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Getting Closer

Getting Closer
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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: 2008-04-04
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 400D, Canon EF 300 f4L + Canon 1.4 converter
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/800 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-04-05 1:00
Viewed: 3114
Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 70
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Yesterday I was working in the garden when I noticed that the birds round the feeder were not bothered about my presence. So I got my camera and stood about 4 meters away pretending not to be interested.

This male Blue Tit (Parus caeruleus) arrived and at a distance of 4 meters I was able to take a few shots, of which this was the best. The lilac buds are beginning to swell with the vigour of spring.

Though I was not using it, this looks as though it was taken from a hide. It has a lot to do with the photographer's behaviour, like slow movements that look as though they have no purpose and are not taken to be threatening by the birds.

It was not my purpose to regale, and posiibly bore, TN viewers with repeated shots of Blue Tits and as this is my third it is also my last for some months now - I promise!

This was taken with the camera hand-held. There was little cropping and after size reduction the image was selectively sharpened.

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  • Zeno Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 483 W: 0 N: 1345] (10867)
  • [2008-04-05 1:06]

Hi Ivan,

This tit is of extreme beauty. This capture is really Spring. Fine colors and incredible pose and sharpness. TFS.


Hi Ivan,
excellent closer shot. Tit is very nice with good POV and background.

Hi Ivan,
A fine capture of this beautiful blue tit. Very well composed with excellent details. Thanks a lot for sharing.

Bellissima cinciarella, una gemma tra le gemme, ottimi POV e DOF, eccellenti dettagli e molto belli i colori, un buon lavoro di ritocco. Grazie e complimenti. Ciao Maurizio

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2008-04-05 2:41]

Hola Ivan,
hermoso disparo y pose,
bello foco y color...
selecto trabajo amigo,

Hello Ivan,

Excellent picture of this tit. Superb composition. Very good sharpness. Excellent light and colours.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2008-04-05 5:21]

Hello Ivan,
Amazing light and clear colours in this photo. Great sharp-detailed focus, BG, POV and pose. Very beautiful environment. Lovely composition.

Hello Ivan,

Real Spring feeling in this picture. Very nice colours and composition with opening buds. Details are also ust perfectly sharp. Good work.

Thanks for sharing.


Mycket fint morgon Ivan , en storartad specificerat och vackert färgad fågel. Stor sammansättning kombinerade med en underbar DoF göra den här en mycket fint sammansättning. TFS och bäst hänsynen h

You have your skill and steady hands at work again this spring Ivan. So the birds are back in full swing and very nicely done with that lens hand held...My gosh...That must be one heavy set of gear to get it so clearly as you did is remarkable!

Hi Ivan
Wonderful capture with superb detail
Lovely color and light
Crystal clear image
Great catchlite in eye
tfs jon

Hello Ivan. You are so lucky to be having beauties like this one in your garden. You are luckier to be able to shoot at a distance of 4m unnoticed. Excellent sharpness and perfectly exposed capture. I like the pleasant perch on that handsome branch against the clear background. You have used the natural light very well here and thanks for sharing this superb top quality image. Well done and best regards. Jusni

Hi Ivan,

Another superb picture.Splendid capture with wonderful colours and good sarpness.I liked very much.

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  • Hil Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 696 W: 13 N: 1407] (5035)
  • [2008-04-05 9:06]

Hi Ivan,

Great capture of the Blue Tit, if these are the superb results you get I think I might have to get the mower out of the shed, nice composition with a lovely diagonal pose, very good feather details and beautiful well saturated colours, good use of light too.

Have a great Weekend!

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-04-05 9:15]

Hi Ivan. I know you dont like posting the same thing to many times, but i am glad you posted this beauty . the detail in the feathers is first class.good light and a perfect pose. well done TFs.

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2008-04-05 9:28]

Hi Ivan,

And if you break you promise and show us another lovely Blue Tit soon it will be fine and we will forgive you. Beautiful close-up of this pretty bird in a lovely pose. I've tried your method - it doesn't always work!


