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64 Comments |
zimaj
 
zimaj December 31, 2013
nice shot
lito
 
lito April 29, 2014
Good job!
MikeHiggins Platinum
 
MikeHiggins April 29, 2014
Brilliant detail.
kasper Ultimate
 
kasper April 29, 2014
Congratulations. The details and the composition are great.
KrakenWaker
 
KrakenWaker April 29, 2014
Really nice shot, the snowflakes are a really nice capture. Great work and congrats on your feature.
catini
 
catini April 29, 2014
Very sharp shot, congrats on your feature!
TammyN
 
TammyN April 29, 2014
Beautiful image
AlanJakarta
 
AlanJakarta April 29, 2014
Lovely shot. Congratulations.
slagtersven
 
slagtersven April 29, 2014
Nice photo
Juliamclean PRO
 
Juliamclean April 29, 2014
Great detail.....congratulations!
jrhalphen
 
jrhalphen April 29, 2014
Great shot--beautiful bird and a snow.
WileKyK
 
WileKyK April 29, 2014
Awesome detail and DOF. Congratulations on your Feature!
dons
 
dons April 29, 2014
Poor little bird... Great shot, love the detail of the feather...
iceman2
 
iceman2 April 29, 2014
Excellent capture that show great texture.Congrats!
ann11
 
ann11 April 29, 2014
Well deserved feature. Congrats.
nitti
 
nitti April 29, 2014
Outstanding....congrats
SMBPhotography
 
SMBPhotography April 29, 2014
Awesome Capture!
gopalakrishnan
 
gopalakrishnan April 29, 2014
great capture !!
amuschik Platinum
 
amuschik April 29, 2014
Great shot. Congrats!
lizziemellis Platinum
 
lizziemellis April 29, 2014
Excellent detail lighting and presentation love it :-)
tmlakshmi PRO
 
tmlakshmi April 29, 2014
congrats. simply beautiful
kkat Platinum
 
kkat April 29, 2014
Great close up!!! Congratulations!! Wonderful!!!
JDLifeshots
 
JDLifeshots April 29, 2014
Beautiful capture! Congrats.
marymwarnerthomas Ultimate
 
marymwarnerthomas April 29, 2014
Beautiful compostion......... Skilled photo...............
Barniegoog
 
Barniegoog April 29, 2014
A stunning shot, such clarity and detail. Well done.
symesie04
 
symesie04 April 29, 2014
great detail
PapaSkelli
 
PapaSkelli April 29, 2014
STUNNING what more can you say congrats
sweetpea72
 
sweetpea72 April 29, 2014
so beautiful :)
martinf
 
martinf April 29, 2014
Lovely, lovely, lovely. Well done on feature.
Jdk-hyd
 
Jdk-hyd April 29, 2014
Super sharp.. Beautiful ...!
katiezirkle PRO
 
katiezirkle April 29, 2014
absolutely love this shot!
photobug
 
photobug April 29, 2014
is a awesome photo
myboylollypop100
 
myboylollypop100 April 29, 2014
wow! What a lovely photo :)
jane_koranda
 
jane_koranda April 29, 2014
Just beautiful... great shot..
toonegal
 
toonegal April 29, 2014
A stunning shot. Well done - beautiful detail
roselandry PRO+
 
roselandry April 29, 2014
OMG what an awesome pic of this little guy! Pin Sharp Focus shows excellent details! Congrats!
carolyns
 
carolyns April 29, 2014
Beautiful capture. What a hardy little sparrow! Not sure our sparrows way down here would survive that sort of cold!
larrysummey
 
larrysummey April 29, 2014
great shot
LionesLens
 
LionesLens April 29, 2014
Very nice! Congratulations on your feature award!
running56horses
 
running56horses April 29, 2014
Beautiful shot! Excellent texture, details and contrast! Nicely done!
Nancimanci PRO+
 
