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Blue Tit

Blue Tit
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Copyright: NICHOLAS GLEN (nglen) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-02-06
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 40D, Sigma EF 180mm F3.5L Macro USM
Exposure: f/5.0, 1/4000 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Angelina's Favorites - Part I [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-02-24 7:39
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Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 84
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This little Blue Tit was just about to take off when I managed to captured him with his wings open . We have had a very dull day today so i went back 2 weeks for this one.

Blue Tit ( Parus caeruleus ) Length 11-12 cm.
A familiar garden resident in most of mainland Britain and Ireland. Often coming to Bird feeders in winter months. A common woodland species as well. Has elements of blue-green and yellow plumage with striking dark markings on head. Young similar to adult but lacking blue in plumage. Nests in tree holes and readily takes to hole fronted nest boxes. In summer feeds mainly on insects.

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hello Nicholas

wow ! what a superb shot and great timing to shoot the image
the Blue Tit's wings at that position and his beak open,
excellent sharpness and details of your image with excellent luminosity,
lovely POV and excellent in vertical (like the wings) framing, TFS


Hi Nick,
What a nice capture. You froze the movement very nicely; you must have had very good lightning to use this shutter speed! I like this composition very much! Well done!

You were lucky that you had such a fast shutter speed set to capture this little guy as you did...mid take-off! You really froze the action. It is a great shot with wonderful details, good color, perfect exposure and depth of focus. Great work.

Do you find that you use the live-view feature on your 40D?

Evelynn : )

Bonjour Nicholas
Très belle prise, superbes couleurs, netteté et très belle attitude du sujet. Félicitations
Amicalement Robi

Hello Nick
This is just a superb capture...So sharp you should have titled it Gillete Mach 3!!
These blue tits are so so hard to capture and you really have got everything right on this one.
Fantastic Work

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  • Karin Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 418 W: 5 N: 268] (2089)
  • [2008-02-24 8:06]

Hi Nicholas,
Great moment! The photo has a good dynamic and shows wonderful details and sharpness. Also good light control and focus.
Well done and TFS

Very good timing Nicholas, freezing the Tit just before a powerful downstroke of its wings, demonstrating both upper and lower surface details of those wings in high definition. That homogenous OOF BG nicely completes an already perfect composition. A grand achievement my friend!

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5042 W: 260 N: 15594] (50624)
  • [2008-02-24 8:21]

Hello Nick,
You're really into flight and wing movement images and this portrait of a Blue Tit about to take off is another goodie. The angled composition is great and the lighting, colours and sharpness likewise.
Thanks for sharing this fine image,

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2008-02-24 8:21]

Hi Nick,

What timing to get this superb shot! You froze him perfectly and the wings are outstanding. (I guess I should say upstanding.) To add to that you caught him with his mouth opened as if he was talking to you. Wonderful colors and super sharp details. This is a beauty.


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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2008-02-24 8:24]

Hi Nick,
Your timing is great, and the wings look so beautiful. Good focus, sharpness, details, lighting and POV. TFS
Best wishes,

You must be watching Paul ongoing series of in flight. This is a neat approach. I really like it in both your work as well as Pauls...it gives life to the birds...yours is different in colour and action but not in any way which makes one better than another, simply complimenting.

Hi Nick,
This is one of the best shots that i have seen here in TN. The picture is expressive and the colors are excellent and i love 180mcause it can give you such kind of results


I love this blue,
Great capture of this guy taking off,
Wonderful job,


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  • Arjun Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 358 W: 7 N: 1237] (7593)
  • [2008-02-24 9:31]

hi nick,
amazing picture...a brilliant composed pic with great details and sharpness.The quality is amzing,

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2008-02-24 9:52]

Hi Nick

Great pose and wonderful action caught here. The detail is really good too.


Hi Nick, splendid timing to capture wings in this pose, as usual wonderful colors, superb details and excellent sharpness, very well done, ciao Silvio

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  • Pier Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 25 W: 0 N: 37] (808)
  • [2008-02-24 10:32]

Hallo Glen,Molto bello il momento colto, un saluto e grazie

incredible shot using your new macro lens...good choice!! fantastic focus and details to this bird, really nice DoF and a lovely pose....great work!!
regards h

Hello Nick,
Perfect moment of the bird spreading it's wing ready to take off!
very sharp with good colour and details
well done

Hallo Nick
These birds are a regular face on Trek Nature but I am amazed each time I see a photo of them. They are so beautiful with perfect details. Most of the times we see this birds in a perfect pose. You have managed to capture this little one in a totally different pose that we are used to. Very well composed, with excellent colours and sharpness is a winner here. Amazing clarity and detail in this shot. Stunning presentation.
Kind regards.

