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Deceptive Idyll

Deceptive Idyll
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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: 2007-10-19
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/9.0, 1/250 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Pankaj Bajpai's Favorite Part 2 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-11-08 20:21
Viewed: 6418
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[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Excursion on apartments of Rose-Hotel is a tiresome enough business. Let's make a short break.

This year (especially spring) has presented me many butterfly photos unlike the last one. However in this year I have laid down for myself the aim to learn to photograph birds. Therefore I walked with my lovely 100-400 mm telelens almost all time. And I really have taken many bird pictures which almost satisfied my desire.

However I wish to represent now one of the last bird shots. It is necessary to admit, I do not subdivide my pictures on old and new shots. All of them are mine; all of them are a particle of me. The choice for a posting is defined only by my mood and creative plans.

Why did I decide to share this picture? I have at least two reasons.

First, this guy has admitted me to it very close. In countryside it happens extremely rare. The shooting distance was about 2.5 m (it is my personal record of bird shooting). It is a great godsend.

When I had met this cute sparrow I began to shoot it. I took and took its photos and couldn't stop. The weather was very nice. Despite the first cold autumn days the morning was fine and the sun shined brightly. The small flight of sparrows was placed on bushes of the next garden cozily and enjoyed in the pleasant morning. Only this sparrow had located on a crossbeam of a gate near to bushes. The mistress of this garden had painted the gate by bitumen paint quite recently. The sparrow did not pay any attention to me.

However this idyll had been destroyed in a flash. To my shame during that moment I was not up to the mark (as a photographer). Nevertheless my subsequent pictures have rather surprised me. To share one or two of them is the second reason to post this shot as an introduction.

To be continued.

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ThreadThread Starter Messages Updated
To pirate--s: Thanks.Alex99 1 11-14 09:39
To Humanist: The gate and funny mistress.Alex99 1 11-13 11:12
To clnaef: Canon 40D vs Canon 5DAlex99 3 11-12 08:54
To Royaldevon: Many thanks.Alex99 1 11-11 09:50
To sandpiper2: Thanks.Alex99 1 11-10 10:58
To takos1: Thank you a lot.Alex99 1 11-10 10:55
To vanderschelden: Bravo and thanks a lotAlex99 1 11-09 04:28
To peter_stoeckl: Don't worry and many thanks.Alex99 1 11-09 04:23
To cecilia: Thank you a lot.Alex99 1 11-08 20:42
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This is really superb. The image looks so crisp with outstanding detail. And the exposure set off wonderfully against a clean bg.
Well done

Hi Alexei

Stunning shot, everything is perfect. Fantastic plumage detail and sharpness. DOF is perfect, so is the pose. Even the railing on which it sits is perfect.

I have looked at it for a few minutes now, I think this is teh best shot of a sparrow I have ever seen. Well done.


Hi Alexei
I totally agree with cecilia. This is OUTSTANDING!! capture of this wonderful sparrow. Very well done!!

Hi Alexei,
a very good picture, it's well composed with fine POV and a nice pose. The DOF is great, the bird is well isolated from the nice BG.
I like the simpel colour tones, the are lovely.
The sharpness and exposure are spot on.
Well done, my friend.

Hi Alexei,
splendid portrait of this bird,
perfect focus, great natual colors, lovely pose, excellent lighting and wonderfull background,
cheer and thanks,

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2007-11-08 23:48]

Hello Alexei,
As a portrait of the Tree Sparrow (Passer montanus) this is superb: great POV and pose, fantastic sharpness and details, great colouring and beautifully coloured autumnal bokeh. The composition is pleasing too.
If it were on a branch instead of this starnge perch it would be perfect!
2.5 meters is a fine distance to photograph birds and we can do this from a window in our house where we have feeders but they sit is a bush which has too many branches, so I'm trying to fix a good perch but so far without result.
Thanks for this one,
Best wishes, Ivan

Ciao Alexei,
presenti sempre fotografie superlative, bravo!


Hello Alexei,

Excellent shot of this sparrow! Very sharp detail of the feathers. Pleasant natural colour. Very nice!

