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The Street Urchin

The Street Urchin
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Copyright: Robert Brown (Robbrown) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1185 W: 88 N: 2160] (6106)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-06-15
Categories: Birds
Camera: SONY DSC F-707, Carl Zeiss 9.7-48.5, Digital ISO 100
Exposure: f/4.5, 1/500 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Swisss Trip [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2005-06-26 5:17
Viewed: 4963
Points: 20
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
An other from the Swiss trip, going back now in no particular order or quality of shots. This is the 9th to come out of it, and I sort have a soft spot for this wide boy eyeing up an opportunity.
On a day trip to the City of Zurich to see the sights and shop a little, one of the ones not to miss is the Old Chocolate shop of Cafe Schober, for the chocoholics amongst you visit here. It was a Hot day so we sat outside in the shade of some trees, a small flock of House Sparrows ( Passer domesticus ) was going from table to table picking up crumbs from the left-over from lunches and snacks being served there, they knew the patch well enough to hop up onto even occupied tables if not sent on their way by the person there.
The house sparrow in the urban environment is an opportunist finding their food where they can, so this sort of place becomes the centre of their territory, I presume they have other places for early morning and late evening feeding in the never ending need to find food.
The flock seemed to consist of the cock / male bird you see here and 2 hen / female birds and several recent fledgling , which you could spot by the still soft yellow gap at the base of the beak.
their nesting and roosting places will be most likely in holes under roof tile and gaps between sections in concrete buildings, still making their grass ball nest which for a close relative of the weaver birds is very untidy.
The Cock bird you see here was captured on a foot path that went passed where I was sitting. the seating area was sunk down slightly , so sat at my table I sprinkled some crumbles from a most excellent apple pastry I the hope one of them would come and feed. so I set the camera onto macro mode and rested it on the edge of the pavement and waited. Why macro, well this was taken at under 1m /3ft distance too close for normal focusing and it also zoomed in a bit see the veiw data in list. As you can see the light is directly overhead and the light was metered off the cobble stones of the pavement. He is eyeing up the last crumb between me and him, you can see the thread on his near side leg, man made thread is a hazard of city life because it does not rot away, it can lead if it gets too tight to loss of the leg and in cities you see a fair number of one legged birds in the sparrow and pigeon population.
Lightening of the shadow areas, both with shadows and highlights and doge tool around the eye because of the harsh midday light.
sharpen with USM
crop slightly with a small rotation because of the slope of the pavement made it look odd as an image.
Save As to preserve the Exif data post to sight and hope you like him

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Very good captured!
Great colour,clear detail,nice composed.

Beautiful natural shot - very clear and colorful. Good work, very good sharpness, details, colours and copmposition. TFS.

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2005-06-26 7:33]

I think this fella lives by me Robert:) It must be, as mine's always looking for crumbs and jumps onto the tables too!
Very good shot of this sweet little fellow. Well composed and great colours, sharpness and details. Well shown, thank you.

Hi Robert. I have your cam and know how difficult is to get one so near and clear without teleconvertor. Good work, thanks for sharing.

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  • sela Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 47 W: 0 N: 39] (738)
  • [2005-06-26 9:22]

Very nice image, well composed.

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  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2005-06-26 18:41]

Great shot Rob, lovely colours and it's a very nice sparrow pose. We're begining to see more and more of them here, which is great news. Great shot, well done.

His coloring is very nice, and I love the texture of the stones of the street. very pleasing photo.

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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2005-06-27 3:29]

Beautiful & interesting shot for this Swiss bird ! Good colors, DOF and details! Thanks for sharing Robert.

I share your fondness for this bird as well, Rob.
Wonderful composition, great details, lighting is handled well and interesting POV, and note.
Thank you.

A wonderful capture of the humble sparrow. I have always liked this little bird and how fearless they are in public spaces. Your note was outstanding and very useful.

Thanks so much for posting,


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