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Snow Bunting

Snow Bunting
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Copyright: Josh Crozier (Humanist) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 52 W: 11 N: 145] (541)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-03-13
Categories: Birds
Camera: Cannon EOS Rebel XTi, Canon EF 400mm f/5.6L USM
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-03-18 4:53
Viewed: 3099
Points: 8
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This is a Snow Bunting. I do not know which sex it is, any help on that front would be appreciated. I took this photo outside the town of Metz where many Buntings gathered before they migrated (in the last few days) Northward to where they breed in the tundra.

Snow Buntings are 15 to18 cm long and have a wingspan of around 35 cm. They can weight from 26 to 50 grams. It is easy to identify them in flight because they appear as vivid stripes of white and black. Many of my in-flight photos are almost surreal.

I shot this from my car window, resting the lens on the windowsill to provide extra stability since my shutter speeds were slow considering the lens length.

PP: Removed a bit of dirt from the snow, used a curves layer after converting from RAW. Resized and sharpened for the web.

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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2008-03-18 5:04]

Hi Josh,
this composition looks great, the
snow as the backdrop and the colors create a wonderful setting.
Very nice division of space and the details are wonderful.

Lovely photo. Very nice composition and detail. The bird is quite distinct and yet the photo shows how well this little bird can blend into the winter landscape. Nice exposure and good POV.

Well done, a great capture.


The color and sharpnes is fantastic.
Great DOF.

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2008-03-18 6:51]

Hi Josh.
Brilliant exposure of the image and excellent sharpness and details of the beautiful bird. May be DOF is shallow a little bit and tip of tails is blurred. However, this is not a point. My compliments and TFS.

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