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Passer montanus

Passer montanus
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Copyright: Cristian Goga (crs) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 469 W: 0 N: 922] (3551)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-12-27
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 400 D, Canon 70-200mm f/4 L USM, 67mm UV
Exposure: f/5.0, 1/200 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-01-01 11:48
Viewed: 3944
Points: 58
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
It is the first day of the year and my birthday. With the occasion of my 46th anniversary I took some time, thinking to the past and future, in order to find out what my feelings are about. I decided to look after a photo expressing my thoughts.

This image with a common bird, surrounded by snow and looking forward to the time to come, seemed to be the best expression of my feelings.

I wish to all TN members a Happy New Year!

eng55, siggi, boreocypriensis, flashpoint, Adanac, Dis. Ac., Alex99, uleko, jignasi, Argus, iris, jaycee, jeanpaul, cataclysta, marhowie has marked this note useful
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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2009-01-01 11:51]

Hi Cristian,
Happy Birthday and New Year:)It's a wonderful capture.I liked snowy branches,details,eye contact and composition a lot.
Thanks for posting.

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2009-01-01 11:52]

Hi Cristian. Firstly a happy birthday to you and my i say young man.
Your little bird in the picture looks deep in thought as well. You have taken this with a good pose and fine detail with natural colours. well done TFS.

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2009-01-01 11:58]

Hello Cristian.
I wish you a happy birthday Cristian, and I hope your day is very special for you.

This is sharp and she contrasts well with both the snow and the spruce in an excellent composition.
Best regards Siggi

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  • Ishi Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 298 W: 21 N: 1943] (13387)
  • [2009-01-01 12:36]

Lovely picture.

Happy birthday! Happy 2009!


Hi Cristian, Happy birthday! my capricorn friend like me:). Nice selection to celebrate this special day my friend! Great capture of this pretty bird with lovely pose on a snowy branch.
i also wish you and your family a very healthy and happy New Year!


The excellent composition with this sparrow mountain between the branches for snow
celebrate the arrival of 2009 and your birthday ....Happy Birthday Cristian!!!!

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  • Nilson Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 488 W: 0 N: 566] (4423)
  • [2009-01-01 13:39]

Hello Cristian
Nice composition with a beautiful bird, good colors and details.
Congratulations and Happy New Year

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  • efsus Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 415 W: 11 N: 843] (3947)
  • [2009-01-01 14:07]

Merhaba Cristian,
Yeni yılınızı(new year) ve doğum gününüzü (birthday) en içten dileklerimle kutluyorum. Kış mevsiminde çekilen en güzel kompozisyonlardan biri bu. Seyri çok hoş.
Emeğine sağlık.
Happy birthday and new year.
Best regards.


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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2009-01-01 15:00]

Hi Cris,a very nice pic,i like a lot to see birds in the snow,perfect sharpness and colors,have a great 2009,Luciano

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2009-01-01 16:29]

Hello Cristian,
What an excellent image of this sparrow all fluffed up thrying to stay warm. It is extremely sharp and well colored. Happy Birthday Cristian and my 2009 be your best year yet.

Hello Cristian

Wonderful clarity,the plumage is well defined with lovely eye detail and catch light.
The setting is perfect.Pine boughs covered in fresh powder snow is my favourite.
Excellent rich colours.
Great job.


Hi Christian,

nice shot of his Sparrow?
Congratulations with your birthday.
Happy new year 2009.


Wow... magnificent shot Cristian. I see this wee guy is all puffed up to keep warm. Really nice to view. :)

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2009-01-02 7:40]

Hi Cristian.
Wonderful shot at first day of the New Year and Birthday. My heartfelt congratulations and best wishes in 2009. Have a Happy New Year.

Difficult for shooting subject and nicely exposed image. Especially I like image of the cute sparrow. It is really blameless. My kind regards and TFS.

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2009-01-02 9:43]

Hello Cristian,
This Sparrow looks very pensive and cute all puffed up on the snow-covered branches. A nice composition too. Congratulations and I wish you a very Happy New Year!
Kind regards, Ulla

Preciosa Cristian !! y además creo que conseguiste tu objetivo. Felicidades en tu 46 aniversario, que seas feliz en este nuevo y que sigas publicando unas fotografías tan bellas.

