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Copyright: Alexei Alyokhin (Alex99) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-10-19
Categories: Birds
Camera: Konica Minolta Maxxum 7D, Minolta AF 100-400 F4.5-6.7 Zoom APO, Hoya HMC Super UV(0) 72 mm
Exposure: f/9.0, 1/200 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-01-15 8:02
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Favorites: 2 [view]
Points: 130
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I am sure nobody will guess sense of the title of this post. It will be possible only after my following picture. Therefore I do not suggest to guess the reason of a choice of the title at all.

I have at least two reasons for this posting. One of them is hidden under the title. Another reason concerns two previous pictures on which the same sparrow has been represented (Deceptive Idyll, Breaking Point or Ultimate Stretching). I have managed to read sparrow's thoughts. Here is their summary.

"Dear TN members. I was not absolutely polite with you. At one moment I sat to you a back, at another I took a fancy to my girls, which played in the bushes. In a word, I did not pay any attention to you.

At the same time you showed true nobleness and hospitality. You sized up my exterior, my new splendid costume, my physical standards and extreme stretching. You even commented Alex99 works highly though his merits are much less than my advantages.

I understand that when I apologize I should look to your eyes directly. However, I hesitate a little. I am very grateful to all of you for your interest and kindness. Remember me kindly and best wishes to you.

Sincerely yours, Sparrow."

What can I add? Do not say "Farewell". Goodbye, our cute TN-boy.

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ThreadThread Starter Messages Updated
To uleko: McDonald -:)))Alex99 1 01-16 22:57
To ramthakur: Great comments.Alex99 1 01-16 22:55
To mariki: Thank you so much.Alex99 1 01-16 22:55
To izler: Many thanks.Alex99 1 01-16 22:54
To Hil: Thanks a lot.Alex99 1 01-16 22:53
To ellis49: Thanks.Alex99 1 01-16 22:53
To volkan: Dry bitumen mastic.Alex99 1 01-15 10:51
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  • izler Gold Star Critiquer [C: 1387 W: 3 N: 9] (44)
  • [2008-01-15 8:11]
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merhaba my friend
really its perfect capturing congratulations now its my favorite ;)
composition, point of view, blurred background, lighting, colours, sharpness and details are great
thanks for sharing

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  • Zeno Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 483 W: 0 N: 1345] (10867)
  • [2008-01-15 8:12]

Hi Alexei,

Thi is a very sharp image of a sparrow. I also like the green background. This bird is really posing for you,
Great shot.


Hi Alexei,
this is a very sharp picture with excellent detail, all feathers are well seen.
Well composed with nice natural colours and nice BG,
the exposure are spot on.
Beautiful work, my friend.

I hope everything is well.

Technically well done, Alexei; I'm definitely not talking about the painter;-)
Nice green BG as well...
I just read some Ted Hughes or at least tried to read and I must say Sparrow's writings are not exactly the same stuff but still...:-)
Well done(again)

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  • thijs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 82 W: 1 N: 104] (529)
  • [2008-01-15 8:35]

Hi Alexei

Well detailed picture of this sparrow. You got really close, and it shows a lot of details in it's eye. Good DoF with a nice blurred BG.

You really make curious about the title. I'm waiting for you next post;)Well done!


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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2008-01-15 8:40]

Hi Alexei,
what i like here is the stark contrast between the ugly steel grey of the metallic paint, and the natural beauty of the little Sparrow. Amazing detail and clarity all round as usual...i await your next post with much interest!
All the best my friend,

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  • Hil Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 696 W: 13 N: 1407] (5035)
  • [2008-01-15 8:44]
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Hi Alexei,

Wonderful capture of the cheeky Sparrow, beautifully composed with a great POV and a fine pose, the detail of the feather is superb, very good exposure and perfectly saturated colours that are so well complimented by the OOF green BG, well done.

TFS Hil :o)

hello alexei,
ii wait for the next shot to understand the meaning of the title, i enjoyed looking at this beautiful capture, which has been composed well and has excellent details of the plumage,
well done,
tfs & regards

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2008-01-15 8:51]

Hi Alexei,

I love the Sparrow portrait and I love your notes. I remember this sparrow well. People here say, "Oh, it's just a sparrow," hoping to see something more exotic. If they could see this image they would realize just how beautiful this bird is. Everything is wonderful - the colors, details, pose, background. Just wonderful.


