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  #139 Portrait Orientation
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Chillee Chickadee       ©2014 Adirondack Gal
Sony SLT-A77V       7th place, 109 points
1/639s, f6.3, ISO 200, 450mm, Normal Program, Center Weighted Average, no flash
Post-Processing: Cloned distraction, adj levels, sharpened, resized for web.       Extra Info: It has been below zero for many days and the birds all puff up like this to conserve body heat. There is something about the lighting in this image that I find very appealing.
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Jade O.
Mar 10, 2014
    I agree I don't know how they don't freeze solid. Lovely shot!

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Mar 10, 2014
    Amazing how much the fluffing up changes the appearance of these popular little birds. I don't think I've seen it captured so well. I'd be interested to know how you got the bokeh to look like a watercolour - I like the effect.

Mar 10, 2014
    The subtle PP adds a painting-like quality to this delicate image. Very cute chickadee.

Mar 10, 2014
    I love the blurred effect of the background against the detail in the feathers. What a beauty!

Adirondack Gal
Mar 10, 2014
    Thanks Phil99 :-) It was awfully cold to be out there taking pictures that day!

Adirondack Gal
Mar 10, 2014
    Jade: Thank you. I honestly don't know how these little ping pong balls with feathers survive these sub zero temperatures. I'm glad it wasn't a"dead"eye! LOL!

Adirondack Gal
Mar 10, 2014
    Thank you, FC! :-)

Adirondack Gal
Mar 10, 2014
    Johncomyn: No, this is NOT a heavy crop. It was so cold that day, it was possibly the tree shivering which caused the doubling of the branches. Lacking detail??? The detail in the bird itself is amazing.. have you looked closely? Finally: Yes, I agree, it does look like a painting!

Adirondack Gal
Mar 10, 2014
    eagle1... thank you for letting me know what the doubling of the branches is called. I honestly don't know what caused this, because it is also in the original capture. Thank you for your constructive comments! :-)

Mar 10, 2014
    Very good photo. :)

Jade O.
Mar 8, 2014
    Nice detail with just barely enough light in that eye to keep it from being "dead".

Mar 7, 2014
    you got the lighting spot on

Mar 7, 2014
    Nice composition and great capture. The only thing that deducts from the high quality is some of the bokeh artifacts (halos by the bird's head, and the "double image" looking branches). Looks like you might have applied a little too much tone mapping or sharpening. A softer, more blurred look would, IMHO, be a more pleasing effect. Still, this is a fine image and one of my favorites.
Edited on Mar 7, 2014

Mar 6, 2014
    Was this a heavy crop, or some camera shake? Love the tones, almost like a painting! Details just lacking a little in the right places.
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