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  • Heaven Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 996 W: 123 N: 2341] (7912)
  • [2008-02-24 11:57]

Hi Nicholas!

Beautiful, the moment of the take off is well chosen, one can feel that in a second the bird will be gone. The position of the wings, the "ready for take-off" add to the value of the picture. And as usual, the sharpness and the composition are perfect.

Kind regards


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  • gondox Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 356 W: 65 N: 342] (1585)
  • [2008-02-24 12:23]

Hi Nicholas!

I just started to capture tits some days ago in this early spring weather, but can't get all these details and even this amazing position! Must have been a fantastic lighting... Inner side of the wing is unbelivebly deatiled. Perfect shot, TFS!

Best regards,

Hi Nick,
perfectly timed, focus is just great, wonderfull colours and splendid pose,
great shot my friend,

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  • kjpweb Gold Star Critiquer [C: 326 W: 86 N: 1084] (4788)
  • [2008-02-24 13:06]

Woah! What a cracker. Wingpose, detail and color to kill for! Most excellent my friend! Kudos! Cheers, Klaus

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2008-02-24 14:05]

Hola Nicholas,
espléndida captura y gran acción y pov,
detalles hermosos,
saludos amigo.

This one goes into my personal favorites theme. Love this pose! Great technical shot but the moment makes it! :)

Ya te lo han dicho casi todo jeje. Bonita esa pose y bien captadas esas alas desplegadas. Buena profundidad y naturalidad en los colores.
Saludos Nicholas: J. Ignasi

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  • demeve Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 586 W: 12 N: 1682] (6165)
  • [2008-02-24 19:12]

Hello Nick,
Very nice capture.. Just marking today


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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2008-02-25 0:36]

Hi Nick

A really unique pose here, my friend...definitely refreshing :)
I like the perfectly stretched wings here and the way you composed them - creating that great diagonal...very ingenious!
The details are great and the light is beautiful, making all those colors pop.
Wonderful work! Good luck for better weather, too!

Bravo and TFS

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1001 W: 4 N: 3276] (14759)
  • [2008-02-25 0:40]

Nicholas, WOW lovely moment. I dont know how you clicked it so precisely and sharply. Ganesh

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-02-25 2:07]

Wow! What a cool pose!
It must have taken great timing and patience to get this!
Razor sharp and detailed.
Nice colours.
Superb DOF.
Very well done Nick,


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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2008-02-25 5:31]

Hi Nick,
A wonderful capture with a great deal of action. The wings are well frozen just before the power stroke for its launch and it is tell everyone he is leaving as his beak is wide open. Our image has great color and details in a wonderful composition. Thanks for sharing Nick.

Hi Nic,

This is a brilliant picture. I am a fan of 180mm lens from Sigma. Excellent colors and sharpness.

Regards, Murali Santhanam

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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2008-02-25 10:21]

Hi Nick

It is wonderful to see the details on the wing in this close up portrait. It is a stunning pose and pin sharp. You must have beeen close to use your macro lens



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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2008-02-26 4:45]

Hello Nicholas, you've done another great job on this moving Tit. Good use of the high shutter speed and a very good exposure. Well done, thanks!


Hello Nick
Wonderful shot of this Blue Tit,
Perfect timing,exposure and composition,Welldone my friend.


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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2008-02-26 6:12]

Hi Nicholas.
Amazing scene and precise timing, great diagonal composition and fantastic sharpness and details of the bird and wood images. I am impressed with use of macro lens. Bravo.

I love the timing of this shot, besides the nice colours and frame!!
Thank you for sharing!

the only word for the pic is WOW!!!!!!!

Hello Nick
Nice... so nice...
Still a great cheer
And thank you to please to us

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  • ber Silver Star Critiquer [C: 10 W: 0 N: 0] (26)
  • [2008-03-29 13:14]

Hello Nicholas
Splendid timing to capture wings in this pose, excellent composition. Fantastic Work

Superb shot! The way the wings are open looks wonderful. Great colours and the diagonal composition also looks good.

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