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Waiting for Christmas Gifts

Waiting for Christmas Gifts
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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: 2010-12-21
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 50D, 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: 2010-12-21 7:17
Viewed: 2985
Points: 58
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
It is the shortest day of the year and Christmas helps to brighten up this darkest time in the North.
During this season of over-indulgence we must consider the underprivileged, including the birds.

Yellowhammer. (Emberiza citrinella)

Swedish name: ’ Gulsparv’, meaning ‘yellow sparrow‘.

We are at the start of what seems to be one of the hardest winters in living memory. A neighbour had put up a feeding place for birds at the edge of the pine forest where more species of birds visit than at our garden feeders. I took this photo after wading through half a meter of snow at -12 Celsius. The camera felt very cold and it was difficult to use gloves but the sun was shining through the trees.

The Yellowhammer has been featured several times on TN. It is widespread in Europe but has drastically declined owing to modern agriculture.

This is a male in winter plumage that lack the bright yellow head of the breeding season, which makes hi, look similar to the female during the winter.

This image was taken with the camera hand-held at a distance of about 8 meters (25 ft). It was moderately cropped and after size reduction it was perhaps not sharpened enough, but here I am more concerned about the colours and lighting.

To those whole celebrate, I wish a Happy Christmas and everybody a Happy 2011!

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2010-12-21 7:26]

Hello Ivan,
Very nice photo of this Yellowhammer in beautiful light. Not your most sharp photo but other aspects as POV, eye-contact and composition makes this photo to a very beautiful one. Also from Holland in deep snow the best wishes to you and your family, MERRY CHRISTMAS AND A PEACEFUL NEW YEAR.

Pleasant capture of this little and beautiful Yellowhammer! Good day Ivan! Fine point of view and brilliant natural colors under fantastic light indeed! The sharpness as an important element of the frame is somehow too moderate in my opinion. Never the less, gorgeous shot and fine introduction of the specie! Bravo, and thank you for the warm wishes! I also wish you great Christmas and happy new year!
George Veltchev

hello Ivan
a very beautiful picture with great details and nice light
the colours are lovely and a nice pose
also a Happy Newyear and a SuperChristmas
greeting lou

Hej Ivan,
jag får önska dig en God Jul och Gott Nytt år.
The winter up here is cold with tons of snow already.
Maybe Gulspaven waiting for something special for the Christmas.
A nice picture of the Yellowhammer even it's in winter plumage
and not so yellow we use to see them.
The colors and WB are fine, so are yje compo too.
Well done
Om det inte snöar hela dagarna så ar det 15-20 grader kallt istälet. Har inte varit ute i skogen på 14 dagar. :-(

Hi Ivan.
Beautiful species and beautiful photo with wonderful colours and good sharpness. My best wishes for a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year,

I like the focus and the streak of light showering on the plumage, Ivan.
The eye is sharp looking at you and you have done well with the selective focusing.
Looks like the bird is going to get gifts for this Christmas and greetings to you and your family this holiday season.
Kind regards from Malaysia - Jusni

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  • joska Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 806 W: 0 N: 4092] (22535)
  • [2010-12-21 9:08]

Hi Ivan,
Excellent photo, splendid lights and colors for this wishes for a Happy Christmas and Happy New Year 2011, Y wish You too!

Ciao Ivan, Merry Christmas and Happy new year to you too, splendid light on lovely bird in the snow, wonderful colors, fine details and excellent sharpness, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio

Hello Ivan,
Wonderful capture of this amazing bird. Great details, very good
clarity and excellent focus.
Not very much light but enough for covering the little bird.
Thanks for sharing!

Hello Ivan,
Beautiful capture of this little bird, the colours, details and POV are excellent. Well done!

Ciao Ivan
Attima cattura di questo piccoletto belli i colori ottima la nitidezza bravo.
Ti auguro buone feste ciao Marco.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2010-12-21 13:22]

Eheheh..the perfect title for this pic,it seem curious to see how you had buy for him...eheheh...very nice winter scenary and the usual great quality.Thanks for share,have a nice day,Luciano.

