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Copyright: Alexei Alyokhin (Alex99) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-02-24
Categories: Birds
Camera: Konica Minolta Maxxum 7D, Minolta AF 100-400 F4.5-6.7 Zoom APO, Hoya HMC Super UV(0) 72 mm
Exposure: f/7.1, 1/1000 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Vanderschelden's favourites [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-04-12 12:21
Viewed: 3934
Points: 126
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
First of all, I would like to thank all my friends for delightful reception of my girls - the Odessa butterflies. In the note to the first picture of this series (Silver-studded Blue) I wrote, that in their midst there was an anxiety because of aimless stay in my archives. Should tell, that with your help the calm and rest among them are completely restored. However already dissatisfied voices of feathery brotherhood are heard.

In this word, there is a lot of sense, fear, adoration, desires, respect, indifference, etc. In each of us, probably, the boss sits to some extent: clever or not so, kind or rigid, of principal or unscrupulous, favorite or hated. Each of us ever was or felt even if a little bit as a boss.

Some time I was such boss, as this guy: strict, exacting, purposeful. The abrupt changes, which have occurred in our country, have induced me to refuse such responsibility for destiny of my colleagues - subordinates. What I now became, my next picture will show.

In a daily life, I am surrounded with common birds: pigeons, sparrows, swallow, blue tits, goldfinches, ravens and crows. Many of them usually settle down on the high trees inaccessible to qualitative pictures. In these conditions, I find interesting supervision over their behavior, emotions. This picture is one of such series.

About House sparrow (Old world sparrow) see, for example, House Sparrow and notes of such pictures, shared day by day by TN members.

About Boss see Boss : ))).

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ThreadThread Starter Messages Updated
To Shoot_Score: Bravo!!!Alex99 2 04-26 22:47
To mogens-j: ThanksAlex99 1 04-17 14:17
To lee: Thanks a lot and warm wishes.Alex99 1 04-14 13:54
To fyapici: Surprise! Many thanks.Alex99 1 04-14 12:18
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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2007-04-12 12:28]

Hi Alexei,
Absolutely wonderful portrait of this sparrow. Outstandig sharpness, light, colours, pose and background. A high quality photo mf!
TFS and best regards, José M.

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  • batu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1079 W: 293 N: 4497] (16383)
  • [2007-04-12 12:40]

Hello Alexei,
you show a very sharp boss. It appears that he did not loose any feather up to now. He must have some protectors :-)
A very clear image of the bird. We don't understand its language - it's the boss"!
Best wishes, Peter

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  • viv Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 292 W: 3 N: 653] (3317)
  • [2007-04-12 12:49]

Hello Alex,
Whow, this is really agreat shot it is really beautifull, the sparrows are so nice of colours, I like your pov.
Great job indeed.

What fine details on the plumage of this House Sparrow, Alexei!
A superbly composed and captured shot, indeed.

You refer to a very strong human persona in your note that you have had the first hand experience of in the historical context of your nation. I am touched by your perspective on it from the present.

Best regards,

Precioso pájarillo Alex.
Bella definición y estupendos detalles.
Correcta exposición amigo.
Hasta pronto, JL.

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  • iris Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 479 W: 60 N: 970] (3088)
  • [2007-04-12 13:27]

Hello Alexei,
Good imagination brings the best of pictures....Yes, He looks much the Boss.
And think, about the wonder of God...I 've a guy exactly looking like that spending the night with his women friends at my home:) I am a big fan of these House Sparrows as they 're regular visitors to my home every spring.The one here, looks exactly like my visitor.....Beautiful shot...
TFS & Cheers

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  • pvs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1127 W: 254 N: 3161] (14464)
  • [2007-04-12 13:31]

Hi Alexei,

A good picture of this sparrow the colors are excellent an picture is sharp and got a good DOF,well done and tfs


I was just walking with my camera into the garden. It is superb spring weather here and the blossoms and insects are celebrating. While I was walking I couldn't get your butterfly image out my mind as I found this a really superb one.
In the same category: this image!
Excellent light and sharpness. The latter really overall which is so great. It is muuuch better than the sparrow I posted a few days ago.
So congrats to Ukraine!!!
TFS a lot.

Hi Alexei my friend,

How did you manage to make this little bird pose for you ? Just a little smile missing ;o)
Very nice picture. Superb warm atmosphere.


