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Ready for Take-off

Ready for Take-off
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Copyright: Ivan Kruys (Argus) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-01-27
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 400D, Canon EF 300 f4L + Canon 1.4 converter
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/1000 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): Superb Birds [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-01-28 3:42
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Favorites: 6 [view]
Points: 118
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The weeks of cloud culminated with a storm and when the storm died down it gave way to a windy but SUNNY DAY.

So we took a trip to one of our favourite nature reserves, the one with low Mountain Pines growing in sandy soil near the beach. These pines provide nourishment for a variety of species of small birds, including the Crested Tit (Parus cristatus).

The Crested Tit has the ability to lower its crest when flying, which allows for better aerodynamics. He lowers his crest precisely prior to taking off, as shown in this image.

This species is widespread where there are stands of mature coniferous forests but its numbers have recently declined owing to intensive modern forestry. where there are no nesting holes and a limited supply of food in the way of insects and conifer seed cones.
It is however a visitor to bird feeders, which may have some effect in halting their decline.

I had the luck to be able to take this shot at a distance of only about 5 meters. I also took a shot of it before it had lowered its crest SEE WORKSHOP.

The image was only slightly cropped and slightly sharpened selectively. The sun provided enough ambient light.

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2008-01-28 3:44]

Hi Ivan

A beautiful shot - the colours - especially the BG - are superb. Great detail and isolation combined with an outstanding pose.


Hello Ivan,

Wonderful composition. Very nice POV, DOF. Good sharpness. Great light and colours. I like very much the pose of the bird.
Very nice background also.

Merhaba Ivan,
Our friend, James is quicker than me:) This post just appeared on TN, but I was busy excellent photograph of this very beautiful tit. You present it with a perfect capture, POV, composition, sharp focus. Eye contact great. Bluish BG, frame of green pine branches also great. As I see, last weekend was great for you. I think you took it yesterday.
thanks for showing us this cute tit, single Parus species in Europe doesnt occur in Turkiye
PS: not only James, some other friends also:)
Best wishes

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  • pvs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1127 W: 254 N: 3161] (14464)
  • [2008-01-28 3:58]

Hi Ivan,

2 great shots of this crested tit,yesterday a nice day overhere,but today cloudy and below zero again,tfs


Hi Ivan!
Very very nice capture showing the natural habit of this beauty. TFS Friend. Regards,

Magnifica!!! Foto stupenda sotto tutti i punti di vista!!!

Ciao e grazie, Emanuele

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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2008-01-28 4:35]

Hi Ivan,
exceptional clarity here, perfect DOF and sharp focus, i love the way he's holding himself in that diagonal postion..i'm also pleased to here you have some sun at last! It's back to a dreary grey again here...

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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2008-01-28 4:52]

Hi Ivan,
Beautiful capture of this cute bird with a good POV, great light, focus, sharpness, details and composition. Well done and TFS
Best wishes,

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  • Bufo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 404 W: 69 N: 951] (4247)
  • [2008-01-28 5:10]

Hello Ivan,
what a splandid capture. Congratulations with the scarce sunny moments. I hope you will get many more of them.
The crested tit is very high on my want-to-take-a-picture-of list. You did a great job! what I escpecially like is the background colours. I makes the picture vivid.

Regards, Jacob

Hej Ivan
Really nice presentation of this beautiful and cool bird. You couldn't get better BG than this one and good details and pose make this shot to really winner!
Well done
TFS / Hälsningar

...vi hade ganska fint med vädret i söndags :) Jag orkar inte gå ut och fota med tanke att jag har massor i min arkiv som måste fixas :)

Hi Ivan
Beautiful Presentation
Fine sharpness and detail
Nice color
Great catchlite
tfs jon

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  • crs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 469 W: 0 N: 922] (3551)
  • [2008-01-28 5:33]

Hello Ivan,

Congrats for being able to catch this excelent moment. Very good quality of image due to nice natural looking colors and clear details of bird.
Thanks for sharing,

Hello Ivan,
Your fine composition of a Tit prior to take-off is really a feast to a nature lovers eyes. The natural daylight without a strong sun provided enough illumination to capture great detail, both in coloration and in plumage characteristics, in sharp focus. And that lead colored to bluish background, together with the sharply rendered pine needles and cones, enhance an already fine nature shot. Thank you for sharing this masterpiece with us.