Un abrazo: Josep Ignasi.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2009-01-02 12:32]

Many Happy Returns of the Day Cristian!
You celebrate you birthday with a beautiful capture of the Tree Sparrow on a Snow-covered spruce branch. The technical quality is excellent and the POV and composition superb.
A very fine image for this special occasion and thanks for sharing it!
Best wishes,

A perfect shots for that season ...
Hi Cristian, that's realy lovely to see the sparrow on this fluffy snow, I like it very much.
Happy Birthday my friend and all the best for the New Year, may all your wishes come true.

Sabine - wishnugaruda

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  • Tabib Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 160 W: 5 N: 167] (859)
  • [2009-01-02 23:55]

Hello Cristian!,

Very fat house sparrow here,and look very cold.
Very special bird on on a special day - your birthday.

hello Cristian

I have missed this one. You must be one of the selected few people who will celebrate b-day each year on the same festive mood as everybody all over the world to welcome the new year. So I must congratulate you for this milestone event.

Happy birthday to you - belated one.

Well 46 is somewhere on the upper middle class I guess. And it is really time to look after your health - start to actively exercise.

The bird seems thoughtful here in the snow scene and perhaps it represents what you are doing with your passing of 46 years and planning for the future ones.

Very good sharpness and a flash due to dim light, but perhaps I would use the f/4 for the bokeh and speed [without flash able to do it?]

It will be nice if the bokeh blur is strong and less distracting, what do you think?

Good work.

tfs, bill

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  • iris Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 479 W: 60 N: 970] (3088)
  • [2009-01-03 4:01]

Hello Christian,
Belate Birthday wishes and wishes for a peaceful and healthy New Year.
The image has a lot of colour coordination in it,somhow the colours of white and rust brown on the birdie seem to reflect all around the scene in the brown of the branches and white of the snow.Very well captured with fine sharpness and clarity.The catchlight on its eye makes it more lively.Very well done.
TFS & Cheers

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2009-01-03 11:22]

Hi Cris,

A very Happy Birthday to you and healthy and happy New Year. No wonder this bird is all puffed up being surrounded by that cold snow. A beautiful bird - if it's a sparrow it is one I have not seen before. He's probably thinking about the past and future like you - remembering when he was warm and wondering when he will be warm again. Lovely colors, details and composition.


Ciao Cristian, lovely bird in the snow, good light and colors, fine details and great sharpness, very well done, ciao Silvio

Hi Cristian
Superbe gros plan,les détails du plumage sont extras et les couleurs de l'oiseau sont justes.J'aime bien l'arrière plan et le cadrage. Bravo pour cette photo qui est comme une carte de Nôel
Merci et a bientôt...JP

Hi Cristian
Very cute little buty. I like natural suroounding and winter scennery. Also good sharpness and nice OOF background. Maybe you could crop it a little bit more but it is a very individual thing
I like it very much

Hallo Cristian
I wish I could give myself a birthday present as this one. This is really beautiful. Postcard pretty. I am honest to tell you that I am really jealous looking at this one. Only a magnificent sight to admire and appreciate as this is breathtakingly beautiful. Colours are stunning and radiant and have a warm effect to my heart. Thanks for sharing.
Best regards.

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  • jossim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1538 W: 5 N: 2240] (12636)
  • [2009-01-08 3:28]

Bonjour Cristian,

Bravo pour cette belle prise l'éclairage est parfait et les détails excellents.

Merci pour le partage et bonne année.


Hi Cristian,
Sharp details with great color, DOF, and POV..
The little fluff ball looks very nice framed in evergreen too :)
Well done!

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  • GaryT Gold Star Critiquer [C: 102 W: 7 N: 236] (160)
  • [2009-01-28 13:30]

Really nice winter shot. Gary

Hi Cristian,
I like the situation, the sparrow with inflated feather to retin heat between snowed branches. For me is a goood pic, very well taken in soft light condition

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