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Small Bird Big World #3

Small Bird Big World #3
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Copyright: Robert Shannon Sr (eqshannon) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2458 W: 216 N: 10292] (31141)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-04-21
Categories: Birds
Camera: Leica D-LUX 2
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Haraprasan's Favs, Small bird, big World [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-05-01 6:23
Viewed: 3349
Points: 54
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I very much appreciate all of your help in ID'ing my Pine Siskin of yesterday. Many helped. I knew they would.

Whilst my wife goes through her period of pains, I too struggle with some neuropathy and pain caused by my 2004 broken back. Thanks to the Creator, I am this spring walking again rather well. All things considered and pain not withstanding, I now find the birds do not flit away so fast as they did from my "personal electric mobility device". Are medical and given proper names not too cute?

I am doing this House finch among the bushes as part three of my Small Bird Big World Series. Feel free to add to the theme as you see fit. What I am trying to do with this, for those who may not have read prior notes, is to show the environmental landscape with a single bird taking up not too much of the frame, but just enough to identify it, yet keep it in its element.

We have many of these come to our feeder, however this one posed a bit for me as I took a walk on the 21st of April, 2008. The whole purpose of the AM walks are to exercise in both cardio and weight loss, so stopping to take images is sort of like cheating:-) but it does give me a break from the pain...and allows me to think of other things so much smaller than we humans..and how fragile their lives are in a world which they are not well protected, yet they do not worry nor fret......

Fujifuil DSLR
ISO 400 (*because there is not much noise anyway Joey and it gives me a wider latitude)
Aperture Priority
Manual focus
Hand held, dang long heavy thing...

haraprasan, Jamesp, goldyrs, dkaved, Silvio2006, jaycee, nglen, earthtraveler, joey, CeltickRanger, tuslaw, Adanac, angybone, angela926, oscarromulus, NinaM, bobair has marked this note useful
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Like the lines sectioning up this shot, the buds show me that things are springing as around here. A pretty bird to accompany this pretty shot, you are becoming quite the twitcher...


Hi Bob

What a marvellous composition - a great juxtaposition of form, colour and light. Well seen and captured.


PS Did you get the rather long email I sent you?

A bird in a picture!wow,great shot!

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-05-01 8:26]

I like this shot: it has light, colour and energy. The male House Finch is presented as a part of it. You have the nack of highlighting what seems to be trivial, but is really a part of the surge of springtime, the house finch, the line of bursting shoots. This is what for me is a manifestation of the Creator and the healing of your broken back is part of that, Bob and the pains that go with it.
Thanks for sharing this,

Hi Bob,
Again we are together on the main gallery (you are just leaving).I like the pattern of the branches in bud and the warm light on them is very attractive too.A lovely image of spring.I hope you are back to full health asap.....I'm sending you positive vibes :-)
Regards, David

Hi Bob, beautiful composition with good warm colors and excellent sharpness, great title, very well done, ciao Silvio

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2008-05-01 11:26]

Hi Bob,

At this very moment there is a little house finch sitting on top of my feeder surrounded by at least 20 white winged doves. Your little one looks much happier amongst the bushes than mine does. I like the composition and the red face shows up very nicely.


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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-05-01 12:04]

Hi Bob. I like you Theme about the birds i shall have to see if i can load one . As you say it shows the Finch in its natural suroundings. the sun light has given warm colours. well done TFS.
Nick.. Good notes too.

Hi Bob,

Will be back later...


Very nice Bob. I like the composition and the pattern of the brightly lit bush with the darker BG. Nice pose and color of the bird. Good work! Tfs Richard

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-05-01 14:48]

Hi Bob!
Another fine image of a small bird in a big world (I added a photo Francines to the theme... I hope you don't mind!)
This little bird is very beautiful!
Excellent sharpness and clarity.
Lovely lighting.
About the ISO... I completely understand what you mean :-)
I got the shirt!!!!!!! Will get a shot of me wearing it and put it as a new profile pic :-)
Cheers Bob!!!


Hi Bob, I like the way the tall stands complement the bird, you have a lot going on there as well. Excellent composition.

hi bob
Belle prise,les couleurs sont extras et l'oiseau est très jolie.
Merci et au revoir...JP

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2008-05-01 16:22]

Hi Bob,it's beautifull,another fantastic pic enriched from your wonderfull choice of corner of view whit a light from the right side,a very great artwork,my best compliments,Luciano

hello Bob

wonderful shot of this House finch in his environment,
fine POV, DOF and framing, lovely luminosity of the image
with lovely eye-contact of the bird with you,
excellent sharpness and details, TFS


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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2008-05-01 19:55]

Hello Bob,
Wishing Jane and yourself a speedy hurtle over this bump. Thanks for sharing this splendid image with all the verticle lines and that great golden light. By for now my friend.

Namastay Bob,
Another nice capture in your series small bird big world. Yes we are all related. I am sorry for Mrs. Shannon and your health conditions. OH! I can recall when I get a viral. Hope both of you recover soon. My best wishes are with you always. I like the composition here a lot. Thanks a lot for sharing this beautiful capture.


Hello Bob,
Cute capture of this little fellow clinging to the straw!
I notice the fine light and the DoF works well to isolate bird & straws from the back...
Good feeling of spring, and a fine repetition effect!
Pablo -

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2008-05-02 4:11]

Oh how lovely to be able to flit around like these little birds and land on swaying grasses and plants like this. It's going to be so wonderful to be so carefree and painfree - and one day we will, Bob. . .
Nice spring shot of the House Finch, showing the buds and new growth on the plants,
Blessings to you and Jane

It's the lines....I just put my finger on it...the vertical lines make this composition.

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2008-05-02 7:48]

Hi Bob,
Wonderful shot and you show a fantastic perspective here. The vertical branches looks marvellous and the warm lighting give them a golden glow. The tiny Housefinch looks so beautiful among them and you have captured a fine pose with a precise DOF and a well chosen POV. Very nicely composed. Kudos.

Hello Bob,
Great capture, nice composition and point of view, good sharpness and depth of field.

Such a nicely composed shot with the bird balancing on the branches with all that new spring growth. I like watching birds and see many on my travels on the school bus, but I rarely get a chance to photograph them. Perhaps I'll make the time to give it a try as I really enjoy this shot of yours.

What is "my" Scarlet Pimpernel doing in your part of the world??? He is here "nesting".
Warm regards to "all" of you.

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  • NinaM Gold Star Critiquer [C: 773 W: 3 N: 1157] (4077)
  • [2008-05-03 12:00]

Coucou it says, I am just a little bird in a big world. Those branches are wonderful to perch on, the tiny leaves glow with light and I am holding one against the wind... be careful to me and please, take care of Bob and Jane, they need You!


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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2008-05-04 5:14]

Hello Bob,
Very beautiful photo with splendid light on the finch and branches. The contrasting colours against the dark BG are wonderful. Special and excellent composition in entire agreement with the title of this photo.

Hi Bob,
this is a good concept and well worth showing less of the animal and more of it's surroundings and as you said, enough of the creature to be recognizable.The house finch has the colour to make it easy to see in this big old world and you show all in a well focused and detailed view.I like the sight of those fresh young leaves coming forth to a new season of life here in 2008.A pleasant photo and one well worth sharing,thanks. Bob

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