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Long-tailed Titmouse

This week's theme is: Animals

Photo #1 - A Long-tailed Tit (I think, someone correct me if I'm wrong), taken during the spring of 2005 in Kensington Gardens. This is an incredibly small bird, perhaps only about 5cm in size. It was timid, and kept a respectful distance throughout. Just goes to show that you can never have enough zoom on your camera.

Are there any wildlife enthusiasts here? After a while, I notice that people tend to settle on a specific type of photography. I'm one of the "animals" people. But after a few years, I got bored of shooting the same thing. So now I do some variety to experience new challenges.

What do you like to shoot? Tell us about your style below.

Long-tailed Titmouse

This week's theme is: Animals

Photo #1 - A Long-tailed Tit (I think, someone correct me if I'm wrong), taken during the spring of 2005 in Kensington Gardens. This is an incredibly small bird, perhaps only about 5cm in size. It was timid, and kept a respectful distance throughout. Just goes to show that you can never have enough zoom on your camera.

Are there any wildlife enthusiasts here? After a while, I notice that people tend to settle on a specific type of photography. I'm one of the "animals" people. But after a few years, I got bored of shooting the same thing. So now I do some variety to experience new challenges.

What do you like to shoot? Tell us about your style below.

comments (16)

  • david
  • 27 Feb 2006, 00:15
Great bird capture! You have a nice collection of images here on your site..cheers
The Maven: Thanks David. Glad to see you here, hope you'll drop by again. smile
Cute ! Lovely bird. Great DOF.
I (almost) only shoot people!
The Maven: Cheers for the wonderful comment. Actually, I find people harder to shoot. Some come chasing after you if they don't want their photo taken. I'm too timid and shy for that.
  • suby
  • 27 Feb 2006, 00:29
Not bad, nice bird smile Love the DOF
The Maven: Thanks Suby. Though I think my TITmouse shots aren't as well EXPOSED as your shots. Hehe
  • Paul
  • 27 Feb 2006, 01:05
Great image! I've always had difficulties with these small birds -- I'm too slow, I think.
The Maven: Good to see you here Paul. smile Yeah, I think we all have speed problems with small birds. The smaller they are, the faster they go!!!
Tena koe ehoa
First a great capture of wildlife Duane! Although it's already been mention our egos can do with more of it so...
The lenght of DOF is real good and the contrast between the subject and the bg is fantastic.
I myself shoot pretty much anything that intrigues my nature really. Having said that I'm inclined to lean towards abstract iamges than anything else although my blog would really reflect that. I have a keen interest in the idiosyncrancies of people from various cultures and countries also and therefore have a high content of images with a human element.
The Maven: Actually, I think animal photos can only go so far. To get a truely fantastic photo, you need something with the "human element". It's a very important and emotive ingredient in a photo. Thanks for coming.
  • RyanT
  • 27 Feb 2006, 01:44
Perfect composition here. I like the DOF as well. It falls right across its feet and tip of the beak. Bravo
The Maven: Good to see you Ryan. Thanks for the wonderful comments! It's things like this that keep me going.
  • keith
  • 27 Feb 2006, 02:44
It looks like a fluffy little thing, Is it a young one it looks different to ones I have seen, I shoot anything and everything but i set myself projects and my blog is in weekly themes alternating B&W and colour to keep me on my toes
The Maven: I think the idea of themes is a very good one. On shutterchance, only Jide does it so far. We have a lot to learn from you guys.
  • Micki
  • 27 Feb 2006, 03:21
I get a tufted tit mouse at my feeder every day. Maybe he's a cousin to this bird. Very good shot. I've not been very successful at capturing my bird on film.

Thanks, also, for visiting and commenting on my site today.
The Maven: Welcome to my blog Micki. I didn't realise you shoot with film. Digital makes us a bit lazy - we don't think so much about what we shoot anymore. And Happy Anniversary!
Nice positioning and well done. These birds can be tough to get to stay still, but you seemed to have been at the right place at the right time.
The Maven: Thanks for visiting Carter. I find that some sunflower seeds can help a lot in getting the birds to come to the right place at the right time. Hehe
hey you didnt happen to used to play PartyPoker did you?
Hee hee. You know I'll basically shoot anything if i have the chance to. But nature/macros has to be one of my favourite genres (although it's also one of the most challenging, at least for me).

Anyway, you've got a pretty good shot here except it seems that it's slightly front focused? The twig leading out the right side of the photo seems to be sharper than the bird itself. But the composition, pose, DOF (that's pretty much it with that camera isn't it?) and lighting in this shot is great. I wonder what you'll able to get now with your 100-400L now huh? Looking forward to some new shots with that baby! =^)

PS. You seem to be getting loads of visitors from beyond shutterchance's shores these few days... Some new advertising strategy? Very few people seem to visit my blog. =^(
The Maven: No matter what you shoot, I'll always consider you the ultimate MACROS man... some really amazing work you have there.
  • Anne
  • 27 Feb 2006, 07:01
Beautiful shot Duanne! And you must have had quite a zoom on your camera to get this! Cheers!
The Maven: The panasonic camera I was using has a 12x zoom. It's like 1 big lens stuck to a small body. smile
The good ol' FZ20 has done it again. Nice capture.
The Maven: Yeah, I still can't believe that most of my good shots are from this camera. Tomorrow I'll post one from the 10D + 100-400L. Kinda promised someone didn't we?
A nice crisp shot and a great use of a tight depth of field. Great Capture.
The Maven: It's strange many people mention DOF today. The FZ20 is a point & shoot digicam - and they aren't usually known for DOF. I'm really glad so many people still found the DOF to be good.
  • sk
  • 27 Feb 2006, 13:33
nice shot Maven. U've been busy boy lately (u know what I mean)
The Maven: Hehe... so now you know the trick too wink
Nice capture. I like the DOF. As for shooting, I'll shoot anything, kind of like Dick Cheney. Mostly an image grabs my attention by the lighting.
The Maven: Thanks for dropping by Chris! Hope to see you here again. smile

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