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The Heart of Winter
JakeKurdsjuk


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Challenge: Free Study 2016-12 (Standard Editing)
Collection: Portfolio
Camera: Nikon D500
Date: Dec 29, 2016
Aperture: 6.3
ISO: 1600
Shutter: 1/320
Date Uploaded: Dec 29, 2016

Tufted Titmouse (the Chickadee was last month) shot through my family room window. Alas, I can get the birds to come, but I can't get them to pose, so while I would have loved for it to face into the frame rather than out of it I am happy that it sat still long enough for me to get any shot at all.

I'm more than slightly thrilled that this guy, and others like it, did so well in the FS this year. When I discovered that I was leading after 5 months I was stunned. That I managed to hold onto that lead is quite remarkable given some of the other work that appears here from some of the most beautiful parts of the world. That I don't get out and about much is evident in the fact that 7 of my 12 entries were taken in my backyard, with 6 of them shot within 15 feet of each other. So if nothing else this proves that you don't have to go somewhere to make a picture.

Statistics
Place: 5 out of 88
Avg (all users): 6.6301
Avg (commenters): 7.6000
Avg (participants): 6.6731
Avg (non-participants): 6.5238
Views since voting: 419
Views during voting: 141
Votes: 73
Comments: 19
Favorites: 1 (view)


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01/11/2017 08:10:13 AM
Originally posted by jjstager2:


The snow on the evergreen...the detail of the bird's feathers.


... the heart shaped showflake in the background
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01/08/2017 08:16:59 PM
This is beautiful.

The snow on the evergreen...the detail of the bird's feathers.

Well done.
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01/08/2017 10:42:56 AM
Congratulations Jake! You've done well within your 100 foot circle this year! I've taken my share of bird photos, so just getting them as good as this is all you can do some times. Congrats on winning the marathon!
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01/08/2017 08:43:45 AM
WTG Jake! This would make a great Christmas card. Congrats on the FS competition, not easy to do!
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01/08/2017 07:38:17 AM
Congratulations Jake, it looks like you've won the FS competition for the year which is an incredible accomplishment considering
you captured most of your photographs in your back yard!
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01/08/2017 05:25:31 AM
congrats on the HM!
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01/08/2017 05:09:13 AM
Originally posted by chalice:

Flawless, Jake. Congrats on the frontpage finish. Given the tiny "heart" snowflake, perhaps this would make a good Valentine's card for those who live in the snow belt.


Oh, I just discovered the heart just now - one more reason to cherish this lovely picture! Congrats!
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01/08/2017 04:55:51 AM
I love your bird photos and this is another true gem. Congrats!
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01/08/2017 02:55:01 AM
Flawless, Jake. Congrats on the frontpage finish. Given the tiny "heart" snowflake, perhaps this would make a good Valentine's card for those who live in the snow belt.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
01/07/2017 11:52:59 PM
Charmingly crisp capture. voted earlier
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01/07/2017 08:46:29 PM
So lovely! It would make a great card.
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01/07/2017 08:45:22 PM
Beautiful capture the colors and clarity are spot on.
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01/07/2017 03:40:36 PM
Composition wise it might be better when the bird looked to the other side, but altogether a beautiful image.
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01/07/2017 01:07:36 PM
Brilliant clarity! Back yard nature in snow.
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01/06/2017 07:17:52 PM
Sweet
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01/03/2017 12:07:17 PM
Cute!
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01/02/2017 08:32:25 PM
Calendar worthy.
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01/01/2017 04:54:14 PM
Beautiful capture. Love that heart shaped snow in the BG.
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01/01/2017 04:50:42 PM
7 from me... I wish the chickadee (?) were looking into the frame instead of out of it... to make it more comfortable for the viewer. Just a swing to the left would have made this a 9 or a 10. I love the colors... and that one snow heart in the background!
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