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Doing the SPLITS

Doing the SPLITS
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Copyright: NICHOLAS GLEN (nglen) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-10-12
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 40D, Sigma 50-500mm f4/6.3 DG EX Apo HSM
Exposure: f/8, 1/160 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2008-10-14 10:04
Viewed: 3168
Points: 64
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Yes its another Coal Tit But i just love the pose in this one doing the splits. It must be normal for them because they kept doing it. This was taken in the forest on Sunday when i saw more Coal Tits than anything else . Unfortunatley now with the dark evenings i can only go out one day a week to take pictures.

Coal Tit ( Parus ater )Length 11-12cm.
A small resident bird which can sometimes look rather Warbler like.
It is widespread and fairly common throughtout most of mainland Britain and Ireland. Has black and white markings on head with conspicuous white patch on its nape. Back and wings are slate grey with two white wingbars and underparts pale pinkish buff.
Found in both coniferous and deciduous woodland and will visit garden bird feeders in the winter

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2008-10-14 10:27]

Hi Nick,

I love the pose too! The little Tit seems to like it too as he looks down at his leg. The opened beak makes him look like he is laughing at his position. He's adorable with his blowing feathers, beautiful colors, and cute face. Excellent details, background and composition.


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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2008-10-14 10:29]

Hi Nicholas
Excellent closed up image.Good POV and sharp image.I like your subject pose.The OOF BG is also nice.
TFS Siggi

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  • volkan Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 497 W: 10 N: 4] (2425)
  • [2008-10-14 10:30]

Hi Nick,
What a wonderful composition this is..
Great sharpness and details my friend.
Very well done..

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2008-10-14 10:38]

Hi Nico,very nice moment to take the pic,it seem move the first walk whit a lot of attention! Top quality as usual and fanatstics colors,thanks for share,have a nice day,luciano

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  • crs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 469 W: 0 N: 922] (3551)
  • [2008-10-14 10:43]

Hello Nicholas,

What a sharp image you have taken! The pattern and colors of the plumage are very well shown. Theris a fine match between the colors of the bird and the background. You have chosen a good moment to take the photo showing the bird in an interesting pose.

Thank you for sharing,

Hello Nicholas,
Extraordinary pose, Nicholas. Probably a bit surprised about its perch:-)

Hello Nicholas,

Fantastic picture.
Nice colours with excellent detail.
The background have a litle noise.
I do a Workshop to reduced.
I hope you don't mind.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-10-14 11:39]

Hello Nick,
A great pose of this Coal Tit taken from just the right POV. Technicallt and esthetically superb with great lighting.
TFS this beauty,

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  • efsus Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 415 W: 11 N: 843] (3947)
  • [2008-10-14 11:55]

Merhaba Nick,
Yine çok güzel bir kuş sunumu yapmışsınız. Netlik , renkler ve arka plan enfes görünüyor. Eline sağlık.


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  • demeve Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 586 W: 12 N: 1682] (6165)
  • [2008-10-14 12:01]

Hello Nick,
Great pov! The pose is marvelous, you had perfect timing.
Excellent composition and sharpness.. Well done


Hi Nick:)

What a funny, lovely capture of this cute fellow:) I think it is trying to be an acrobat:). Great details and nice BG too. TFS this fine image my friend.


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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2008-10-14 13:26]

Hello Nicholas! Great close-up of the Tit! Good pose, great sharpness and good light, well done, thanks!


Hi Nick,
Very good capture of this Coal Tit doing gymnastic exercises. It really seems to concentrating into what he is doing. Very sharp interesting details and bright colours.

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  • NinaM Gold Star Critiquer [C: 773 W: 3 N: 1157] (4077)
  • [2008-10-14 18:09]

That is very cute, Nicholas, and wouldn't it be of the bird's head looking down at its legs (?), everything would be different. The timing is perfect in this shot, so is the light and the composition. Thank you!