Nancimanci April 29, 2014
Beautiful shot!
MaryAnne306 PRO+
 
MaryAnne306 April 29, 2014
This is a lesson in how to make a very common bird into a masterpiece! Absolutely lovely. Congratulations on your feature.
senka
 
senka April 30, 2014
gorgeous, congrats
ShutterBug76
 
ShutterBug76 April 30, 2014
very sharp capture! Nice!
lujon1956
 
lujon1956 May 05, 2014
I love the snowflakes on the top of his head and on his feathers. I just love birds. Beautiful.
Cindi_Tonkovich
 
Cindi_Tonkovich May 09, 2014
Beautiful. I feel like adding some paint to his feathers. Just gorgeous.
Debbie_Carmichael
 
Debbie_Carmichael August 08, 2014
I can almost feel how cold he is...beautiful shot
rhamm
 
rhamm December 04, 2014
Great shot
AliAlzuhair
 
AliAlzuhair January 30, 2015
Cute!
TravelBugDove
 
TravelBugDove February 22, 2015
Beautiful!!
Matador
 
Matador March 02, 2015
Fantastic detail !
CalWolf
 
CalWolf March 08, 2015
fantastic capture...
pauladubin Platinum
 
pauladubin March 08, 2015
Magnificent shot. Ward material.
ferdhart
 
ferdhart April 20, 2015
What a courageous little bird!
wilmamichel
 
wilmamichel April 22, 2015
Great shot. Love the snow on his head.
LanceBlackPhotography
 
LanceBlackPhotography May 02, 2015
This has a beautiful look, and feel.... I love it..... :)
calebsadler
 
calebsadler May 23, 2015
nice capture
wendylee
 
wendylee June 11, 2015
Great shot. Beautiful.
We can see all the details of the bird.
Megan9075
 
Megan9075 July 02, 2015
This is such a beautiful phototure!
sjsachin50
 
sjsachin50 August 13, 2015
nice photo
PetraLederer Platinum
 
PetraLederer August 21, 2015
beautiful!!!!
sallycampbellclark
 
sallycampbellclark August 24, 2015
Beautiful shot! Great detail, What a little cutie :)
Roussou
 
Roussou September 21, 2015
Excellent capture and nice detail
gerdaandux
 
gerdaandux September 25, 2015
Awesome
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Behind The Lens

Location

This photo was taken on my back deck at a farm in Innisfil. The birds were feeding and resting on the railing and didn't seem at all phased that I was only a couple of feet away.

Time

It was early afternoon, during a light snowfall. There were already piles of grungy dirty snow around so these sparrows were a brilliant relief for my eyes.

Lighting

Unfortunately there were no fancy lighting techniques to share with you. This was all natural outdoor light and no flash. My favourite kind of lighting!

Equipment

Equipment: Olympus OM-D E-M5; 81mm; f5.6; ISO 200; shutter priority; 1/200; white balance - cloudy. I didn't have time to set up the tripod so the set of shots I took were all handheld.

Inspiration

I love birds - especially pudgy winter birds and give so much credit to the little guys that stick around during Canada's long cold winters. Against the sometimes dismal gray and white winter background, birds add a flash of colour and remind me that an abundance of life is still all around me.

Editing

Post processing was done in Picassa. The photo was cropped and saturation adjusted slightly. I slightly lightened the photo to brighten the gray background.

In my camera bag

I am not a traditionally organized photographer. Sometimes I just go for a drive without plans for specific photo stops so I tend to take 2 bags of equipment every where I go. One holds 5 different lenses and the body and the other bag is for cleaning equipment, batteries, filters, reflectors, memory cards etc. I also take (everywhere) a tripod, gorillapod, and a monopod.

Feedback

Winter is a fabulous time to capture photos of birds. I especially love photographing them during a snowfall. I keep several feeders filled in a variety of different locations and heights throughout the year which allows birds to settle in the area and visit more frequently. I try to place feeders in trees (on a large property) with smoother branches so smaller pesky little branches are less likely get in the way of the subject. The feeder beside this bird was sitting right on the deck railing and instead of brushing the snow off of the railing, which is what I normally would do, I left the snow to pile up and am pretty happy with the outcome.

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