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Feathers like Silk

Feathers like Silk
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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: 2012-02-05
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 7D, Canon EF 300 f4L + Canon 1.4 converter
Exposure: f/9.5, 1/500 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2012-02-07 2:35
Viewed: 3443
Favorites: 4 [view]
Points: 68
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Lucky that we took our cameras with us when we went for a walk in the winter sunshine, as we came a across a small flock of waxwings feeding on juniper berries. We could get quite close while they were busy feeding.
I have posted several images of this attractive species, but this is the best portrait that I have taken so far IMHO.

Bohemian Waxwing , Bombycilla garrulus

Swedish name: Sidensvans, meaning, 'silky tail'.
The scientific name comes from the Latin 'bombyx', meaning 'silk and 'cilla', meaning tail. 'Garrulus' means 'talkative'. They often call to each other in soft trilling high pitched calls.
The English name refers to the red-tipped wing feathers that look like they have been dipped in red sealing wax. 'Bohemian' refers to its wandering habit.

This species is widespread in the northern parts of the Northern hemisphere, where it breeds in the northern forests, to move further south in the winter to feed on berries of various kinds. It is more widespread than the Cedar and Japanese Waxwings.

This individual was feeding on Juniper berries (see WORKSHOP). He then flew into a birch tree.

This shot was taken with the camera hand-held at a distance of about 5 meters in the morning lighting. After slight cropping and size reduction the image was sharpened, adjusted for shading and converted from RAW to JPEG.

Marco2010, anel, aljy, KOMSIS, bungbing, ramthakur, marius-secan, vanda, pegos, maurydv, pirate, flashpoint, CeltickRanger, joska, jusninasirun has marked this note useful
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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2012-02-07 2:58]

Hello Ivan,
One of the best and most beautiful photos of this species I've ever seen, including the workshop photo. Fantastic in all aspects. The light is gorgeous. Perfect composition.

Ciao Ivan, great capture of lovely bird in a in nice winter ambientation, splendid light, excellent sharpness, fine details and wonderful natural colors, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2012-02-07 3:30]

The bird is really beautiful and the composition and lighting is perfect, lovely image. Just think of carrying a monopod atleast since you are using heavy gear which will ease your burden. tfs.

Ciao Ivan.
Veramente il titolo e moto indicato alla foto,con una nitidezza eccellente,dei colori
stupendi,ottima la composizione , veramente molto bella complimenti.
Ciao Marco.

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2012-02-07 4:26]

Bonjour Ivan,
A true success this picture of the Bohemian Waxwing! I'm really jealous..
How beautiful the background, just ideal. Excellent sharpness too and a well chosen decentred composition.

Hello Ivan,
Wonderful photo here.Colors and sharpness are stunning,perfect composition and beautiful blurred BG.
Thank You
Best regards

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  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2012-02-07 5:33]

Very nice capture! This specie is a winter visitor in my country and I never seen it. Excellent work!

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  • KOMSIS Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 820 W: 0 N: 2419] (10674)
  • [2012-02-07 5:39]

Hej Ivan,
Looks very cute ..
Very good details and natural colours and good focus.
Best wishes,

Hello Ivan,
A very beautiful picture of this bird, beautiful lighting, excellent details sharpness, great eye-contact and wonderful colours, a superb captured!
Thanks for sharing and have a nice afternoon,
Best Regards,

Brilliant photo, excellent composition. Nicely poised with good eye contact. Lovely colours and good detail. Very good to see the nice colours of the wings.
regards yiannis

The soft and mellow morning light plays a vital role in making this picture of a Bohemian Waxwing a real masterpiece, Ivan.
It is possible that I have seen this beautiful bird for the first time and I can't take my eyes off its light brown feathers, its colourful plumage and its shapely crested head. Additionally, the snow on the branch lends the image a typical sunny winter day's special touch and adds to the overall appeal of the composition.
The Workshop image of this bird is equally delightful. Even the slightest error in timing would have let that juniper berry in its mouth disappear forever!
BTW, I'm into the last 50 pages of your book and enjoying every bit of your experiences,as if standing by your side ...

Fantastic bird and fantastic photo Ivan! The composition the colours and the sharpness are excellent!