Hello Alexei,
My compliment to this outstanding perfect shot!
very good size posting to enjoy the total closeness of this Sparrow with a wonderful letter from him! excellent!
top quality presentation well deserved a big credit!
many thanks for sharing

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-01-15 8:56]

What a cracker Alexei!
The detail in the feathers is amazing!
Incredibly sharp with a superb clarity.
Gorgeous colours and lighting.
Excellent composition.
Perfect DOF and a good BG
Very mysterious title and note... can't wait for the next post!
Well done,

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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2008-01-15 9:28]

Hi Alexei.
I do remember the two post of this nice bird.
They are all with high Quality lavel. Very sharp and focus. I also like the lighting and the details we can see in this beautiful little bird. It is in my opinion the most popular bird in world.
This is probably the most beautiful photo of an Sparrow I ever seen.
Saludos My Friend.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-01-15 9:44]

Hello Alexei,
Every visible part of this Tree Sparrow is razor sharp! The pose and lightin, colour and BG add to make this an excellent portrait of what we assume to be a contented Tree Sparrow!
Thanks for sharing this together with your amusing note, Alexei!
Best wishes,

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-01-15 9:46]
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Hello Alexei,
What a fine close capture of this puffed-up Sparrow. Beautiful light, great sharpness and beautiful colours. Very nice contrasting background too. (I wonder if he's just been to McDonald's and eaten a big hamburger?)
I look forward to the next part of the story!
TFS and best wishes, Ulla

Hello Alexei,
your old friend gave excellent portraite shot to you. you present it with perfect details, sharpness and POV. fantastic coloured BG, eye contact great. thanks for sharing.
best wishes

Hi Alexei,
Excellent capture my friend.You can see every detail of it.
Very well captured.
Note:Can it be that this bird is standing on wet paint??

Hello Alexei,
WOW! Fantastic shot, so crisp and clear! terrific composition and excellent point of view and eye contact.superb sharpness and great depth of field,lovely colors and outstanding details. wonderful photo!! well done!

Hi Alexei, lovely bird with wonderful details of plumage, splendid colors, great sharpness and superb BG, very well done, ciao Silvio

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-01-15 12:29]

Hello Alexei. Great notes. And what a picture. first class all round. your sharp focusing has given fine detail and excellent colours. you have used the light so well. TFS.

Buff, demasiado bonita jajajaaj. Te quedo una toma muy real, desde la punta del pico al final de la cola. Colores muy fieles y luz casi perfecta. Es quizá la fotografía tuya que más me gusta. Impresionante. Enhorabuena por tan excelente trabajo.
Un abrazo: J. Ignasi

Hello Alexei, splendid shot ...no ... Perfect shot !!!
Focus and details are just outstanding,
wonderfull colors and lovely pose,

Ciao Alexei,
osservo da qualche minuto con ammirazione la tua foto.
La tua immagine è così perfetta ed il piccolo uccello così reale che penso possa volare via dallo schermo da un momento all'altro!
Complimenti sinceri per questa grande e magnifica foto,

Hi Alexei,
What an incredible quality of the image! perfect sharpness. Ypur friend sparrow was portraited for a paint! Superb job

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  • fiyo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1053 W: 5 N: 3475] (15161)
  • [2008-01-15 15:53]

Hello Alexei,
Amazing detail with your perfect focus. outstanding exposure and very true colors. Excellent work.TFS

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  • RP1 Gold Star Critiquer [C: 154 W: 1 N: 6] (251)
  • [2008-01-15 17:38]

Hi Alexei,
Nice Photo with beautiful colours. Nice composition.

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2008-01-15 19:06]

Hi Alexei,
WOW, this image is so detailed I can't believe I can see the plummage and count each vein on the feathers. Fantastic job Alexei.

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2008-01-15 19:44]

Hi Alexei,
Outstanding shot with such crisp details and clarity. The plumage looks fabulous. Great colours, lighting, exposure and DOF. I like the expressive eyes and the calm pose captured. Excellent POV and composition. Kudos.