Hi Ivan,
great shot with excellent colors.The colors are very natural and well saturated.
The bird is captured very sharp and detailed.
I like the composition.
TFS Tatjana

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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2008-04-05 10:23]

Hola Sr. Ivan.
Hermosa la foto de este pequeño e inquieto Pajarillo. La pose sobre las ramas del arbol y los nuevos rebrotes de sus flores le dan a esta presentacion un valor agregado.
La nota escrita es muy interesante.
Saludos Mi buen amigo, y que tenga Ud. un buen fin de semana.

Hello My beloved and heartfelt friend Ivan,
Excellent capture of this blue tit my friend! as usual- excellent details, nice POV and DOF! TFS.

Ps. Now I am in Kilis Province (SE Anatolia)

Wow Ivan very nice quality also a perfect pose and great light. lovely sharp detail and natural colours. Good close composition. Very well done this can be a very twitchy bird to keep still. tfs and thanks for the favourite rgds Necip

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2008-04-05 13:21]

hello Ivan,
Very charming this picture! I like the light and the excellent composition. Interesting also your note. Blue Tits are so beautiful that nobody will be bored by them.
Have a nice evening

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-04-05 13:44]

Ivan, this is stunning!
The pose, composition, clarity, detail, DOF, BG, exposure, colours, light... everything is excellent!
Honestly if you have any more Blue Tit shots like this back there then you'd be crazy not to show them! :-)
Very wll done!


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  • Nilson Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 488 W: 0 N: 566] (4423)
  • [2008-04-05 13:55]

Exelente foto de qualidade muito boa cores e nitidez super agradaveis.

merhaba Ivan,
Nice to see again Blue Tit with your fresh shot with great sharpness and details. Coloration superb, POV/OOF great. It looks like coming from hairdresser newly. feathurs details and eyes contact wonderful. burgeons on branches shows spring started fast in Sweden also. Thanks for sharing and have a wonderful weekend to you and Ulla.

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2008-04-05 19:06]

Hello Ivan,
Superior quality close up with amazingly sharp details and colors in this little ones plumage. Thank you Ivan, great job.

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2008-04-05 20:03]

Hello Ivan, what a great capture! A superb Tit shot, well composed and great technique, thanks!


Hi Ivan, lovely bird in splendid pose, fantastic colors, fine details and wonderful sharpness, very well done, have a good week end, ciao Silvio

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2008-04-06 4:01]

Ivan, Lovely note and excellent eye catch. Beautiful bird and I must admit the sharpness is pretty perfect. Ganesh

Hi dear Ivan ,
Great and lovely shot.sharpnes and details are wonderful.
well done


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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2008-04-06 20:49]

Hello Ivan

Such wonderful clarity and sharpness.
The POV and DOF are excellent.
I really like the lighting and colours.The blue plumage is beautiful.
Excellent OOF BG.


At shutter speed 1/800, you got a smashing capture of this cute little Blue Tit, Ivan. There is not the slightest hint of noise anywhere.
Lovely point of view, very sharp focus and stunning colours.
A beautiful image in its totality.

Hi Ivan,
What a detailed and sharp shot of this beautiful bird, great DOF and POV,
Well done,
Nick :-)

A cute Blue Tit specimen among lilac buds, showing and displaying all the salient characteristics of its species, perfectly captured as usual, thanks to your expert photography Ivan, the background is of studio quality and the resulting composition, exquisite!

hej ivan!
jag gillar blåmesen och här visar
du den på ett mycke fint sätt!
very nice and very good!

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2008-04-20 7:02]

Hi Ivan.
4 meters is a sweet distance. Work in the garden is a sweet pastime. With your skill they brought us next masterpiece. I like the simple and so nice scene a lot. Twigs and tit are reproduced with great details and colours. Tender smooth BG is so wonderful as your photo model Perfect job. TFS.

Hello Ivan

Very beautiful close-up photo of the male Blue Tit,
fine POV and framing, wonderful soft light and color tones,
great focus, sharpness, details, beautiful catch-light, TFS


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