Hello Alexei, Excellent sharp detail great sharpness and quality nice natural environment very well done rgds Necip

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  • volkan Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 497 W: 10 N: 4] (2425)
  • [2007-04-12 14:30]

Hi Alexei,
Wonderful shot of this sparrow posing at you.
Tack sharp details and colors.
Well done.

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2007-04-12 14:53]

Hi Alexei,
Excellent shot of the Sparrow. Natural lighting and colours, sharp details and a nice POV. The BG is also special. I like the way the bird is looking directly at you. Very nicely composed. Kudos.

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  • marcin Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 138 W: 0 N: 268] (2057)
  • [2007-04-12 15:53]

hello Alexei

Best regards,

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2007-04-12 16:04]

Hi Alexei, This is a fantastic picture of the bird. Great detail and colour. especially his beak.with good DOf. very well done..TFS..

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  • ridvan Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 498 W: 0 N: 1136] (5205)
  • [2007-04-12 16:23]

hi aLexei; very nice close up of this lovely bird nice colours with good sharpness and BG
well done TFS

Hi Alexei.
Very pure and sharp shot. Good DOV. Background is very nice. I like this a lot. Well done. tfs. Stev

Excellent shot of this nice sparrow.
You captured it with good sharpness and warm light, I realy like it, thanks
Sabine - wishnugaruda

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  • fiyo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1053 W: 5 N: 3475] (15161)
  • [2007-04-12 17:17]

Hello Alexei,
very nice capture. Excellent sharp details and very good colors. Composition and POV/DoF are great also. Very well done.

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  • Hil Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 696 W: 13 N: 1407] (5035)
  • [2007-04-12 18:32]

Hi Alex

Superb shot of the fluffy Sparrow, very nice POV and I love the pose with the Sparrow really starring at you, I think birds look quite funny as they all look in a bad mood from this angle, excellent detail as I feel I could touch the screen and feel the softness of the feathers, very nice colours and lighting too.

TFS Hilary :o)

Hi Alexei,
Stunning the sharpness of the image!
I think you made this pic at the right time of the day, when the light available couldn't be better, and took good advantage of it.
It's very good the pose catched with the frontal view of the head.
I like so much your style of writing, I appreciate it a lot.
Congratulations and thanks for share it.
My best regards,

Hi Alexei,

An absolutely beautiful sparrow! The pose, colors, details, bg, comp - are all fantastic.


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  • Ken52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 636 W: 93 N: 1243] (4195)
  • [2007-04-12 21:24]

Such beautiful, rich, soft earthtones. Exceptional detail. Outstanding DOF. Very nice pose of subject with great eye contact. Perfect exposure. An outstanding composition. Thanks Alex.

Hi Alexei,
An excellent shot on this House Sparrow. Nice quality light, and a spot on exposure. The colors and detail look great. Very nice shot!

OOhh that stern look in its face really mimicks a big boss..
Excellent picture and overall colors. Nice sharpness and its pose is really good. Good job!

PS: A very interesting note too.

bonjour alexei
je n'ai plus de point pout aujourd'hui mais je repasserais demain.
je ne pouvais pas rater ce cliché parfaitement naturel grace a son environement de branchages.
le piqué est vraiment tres bon et pour vous aussi l'exposition est tres bonne.
même un moineau devient une beauté lorsque vous le presentez.

Hi Alexei,

Great portrait
good compo and POV
Superb sharpness, details and colours

TFS Thijs

This is an original way to present us this little fellow Alexei, I like your approach here with this allegory to THE BOSS :) I'm glad that since 2 years, I could become my own boss. It is not always easy and I have to work very hard to makes things work but this peace of mind is now priceless for me... I am looking forward to see this next picture of what kind of boss you became :)))

This is a perfect picture of this fellow that I see here too. This POV, details, tones of colors and DOF are great! I like its pose a lot and this look he is giving you. This blurred BG is much appropriated and fits the bird's colors too. It's like it was done on purpose Alexei :) The details on its breast feather are very amazing. Well done with great presentation TFS,

Hi Alexei,
Great pov and dof. Seem to be a nice sunny and windy day. Excellent sharpness and exposure. Yes, this one looks very bossy:)

Hi Alexei, great boss, lovely bird with splendid light and colors, wonderful pose and excellent sharpness, very well done, ciao Silvio

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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2007-04-13 14:34]

Hi Alexei

What a look you are being given here! he looks very stern. Wonderful light, great pose, sharp and with perfect DOF. Lovely shot



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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2007-04-13 14:50]

Hello Alexei,
I really enjoy this photo, looks like the little bird has discovered you behind the lense and gives you this curious look. The sharpness is very good and there is so much detail to discoverd like the yellow around its beak.
The composition is very nice, lovly colors in the BG and the receding sharpness adds wonderful depth.

