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Snow Bunting

Snow Bunting
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Copyright: Michel Martineau (MMM) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-01-09
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 1D Mark III, Canon 500mm f4L + Canon 1.4 converter
Exposure: f/9.0, 1/1250 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes (Fill) Flash: Yes
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Anna's Favourites 1 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2009-01-16 18:29
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Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 76
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This is my first posting of that wonderful species.I had been trying for a while with out success to get a decent shot at them.I was facing a few problem with then ,first of all they do not stay to long in place and to that we have to had that and ever you can you have to get them on the snow.So I was trying tp get an image of them were the plumage detail would have been fare meaning that the light and snow would not have burn the image.So in my test I had put the exposure composition at +1/3 in order to try to control under exposure from the snow and I had also set up my flash using the better beamer at 50 mm with an under exposure of -1 2/3 just to open the shadows.
From Audubon
15-18 cm.Sparrow sized.Breedingmale has black back with much white on head,underparts,wings,& tail.Female similar,but duller .winter birds havebrown on crown & upperparts,have duller underparts,but still show much white in wings.

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La volière est si perfectionne. la neige est la vie. Les Saisons naturelles oui ? Donc ceci est la nature pure ! Wonderful Michel..I am so glad you are here at this time of year when things really get going in Canada..and it smaller but dominant sub country ...Wonderful contrasts so subtle and colours matching title!

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2009-01-16 20:06]

Hi Michel,
Outstanding shot of this beautiful Snow Bunting with immaculate sharpness and lovely colours on its plumage. Superb light and exposure handling and I like its pose on that lump of snow. Excellent POV, DOF and composition.

Hello Michel,
Nice capture of this lovely Snow Bunting, good sharpness and depth of field, beautiful natural colors,nice contrast and lovely light, wonderful pose.

Hallo Michel
Beautiful image with great colours. A real posh bird, standing up straight in its pose on the snow. Very elegant and neat appearance. Excellent sharpness and composition, with brilliant plumage detail. Just love the orange coloured beak. This is a pretty photo, almost like a picture. Good framing applied. Thanks for sharing.
Kind regards

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  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2009-01-16 22:08]

Hi Michel
Nice capture, perfect focus , rich details and beautiful colors.
Well done.
Razvan Zinica

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2009-01-16 22:34]

Hello Michel,
A superb portrait of a Snow Bunting perched on a lump of snow. Everything about this image is first class: I can't fault it! You used yor 500 mm + 1.4 converter to best effect.
Well done and TFS!
Have a good weekend,

Hello Michel !
Thi is such a gorgeous picture of this beautiful bird ! I love its colors, almost white with brown markings, and you managed to capture him in a lovely posed, standing so proud on his little "hill" of snow. Excellent details, nice natural colors, wonderful composition and POV, and finally an excellent blurred BG to make the bird stand out so nicely. Very well done !

just a perfect pic, thanks for letting us enjoy this, Ori

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2009-01-17 2:22]

Hello Michel,
I agree with you this is a wonderful species and your capture is excellent showing ít in a fine pose. Excellent sharp details and lovely colours that stand out well against the light background. Very well done!
TFS and regards, Ulla

Hi Michel, elegant bird in the snow with fine details and superb sharpness, very well done, have a good week end, ciao Silvio

Hi Michel,
nice capture of this cute Snow Bunting (Plectrophenax mivalis, zigolo delle nevi in italiano) taken from an excellent POV with superb sharpness in a pleasing composition against a good OOF neutral BG.
TFS. Good weekend, regards.

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  • hibou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 217 W: 1 N: 331] (1629)
  • [2009-01-17 8:23]

Bonjour Michel,
Magnifique cliché de cette petite merveille ...très difficile d'approche. Tout est parfait, merci de la partager.

Hi Michel
Beautiful capture, excellent POV , DOF and colors

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2009-01-17 12:42]

Hi Michel,

A lovely capture of this Snow Bunting posing on a mound of snow. How fitting! A beautiful bird and you do it justice with nice colors and fine details. The white bird with the contrasting dark feathers is wonderful. He even has a nice twinkle in his eye.


Hi Michel,
just saw this guy at a shot of another member from Canada and told him that I like this bird - now I see, you also have this one here.
It's beautiful and you captured it so close and sharp. So wonderful bird, I would like to have this one also here in Germany ;-)
Thanks and greetings
Sabine - wishnugaruda

ciao Michel!
the image of high quality for a catch in the snow....well composed
best sERGIO

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  • RP1 Gold Star Critiquer [C: 154 W: 1 N: 6] (251)
  • [2009-01-17 17:28]

Salut Michel,
Belle photo de ce bruant. L'équilibre des couleurs et l'exposition est très bien réussi.

