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A Hunting Chickadee

A Hunting Chickadee
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Copyright: John Reasbeck (ubc64) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 53 W: 25 N: 122] (555)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-04-19
Categories: Nature
Camera: Nikon D300, Nikkor 70-300 AF-S VR 4.5-5.6 IF ED
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/640 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2010-04-21 13:48
Viewed: 1444
Points: 6
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Black-capped Chickadees like to eat insects. That's not to say that they ignore other food -- especially, handouts from passersby at places like sanctuaries. I was at the Inglewood Bird Sanctuary in an area that I have come to associate with the presence of chickadees. One of them flew into the bushes on my right, just up from the bank of a small pond, and started hopping along the branches upside down. As I have learned from various Web sites (e.g., http://www.wild-bird-watching.com/Chickadees.html), this is how chickadees find insects, their eggs and their larvae on the undersides of leaves and twigs.

In PP, I did a little cleaning up of this shot. There were a couple of strands of a spider web that I thought detracted a bit, so I removed them with the Healing Brush in CS4. Everything else is the way I found it, except that I did some noise reduction and sharpening. I also increased the saturation, brightness and contrast a little, in order to compensate for the relatively dark lighting conditions in the bushes.

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Hi John,

I admire the way you achieved such a natural hence unusual POV from this tiny guest!

I like the eye of the bird, shown with greatly managed light, however, the reddish tones in the blurry BG are clearly a direct bonus. The contrast between the soft colored bird and the BG, is immense, and well appreciated.

Thank for such a pleasing capture and shooting a rare moment!


Hi John,

Good work here. These little guys are really acrobats, and you've captured this guy's antics nicely. Your aperture and shutter speed are well chosen, the bird is very sharp and the background nicely blurred. I know that we sometimes have to "live" with the background because it's the bird's choice, but this one worked out well for the composition. Good exposure too, the white in its feather is spot-on.

Best regards,

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  • RSK Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1089 W: 589 N: 1943] (14753)
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Hi John,I like your close crop,as it really shows off the birds details, & colouring well. Your chosen camera settings ,make for a pleasing background due to a good DOF.I wondered if you could have captured the birds tail feathers with the same detail & sharpness as its body, or am I being far to picky & out of line? It's easy to point out something that could be altered, & I know I could not duplicate your skill in shooting birds, but had to ask the question on the tail feathers out of interest.

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