Hello Ivan,
Impressive capture with excellent contrast and colors.
It is a interesting image taken from a very nice POV.
The details and focus are perfect.
Thanks for sharing!

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  • vanda Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 338 W: 25 N: 754] (3673)
  • [2012-02-07 7:21]

Fantastic, Ivan! Really a gorgeous picture!
I love the lighting and the splendid, pastel colours.
Superb details! Excellent composition, with the branch crossing the image.
Very well done: congratulations.
Nice also the WS versione.
ciao! Vanda

Hi Ivan - amazing shot.. lighting is just too perfect for a great capture. Fantastic sharpness with great colors too.. tfs sujoy

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  • iti Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 577 W: 0 N: 650] (7939)
  • [2012-02-07 7:50]

Hi Ivan,
Nice colours with excellent detail.
Composition and light are very good.
Really nice image.
Regards Jiri.

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  • pegos Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 222 W: 0 N: 356] (1982)
  • [2012-02-07 8:40]

This image is fantastic, Ivan!!
Great sharpness and wonderful shades of colours; perfect POV and excellent composition; splendid lightness and ambientation. A beauty!

GReat shot of the waxwings Ivan showing the yellow and red perfectly


hello Ivan
super sharpness composition with nice light and great details
thanks greeting lou

Ciao Ivan. Wonderful show of light and colours. Details and sharp perfetc. Great POV.


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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2012-02-07 11:45]

Hello Ivan,
beautiful waxwing in a marvelous pose.Very sharp details and wonderful colors. Again, a superb composition.Best regards Siggi

Hallo Ivan,
a fantastic capture of the Bohemian Waxwing, outstanding sharpness and brilliant vivid colours, marvellous lighting and composition
Best regards

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  • pirate Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 799 W: 152 N: 1186] (7474)
  • [2012-02-07 13:20]

Hi Ivan
perefct sharpness and just perfect dof
prefect compo too
seems to be pretty cold out there..

Hi Ivan, Great shot of this beautiful bird,nice natural colours with excellent detail,and light are very good.

Hello Ivan

The 2 photos are beautiful, for this one :
very beautiful light and color tones, fine POV
& framing, excellent focus sharpness and details, TFS


Hello Ivan
excellent photography, great details, sharpness and POV
very nice
hello Vanni

Hello Ivan,
Great photo of this beautiful Bird!
Regards, Joska

a great photo with lovely composition and excellent performance!
regards Ivan

Hello Ivan,
A beautiful bird caught with wonderful details and nice colours. I also like the light and composition. Well done!

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  • ana974 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 477 W: 48 N: 968] (4857)
  • [2012-02-09 17:49]

Wow! I am completely speechless!!! This is really gorgeous! Bravo, Ivan, for such wonderful and perfect job!And many thanks for sharing it with us.This shot is amazing!
Regards from,

PS: thanks for visiting my gallery!Appreciated it!

Hello Ivan,
Immaculate detail captured in this image. Splendid clarity and sharpness, yet soft beautiful colours and light balance. Great POV and DOF my friend.
Best regards,

Veo que el converter funciona a pesar de esa f4 de tu lente. Yo también he pensado en ello.
Poco a poco ya que la óptica de calidad es cara aunque vale la pena la inversión. Veo tambiém
que tenemos gustos parecidos tú y yo en el equipamiento :o)
Plasmaste los colores de una forma muy atractiva, sacándole un buen partido a la belleza intrínseca de ese ave.
Un abrazo Ivan: Josep Ignasi.

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2012-03-05 1:02]

Hello Ivan,
the beauty really in in its silky feathers and lovely yellow black tip of the wings.
Excellent capture that expresses the beauty of nature in millions ways and species.
Nice presentation of a wonderful view. You have isolated the bird in a superb style of photography.


Awesome photograph Ivan!
Looks like a beautiful painting. Very well composed & captured with good light, details & great sharpness.
Well done & TFS.

Hello Ivan.
I like the silky smooth feather in this composition. The colors at the wing tips are glorious in this lateral view. Superb bird image and thanks for sharing.
Warmest regards.

Hello Ivan,
Well, I love this photo so much because I've never seen this species before. Superb colors, perfect sharpness, splendid composition and nice POV. TFS

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