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  #138 Creatures, Great and Small
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Snowbird       ©2014 SteveBee
Panasonic DMC-FZ50       4th place, 165 points
1/80s, f3.7, ISO 200, 420mm, Normal Program, Spot, no flash
Post-Processing: crop, clarity, exposure, sharpen       Extra Info: None
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Jade O.
Feb 18, 2014
    Now we need to see your wife's shot of you in the blind...

Feb 18, 2014
    Thanks to all for the comments. You would have laughed, as did my wife, to see me shooting during this blizzard. I hastily made a protective blind out of a large cardboard box with small hole cut out for shooting. It is was not only sort of camouflage but protection from the wind and wet snow. When that got wet and soggy I used a children's plastic wading pool as a cover.

Feb 17, 2014
    Congratulations. Great capture and hard to get.

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Feb 17, 2014
    Poor little guy all puffed up against the cold. I'll bet he's only half that big on a warm day! Love the soft pink colours resulting from the snow against a blurred backdrop of red branches, and the splash of green in the foreground.

Feb 17, 2014
    I like the color pattern, I like the differing textures of the branches and the geometric forms they created (~ two triangles), the heavy snow falling and the puffed up little guy trying to weather it all. Good story; very nicely done.

Feb 16, 2014
    Too cute! I like the colors too. It looks like it belongs on the front of a card.

Feb 16, 2014
    Nice natural shot but the little guy looks so cold

Feb 16, 2014
    Extremely lovely, and instantly my #1. I love everything about it.

Feb 16, 2014
    I feel so sorry for this little bird. Love the oriental composition.

Feb 15, 2014
    I love everything about this shot! The cute little fluffy bird trying to stay warm in the blizzard, perfect composition, effective colors! Very, very nice.

Feb 15, 2014
    This is beautiful. Your framing and composition are perfect as is the lighting.
Edited on Feb 17, 2014

Jade O.
Feb 15, 2014
    Great natural shot and scene. I love it!

Feb 15, 2014
    Brrr! Such a good photo. Love the little bird and the 2 dashes of colour (yellow and green) and I like the blurred snow flakes in the background. :)

Feb 14, 2014
    I just love this! The little bird's head is so sharp, lovely bokeh, and great atmosphere with the snow falling and his feathers fluffed for warmth.

Feb 14, 2014
    The weather and the light undoubtedly have to do with the softness of the image. Also the birds feathers are all fluffed up which gives a soft appearance. I chose this image from among many shots that I took because I liked how it told a story about a tiny creature struggling to survive against the forces of nature.

Feb 14, 2014
    So very sweet, the bird is still a little soft even though you sharpened it.
I do like how it looks like a painting though, always loved that look, she looks so scared, in my faves.

Feb 14, 2014
    This photo has a very soft look to it. Is it because of the weather or was this shot through a window? I like the framing and the muted colors.

Feb 13, 2014
    you would have a better result if you rotated to portrait and made the bird the subject rather than a part of the picture
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