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Tawas Point, Michigan has sandy beaches that are used by migrating sparrows as a place to rest and find food. This white-crowned sparrow peeked out of the surrounding willows in early morning light.

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How’s the comp on this one?

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Z9 600mm f4 (1/1250 sec at f6.3, ISO 1000) Levels, crop for comp DeNoise, Rubber stamp tool to remove dark spots on sand.

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I think the composition is great Jim. I really like the clean crispness of this image overall. Nice colors and lighting.

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Hi Jim
I thank you for the Beachcomber, I don’t think I have ever seen one before. I like the framing, eye contact and feather detail. Nice work.

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I like the setting and composition. Nice pose and detail on the sparrow. The ones I see out west have a much lighter chest-more whites and tans.

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Excellent image, Jim. I shouldn’t have been surprised to see this, but I was. We have lots of them out here (a fixture in parking lots in the spring), but I don’t recall ever seeing one on the beach.

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just looks otherworldly on the beach. Nice work.

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Hi Jim, love seeing these sparrows. I find them quite photogenic on their own and including one in this unique setting looks great. Fine details, exposure, and composition. TFS.

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