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A Winter Visitor

A Winter Visitor
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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: 2010-01-23
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 50D, Canon EF 300 f4L + Canon 1.4 converter
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/320 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2010-01-28 7:27
Viewed: 3048
Points: 73
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The winter is long and hard and from a photographic POV, boring!
However some birds visit our feeders and provide a few photographic opportunities.

Bramling (Fringilla montifringilla)

Swedish name: Bergfink, meaning ‘Mountain Finch’.
The Swedish name refers to fact that this species of finch breeds in the Swedish mountains below the tree-line. It also breeds in the Taiga forests of N. Eurasia.

In the autumn it spreads out over most of Europe except the far north to feed on seeds, especially those of Beech and it is a regular visitor to bird feeders, but prefers to feed on spilt seed on the ground.

This is a male that will have a totally black head when it acquires full breeding plumage, which the female lacks. She looks more like the female chaffinch.

I posted this image that lacks DOF because it looks nicer IMHO than the one in the WORKSHOP that shows a more comprehensive view in the snow but that is less interesting as an image.

This image was taken with the camera hand-held at a distance of about 6 meters (20ft) through a triple glazed window and after moderate cropping and size reduction it was selectively sharpened and treated for levels.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2010-01-28 7:33]

Hello Ivan,
Very nice photo of this Brambling in superb sharpness, details and DOF. Great natural colours, also in the OOF BG. Good POV, pose and composition.

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  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2010-01-28 7:33]

Hello Ivan
Nice capture with beautiful winter colors. I search for this species but I didn't found it yet this winter.
Thanks for sharing

hello Ivan
very good pose and good sharpness
great details and beautiful colours
greeting lou

Salam Argus,

An excellent shot with lovely colors, sharpness & fine details. Well taken, composed & presented.

Best wishes & TFS.


Dear Ivan!

Many thanks for this fine picture of that cute little fellow. It seems to me that he also lives in our country.

You notice that yiur picture lacks of depth of view. I personally don't think this is a disturbing element for this picture. The composition with the frontal point of view is different from a point of view that shows the side of the bird. Moreover, the delicate lighting and the nicely blurred background creates a pleasant artistic effect.

Kind regards


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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2010-01-28 8:23]

The winter is VERY boring - expect those rare days when the sun is bright and low and creates wonderful light for photography!
Anyway, a very nice shot of this brambling, showing exactly what a mean by the low angled light. Well composed with good detaisl and lovely colours, well done, neighbour!

Only one???
Hi Ivan - I have so many of them in my garden.
I tried to count them - minimum 20 are here everyday.
I had to fill up my feeder 4 times today, all birds are so hungry in these cold days.
You captured yours very pretty and sharp - and you had sunshine, I miss the sun for many days now, today it was snowing all the time.
Thanks, greetings
Sabine - wishnugaruda

Hy Ivan
It is true that this image is more dinamic and comprehensive than the clasical post, on the side, in the snow. And is really clear, dispite the fact that was taken throught the window.
Kind regards,

hello Ivan

excellent photo of the Bramling a new bird to me
(i don't remember have seen), fine POV and the way
it is framed, fine focus sharpness and details of its plumage,
a beautiful light coming from the right side, i also love
the other view of the bird that is in the WS, TFS


Hello Ivan,
what a fantastic capture of the Bramling, i like very much the WS too, superb sharpness and very beautiful natural colours, a very nice composition with a splendid delicate lighting.
Best regards

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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2010-01-28 9:20]

Hi Ivan,
Very nice capture of this Bramling.POV,3D effect,natural colors and details are wonderful.
Thanks for posting..

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  • horias Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 837 W: 58 N: 2084] (11033)
  • [2010-01-28 9:22]

Dear Ivan
Wonderful this lovely Bramling!
Great details and colors,
WS is lovely too!

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  • joska Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 806 W: 0 N: 4092] (22535)
  • [2010-01-28 9:45]

Very nice photo of this winter visitor, Bramling!

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  • pvs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1127 W: 254 N: 3161] (14464)
  • [2010-01-28 9:54]

Hi Ivan,
Two nice captures of the bramling,one that is very shy from photographers(at least in Nynäshamn),last night lots of snow here,so as well no photography,
btw I prefer the upload in the WS more (maybe somewhat underexposed),but a nice POV,


merhaba Ivan dostum,
Bramling is one of my favourite passerines. In last winter, I tried to capture its nice shot and finally I took several fine photographes. In this year, I have met them in many times. I think it migrates southerly after very cold weather condition in the North. Recently I have seen this species in our university campus, contrary of previous years.
As for your post, it is very nice with focus, POV, eyes contact and similar colored BG. coloration also nice. Thanks for sharing.
I am also pleasured receiving messages about languages. I learnt several new things from only these messages. Thanks again for your cordial interesting.
best wishes my friend. Hava a good evening

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  • cloud Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 497 W: 111 N: 1535] (9539)
  • [2010-01-28 10:19]

Hello Ivan,
Long time ago I haven't seen this species on TN but in countryside this species isn't met. You chose too short aperture and good sharp is its head. However such view is very nice and notice is very useful. When I viewed photo in Workshop that like me very much. There are visible exactly marvelous plumage and its silhouette.
Regards, Pawel

Dear Ivan
Wonderful this little bird!
Great details and very good POV!

