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"Black-capped Chickadee"

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Copyright: Kevin Seo (undoredo) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 280 W: 2 N: 698] (2740)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-11-03
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D50 DLSR, AF-S VR Micro Nikkor 105mm 1:2.8G ED
Exposure: f/4.5, 1/800 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Pankaj Bajpai's Favorite Part 2 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-11-10 5:04
Viewed: 4466
Favorites: 3 [view]
Points: 64
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
TN friends, This is my first posting of the bird photo. This bird, Black-capped chickadee, is only one I can manage the photography of birds with my macro lens(105mm). :-) This bird is very friendly with people, so it's easy to get this friend.
I went some greenbelt area to photograph wild animals last weekend. My main target was the raccoons and I've got many helps from Rob(arfer)'s notes about the info. of raccoons (Thanks Rob, BTW), but I couldn't find them. They are hiding somewhere I think.
I'd been looking around this area a couple of times and finally I shot this little friend. :-)

I hope you'll like it and any comments welcome!
Have a great weekend! :-)

* The Black-capped Chickadee, (Poecile atricapillus), is a small, common songbird, a passerine bird in the tit family Paridae. Often, it is still placed in the genus Parus with most other tits, but mtDNA cytochrome b sequence data and morphology suggest that separating Poecile more adequately expresses these birds' relationships (Gill et al., 2005). The American Ornithologists' Union has been treating Poecile as distinct genus for some time already.

Adults have a black cap and bib with white sides to the face. Their under parts are white with rusty brown on the flanks; their back is gray. They have a short dark bill, short wings and a long tail.

Their breeding habitat is mixed or deciduous woods in Canada, Alaska and the northern United States. They nest in a hole in a tree; the pair excavates the nest, using a natural cavity or sometimes an old woodpecker nest. They may interbreed with Carolina Chickadees or Mountain Chickadees where their ranges overlap. The Black-capped and Carolina chicadees are virtually impossible to tell apart visually, but they are readily distinguished by call. Their point of overlap is near New Brunswick, New Jersey.

(Source from Wikipedia)

This photo is cropped and resized, including levels, USM and ND on photoshop.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2007-11-10 5:09]

!!!!!!!!!!! fantastic shot,perfect colors and sharpness and take in a decisive moment,very very good work,have a nice day,Luciano

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  • sayat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 280 W: 0 N: 258] (1457)
  • [2007-11-10 5:27]

Excellent first bird shot! I wish I could get similar shots. Amazing capture!

Hello Kevin
Wowwwwwww what a great shot of this Black-capped Chickadee with you macro Lens :o)
Perfect focusing,exposure and BG,Superb shot.

Good Luck

hello kevin,
excellent shot, your 100 mm lens has done wonders here, excellent sharpness, great details, well composed shot, beautiful bg, you have manages exposure well,
very well done,
tfs & regards

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  • lise Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 169 W: 48 N: 548] (2877)
  • [2007-11-10 6:30]

Hi Kevin,
Perfect shot of this chickadee! Amazing sharpness and details.
Very well done.

Hello Kevin,
Very beautiful!
Like its detail and sharpness.
Great perching and pose.
Nice background.
Well composed.

Una excelente imagen Kevin.
Buenos tonos y estupendos colores.
Una gran nota.
Saludos y tfs, JL.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2007-11-10 7:32]

Hello Kevin,
Any experienced bird photographer would be pleased with this shot of a Black-capped Chickadee!
I knew that you were a talented dragonfly photographer but now you can add 'bird photographer' to your merits and to think that this is your first bird posting!
I might also add that this is one of the best shots of this species on TN. I can't fault it.
Well done, Kevin and thanks for sharing this with us.
Have a fine weekend, Ivan

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2007-11-10 8:00]

Hello Kevin,
Fantastic photo of this Chickadee. Great sharpness, focus, colours and DOF. Beautiful BG and very good moment. I love the BG and composition.

bonjour kevin
incroyable,autant de details cela signifie que la mesange devait etre tres pres de vous vu que vous avez utilisť seulement un 105mm.
c'est tres bien exposť et composť.felicitations.

Hi Kevin,
Nice clear shot of this Chickadee.
very fine details and color, POV
Hurmorous mouthful for the little guy!