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  • lee Silver Star Critiquer [C: 38 W: 0 N: 23] (84)
  • [2007-04-13 17:26]
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Hi Alexei, nice capture of this little guy. He does have that hey I'm boss look. Good pose. Certainly some nice detail. I do like the natural habitat. Well done, thanks.

He certainly looks like a toughie in this shot...:o)
Good shot and great note to go along with it..TFS

thanks for your comments on my photo " No I don't want to look at you (18) " :o)

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2007-04-13 20:35]

Hello Alexei,
Excellently detailed portrait of this handsome sparrow, thanks for sharing.

What a BEAUTIFUL portrait of a simple subject.
Very well done indeed.
A clear cut image. You could "sell" postcards of this register. Sharp.
Mario with greetings from Canada.

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-04-13 22:12]

Hello Alexei

Wow that look! Super capture of this fellow.The details are razor sharp with excellent definition of the plumage.Very well managed lighting,with well saturated,natural,colours.Excellent POV and DOF.The bird seems to be wondering what in the world are you doing? Lovely neutral BG.TFS


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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2007-04-14 0:43]

Hola Alexei.-Bella foto. Gran nitidez. Iluninacion exelente. Muy bella pose y agradable y original tu nota.
Saludos Luis52.

Hi dear Alexei ,
excellent details with lovely colours.
nice BG.
composition and sharpness are great too.
perfect shot.
thanks for sharing

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2007-04-14 11:41]

Hi Alexei

This is a very beautiful shot from you and nice to see you have such nice subject this year, too :)
Fortunately for me, since this last winter was very mild, a lot of insect have already appeared and started roaming the lovely habitats around my town. Just recently i've noticed 6 different species of dragonflies and damselflies in the thermal pond were i often go :)
Anyway, returning to your post, this is a lovely capture and the title just works 100%.
The sharpness on the plumage is exceptional and the colors are charming, warmed up by the nice sunlight.
Very good DOF and POV here, resulting is a pleasant comosition.

Bravo and TFS

hi Alexie
De très bons details ainsi que de belles couleurs et une jolie texture dans les ailes de ce bel oiseau,il ressort bien sur le BG .
Merci et au revoir...JP

привет братан Алексеи.
Как дела? Давно не видились. Было много дел. На сайт давно не заходил.
Эта фотогафия очень красивая, очень хорошо использовал свет. Четкость отличная, собственно тво работы всегда хороши :)

P.S. Русский не знаю, писал с помощью друга.

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  • mikou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 869 W: 68 N: 1479] (6093)
  • [2007-04-14 14:18]

Hi Alexei.
Amazing portrait of this Sparrow with beautiful sharp details on plumage.I like this point of view as well as his pose with look eyes to eyes.Colors and also light is very pleasant.Pretty isolated this bird from nice blurry BG.Bravo,superb done this picture high quality. I please on your next picture :-)
Great weekend,with greeting Milos.

Was it angry?

The photo itself is absolutely beautyful, I like the monochromatic appearance.

Very good portrait of a bird.


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  • izler Gold Star Critiquer [C: 1387 W: 3 N: 9] (44)
  • [2007-04-15 7:36]

hello my friend
wonderful close-up working on this beautiful house sparrow that is giving nice pose to you. composition, point of view, depth of field, background, lighting, colours, sharpness and details are great
thanks for sharing

Hello Alexei,
This is a fine little fellow, not of the most colourful but still with a beauty of its own!
Fluffy plumage is well captured with fine details in the great light...
Well framed and good focus!
Pablo -

Hello Alexei,
welcome to this vanguard of your "feathery brotherhood" waiting impatiently to be released from your archives.
What a character, precisely well titled!
You are a master of delightfully subtle colours, amazingly precise details under apparent conditions of breeze and motion. No need to mention your always classically well balanced compositions, the passion you feel for your objects and share with us, and the fine touch of homour you are presenting your friends with.
Thank you my dear friend. Looking forward to more of those from your "feathery brotherhood".
My best regards,

Hello Alexei,
this is a very nice capture. Composition is great and good colours too. A good one, very well done. TFS.