Hi Alexei,
I like the unhurried of this guy.

Hi Alexei

A super shot of the Male House Sparrow. Nicely isolated from the BG. Clear, tack sharp with high quality. :-)

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2007-11-09 0:54]

Hello Alexei,
The sharp details of this little Sparrow are amazing! I like its pose too and the soft background.
TFS and regards, Ulla

Dear Alexei,
a very powerful and clear, both matter-of-facts and romantically charming portrait of a sparrow resting on a fence. Magnificent lighting modelling the feathers, and a lovely distant background supporting the rich details in front. Another great tension that you are creating in your very well told notes, my dear friend. Did it stick to the fresh bitumen paint, that poor little bird, or what happened? Looking forward to your next posting, and being afraid of it at the same time.
Have a very good day. My best regards,

Hi Alex
It is beautiful. One of the best sparrow shots that I have ever seen. Great sharpness, fantastic composition, great OOF homogenous background Beautiful warm saturated colors.
Very very good job
Best wishes

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  • sayat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 280 W: 0 N: 258] (1457)
  • [2007-11-09 2:12]

Amazing sharpness and a very beautiful composition. Great shot.

hi alexei!
great shot with really
good sharpness and details
fine exposure with good
pov and dof!
very good!

Hello Alexei,
I see God is a much better 'painter' than the mistress:-) comparing the bird's colours and details with the painted gate.
But about your image; technically superb!
Well done

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  • cloud Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 497 W: 111 N: 1535] (9539)
  • [2007-11-09 4:36]

Hello Aleksiej,
Your sparrow is pretty. The light cause this clear colours of the feathers, nice pose and BG.
Best regards, Pawel

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2007-11-09 4:47]

What a beautiful capture of this little Sparrow.
The detail is just superb!
+++ Great sharpness with clean crisp edges.
Superb POV and composition.
Nice colours and a decent BG.
--- Nothing :D
Well done Alexei,


I love birds,
these is a great reason why,
beautiful image here, it is clear and crisp,
You would think the bold silver at the bottom would take away from shot but it doesn't,
great contrast,


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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2007-11-09 5:23]

Hello Alex,
It's a perfect bird picture you show us here. Excellent framing,the best possible pose of the bird, amazing sharpness,( we can see every single feather), and beautiful harmonious colours. And the story behind this? I just hope it is nothing bad. Thanks a lot for this very pleasant shot
Beat regards

Hi Alexei,
You did a great job on this sparrow. Lovely plumage to appreciate. Crystal clear and well lighted image. POV and composition are great.

Hi Alexei,

This is a great portrait of this cute bird.
The details look great, beautiful colours and light, and I like the pose very much.
Beautiful work!

Greetings, Nel

Gracias por tus comentarios Alexei. Es una de mis únicas fotografías en que he usado el flash, o quizá la única ...
Tu fotografía excelente, es una obra de arte, con un magnífico enfoque y excelente iluminación.
Se aprecia perfectamente la delicada textura de las plumas. Perfecto encuadre con esa barra inferior que aumenta el valor de esta toma: Enhorabuena !!

Saludos y buen fin de semana: J. Ignasi

Hi Alexei, beutiful bird in great pose with wonderful colors and splendid blurry BG, very well done, ciao Silvio

A beautiful picture of this sparrow and i love the exposure here (I'm not sure why you dont think so).
The details on the bird with a catch-light in its eye and the diffused BG make this a very good picture to watch.

Hello Alexei
Excellent shot of this cute Sparrow,
Perfect details,DOF and composition,
Superb shot,Welldone.

Good Luck

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  • Maite Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 998 W: 65 N: 1270] (5199)
  • [2007-11-09 10:53]

Hello dear friend
This little sparrow looks like a great star, and probably he was thinking of it looking at you with your camera. He was too easy and likeable for a sparrow, I think, and you were lucky.
The picture is a real humdinger with the most perfection and I am really glad to see it.
Thank you very much!