What a fantastic pose you captured Nicholas... :) Looks like he is trying to separate the branched twig. Detail is great and as is the composition. BG enhances the subject. TFS


I thought and after reading your title..."Now what am I supposed to do?"...Of course the bird more than likely and it all down like the Texas Two-step (*A fine word combination in the US of which I have no clue)...
Good show Nick....another chalk mark someone else would have to be brave enough to erase...

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-10-15 3:41]

Hello Nick,
Terrific shotof this balancing act!! Great focus on the little Coal Tit looking for food. Lovely details of the feathers and beautiful colours. A nice soft background and well composed too!
TFS and cheers, Ulla

  • smurali Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 205 W: 14 N: 609] (3596)
  • [2008-10-15 4:21]


Indeed it is doing the Splits. Interesting position. Not sure what it is looking down at.

- Murali

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  • iti Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 577 W: 0 N: 650] (7939)
  • [2008-10-15 6:05]

Hi Nicholas
Excellent position, composition and light are very good.Details and background excellen.
Regards Jiri.

Hi Nick, lovely bird in nice pose, great composition with wonderful colors, beautiful blurry BG, fine details and splendid sharpness, very well done, ciao Silvio

Bonsoir Nick
Toujours aussi magnifique tes photos d'oiseaux
merci pour cette qualité

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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2008-10-15 11:04]

Hi Nick,
great pose you caught here, with an excellent DOF too. Yep, the nights are drawing in, time to start raiding the archives!

Hi Nicholas,

what an exellent shot, great in the details and razor sharp.
I like this pose of the Tit.
Beutiful colours and bg too.


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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-10-15 13:03]

Hi Nick,
fab shot of this Coal Tit doing the splits :-)))
Excellent detail and sharpness.
Great light.
Brilliant BG.

Well done,

p.s you use that bigma really well!

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2008-10-15 20:57]

Hello Nicholas,Good caption with the shot and nice composition. Well done. Ganesh

Hello Nicholas,

Thats a typical pose of the Coal Tit. Sharp, ful of fine details. Nice compo. A very alert attitude.

Thanks for sharing and TFS BOB

Hello Nicholas,
Fantastic capture, beautiful vivid colors, nice light, excellent composition and good low pov, superb sharpness and depth of field, lovely oof background, good catchlight and nice timing.

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  • ubc64 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 76 W: 21 N: 208] (789)
  • [2008-10-16 18:08]

Hi Nick,

Very unusual pose, I would have assumed, until I read that the Coal Tits kept doing that. Maybe, there was something that attracted their attention in the top part of that branch. The detail in your image is quite spectacular. The eye, beak and plumage are exceptional. The simple, blurred background makes the bird stand out even more. Very well done! TFS.


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  • cako Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 485 W: 0 N: 772] (3395)
  • [2008-10-17 4:56]

Hi Nicholas
exellent image
very nice colors and composition
very good sharp and detail
very well done.

hello Nick,

A performing Coal Tit! That must be a FIRST on TN! He gives the impression that he is singing as well!
Lovely plummage details and with an excellent eye reflection. The twig helps you to make a good composition.

There is quite a bit of b/g noise but this does not affect the bird. It can, in a case like this, be removed by simply going over it with the blur tool on PS.

Kind regards,
Bev :-)

Impresionante !!!

Hello Nicholas
woww, excellent capture for cute acrobatic coal tit. Wonderful sharp details and eyes contact. Splendid colors on it and BG. Everything superb. Your posts always perfect. Like studio shots. My camera same. I have not so great shots. I wish such a results like your usual quality. Thanks for sharing this beauty. have a nice weekend

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2008-10-19 4:50]

Hello Nicholas,
This picture is a funny one. Like you I also like the pose of the Coal Tit, it makes at the same time a good composition for the picture. Fine sharpness on the bird and nice blurred background. I had a look at your last picture, I have the feeling that you sharpened a little bit too much the two birds.
I wish you a nice Sunday afternoon

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