D, Canon EF 300 f4L + Canon 1.4 converter
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/100 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-01-17 0:44
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Favorites: 3 [view]
Points: 112
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
It amazed me to realise that I have not posted an image of the Blue Tit (Parus caeruleus) before!

This one taken almost a year ago when it was snowing was put away in my archives as there were many TN postings of this species at the time. I happened to come across it again by chance.

The poor light of this winter was one of the main reasons why I have not been able to post a more recent image as good as this. So far our area has not had any snow to speak of this winter.
But this does show that even on a dull day snow does help to reflect light and improve photographic conditions.

The Blue Tit has been shown and described so many times on TN that it suffices to say that it is common in practically the whole of Europe and N. Africa and the Canary Islands where it occurs as several subspecies. It is also common in most of Sweden.

This shot was taken through the window near our feeder with the camera hand-held at a distance of about 5 meters. I used ISO 400.
After some cropping and size reduction the image was sharpened and treated for noise using Neat Image.

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2008-01-17 0:46]

Hi Ivan

Greetings from Hokkaido, Japan.

Lovely soft colours with great focus and POV.

Happy New Year


Hallo Ivan
I think you saved this one especially for me, because If you posted it earlier I would not have been able to appreciate it and that is way you did not post it earlier. A spectacular and vibrant close up of this Blue Tit. Really lovely portrait. You have captured this bird well and the detail is very good. I like the variation of colours and how they blend in with one another. The tiny snowflakes, the blink in the eye and the blue cap just makes this more unique. Like always this was a pleasure to look at. Thanks for sharing and well done.
Kind regards

Hello Ivan,
This is so beautiful. Nice tone of colors with briliant details throughout. Excellent management of light and depth for this superb composition.
Well done!

A la belleza bien captada de este ave, se le une un fondo que aún la acentúa más. Los colores, y sobre todo la luz, recrean perfectamente el ambiente invernal. Buen encuadre. Un excelente trabajo Ivan.

J. Ignasi

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  • Bufo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 404 W: 69 N: 951] (4247)
  • [2008-01-17 1:30]

Hi Ivan,
...and hopefully not your last. The colours of the tit are just fabulous. The reflection of the snow create great ligth conditions. I am truly a fan of this image.
Regards, Jacob

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  • vral Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 65 W: 1 N: 218] (1049)
  • [2008-01-17 1:38]

Hello Ivan,

Wonderful colors, details and POV.



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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-01-17 2:12]

This is a real beauty Ivan!
Like you said the reflected lighting is fabulous and creates no annoying shadows or burnt-out areas!
The colours are rich but natural.
Impeccable sharpness, detail and clarity.
I love the little specks of snow on its body :)
Great DOF that blurs the BG but keeps all the bird in perfect focus.
Very well done,

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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2008-01-17 2:41]

This is magic Ivan, well worth delving into your archives and showing he light of day! Pretty much perfect in every way - composition, exposure, deatisl - and that certain somethin extra that gives it character.
well done, a beauty.

Hej Ivan
Well, maybe it is you first shot of blue tit here on TN but it is really good one. Excellent pose, details and colours.
TFS / Hälsningar

Hi Ivan

A beautiful bird expertly captured.
Superb sharpness and plumage detail and superb composition and DOF.

Well done.

Hi Ivan,
A lovely capture of this blue tit. Yes it is your first on TN. Very lovely composition and excellent details. Thanks a lot for sharing.

Hola Ivan,
Excelente foto de este hermoso pájaro, gran nitidez con excelentes texturas, color muy natural, luz y fondo muy agradables. Saludos
José Ramón

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2008-01-17 5:09]

Hello Ivan ! Wow! What an incredibly sharp picture ! A beautiful composition shot with a perfect technique. No oher words, perfect ! Thanks !


Excellent image Ivan, what else do you have squirreled away in those archives :)
Everything here looks top-notch to me, a real pleasure to view!

Hi Ivan,
Wow, this is wonderful. Very pleasant to look at. Well lighted and vibrant colors. Very well done. Congratulations.

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  • Maite Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 998 W: 65 N: 1270] (5199)
  • [2008-01-17 6:36]

Hello Ivan
How well that you found this marvellous picture in your archives and decided to post it! It's so beautiful!! It has a perfect realization with excellent sharpness and a gorgous framing and composition. I love the soft colors and the branches on the bg.
Congratulations and thank you very much for sharing.
My best regards

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  • Ena Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 324 W: 61 N: 594] (2454)
  • [2008-01-17 7:32]

Hi Ivan,
Beautiful first shot of the blue tit!
Nice colors. Good composition and sharpness!