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  • juanjo Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 167 W: 8 N: 27] (1142)
  • [2007-04-15 16:10]

hello Alexei

very nice picture of this sparrow
your pOV is correct
Bg is perfect
sharpness and details very good
lighting too
and the subjet explendid



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  • cedryk Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 50 N: 1722] (5270)
  • [2007-04-15 20:27]

Hello Alex,
Indeed it's a beautiful photo deserving much attention :-) I like very much the POV as well as the sunny colours and vary natural environment you pictured the bird in.
Great note, good to think it over...
Best greetings and TFS!

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  • Maite Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 998 W: 65 N: 1270] (5199)
  • [2007-04-16 6:06]

Excellent capture of this beautiful sparrow! I like very much the crisp details on its plumage and its different brown tones. A good pose and a wonderful composition. It looks so likeable!
Congratulations and TFS.

privet Alexei!

very nice photo, good light on the bird, great details. Actually there're not too much photos of common birds, they are overlooked mostly. but your is diffent, well done!


Hi Alex,
Superb shot, nice DoF, greatly focused, sharp, and very neat. Lovely colors.


Hello Alexei

Excellent capture of this little fellow. Lovely pose with him looking at you like he is wondering what you are doing with that silly black box:-). Very good dof with a nicely blurred background though we can still see the natural sourroundings. Sharpness is great with plenty of details in the wind-swept plumage. Very natural colours. All over a very nice picture which you can be proud of my friend.


Alexei, This almost looks like a painting in monotone. The mastery in DOF is demonstrated by the OOF twigs in the fore, as well as background, while keeping the bird sharp from beak to tail.

The colours have come out natural. Composition and POV perfect with the Feathery brother giving you the perfect pose.

Very good work, Warm regards, Kiran.
Ps: will be keenly following up on the "Boss" writeup.

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2007-04-17 9:00]

Hola Alexei,
original pose y captura,
bella iluminación,
y detalles del plumaje.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2007-04-17 12:01]

Hello Alex,
Good caption and interesting POV of this male House Sparrow.
This, together with your high standards as regards sharpness, comp. and BG make it a fine and amusing presentation.
TFS and best wishes, m f,

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2007-04-17 12:53]

Hello Alexei,
What a cheeky-looking little Sparrow in a nice pose! The details of the plumage are amazingly sharp and beautiful. Colours are natural and I like
the gentle colours of the background. Exellent composition too!
TFS and all the best, Ulla

bonsoir ALEX
quelle merveille!!!! excellent détails, des couleurs naturelles, bon entourage
félicitations et merci

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2007-04-17 15:55]

Hello Alexei,
Beside your excellent picture with good composition and great sharpness, I appreciate a lot your note, which combines fine humour and sense of observation . Thank's for it
Best regards

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  • sily Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 239 W: 6 N: 395] (1934)
  • [2007-04-17 17:39]

Hi Alexei!
Great nice shot of this common bird. Superb colours. The POV, DOF are excellent.Well done capturing the eye contact, nicely composed all in all great job!

Hello Alexei !
Great picture of this common but beautiful bird ! There are awesome details on the face and the feathers, and I also like the natural brown colors - the sparrows blends in very well with his environment. Wonderful composition, POV and BG too. Very well done !

Hi Alexei!

what´s a matter with you? in every simple photo you make a true masterpiece!...the texture of the feathers of this simple and common sparrow are fantastic and the composition is perfect...with the branches making a frame in the frame!
I must confess,dear friend,you are my main source of inspiration in TN!
thanks and best regards


Alexei, this boss looks like he had too much vodka before posing for you! What a wicked look! Stern eyes; heavily Breznev-browed! Imposing beak! Oh my friend, what a portrait!

Tfs, Jay

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  • pvb Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 385 W: 16 N: 531] (1981)
  • [2007-04-24 13:48]

Very nice capture Alexei. The warm brown colours of the photo are very nice.
Good sharpness and details.
Very nice composition and pose.
TFS Paula

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2007-05-21 2:29]

Privet Alexei,
Excellent capture.Details on feathers are amazing.POV,pose of bird and framing are wonderful.

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