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2007-11-09 11:29]

Hello Alexi.Your Minolta has done you proud or should it be you have done the minolta proud. What a fine shot you have taken . the detail in this one is first class. excellent colours with a nice pOV. I love the pose with its head turned around. well done TFS. good notes too.
You have a good weekend.

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2007-11-09 11:32]

Hi Alexei

I'm very happy for you, my friend, that you decided to learn a new type of photography - for birds - and from what i see here you are already very skilled at it. I'm also happy that i will have a good friend to ask for pointers next year, when i'm probably begin this quest, too :)
A splendid close-up of this sparrow, captured with impressive details and exceptional attention to the texture of its plumage.
The pose you captured it in is also great - with its head turn towards you and giving you the chance for that nice eye-contact.
The rail it is standing on here is very interesting, too. Although not a natural element, it's very interesting because of its texture, too. It may be a little distracting for the bird, but it definitely attracts attention in a good way while looking at the entire picture.
Technically speaking, i must once again ramark your impeccable exposure and sense for composition.

Bravo and TFS

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  • Adam73 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 208 W: 5 N: 522] (2253)
  • [2007-11-09 11:46]

The details in the bird are superb. I like the pearch as well, its very interesting. The details of the drips of paint as well as the water make for an interesting pearch. Exposure is perfect and the creamy background is very nice.

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  • marcin Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 138 W: 0 N: 268] (2057)
  • [2007-11-09 11:47]

Hi Alexei,
a very good picture, very sharp detail,
Best wishes,

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2007-11-09 12:08]

Hello Alexei,
What a perfection! High quality. The sharp-detailed Sparrow contrasts perfectly against the wonderful blurred BG.

Hi Alexei,
what can I say - only: that's perfect!
So sharp, so wonderful light, great shot!
Thanks for this moment, bye and greetings
Sabine - wishnugaruda

The color and texture of the perch contrast beautifully here. Great details and wonderful candid shot. Love it!

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  • Ena Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 324 W: 61 N: 594] (2454)
  • [2007-11-09 15:18]

Hey Alexei!
That's a lovely picture of a Passer montanus (Tree sparrow!
Perfect sharpness and DOF!

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2007-11-09 15:55]

Hi Alexei,

This is superb!!!! A perfect capture of this sparrow. Lovely pose on a strange perch - a wonderful expression on his face. Colors are magnificent and natural. Details are razor-sharp. A very lovely background.


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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-11-09 20:06]

Hello Alexei

A superb capture of this sparrow.The focus is spot on with amazing sharpness of details.
The plumage is well defined with excellent colour saturation.
Beautiful eye detail and catch light.
The POV is excellent and the OOF BG has a lovely bokeh.


bonjour alexei
extraordinaire piqué,chaqu'une des plumes est detaillée,les couleurs sont parfaitement naturelles,le BG bien flou et coloré,il y a juste le support que j'aime moins car on a l'impression qu'il est enduit de petrole.

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2007-11-10 3:07]

Hi Alexei,
Just appreciating this wonderful shot from you. I am on a tour and internet connection comes at a premium here, hence doing a short job. Sorry.

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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2007-11-10 3:22]

Hi Alexei,
Very nice capture of this cute sparow. Details and colors of the plumage are very good , it's crisp sharp. I liked the POV, composition, and the pose you captured. TFS
Best wishes,

Hello Alexei.

Very good details, beatiful bird.
Nice expression.

Jose Luis.

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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2007-11-10 9:27]

Hi Alexei

This is really wonderful. It is so sharp and detailed. I have loads of these in the bush in my garden but they are very shy. Perfect DOF, sweet pose and great light. Excellent note as well



Hello Alexei,
Another perfect and excellent shot of macro!
good pose with perfect sharpness, vivid colour and so much details
exposure and focus is perfectly done
thanks for sharing and notes
all the best

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  • pvb Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 385 W: 16 N: 531] (1981)
  • [2007-11-10 12:22]

Hi Alexei,
Out in the countyside the birds are shy, but if you come in an area were there are many people the birds get close to you.
This one looks very nice ,the sharpness and the details in the feathers are great. I love the bg with the nice green and yellow colours.
TFS Paula

Hello Alezei,

I have seen many bird photographs on this site but this must rate with the best! It is very sharp and, for anyone needing to identify the bird, the detail is amazingly clear!
I love the pose! " Do you think this is my best side? Okay then, you can take a shot!"
Well done!

