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    Default Eastern Bluebird on a cold winter day

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    This female bluebird was captured recently on a cold winter day. She was all fluffed up to stay warm.

    D810. 500PF. 1.400s. f/7.1. ISO 3200 hand held

    Post: 5% crop from right side, full frame vertically. Clone stamp to one dark spot in bg.

    Shallow dof, because of focal length and how close I was. Didn't want to have to increase the ISO anymore.

    Advice and comments always appreciated.

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    Very cute little female, almost puffed up enough to qualify as a birb. Looks like a cold day. Also looks like she has a band on her right leg. Nice detail where it counts.

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    Like the framing here. Nice to have all that room for the bird to look into. Neat it is banded. Like the rock perch.

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    Great looking female. I haven't seen one on a rock before so that is nice. Love the pose and the image does portray a cold day. Didn't notice the band, but don't have a problem with it either. I struck out on these guys this winter, maybe this spring. TFS

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    Really nice, Randy. Exposure looks good - it's so easy to blow-out that eye-ring but you've handled it really well. I might try brightening the image globally just slightly, but it certainly works as presented. I like how the bird's perched on the side of the rock. Strong frame. TFS

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    Such a pretty little bird.
    Love the gray rock and complimentary gray BG.
    I didn't notice the band at first so I have to say that it doesn't take away from the image.
    Yes, to a bit more DOF but face/eye and bill are nice and sharp.
    Does the D 810 have a high MP resolution? Because if it does, you could have moved back a couple of feet and increased your DOF a bit more and just cropped the image a bit more.
    So easy to be an armchair critic!
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    Thanks everyone for the comments.

    Gail, D810 is 36 MP, so lots of data to play with. But I didn't have the opportunity to move when this young lady landed unexpectedly in that spot. Guess I need a zoom lens!

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    Very pretty gal. Her subtle colours look great. Neat perch, with its' roundness adding to the bluebirds roundness as well.

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    Thanks Daniel:

    I also appreciated the round perch, round bird, and liked the color harmony of the rock and background.

    Yes, quite a subtle bird, but seemed to fit the subdued color palette well.

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