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Copyright: Ram Thakur (ramthakur) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4316 W: 231 N: 14052] (56953)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-02-06
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D200, Sigma 70-300 4-5.6 APO DG MACRO
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/250 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2007-04-13 4:56
Viewed: 3464
Points: 38
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Friends, this is my second picture under the caption: END OF THE DAY.

I shot a series of pictures of this House Sparrow sitting all by itself on the barren branch of our fig tree, looking thoughtful, as if contemplating on the day gone by and looking forward to the next. The picture was taken on a cold February evening with the sun about to set. This is one of my early efforts to shoot birds with Nikon D200.
The blank space in the background is the boundary wall of our compound -- a tall wall painted grey. Smudged and untidy, it does not make an ideal background for a bird picture.
In this image, I have tried to improve it through PP work to remove those stains and blotches. You can mark the difference by looking at my previous post here.

House Sparrows being a common sight everywhere in the world, I have avoided appending a routine note about the species here.

Thanks for looking and regards to all.

fartash, Alex99, jcoowanitwong, jaycee, wallhalla15, GLEM, garyfudge, Adanac, saeedabbasi, iris, anel has marked this note useful
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Hello Ram
Excellent shot of this Spparow,
Perfect compo and colors,
Great PP work, Welldone.


bonjour ram
ce moineau a l'air bien fier de lui!
bon pov et bonne exposition.
j'ai l'impression que vous avez retouché le BG,est-ce que je me trompe?

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2007-04-13 9:19]

Hi Ram.
Your hero is proud of itself because of the day is ended. Amazing simple but full of feelings pictured scene. Great sunlight, colours and details of the sparrow and a twig. I like the composition of the picture and your note. Well done and TFS. My best wishes.

Hello Ram,
I was mistaken that the background is blue sky:) Well done and well seen picture.

I guess lighting conditions were not too much in your favor but i think it is well managed. the brightness is a little distracting but i like the cleanness of the picture. i'm not sure if i could have done a better job but i suggest a different crop, maybe more rule of thirds. but this works too.

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2007-04-13 11:02]

Hi Ram,

A very pretty sparrow. I thought that was a blue sky - all we have here are blue skies. Pretty colors and good details. Not sure I like it that centered.


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  • GLEM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 540 W: 87 N: 750] (10)
  • [2007-04-13 11:35]

hi Ram,
belle image de cet oiseau, la composition est simple et aérée, les couleurs néturelles et très agréables.


Hello Ram,
this is a very nice picture from a House Sparrow. Good PP work. Good sharpness, colours and very nice bg. This is a very nice composition. Thank you for posting. Have a nice weekend my friend.

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  • delic Gold Star Critiquer [C: 440 W: 6 N: 310] (898)
  • [2007-04-13 12:19]

Hello Ram,
There is certainly marked improvement, and this is an excellent demo of PP put to good use. I must say that the previous image was quite nice in its own right. The dead-center position of the bird is just fine with the branch extended all the way. I also like the two leaves in the upper left corner.
Best wishes,

A lovely shot.

Colours are much lighter than our domestic species.


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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2007-04-13 15:18]

Hi Ram,
Wonderful close-up shot of the House Sparrow. Immaculate lighting, lovely soft colours and sharp details. The blue BG is so special. Probably the bird is thinking and contemplating about the beginning of another day. Very nicely composed and presented. Kudos.

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2007-04-13 16:06]

Hello Ram, very good composition, great light and very good pose from the bird. Well done,


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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2007-04-13 20:56]

Hello Ram,
This great composition has nice natural colors and sharp details, thanks for sharing.

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-04-13 22:16]

Hello Ram

Nicely composed with excellent POV and DOF.The neutral BG is lovely.Very good detail in the plumage.The colours look spot on.Well done.TFS


Hi dear Ram ,
very nice. really this is lovely.
excellent composition and vivid colours.
sharpness and BG are great too.
perfect work.
thanks for sharing

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2007-04-14 2:46]

HI Ramji,
I dont know what made you to give the title End of the day. I just love your picture whatever the title you give. We have so much learn from you.
Sincerely Ganesh

Hello Ram,
I love this attentive pose!
Good light and your feathered friend is well captured...
Pleasant composition, good colours and fine details in the plunmage!
Pablo -

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  • iris Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 479 W: 60 N: 970] (3088)
  • [2007-04-14 7:36]

Hello Sir,

One of my favourite subject -Sparrow -here.Perhaps it's the proximity they allow to human beings, they and their lives have come to be subjects of interest to so many of us.

The light falling on its body and with sharpness make it a really beautiful composition.

The PP you have done, here is such an amazing work.(Pls do read my reply and query to you on BG for my macro post).the difference i so much to be seen.

The Blue BG and the solitary branch helps the presentation so much.

TFS & Cheers

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2007-04-15 4:23]

Hello Ram,
Very nice pose of this sparrow. Very pleasant presentation with just a few elements, which give to the picture an artistic touch. It was also good to do some PPwork to improve the background.
Best regards

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