Hello Ivan,
Very good composition. Nice natural light and vivid colours.
Good details.
Well done

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-01-28 7:14]

You finally had sun! :)
Very sharp image of this Crested Tit.
The clarity and detail is incredible!
Great composition and POV.
Supern DOF as well that blurs the BG perfectly.
Nice range of colours.
Well done Ivan!
I hope the sun is there to stay :)



Just seen this little guy from Paul,
Great image and I love the comp,
Wonderful colors and BG,


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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2008-01-28 8:28]

Hi Ivan,

Glad you finally had some sun. Ours is back today after a rainy and cloudy yesterday. It does happen. A beautiful Crested Tit in a nice pose - he looks ready to take off. Wonderful natural colors, fine details, and a superb background.


Hi Ivan. Everything in this photo is perfectly sharp. Love the blue gray BG. The pose and composition are perfect. It's hard to believe he can stand on a pine needle. Great job.

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-01-28 10:07]

Hi Ivan. Yes some sun make all the difference. We have an area like where you took this fine close up. I must try to go soon. You use the sun light to its best to give good natural looking colours. and your sharp focusing has given fine detail.the brown eyes look very good indeed. very well done TFS. Nick..

I saw two Butterflies yesterday in the forest but did not get a shot.

Hello Ivan , excellent capture , very very sharp image , good resolution , thanks to you and to 300/4 (is it same as my lens ? i'm using Canon 300/4 Non-IS Lens . )

Hello Ivan,
I never want to miss out this sort of first grade presentation!
best pose of the bird in a beuatiful bg colouration, just perfectly matching!
for the bird is in total sharpness, awesome colour and details
my compliment and TFS

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  • cako Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 485 W: 0 N: 772] (3395)
  • [2008-01-28 12:01]

Hi İvan
This is great image
very good sharp and details
well done.

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2008-01-28 12:10]

Hello Ivan ! What a beauty ! Well done my friend it's a very nice shot, the quality is very high and the composition is very well done and the details are hyper sharp, thanks !


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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2008-01-28 13:11]

Hola Ivan,
Excellent details, perfect pose and a wonderful background of this nice bird. We here, never can use this title!
TFS, José M.

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  • viv Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 292 W: 3 N: 653] (3317)
  • [2008-01-28 14:15]

Hello Ivan,
Marvellous shot of this crested tit, great composition.

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  • lise Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 169 W: 48 N: 548] (2877)
  • [2008-01-28 15:54]

Hi Ivan,
This is such a beautiful bird! Amazing sharpness and details, lovely natural colours, great DOF.
Very well done.

salut Ivan

what a beautiful image of a beautiful bird very weel composed
with that excellent focus, the excellent DOF, i will continue
in french in this part »»»» excellent profondeur de champs
avec ce background et qui donne l'impression du vide, i love it

and as usual great sharpness, excellent details, love the way
the bird is posed, love that little movement and ready to fly,
excellent luminosity on the foreground, i love the excellent
density of the colours, and the POV of your image and the
way you framed it the bird, TFS


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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2008-01-28 18:28]

Hola Sr. Ivan.
Muy bella la foto de hoy. Exelente nitidez y muy agradable la pose. El fondo difuso logrado es un valor mas a la imagen.
saludos Y gracias por comartir.
La nota escrita es exelente.
Un Saludo y un Abrazo.

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2008-01-28 18:45]

Ivan this is fantastic, what an amazing image with the details and composition being fantastic,Thanks for sharing Ivaqn.

Hi Ivan;
What a beautiful shot of this Crested Tit, super sharp detail excellent colours and eye catch, POV and composition also excellent, really nice work all the best Cheers Rick :)

Hello Ivan,
Excellent details of this beautifully perched bird. The plumage is brilliant and the sharpness is flawless against the clear background. I like it so please allow me to add to my favorite and personal theme.


Hi Ivan,
Beautiful bird. Sharp details. Very nice composition. TFS.
- Nirmal

Hello Ivan,
this is a " wow" shot !!!!
Just perfect !!! Second shot on Workshop is fantastic too
direct in my favourites,
chher and many thanks for sharing,

Hi Argus

Both shots are very impressive. Great to see you had a sunny day at last.
Excellent sharpness and plumage detail, a prety bird and you've captured him very well. Compositin is perfect, great work.


