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Coal Tit

Coal Tit
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Copyright: Miles Herbert (CaptiveLight) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 435 W: 61 N: 232] (969)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-12
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 40d, Canon 100 - 400 L USM IS, Digital RAW ISO 400
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/500 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-12-04 2:08
Viewed: 4194
Points: 14
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Coal Tit, Parus ater.

Taken in the New Forest at a place where there are several feeding stations set up, often by other photographers, and the birds are totally used to humans being in close proximity. When the weather is cold these birds get desperate for food, and become much easier to photograph then in summer when food is plentiful. Often they will come to snatch food from you whilst you are still putting it out, coming to within inches of you to get it, and in fact, the first time I loaded the feeding station with peanuts, most were gone by the time I managed to get the camera out.

Camera: Canon 40D
Lens: Canon 100 - 400 L USM with a 27mm extension tube to allow focussing closer then the lens is usually capable of.

ISO 400
Shutter Speed 1/500th
F 5.6

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Wonderful capture of the Coal Tit Miles.
Awesome light and very good detail.
Good sharpness and nicely composed.
Great job.

G'day Miles
Its as though there is a sugestion of a bow in his or hers pose,
Beautiful image. Excellent exposure, focus, detail, and DOF. Well done!
TFS Paul

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  • cako Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 485 W: 0 N: 772] (3395)
  • [2008-12-04 4:42]

Hi Miles
very nice composition
very good sharp and detail
very well done.

dear miles, nice picture of this bird. very sharp and i like the contrast to the BG!

voila une jolie petite mesange,tres bon piqué et belles couleurs.
je pense en avoir une qui vient au mangeoire mais pour etre sûr que c'est la même espece j'aimerais que vous me disiez si elle a le dessus de la tête blanc.

Hello Miles,
The warm tones and the sharpness are really excellent. I like also the position of the tit, looking for peanuts I suppose. Best regards,

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2008-12-04 22:39]

Hello Miles,
I really like the pose of the bird with his head down.
and the beautiful colors on the tit and the warm BG.
The diagonal perch adds to the composition.
Super sharp details and perfect exposure.
TFS. : )

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-12-05 13:44]

Hi Miles!
Long time no see! :-)
Excellent shot of this Coal Tit from The Log :-)
Very good sharpness.
Perfect lighting.
Superb DOF.

Well done!


  • gerhardt Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1936 W: 244 N: 4106] (11620)
  • [2009-04-26 14:38]

Ola! Miles. Nice name for the photo website... I'll head over there after I paid my dues here. Very nice rich colors and pose from this bird. Always enjoyed looking at your work... still do...

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