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2010-01-28 11:35]

Hello Ivan,
Outstanding shot with great details on its plumage. Nice colours and I like that position and the BG. Excellent POV and composition.
Best regards Siggi

Complicado y nada habitual ángulo el que nos presentas pero consugues mucho realismo y un marcado volumen del ave. La paleta de colores del conjunto es muy agradable y la luz intermitente crea un ambiente especial.
Un abrazo Ivan.

A lovely creature, that Brambling Ivan, but obviously the poor thing is freezing my friend, you, as usual, provide us with a beautiful image but what is much more humane, you provide feed to such beauties in hard times.
Cheers and best regards from Izmir...

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  • Adige (41)
  • [2010-01-28 12:59]

Hello Ivan,
I really like your capture,very good work.

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2010-01-28 14:09]

Hello Ivan

Lovely capture - great pose and deatil on the head and beak.



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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2010-01-28 15:20]

Hi Ivan,

Yes, the winter IS long and hard and photography is mostly at a standstill. I think the word has gone out and even the birds are avoiding Tucson. The old stand-bys come to the wet feeder but the camera waits for a stray owl, hawk, or maybe an elephant! Nice that this Brambler visited you and posed so nicely on the branches. Colors and details of his face and feathers are excellent. He seems to be checking you out carefully.


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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2010-01-28 15:38]

Hi Ivan,a excellent sharpness and focus on the bird,but for me is the composition so great to make a difference.What a beautiful game of lights and shadows on the tree's branches,a top class work another time! Have a..warm day..ehehe..and thanks for share.Luciano

Hello Ivan friend,
Undoubtedly you make good use of these occasional visits in winter! very good picture, very attractive bird projection. It seems to me that the POV is very good, generates more interest than the POV of the workshop. The light is ideal and the layers of approach generating a delightful effect on the photo. Good work. TFS, Regards,

Hi Ivan

I think the shot in the workshop is better, I enjoy seeing these birds in the snow, a novel situation for me, but sure you can't wait til summer and perhaps some great tits :)

Good composition, sharpness, details and POV.


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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2010-01-29 2:09]

Hi Ivan,
this is a cute fluffy bird with excellent sharpness. the pestel colours of the feathers relly ft with the winter colour, grey and good camouflaged too.
I like the branches that gives a trail of grapical composition as the light scatters on branches.
the narrow depth on the head makes it dramatic too.


NB : The word "island" in local vocabulary actually exist in the padi field villages as it emerges in the middle of the padi field.

hello Ivan,
beautiful scene, from fine POV photographed, with nice focus, attribution of colors and sharpness, all in a very good composition!
keep photographing MF! TFS

Ciao Ivan, lovely winter visitor in nice pose against a beautiful blurry BG, splendid sharpness, wonderful natural colors and fine details, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio

Hello Ivan
Good opportunity to shoot this good photo under good winter light !Sharp focus and great composition
TFS and have a nice W-E

Ciao Ivan. Amazing playing of light and beautiful natural colours. Good details.


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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2010-01-29 5:27]

Hello Ivan,
Like you I prefer the picture where the bird is sitting on the branch. This is a species I never have seen until now, a species with a wonderful subtle plumage. I disagree with you that winter is boring from a photographic POV !! But the grey days are not made for best shots, of course.
Meilleures pensées

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2010-01-29 11:39]

Hi Ivan. I have seen only one this year but i will be on the look out on Sunday. I do like to see the Bramling along with the Redpolls . This is a good view of one in the tree all with natural colours. With good light on the head. TFS.

Hi Ivan,

Thank You very much for Your useful critiques on my previous posts, and I'm sorry for late commenting back - in the last few days I haven't had time to hang on TN.

The photo itself is great. No problem that - by Your opinion - there isn't enough DOF, I think the blurred parts are isolating the focused area (head of the finch) quite well. Pose, POV and everything else is OK, which I'm not 100% satisfied with is the cropping: there's too much empty foreground left below the bird - although this is a personal opinion, maybe others don't share it. But we're all here to tell our personal opinions, aren't we? :) Except for this, a great photo, as mentioned. Tfs.

Hungarian name of this bird is "Pine Finch". This species don't build nest in our mountains, but a common winter visitor in our country.

Friendly regards, László

Very good this picture, nothing to say only to be admired.
Congratulations, you're a big Ivan
Ciao Vanni

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  • zulfu Gold Star Critiquer [C: 685 W: 0 N: 2] (43)
  • [2010-02-01 12:51]

Hello Ivan,
impressive shot of this lovely bird.
Details and composition are wonderful.
TFS and R's,

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2010-03-29 15:21]

Hello Ivan,
This is one bird that I have never heard of, and it is a real beauty at that. As with most finches it seems to have a real daintiness to it. Love the coloring of it's plumage, which I believe is seen a little better in the WS. photo. Excellent detail and nice pose!! TFS.

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