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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2008-01-29 7:46]

Hi Ivan

I'm very happy for you, my friend! Finally some sun you well deserved :)
And the results did not hesitate to appear: what splendid shots of this lovely crested tit!
This is a very beautiful species and you managed to get two outstanding shots here! The details are remarkable in both of them and the great natural light made sure that all the gorgeous colors looked as wonderful as ever.
Spot-on exposure and DOF - as we've come to get used to when it comes to your photos.
Great work, Ivan!

Bravo and TFS

Hollo Ivan,
Wonderful shot. Good education about aerodynamics. You have great skill in order to get to a wild bird at 5 meters. Very well done and tfs.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2008-01-29 8:07]

Hello Ivan,
What an amazing clear photo! To me everything in this photo is just perfect. Very high quality! Congratulations.

Bonjour Ivan
Très belle prise, excellente netteté, couleurs et lumière, très beau sujet et arrière plan tranchant.
Amicalement Robi

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  • fiyo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1053 W: 5 N: 3475] (15161)
  • [2008-01-29 11:27]

Wonderful shot,Ivan!
Colors,sharpness and details are great! TFS

Superbe avec une si belle composition et d'une grande netteté.

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  • Debz Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 505 W: 0 N: 847] (3307)
  • [2008-01-30 2:10]

Hi Ivan, this is a great shot and lovely pov of the Crested Tit, you caught the moment just as he was ready to take off. A lovely setting with excellent focus and dof. Nice detail and sharpness with good colour range. Beautiful composition.

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2008-01-30 4:40]

Hi Ivan,
Outstanding shot with amazing clarity and details on its plumage. Great light and exposure management and the colours are great. The BG looks awesome and highlights the subjects perfectly. Wonderful sunny shot. Kudos.

Hi Ivan
Perfectly sharp with great OOF grey background. Also good composition. Nothing to critique here :-)
Best wishes

Hola Iván.
Un excelente trabajo con buena nitidez y grandes detalles.
Inmejorable DoF y buen PoV.
Mis saludos, JL.

Hello Ivan,
I think it's a fantastic composition. The BG is beautiful.
Excellent POV, DOF, details, light, and color. Those pine needles and cones take it over the top :)
Very well done.

Hi Ivan,
What a cute bird it is. Great composition and colors. I liked it very much. TFS,

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  • dejo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 344 W: 51 N: 520] (2242)
  • [2008-01-31 0:36]

Hello Ivan,
Fantastic picture! Perfect capture, pose is beautiful, amazing clarity and details, great composition and background!
best regards, Dejan

Hi Ivan, elegant bird with splendid details and excellent sharpness, lovely composition with wonderful blurry BG, very well done, ciao Silvio

Hello Ivan,
I notice the footwork of this little fellow..!
Fine light indeed, and I think I can see the wind in the pluamge here...
A well composed presentation, the spot on DOF creatges this superb feeling of depth almost 3-D..!
Pablo -

Excellent capture of the agile little bird. All of your images are of excellent quality so I wouldn't be able to pick a favorite, this one however is one of the best IMHO.

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2008-02-02 16:20]

Hello Ivan

What a beauty,the scene is wonderful here.
The focus is tack sharp,and the details are exquisite.
Beautiful lighting,the colours are natural,and well saturated.
The pine bough is a beautiful natural setting,and the shot is well composed.
Wonderful DOF,the OOF BG has a lovely bokeh.


a species absent in here, i found this especially sympathic with those gloomy eyes. Thanks for the comment BTW

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  • Zeno Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 483 W: 0 N: 1345] (10867)
  • [2008-02-22 11:35]

Hi Ivan,

I hadn't seen this one but its a very fine shot. Razorsharp and a great pose of the tit on the branch. Superb background as well.


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  • zulfu Gold Star Critiquer [C: 685 W: 0 N: 2] (43)
  • [2008-03-02 1:57]

Hello Ivan, a perfectcapture of this lovely bird with superb composition, excellent details and sharpnes. TFS. Regards,

Hi Ivan, Very beautiful shot. Great sharpness and wonderful colours. TFS.

Hi Ivan,

Fantastic capture.Great shot.Lighting,colors,sharpnes and composition are good.I liked.

ivan, this is an amazing photo - not too closely cropped :) well composed and so clear - well done and thanks for sharing.....mark

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  • deud Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 438 W: 11 N: 534] (2540)
  • [2008-11-24 7:42]

what a beauty! great light, colors and focus!

very well done. tfs

An impressive bird Ivan. The DOF works well here. It's nice to see you lefts some greenery in the pic. I like the POV too. A perfectly clear image with good sharpness in details. An exciting looking bird. TFS Trevor

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