* Waiting for your next post for the secret to unfold.

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  • NinaM Gold Star Critiquer [C: 773 W: 3 N: 1157] (4077)
  • [2008-01-15 20:10]

Hello Alexei, you are a fantastic photographer! You remind me those artists being very, very, very meticulous, aiming perfection and beauty. To take such a picture as this one and the others you posted, one has to master the technicality and bring it higher. It's a joy to the eye looking at this picture, the colours, the preciseness, the sharpness and the beauty altogether really honour this little sparrow. Thank you,


Hi Alexei,
This is a brilliant sparrow picture. On the spot focus and exposure. The plumage clarity is excellent. 3D effect with off background. Very well done.

I had to read this one first, then go to the last one to get the full meaning. I like the note.
I do however like this photo so much. The details are perfect, as is the perch textures.
The bird honestly looks as if I am seeing it live!

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2008-01-15 23:36]

Hola Alexei,
bello trabajo,
situación excelente para lucir tus habilidades...
y la belleza del pájaro,
saludos amigo.

Hello Alex,

Very nice shot. Great sharpness. Very good exposure. Beautiful natural colours. And so much suspens in the note! Waiting for the next picture :-)

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2008-01-16 1:50]

Hi Alexei

"After" finding some time, i am back on TN (hopefully not for only 1-2 days) and i came to visit your gallery with great pleasure!
I see your recent post here is again of this cute sparrow on your freshly painted fence :)
In regards with the quality of the animal, i must once more congratulate you for the impeccable results you are able to pull! The close-up is fantastic and the details, textures and sharpness are amazing!
The colors are also lovely, the BG and the bokeh are terrific and the exposure/lighting are very well balanced, too.
Very beautiful work, my dear friend!

And even if i know i'm late...a lot... i still want to wish you the best in the new 2008, health and joy!
Bravo and TFS

Superb capture Alexie!
Wonderful focus detail and color shown with the lovely POV and pose. The eye detail is amazing. Fun note, very creative.
Very well done, TFS

Hola Alexei,
Parece que haya posado para tí, es fantástica la nitidez y textura conseguidas, la luz y el fondo son excelentes. Muy amena y simpática nota. TFS. Saludos
José Ramón

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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2008-01-16 2:57]

Hi Alexei,
Nice to read a letter from Mr.Sparrow :o) Focus, sharpness, lighting and details are beautiful. TFS
Best wishes,

Excellent image Alexei, the sharpness/detail doesn't get any better. Perfect bokeh, DOF, light & color..And he sat so well for you :}

Dear Sparrow,
Our friend Alexei is a compasionate and gentle human being who finds great joy is presenting to us the beauties of nature in every conceivable form through his outstanding pictures.
You are fortunate to have been photographed by this genius of a photographer. You look so pretty and charming in this picture.
I wish you and your photographer a great life ahead of both of you.

A very good pose of this nice bird. Good sharpness and detail.
Best wishes,

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  • cloud Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 497 W: 111 N: 1535] (9539)
  • [2008-01-16 8:55]

Hello Aleksei,
Excellent shot, sharpness and natural colours are perfect. Note is poetry.
regards, Pawel

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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2008-01-16 8:56]

Hi Alexei,
Though your post are always perfect, this one is out of standards! Details, sharpness, pose, light, background and even pose I would say, are simply the best.
Best regards., José M.

Hello Alexei,

WOW!!! What a wonderful picture of this lovely sparrow!!! You managed so well the white and got an wonderful bg enhancing the bird! The details of the feathers are amazing too! I like also the "perch" letting us see that the sparrow is closely related to us, humans! One of the best Sparrow picture I saw!!!

Congratulations my friend!!!


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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2008-01-16 10:30]

Hello Alexei,
This is really perfect. Everything on this photo is so good! The best portrait of a Sparrow I've ever seen. Very high quality!

Hi Alexei,
This is an original presentation; something personal and unique like only you can do :)! Your Ukrainian Sparrows look like ours for one exception, female are very different from males here. This is a sharp capture with perfect exposure and composition. This green background suits your little model well. TFS,

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  • demeve Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 586 W: 12 N: 1682] (6165)
  • [2008-01-16 21:08]

Hello Alex,
Just marking today, my classes started so I'm out
of time.. Congratulations for this wonderful presentation
I'll come back tomorrow with a proper critique..