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  • cirano Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 997 W: 0 N: 944] (13609)
  • [2010-12-21 15:04]

Hello Ivan,
A very nice image of this beauty on snow,great colors,sharpness and wonderful composition.TFS.

hello Ivan

very beautiful close-up photo with a beautiful
light coming over the bird, its eye-contact
with you it is very beautiful, TFS

also for you and Ulla,
Merry Christmas and Happy New year


Hello Ivan,
Nice shot, nice light, nice bird and a great first lines of the note! I Wish for you and yur family merry Christmas my friend!
Regards, TFS

very beautiful photo Ivan! merry Christmas!

Hej Ivan

You did good work by capturing this beautiful and colorful bird. We have really cold weather and we still have few more months of winter.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you and Ulla.


Hallo Ivan,
a very beautiful capture of the Yellowhammer on the snow, fantastic lighting and fine detail, very beautiful soft colours, excellent POV and a very nice composition.
Wishing you all the best
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you and your family
Ciao Maurizio

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2010-12-22 5:43]

fine species with good lighting and colors, yes, sharpness could have been better then its natural colors that count. happy new year. tfs.

Hi Ivan,Beautiful photo with wonderful colours and details.TFS

Love the yellow against the white snow. Poor wee fellow must have freezing feet. Lovely shot.



Hello Ivan,

an very nice shot from this beatiful songbird.
Indeed the birds need help with food.
Good low pov and sharpness.
Fine colors.
Merry Christmas for you and Ulla and further family


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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2010-12-23 16:06]

Hola Sr. Don Ivan.
Gracias por todos los regalos(Fotos) que Ud. y su fina esposa nos obsequian muy seguido aqui en TN.
La foto. Exelente, asi como el titulo que se le da.
Feliz Navidad y prospero año nuevo. Lleno de salud. (lo demas como quiera le podemos hacer para sobrevivir)

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2010-12-23 16:18]

Hi Ivan, so if it was your shortest day up there, it will be our longest day down here. We've had the best start to summer for many, many years (apart from the the last week - but we were desperate for rain)

This is a beautiful little fellow - I am pleased to see seeds there for him to eat. He is like a yellow sparrow, and comparing him to our sparrows this one has a nice warm feathery coat...

I too have a Canon 50D now and really enjoying it.

Best regards and warm Christmas wishes to you and Ulla

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2010-12-24 0:52]

Hello Ivan,
lovely capture of this little bird in its lively pose, especially the eye. Good colors contrast and excellent details on the feathers.
The streak of light on the snow makes this shot a special one, and its attractive.


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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2010-12-24 1:26]

Hi Ivan.
Thanks a lot for Holiday greetings. I wish you and Ulla nice Holidays and Happy New Year too. Fine eye-contact and pose of the cute birdy. I am impressed with wonderful combination of sunlight and shadows. DOF is great as well as details of the bird and surrounding snow. Well done.
P.S. We have rain and fog these days. No extreme.

  • jignasi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2118 W: 0 N: 3424] (27917)
  • [2010-12-25 3:45]

Un abrazo y felices fiestas Ivan: Josep Ignasi.

merhaba Ivan dostum,
nice to see this beautiful Gulsparv on snow and with your very nice shot. you greatly captured its pretty face and eyes. focus, white balance, POV and DOF very nice. çok teşekkür ederim.
I wish you and your family a Happy New Year in 2011, with happiness and healthy days.
all the best my friend

Ciao Ivan. Intrigant playing of light here MF! And wonderful colours.


Hallo Ivan
I just love the ray of sunshine in this image as it falls on just the right places to emphasise the lovely details of this Yellowhammer where it is needed to be seen. I just love the yellowish feathers on this bird's stomach which is complimented beautifully with a combination of different browns on the back feathers. I also like the centralised position of the bird a lot as well as the way it looks at the camera. Thanks for sharing. I wish you and Ulla as well as your family a prosperous 2011. Best wishes.

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