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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2008-01-17 7:51]

Hola Sr. Ivan.
Very nice and clear photo You have here. Excellent focus ahd sharpness and pose.
The little snow crops add value to this photo.
I like Your note too, some times We have excellent photos in our archives, and they shoud be posted here.
Saludos Y un Fuerte Abrazo Sr. Ivan

Hello Ivan,
Congrats for this one...
Much better than mine a few days ago.
300x1,6x1,4=672mm focal length and a very good result. I never used this lens but I guess it might be a very good lens for little bird purposes?
Why was this in your archive so long?:-)

Excellent Tit image Ivan!
Its perfect. The detail, color, comp, POV/pose, isolation from BG, all perfect. Even the lighting is very pleasing and I like the blue gray BG through the trees. I'm saving this in my favorites. Thank you and bravo!

Yes I van I do agree with you about "poor" lighting conditions...they can work in both ways...and in this case they worked for you, giving the colours the pastel look which they are in this opposed a somewhat brighter yet not necessarily better deep saturation. And you detail is remarkably high, but then again the Canon and lens lend itself to this method. It is one of their trademarks...and when a good eye, a knowledgeable eye is attached, the end result is quite predictable...Very nice Ivan...

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  • pvs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1127 W: 254 N: 3161] (14464)
  • [2008-01-17 9:05]

Hi Ivan,

A great capture of this beatifull bird,I cannot see that you have captured this through glass,as it is very sharp and detailed,here today some sun,but soon we had overcast again,I dont mind to see some more of this colorfull bird,tfs


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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2008-01-17 9:34]

Hi Ivan,

There is always something very special about your pictures. I love the pastel colors in this one. Beautiful little bird with superb details. Every feather is shown off. Lovely composition on the curved branch.


Hi Ivan ,
Great shot with excellent details.
A perfect and lovely shot.

Thanks for sharing

My best wishes

Hola Iván.
Mis felicitaciones por tan hermosa captura.
Buenos detalles y nitidez.
Mis saludos, JL.

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2008-01-17 10:38]

Hi Ivan.
You are not right. You should be share this picture for a long time. Great shot in every respect. I am especially amazed with little snow dots on the feathers. Both BG and image of the bird are simply outstanding. My congratulations on so refined and fine picture. Bravo.

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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2271 W: 64 N: 4205] (13964)
  • [2008-01-17 11:06]

Hi Ivan,
Very nice capture of this blue tit with good POV, composition, focus, sharpness and a nice pose. TFS
Best wishes,

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5098 W: 166 N: 13042] (48618)
  • [2008-01-17 11:15]

Hello Ivan,
Excellent light, colours and details in this photo. I hope you have many more of this photos in your archive. Perfect DOF. The composition, pose and POV are superb.

Hello Ivan,
very fine captured of this beautiful Blue Tit!
a very pleasant macro with good sharpness, vivid colour and so much details on the bird!
well done

Hi Ivan, fascinating blue tit with splendid colors and wonderful details of plumage, great sharpness, very well done, ciao Silvio

Hej Ivan,
Your first Blue Tit is beautiful, the colours are lovely.
The sharpness and details are great for taken through the window. Fine composition and POV.
The tit stand out well from the BG.
Well done.

I ĺr finns det inge snö bara grĺväder. :-(

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  • Zeno Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 483 W: 0 N: 1330] (10711)
  • [2008-01-17 11:48]

Hoi Ivan,

Really sharp is this one andI guess its very cold up there in the north. The pose of this youngster is really good and typically for a blue tit.


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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-01-17 12:19]

Hi . Just marking this good picture for now as i am still at work.

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  • NinaM Gold Star Critiquer [C: 773 W: 3 N: 1157] (4077)
  • [2008-01-17 13:32]

Hello Ivan, that is a lovely capture of a fantastic bird. I love the wintery colours, very unsaturated, with the almost blue pastel background in between the twigs. It is sharp and lovely, and we can even see the red buds in the branches. This is a very nice picture, very well composed and very artistic. Thank you!


