Cold Snap (cold+snap snow winter birds ). Photo by MossMountain
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Cold Snap

Uploaded by: MossMountain

Monday January 16, 2012

Columbia Falls, Mt (Current Weather Conditions)

Caption: A junco puffs up to stay warm in a Montana cold snap.

Manufacturer: NIKON CORPORATION

Model: NIKON D200

Orientation: top - left

x-Resolution: 300.00

y-Resolution: 300.00

Resolution Unit: Inch

Software: Ver.2.00

Exposure Time: 1/250 sec.

FNumber: f/22.0

Exposure Program: Manual

ISO Speed Ratings: 100

Exif Version: Exif Version 2.21

Components Configuration: - - - Y

Compressed Bits per Pixel: 2.00

Exposure Bias: 1.00 EV

MaxApertureValue: 0.00 EV (f/1.0)

Metering Mode: Center-Weighted Average

Light Source: 0

Flash: Flash did not fire.

Focal Length: 0.0 mm

User Comment: Chris Velardi www.velardi.con

SubsecTime: 84

SubSecTimeOriginal: 84

SubSecTimeDigitized: 84

FlashPixVersion: FlashPix Version 1.0

Color Space: sRGB

PixelXDimension: 3872

PixelYDimension: 2592

Sensing Method: One-chip color area sensor

Custom Rendered: Normal process

Exposure Mode: Manual exposure

White Balance: Auto white balance

Digital Zoom Ratio: 1.00

Focal Length In 35mm Film: 0

Scene Capture Type: Standard

Gain Control: Normal

Contrast: Normal

Saturation: Normal

Sharpness: Normal

Subject Distance Range: Unknown

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11. relishthejourney
5:27 AM GMT on January 22, 2012
Beautiful composition! And thanks for the exposure info! Lucky you to have a glass 'birdhouse'! :)
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10. MossMountain
5:29 PM GMT on January 17, 2012
Regarding everyone's questions about the settings, yes they are correct. I used a 180mm Nikkor ED 1:2.8 fixed lens and shoot strictly manual in all modes. I also have an elevated glass bird watching room with windows that slide open, so I can get up close and personal with the birds in the trees. Provided my manual focusing is good and the shot is clear, I crop extensively as well.
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9. Psycmeistr
5:27 PM GMT on January 17, 2012
Beautiful capture--congrats~
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8. Clabo
4:59 PM GMT on January 17, 2012
I was curious about the settings, too. I've got an old-timey 50mm f/1.4D that locks on f/1.4, wide-open, not closed-down at f/16.

f/22 always gives me some nasty diffraction effects (to me, at least) when zoomed way in, no matter which lens, so when I want a big honkin' DOF, I won't stop down past f/11 or *maybe* f/16 or so, tops.

I had a bunch of turtles on a log and wanted to get *all* of them in-focus from the end of the log near me, way out to the far end of the log, went for f/22, and didn't like *at all* the way the shots came out. Shouldda stuck with f/11 and been done with it.

To me, though, this shot looks pretty wide-open given the pretty narrow DOF (eg, th fuzzy branches behind and in front), and 1/250sec sounds about right on a cloudy snowy day, so I wouldn't think it's *actually* shot at f/22, but wider-open to f/5.6 or whatever's the widest-open setting of the lens.

Gotta love manual lenses... :D

Cute little critter, though, whatever the settings!
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7. beanhead
2:52 PM GMT on January 17, 2012
Lovely wintry bird capture!
Congrats!
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6. Wanda1948
2:52 PM GMT on January 17, 2012
Fantastic shot! Congratulations!
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5. mainemtbiker
1:38 PM GMT on January 17, 2012
Great shot! Looks like my back yard here in Maine.
I was curious about your EXIF data. It says 1/250 at F22 and ISO of 100. Are these right? :-) I suspect that the F22 given the narrow DOF. Must be something to do with shooting in manual mode? I'll have to check this out on my D40x.
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4. dixiedaughter
7:36 AM GMT on January 17, 2012
Oh my, that is adorable. Awesome shot, congratulations!
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3. gilg72
6:32 AM GMT on January 17, 2012
Makes sense on above #2. Hope he can keep warm.
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2. uphillbattle
5:18 AM GMT on January 17, 2012
This answers the question:
What's cold and lives in Montana?
BRRRRDs!
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1. catilac
4:04 AM GMT on January 17, 2012
Wonderful shot! UPDATE: Congratulations!
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MossMountain

I have been a photographer, both professionally and as a hobby, for 35 years. I shoot with a Nikon D200 and three "antique" fixed length Nikon lenses that I could probably no longer afford to buy. As a professional I specialized in sailing and sailing boat racing and worked as a freelancer for many major magazines. I currently live on the edge of Glacier National Park, one of the most photographic places on earth, and have gone back to taking pictures just for the sheer joy of it.

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