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Restaurant Visitor

Restaurant 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: 2007-04-13
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 400D, Canon EF 300 f4L + Canon 1.4 converter
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/1600 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): BIRDS of CYPRUS [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-06-02 6:23
Viewed: 4994
Points: 46
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
We stopped for lunch at a restaurant not far from Paphos. We sat at a table by a window and I took my camera rucksack into the restaurant in order to check the shots taken that morning while we waited for our order.

We could see that a bird was busy hunting for insects outside. When it came closer we could see that it was a female Black-eared Wheatear, the Eastern subspecies (Oenanthe hispanica melanoleuca).

As the window was pretty clean I tried a few shots, which aroused the curiosity of some of the other guests and the waitress came to tell us that many birds visited the restaurant garden.

Like other wheatear females the striking colours of the male are replaced by shades of browns.
You can see the male here

This shot was taken at a distance of about 8 meters. The image was cropped by about 50% and after size reduction it was sharpened using the USM on P4

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Its a good picture,especially i liked the compo of the bird.and i like the bird also.

Hi Ivan
What I like here the most is the compostion and perfect buckground.
The sharpnes is pretty good and I like also the nice brown frame.
Best wishes

Superb composition Ivan.
What a great beauty to look at...........Very, very beautiful.
Light, color tones and details in the feathers are most wonderful.
The diagonall of the small branch adds to the image.
Perfect work. Thanks for sharing.
Best regards and have a nice weekend, Harry

Hola Iván.
Una imagen sencilla pero magnífica, equilibrada.
Perfectos colores y buen bg.
Saludos, JL.

nice pic, TFS Ori

bonjour ivan
je ne connais pas les caracteristique de votre objectif en matiere de piqué mais je vois que les details sont un peu estompés,vous auriez peu etre dû privilegier une vitesse moins rapide et plus de dof,enfin ce n'est qu'un avis!
pour autant l'oiseau est bien presenté avec un BG parfait.

Hi Ivan,
Nice story...
Good compo!

Hi Ivan, this is a lovely bied with splendid pose, great details, excellent sharpness, splendid blurry BG, very well done, ciao Silvio

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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2007-06-02 8:54]

Hola Ivan,
Even having a lunch you can capture a bird! A very good capture at this distante.
Best regards, José M.

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2007-06-02 9:39]

Hi Ivan,
A very cute looking wheatear. Such innocence and calmness in its pose. Very impressive sharpness and naet focus. Your POV is excellent as is the precise DOF. The BG is so special. The diagonal composition is superlative. I may call it 'the luncheon shot'. Kudos.

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2007-06-02 10:46]
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Hi Ivan

What a wonderful restaurant to visit - was the food good?

Beautiful capture of this wheatear. The pose and comp are lovely. I love the diagonal branch she is perched upon. Lovely colors, details and bg.


The like the diagonal position of the perch and the position of the bird in the picture. The lighting is excellent. The picture is bit soft.

I see how clean windows in a restaurant can be a great advantage for nature photographers, Ivan :-).
Lovely picture of a female Wheatear.
The image is very well composed, sharp and clear.
I also like the single colour BG here.

Hi Ivan.
This is niec snapshot. Very pure and sharp pic. Harmony of atmosphere, colours, lightning. Well done. tfs. Stev

Hello Ivan,
Great shot very colorful and sharp nice composition and BG
TFS best regards/Lawhill

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-06-03 8:03]

Hello Ivan

Great story and wonderful capture.Always have the camera ready lol.Very good focus and details.The doF and POV are very good.The colours and lighting are very good.I like the simple composition with the OOF BG.TFS

Rob BL

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  • iris Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 479 W: 60 N: 970] (3088)
  • [2007-06-03 8:42]

Hello Ivan
Unbelieveable clarity considering the conditions in which you got the shot of this bird.
Superb details and sharpness and wonderful BG that compliments the wheatear.
TFS & Cheers

Hi Ivan,
Wonderful capture for this beautiful wheatear. background and colors excellent. also frame. Information useful. thanks
best wishes

What a nice clear well composed photo!
I ate in a Mexican restaurant in Austin once that had a balcony. The bird hung out there, begging for leftover tortilla chips. :) These guys are pretty smart!

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2007-06-04 4:33]

Ivan, very nice shot and well composed. The PoV and other details are very good. TFS Ganesh

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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2007-06-04 8:23]

Hello Ivan,
Beautiful shot. Amazing detail, very nice POV and a lot of dimension in this photot. I like the soft neutral background, too; makes the bird really stand out.
Very well done.

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  • star74 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 211 W: 3 N: 598] (2474)
  • [2007-06-09 12:07]

Hi Ivan,
Excellent capture of the wheater.
Nice bllury BG,details and point of view.
Well done

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2007-06-11 22:14]

Hi Ivan.
What a simple but so impressive and nice subject. Pastel colour tones are wonderful. Diagonal composition of the picture is looked very nicely too. Perfect done and TFS.

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