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.:Spruce Grouse:.
.:Spruce Grouse:.
Alain


Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: Wildlife III (Advanced Editing V)
Camera: Nikon D50
Lens: Sigma 70-300mm f/4-5.6 APO DG Macro for Nikon
Location: Route du Nord (North of Chibougamau)
Date: Jan 17, 2007
Aperture: 5.6
ISO: 200
Shutter: 1/160
Galleries: Nature, Animals
Date Uploaded: Jan 21, 2007

When I saw this challenge, the first thing that I did was to phone one of my customer located 6 hours north of my town to check with him if the Caribous did show up.

He told me that they were there, so I drove over... to see only one Caribou and the few pictures that I took were not very good. At least I saw lots of Grouses and this is a picture that came up pretty good.

Statistics
Place: 28 out of 218
Avg (all users): 6.6255
Avg (commenters): 7.8214
Avg (participants): 6.6514
Avg (non-participants): 6.6056
Views since voting: 1942
Views during voting: 380
Votes: 251
Comments: 32
Favorites: 2 (view)


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01/14/2008 08:15:27 PM
AWESOME! you didnt rouse the grouse, but you sure did cpature him (and that's much better when you're trying to catch an image or 2 eh?)

I frequently do rouse these guys in the woods when I am X-country skiing; always startles me & then make sme LAUGH!

Enjoyed this very much Alain!

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02/02/2007 05:18:00 PM
CRITIQUE CLUB CRITIQUE
by karmat

Compositionally, this is an excellent shot. The bird is located strongly on the lower right thirds and this lends balance and strength to the shot. Also, the limbs included not only add the "natural" context needed, but the snow adds extra interest to the shot.

Technically, this is spot on. The exposure is such that details show in the plummage, yet the snow isn't blown out, and you have maintained rich color tones. The focus on the bird is emphasized by the shallow dof and the lack of focus on the tree.

overall, this is an excellent shot that I'm surprised didn't score higher. Good work.

Karma
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01/29/2007 12:22:08 AM
You were robbed. Still should have ribboned. Van
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
01/28/2007 11:57:13 PM
he's so well camouflaged... enjoyed this shot, no grousing from me.
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01/28/2007 10:06:11 PM
Wonderful bird! You can see why he would be hard to see in this setting as his plumage mirrors the snowy scene.
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01/28/2007 06:14:17 PM
Great capture and very sharp! I love how you can really tell she (he?) is in natural environment. 8.
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01/28/2007 04:22:17 PM
Nice. Wish the grouse stood out a little more from the surrounding branches. A small movement to the left perhaps?
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01/28/2007 01:34:33 PM
Nice capture. Love the DOF. 9
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01/27/2007 01:46:31 PM
Great title. And very nice shot to show how well these guys can blend in with their surroundings. Excellent detail.
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01/27/2007 03:17:43 AM
lovely
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01/27/2007 02:59:22 AM
lovely light and nice colours and tones...very nice
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01/25/2007 11:47:06 AM
Beautiful blends in with the snowy tree
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01/25/2007 12:54:51 AM
he needs more light on him. that'd turn this from "ok" to "great!!"
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01/24/2007 05:26:15 AM
I like it... crop off a bit more of the left side of the image.
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01/24/2007 04:16:00 AM
excellent nature photograph, like how you show the bird in its environment. bumping up
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01/23/2007 10:36:05 PM
Nice Sharp Image, great detail on the feathers on the wings especially!
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01/23/2007 05:19:46 PM
Nice looking bird and good detail; would like the eye brought out a little.
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01/23/2007 06:56:27 AM
I like this one. 8.
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01/23/2007 12:04:20 AM
Fantastic image... and either you have a very long lens or are unbelievably quiet in the bush. Great focus, fantastic DOF and considering the colours, I am amazed you managed to spot this beautiful specimen. Well done.
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01/22/2007 11:10:41 PM
A really tough composition 'cause he's supposed to bland! You did a nice job of giving him some natural setting without losing him to the woods. Good DOF, good detail, pretty setting. Well done. 8
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01/22/2007 08:18:40 PM
Lovely colours and a great natural setting.
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01/22/2007 06:37:43 PM
Great shot of the thunder maker. The contrast and sharpness are great.
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01/22/2007 04:17:45 PM
Beautiful picture color is great 10
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01/22/2007 03:04:54 PM
Very nice.
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01/22/2007 02:41:29 PM
This is my favourite, well done!
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01/22/2007 11:39:12 AM
Love the title. I've always been fascinated by Hughes' monster airplane :-)
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01/22/2007 11:31:35 AM
Superb!
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01/22/2007 10:30:50 AM
love the camoflauge of the bird and his surroundings... great capture..
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01/22/2007 07:53:44 AM
This should be a ribbon. One of the best Spruch Grouse shot I've ever seen. Van
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01/22/2007 03:31:45 AM
very nice indeed! love the subtle colours coming through! 8
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01/22/2007 01:18:55 AM
7, great shot, too bad the branch was in the way of the tail feathers but still a great shot!!!
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01/22/2007 12:35:13 AM
nice sharp details! love the dof
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