Kind regards,
Bev :-)

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  • izler Gold Star Critiquer [C: 1387 W: 3 N: 9] (44)
  • [2007-11-10 14:07]

selam dostum
i think the successful series is starting again ;)
i see wonderful capturing of this beautiful bird
composition, point of view, blurred background, lighting, colours, sharpness and details are great
thanks for sharing

Hello Alexei,
Good point of view to capture this little featherball!
I like the pose and how he is looking over the shoulder...
Excellent details in the plumage, thanks to the great light the colours are outstanding!
Pablo -

Espérons que la déception ne soit pas trop grande.
Bonne journée.
Sorry but I don't understand the signification of : "crop-camera instead of the FF one". That's the reason why I'm not able to give You a response.

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  • lise Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 169 W: 48 N: 548] (2877)
  • [2007-11-11 6:54]

Hi Alexei,
Wow! This is such a sharp picture! Amazing details and beautiful natural colours.
Very well done

Hi Alexei,
Great portrait for Passer montanus (Tree sparrow) with perfect sharpness and details, superb colors. Fantastic BG, nice POV and eye contact. composition and notes also very nice. TFS, well done

you really get sharpness into your shots alexei
you covered all the bases for me
eye with highlight
feather with texture
claw with clarity

hello mon ami
tres jolie cete image, bel oiseau aux couleurs magnifiques et nettes
félitations pour ce bon bg
merci a toi

hello alexei,
excellent shot, the image is very crisp with good details of the plumage, precise dof, the oof bg looks great,
well done,
tfs & regards

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  • demeve Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 586 W: 12 N: 1682] (6165)
  • [2007-11-11 20:14]

Hello Alexei,
Awesome capture, he looks so calm. You managed
to capture it very well, wonderful composition
indeed is really hard to shot a bird that close
Very well done my friend


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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2007-11-12 3:38]

Hello friend,
precious work and pov,
clearness and perfect plumage, colors and wonderful illumination and note... (where the bird rests, the painter is not very good, jiji:)
saludos Alexei

Wonderful shot. Very expressive character portrait. Gorgeous the colours
Best wishes,

You managed wonderful sharpness and details in this shot Alexei. The colors in the bird and in the OOF background are really lovely. Nice work.

Evelynn : )

Hi Alexei,
This is an amazing shot. The colours on the sparrow are beautiful.
Well Done,
Nick :-)

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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2007-11-12 11:37]

Hell oAlexei
Sorry I had miss that nice presentation.Good POV and sharp image.Detail is good .I like that nice BG blur and I also like that catch light in the eye.
TFS Michel

Hello Alexei wonderfully posed shot excellent light and colours nice work indeed a fine shot tfs rgds Necip

Alex, I quite like thie Sparrow. First off, the DOF ahd sharpeness are, of course, excellent. I am impressed with the detail. I also like the colour contrast between the greens and browns.

However, what really amuses me is the texture of the bar. With the Sparrow there, I can imagine that he keeps pooping on the bar and someone has to keep painting over it! Of course that isn't true, but your photo gave me a chance to make up a story and have a smile.

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2007-11-12 18:36]

Hello Alexi,
Superb image from your fabulous camera work. Thanks for sharing your talents.

Hi Alexei,
Fine detail and excellent color, very natural looking..
Well composed frame and a nice pose. Great bokeh and this silver paint (applied in excess) adds interest IMHO. DOF, exposure, and POV are perfect..You were very close :)
Nice work,

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  • jesst Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 368 W: 0 N: 172] (2441)
  • [2007-11-13 10:47]

Wonderful sharp and detail, nice background. Very good work.

Извини, не буду писать много - дела замучили... Но получилось здорово, у меня вот что-то пока с птицами мало что получается.