Hi Michel,
An impressive capture of this beautiful Snow bunting with lovely posture in a fine composition. Details and colours are wonderful too.
TFS and have a wonderful Sunday MF!


Michel, simply a outstanding image. Color, detail and exposure is great. These are very tricky to photograph. Great shot


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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2009-01-18 13:31]

Hello Michel,
I am so jealous of this image. I can't get anywhere near these guys, I don't think a 1200mm would be enough. This image is so well detailed and colored its as if I was there. Great work Michel, thank you.

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2009-01-19 4:40]

Bonjour Michel,
Voilà un oiseau qui ne m'est pas familier. Mais il porte à merveille son nom Un plumage blanc comme la neige avec sur les ailes quelques plumes colorées avec grande finesse.Un oeuvre d'art cet oiseau. Magnifique de le voir ainsi posé sur le neige. Très belle composition.
Bonne semaine

Hi Michel,
Beautiful bird & shot!
Difficult exposure handled very well, great details, colors, & DOF.
I like the comp, POV, and the neutral light gray BG works nicely :)
Well done!
PS - Good luck with the inflights, they're a b*#ch ;}

Hi Michel,

what an exellent picture this are.
Very good pov, dof and sharpness.
Suburp details in the feathers.
I think the best photo of this specie on TN.


salut Michel

une très belle image en close de ce beau oiseau hivernale
que le bruant des neiges, prise par un excellent POV
et cadrage, j'aime la bonne espace que tu as laissé
derrière et devant l'oiseau, belle luminosité,
excellente netteté et détail et même de la neige !
le tout petit catch-light apporte beaucoup
à la photo en la rendant encore plus belle, TFS


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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2009-01-19 16:03]

Ooooh Michel! J'aime beaucoup les oiseux captures dans la neige..mais cette fois ancore plus,c'est une espece que j'ai jamais vu et avec des couleurs qui semblent parfaits pour faire "pendant" avec l'ambience d'hiver!! Une photo exceptionelle,cette fois 2 points ne suffisent pas,mes plus gros gros gros compliments,Luciano

I agree that a bird of this coloration would be difficult to capture without blemishes, Michel.
However, you have done a fantastic job here with effective tweaking of settings on your camera and flash.
What is more, you have captured it on a mound of snow.
The picture is brilliant and the details and colors on the Bunting are superb.
Well done and TFS.

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2009-01-19 23:36]

Hello Michel,
Great shot, perfectly illustrating this lovely finch in his snowy landscape. Excellent exposure in difficult conditions. Good sharpness and well composed.
Best regards Siggi

Hola Michel,
Bonita composición de este curioso y bello ejemplar que nos muestras con gran nitidez y magníficos detalles, saludos
José Ramón

Bonjour Michel,
Tres belle image de ce "Snow Bunting" que je n'ai jamais pu observer sous les tropiques !!!
Le focus est excellent et les couleurs pastelles sont superbement rendues

Hi Michel,
A nice capture of this beautiful Snow Bunting. Very good Sharp details and a lovely composition with a nice BG. Thanks a lot for sharing.

Hello Michel

This is exceptional.I find these birds very difficult to approach around here.
They usually are in large flocks and spook easily.
Excellent sharpness and detail.
The POV is wonderful with lovely DOF.
Great job.


What a beautiful little bird. Love the setting here and the background is perfect. Perfectly sharp, clean and clear. :)

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2009-02-01 11:48]

Hola amigo,
preciosa captura,
detalles y pose exquisitos,
excelente pov.

hi michel!
this is a very fine bird and
you show it in a very nice way!
good work!

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  • efsus Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 415 W: 11 N: 843] (3947)
  • [2009-02-13 3:06]

Merhaba Michel,
Bu güzel çalışmayı görmeden geçmek ne büyük kayıp. Bir kuş fotosu için çok olumsuz koşullar olmasına karşın çok başarılı bir iş çıkartmışsınız. Sizi gerçekten kutlarım. Hoşçakal.


Hi Michel
this is one of my dream species. It also occurs in Turquie, but very rare. you are lucky twice to see and to capture with such a great shot. sharp focus, exposure, eyes contact, composition with snow and light splendid. top class work. thanks for sharing this beauty. best wishes

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2009-04-17 8:53]

Hi Michel.
I have never seen such beautiful and elegant bird. You managed to create an amazing picture. Exposure is simply stunning. Every feather and every snowflake is reflected by the best manner. Exposure is really spot on as well as the sharpness and details of the bird and its snowy stage. Bravo. Great job.

fabulous photo Michel with great sharpness and details, I would have perhaps liked a little more space around the bird and perhaps some extra snow close in on the forground to give a bit interest. I also like the small catchlight in the birds eye too

well done

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