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Copyright: Vinny Blood (Vinster) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 91 W: 5 N: 185] (789)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-01-09
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mk II, Canon 100-400mm F4.5-5.6 IS USM, SanDisk Ducati 8GB
Exposure: f/8, 1/1000 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2010-01-09 13:21
Viewed: 3902
Points: 24
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Following a week of ice and snow my wife and I went for a drive in the Dorset and Wiltshire countryside. The countryside was extremely beautiful, and the snowy conditions made it easier to spot wildlife. One of the highlights was this gorgeous Fieldfare (Turdus pilaris). It was feeding on fallen crab apples buried beneath the snow. It was obviously very hungry as I was able to park the car fairly close to it and take plenty of shots from the window.

Fieldfares are members of the thrush family. In the UK they are regular winter migrants, but this year has been exceptional for both them and their relative the Redwing. Birdwatchers on the coast near to where we live recorded over 40,000 flying past in two hours earlier this week! They breed in central and northern Europe.

The shot has been cropped and sharpened, and the highlights function of Photoshop has been used to take away the excessive glare of the snow.

Kind Regards

Vinny www.vincentblood.com

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Hi Vinny,

Nice capture of this small bird in the snow. The details are very good and the dark colour of the bird stands out nicely against the white snow. Good catch light in the eye as well.
Good capture and TFS


This works well, Vinny. The sharpness is excellent, as is the close-up perspective, and despite battling the snow, the final presentation here renders everything quite well. You've got a a long focal length, but a pretty fast shutter speed, so I'm suspecting you didn't have to do much sharpening in the PP.

Interesting note. Glad you shared this image with us.


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  • Chiza Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 133 W: 0 N: 474] (5351)
  • [2010-01-09 20:39]

Hola Vinny: Una hermosa toma con gran nitidez y detalle, en un entorno muy agradable. Muy buen manejo de la luz a pesar de la dificultad del medio al momento de la toma. Una especie muy bonita y excelente información...saludos.

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  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2010-01-10 0:22]

Hello Vinny
Nice capture of this bird in snow. Wonderful colors and details

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  • horias Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 837 W: 58 N: 2084] (11033)
  • [2010-01-10 1:51]

What a great capture this lovely Turdus pilaris!
Wonderful sharp details and colors.

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2010-01-10 2:23]

Hello Vinny,
This is a beautiful capture of the pretty Fieldfare against the snow! Wonderful light and colours and fine sharp details. I hope life hasn't come to a total standstill in Dorset! It's been very cold here but is milder today so maybe we'll see some birds!
TFS and best wishes, Ulla

nice portrait, tfs Ori

This little bird look would be not very happy with all that snow around.
Great capture with good colors and details.Congratulations.
Best regards.Alin.

Hello Vinny,
Lovely image with superb colours and excellent sharpness.
Very good contrast and exceptional composition.

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2010-01-10 7:08]

Beautiful portrait of this fluffy bird among the ice. tfs.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2010-01-10 7:23]

Hello Vinny,
Excellent photo of this Fieldfare in beautiful contrasting colours against the snow and great sharp details. Very nice POV, pose and composition.

lovely photo!

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