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  • juanjo Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 167 W: 8 N: 27] (1142)
  • [2007-11-13 12:22]

hello Alexei

perfect composition, and lovely colours , sahrpness is very good

you have captured this cute bird in a natural way

POV and BG are very good



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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2007-11-13 13:39]

Hola Alexi. Muy bella la foto. La pose y nitidez son de alto nivel, el fondo es un elemento que le da valor agregado a la misma, bellamente difuso. Y el barandal donde se posa tambien tiene su valor. Saludos. Luis52.

hi alexei,

what else to say except that this picture is the most perfectness i've ever seen!it is amazingly beautiful!the bird and the environment.BG and this black perch!superbe!!!!

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  • Isu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 313 W: 0 N: 21] (1663)
  • [2007-11-14 9:31]

Hola Alex, preciosa macro con un perfil muy definido, excelentes colores y detalles. Saludos Sira

Hello Alexei,
Fantastic shot my friend! Excellent sharpness, POV, framing and lihgting. Great pose and DOF. This is an excellent composition. Thank you.

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  • fiyo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1053 W: 5 N: 3475] (15161)
  • [2007-11-14 12:35]

Hello Alexei, amazing picture; sharpness, colors, light, composition, everything is excellent !

From 2.5 M. Alexei,
The birds must trust you.
My wife says to me:"How do you go so close to wildlife"?
Honestly, I dont know either. I guess we are lucky.
This sparrow, to start with, is unusually BEAUTIFUL.
Then your register is so very perfect that I have, HAVE, to fav. it, specially for my private files, if you permit???
Love your work.
Your "pal" in COLD COLD Canada.

Hola Alexei,
Fantástica imagen, de bella composición con una luz y nitidez extraordinarias, la textura y el fondo son excelentes, TFS. Saludos
José Ramón

Can't think of a better bird picture than this, Alexei.
This is the height of mastery over your photographic equipment. Plus your rich aesthetic sense that leads you to take such an artistic picture.
The details and colours are so rich they simply leave me stunned with wonder and fill me with the sense of utmost pleasure.
Sorry, my friend, I have not been able to stay regular on TN and keep missing such great work.
Thanks and regards,

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2007-11-21 4:25]

Hello Alexei, great focus and sharpness on this one, good pose and background. Great ! Thanks,


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  • valy67 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1727 W: 59 N: 3060] (9219)
  • [2007-11-26 10:14]

Hello Alexei !
What a splendid picture ! Everything is just perfect here : sharpness, details, colors, composition, POV, blurred BG, pose and expression of the bird... The details on the feathers are awesome. The fence loks a bit strange, maybe, and of course it is not very natural, but I do like it for its beautiful texture and silvery shine. Very well done !

selam alexi;
Nice composition.Good POV and sharp image whit nice details.Colors are beautiful.Excellent shot of this lovely sparrow well done.
TFS ridvan

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  • mlines Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 556 W: 26 N: 668] (3116)
  • [2007-12-15 22:12]

Hi Alexei. I like this close up of the small bird. They are so good and so much varied and yet all still birds. I love to see them in the garden and in photos such as this. Your 400 mm lens is a beautiful piece in your hands. TFS. Murray.

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  • ddg Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 867 W: 24 N: 1008] (5507)
  • [2007-12-26 0:38]

Bonjour Alexie, stunning shot and incredible details!! I like the texture of the "branch" too. This one look like to the pattern of feather. Congratulations and happy new year. Didier.

Super shot Alexei!
The feather and color details are just awesome.
Lovely pose/POV and beautiful BG bokeh.
Very well done, TFS

Hallo Alexei
Old posting for you………….New posting for me……………Stunning is not the word. Unbelievably beautiful. A lovely close-up with crisp clear details and features. I like the shades of brown of the feathers as well as the different patterns on the plumage. A real neat and handsome bird. Great shot by a very talented photographer. Thanks for sharing.
Kind regards

The perfect shot, Alexei, with perfect details, so sharp it could cut!
And the OOF BG does a wonderful job of bringing out details even better!

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2009-01-05 1:42]

Hi Alexei,
excellent sharpness. superbs details seen with layers of feather and contrasting colours.
Brilliant piece of shot.


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