Hallo Alexei
This is an absolute stunning portrait of this sparrow. Excellent focus and detail. What more can I add which have not yet been said by all my predecessors? Congratulations on a perfect photograph. This one is worth all the staring and the drooling from my side. Thanks for sharing and well done.
Kind regards

Hello Alex !
Tell your sparrow-boy he's absolutely gorgeous, and maybe he could speak to French sparrows so they will let me take pictures of them ? :-) I liked reading your note, very cute. And the picture is wonderful too. Amazing details, beautiful composition and POV, nice natural colors, excellent blurred BG. A real pleasure for the eye, your are very talented.

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  • Maite Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 998 W: 65 N: 1270] (5199)
  • [2008-01-17 6:58]

How cute!!!
And how perfect a shot!!! I love this close-up with those sharp crips details. Look the eye! He is so alive looking straight to us! Ha,ha! Surely he is proud to show himself at TN-members. I accept his apologies and I am eager to see the next.
Magnificent shot and note, my dear friend.

Hi dear Alexei ,
As always great shot with excellent focus.
Very nice BG and amazing colour.
It is lovely.

Thanks for sharing
my best wishes


I loved you image and notes...so sorry I have missed a couple of your images...you have a good heart for nature!

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  • dejo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 344 W: 51 N: 520] (2242)
  • [2008-01-17 13:59]

Hello Alexei,
fantastic capture, details are truly amazing!
beautiful colors and background
magnificent shot
best regards, Dejan

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2008-01-17 16:00]

Woow Alex,another fantastic pic in your gallery,a perfect portrait ina 1st class photo,very good work,thanks for share,Luciano

You've sparked my curiosity.
This is a lovely young man and we accept his sincere apologies! :)

Great shot - wonderful sharp, great light, wonderful details!

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  • Isu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 313 W: 0 N: 21] (1663)
  • [2008-01-18 15:44]

Hola Alex99, un trabajo muy sensible y agradable y de espresion creativa, bellos colores y detalles... Saludos

Hello Alexei,
Isn't that superb details, I can touch the plumage in this outstanding image!
A simple but effective composition, where your feathered friend stands out like in a 3-D captgre...
Great close-up with fine natural colours!
Pablo -

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2008-01-19 10:00]

Hello Alexei, very sharp details in this one, the exposure is really great and the final result is a true masterpiece, very well done, thanks.


Dear Alexei,
a most powerful, really monumental portrait of that sparrow - great intensity! Very clear. Excellent details, marvellous subtle colours. Thank you!
My best regards,

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  • mlines Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 556 W: 26 N: 668] (3116)
  • [2008-01-21 17:52]

Hi Alexei, A very sharp and clear composition of this contented-looking bird. It is very well arranged, cropped and presented. TFS. Murray.

Hello Alexei, wonderfull close sparrow shot the details are nice and sharp good POV and clean background. Nice work tfs rgds Necip.

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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2008-01-22 11:25]

Hi Alexei

He looks a bit embarrased :) Wonderful close up shot with sharp details and great light. Perfect DOF and great POV. Excellent work



crsip and well composed portrait..almost posed one would say..
usual sharpness and clarity
has some thoughts recently on macro photography and realise it cant exist in digital camera work since there is no comparitive negative or slide..everything is enlarged from the sensor data..

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2008-01-25 21:44]

Hello Alexei

Superb clarity.Exceptional focus.The plumage detail is amazing with feathers so well defined I think I could count them.
The POV is wonderful,and the DOF is well done.
I love the OOF BG,the colour is superb.
Great job.

What a "touching" note. You are a highly sensitive being. Am so happy I met you.
Your Sparrows in Odessa are most colourful. Or is it 'your' magic in your photography???
Another GREAT piece.
Mario your Canadian Pal.

Hello Alex.

Beatiful Bird, very good details and colors.

Jose Luis.

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  • deud Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 438 W: 11 N: 534] (2540)
  • [2009-02-18 0:31]

wow! beautiful portrait of this sparrow!
focus and details on subject are perfect!

very well done!


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