Hello Seo,
Best exposure and focus on this shot!
my compliment to you excellent first posting of bird!
total sharpness, vivid colour and details
great job indeed
all the best and thanks for the notes

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-11-10 11:10]

Hello Kevin

Wow,that is crisp and focused.The clarity is superb.
The lighting is wonderful,and produces rich and vivid ,well saturated true colours.
The POV and DOF are excellent.
The OOF BG has beautiful hues and bokeh.
Outstanding image!


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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2007-11-10 11:45]

WOOOOW!! A top-class image for your firt bird posting!
+++ The sharpness is exceptional!
Amazing clarity and detail in the plumage.
A superb BG that is clean and noiseless.
Superb pose with that nut in its mouth.
Great POV and composition.
--- Nothing :)
Very well done Kevin!
Thankyou for adding me as a favourite aswell :D
Best regards,

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2007-11-10 13:06]

Hello Kevin,
Surprise, surprise - a bird from you! And a brilliant capture it is! I love the pose of this little Chickadee with the corn in its beak. It looks really cute and details are reazor sharp and colours beautiful. The background fits very nicely too.
Many thanks and have a nice weekend, Ulla

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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2007-11-10 14:57]

Hi Kevin
Very nice presentation.Excellent POV and very sharp image.The pose of your subject is very nice.Detail are great and the light is lovely.
TFS Michel

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2007-11-10 15:17]

Hola Kevin,
delicada escena,
buen pov y detalles,
color precioso,

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2007-11-11 3:13]

Hi Kevin,
Just appreciating this wonderful shot from you. I am on a tour and internet connection comes at a premium here, hence doing a short job. Sorry.

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  • Maite Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 998 W: 65 N: 1270] (5199)
  • [2007-11-11 4:47]

What a marvellous professional shot!! It's so beautiful and perfect! I do love this little charming bird with the grain in its beak.
Magnificent job and very interesting note.

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2007-11-11 6:15]

Hello Kevin, great shot of the Chickadee ! Super sharp, great light and exposure, perfectly blurred background and great natural colors. Thanks !


Hi Kevin, A PERFECT shot - I have a LOT of questions :-). How did you manage to get the Bokeh so neat with your 105mm? How close did you get to the bird to acheive it? HOW did the bird ALLOW you to get so close(Were you in a Hide?)? and finally how big is this bird? :-)

VERY good capture, with a MICRO 105mm WOW!

Well done,

Warm regards,

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  • dejo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 344 W: 51 N: 520] (2242)
  • [2007-11-11 10:44]

Hello Kevin,
What a fantastic capture!
Great moment, beautiful pose and sharpness
Great work with macro!

Hello Kevin.
Simply perfect! Wonderful shot!
Congratulations by the click in rare moment!
Excellent sharpness and magnificent colors.
Very well composed; sensational POV.
Thank you for sharing this preciousness!
Josť Roberto

This is excellent work Kevin. Everything works together here for an outstanding image..
Little bird, large mouth :)

Hi Kevin,
Beautiful catch of this black Chickadee.WoW! Excellent point of view nice colors and very sharp picture ..Well done let go for 50!

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2007-11-12 10:02]

Hi Kevin. You have captured such a fine close up of this cute looking littl bird. you sharp focusing is spot on. such fine detail in the feathers.rich but still natural colours. with a nice POV/DOF. well done TFS.

Hello Kevin just superb quality fine focus and excellent details a gorgeous shot outstanding adding to my fav. rgds Necip

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  • tiklod Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 290 W: 74 N: 875] (3397)
  • [2007-11-12 14:04]

Hi Kevin,
WOW a bird with a macro lens!!! The effect is AMAZING. Perfectly well focussed. fantastic details. Nice pose with these two thinny legs!
Lovely BG!!!!!!!!!!!


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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2007-11-16 2:26]

hello kevin,
What a lively shot and so cute the little Chikadee. I like the pose, the composition, the neutral bachkground; everything is just perfect.

Hi Kevin,

perfect moment capture and, as usual for your images, perfect sharpness and colors

Very well done!


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  • Ena Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 324 W: 61 N: 594] (2454)
  • [2007-11-25 16:27]

Hello Kevin,
Fantastic shot! Perfect sharpness! Nery nice colors!

Hello Kevin,
You have captured very impressive details in the plumage, DOF spot on and the bird stands out in a 3-D appearance on my screen!
Beautiful colours, and your feathered friend gives a great pose!
Pablo -

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