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  • dejo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 344 W: 51 N: 520] (2242)
  • [2008-01-17 13:43]

Hello Ivan,
cute tit captured, beautiful shot, I like these snow-flakes on the feathers and great pose
true wildlife photo
best regards, Dejan

Hello Ivan

superb shot of this beautiful and colourful bird,
sometimes in some images, i like the hard density in the colours,
for this photo here, i love the softness in the colours

excellent details on his plumage, lovely pose from the bird
i love the POV of your image and the way you framed
the bird on the image, TFS


Hello Ivan,
Excellent picture. Beautiful bird. TFS.
- Nirmal

You have tucked away this gem of a picture too long in your archives, Ivan. Thanks for taking it out and sharing it with us.
The colour tones in this image are amazingly soothing. There is a great synergy between the bird and the background. The entire composition is finely balanced.
Best regards.

Hello Ivan,

Beautiful picture of this tit. Good composition, sharpness and very beautiful soft colours.


Hello Ivan,
This really perfect capture of the very beautiful tit species. Details, sharpness, eye contact perfect. Timing also great that you can capture this lovely face. small snow drops very nice on it. Also frame and BG great. your notes very nice to read. thanks for sharing.
Cheers, friendly

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  • jossim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1538 W: 5 N: 2240] (12636)
  • [2008-01-18 3:15]

Bonjour Yvan,

Superbe photo. Bravo pour l'exposition et les couleurs.

Congratulations on this first wonderful capture! Isn't wonderful to catch a specie for the first time? This is a beautiful composition with superb colors and details! Well done Ivan!

Hello Ivan,

Wow! This is a wonderful picture of a really cute Blue Tit! Being from Quebec where this species didn't exist, I'm always please to see a picture of it on TN :-)

Colors looks very natural and I like the bg showing us the environment of the bird and bringing a 3D effect on the image... Details are impressive on the feathers and you took an excellent POV to shoot it!

Great post and TFS!


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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2008-01-18 10:01]

Hello Ivan,
This superb quality image deserves to be seen. The colors and details are amazing, thank you for sharing it with us. I love the snow resting on its' plummage and the over all composition is great.

Hello Ivan, Usually a very difficult bird to take photos of as they move so quick. Youve done a fantastic job to get a wonderful pose, composition is very sharp & good. Light & exposure are just ideal. tfs Rgds Necip

Hej Ivan,
A well known little fellow, that seems to enjoy winter like few other birds!
This is a fine image, where I notice the attractive 3-D effect that is achieved...
Super details in the plumage, fine colour palette!
Pablo -

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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2008-01-18 14:17]

Hola Ivan
Wonderful colours, sharpness, pov, pose and background. Congratulation on this capture!
TFS, José M.

Hi Ivan,
Magnifique, elles sont tellemt n différentes des nôtres, elles n'ont pas les męmes couleurs, superbes détails.

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2008-01-19 0:40]

Hi Ivan,
Appreciate and like this wonderful shot from you. Out of town, hence doing a short job. Sorry friend.

Hi Ivan
The first one and the great one. Perfect sharpness and compo. Beautiful colors - vivid yellow and blue and peaceful greay background with OOF branches
I like it very much

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  • wuta Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 855 W: 2 N: 617] (2142)
  • [2008-01-20 5:46]

Hello Ivan , Beautiful capture of this bird , beautiful soft colours sharpnes and compositie , Greetings Teunie .

Hi friend Ivan,

I did not saw this species before, thus TFS so much friend. We are learning with your nice captures. All the best!

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  • inked Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 132 W: 0 N: 249] (771)
  • [2008-01-30 8:29]

hi Ivan,
fantastic shot of this Blue Tit. You've captured it perfectly.. the detail and color and lighting are superb.. it might be common elsewhere but we don't have them in Australia so it's a pleasure to see such great pics of them. thanks for sharing

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  • mlines Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 556 W: 26 N: 668] (3116)
  • [2008-02-12 11:21]

Hi Ivan, My initial interest in TN was to see photos just like this of beautiful birds in a natural environment. This is crystal clear with very good colours. Good notes. TFS. Murray.

Wow Ivan,
What an incredible capture of such a striking and beautiful bird.
I havent seen these before, they are gorgeous, and capturing it as you have with the snow on its feathers and that lovely backdrop makes it a breathtaking photo - thanks so much for sharing!

Hi Ivan,
Great capture of a Blut Tit, which is rare to see here. Sharpness, details, composition and colours are all perfect. Excellent contrast between sharpness of FG and blurriness of BG. Well done, and TFS,

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