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    Posted: 17 February 2008 at 08:42
A starter for the new thread. This shot reprocessed via IDC rather than Bibble.

 



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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 17 February 2008 at 12:36
Fuligule morillon in french.




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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 17 February 2008 at 14:33
Some more from Africa

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 17 February 2008 at 15:24
Wow some really exotic looking birds here! Thanks Okapi and Hobgoblin!
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 17 February 2008 at 16:18
Flamingo dancing..
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 17 February 2008 at 22:05
These were manual focus shots of our native wood-pigeon or kereru. There were far too many intervening leaves and branches to attempt an AF shot. I was using the trusty α100 with the 300/4 G and external fill flash (set at rear-sync IIRC).

The kereru technically a threatened species, but still common in several parts of the country. Fwiw, it is also the largest extant pigeon species left in the world.

Most of the time, I've ended up with shots of the backside of this bird- a perspective that comes naturally when you are on the ground and it is up there in the trees. Here I had the advantage of a viewing platform, so got a more flattering perspective :)

I'm trying to decide which of the three shots I like the most- your thoughts appreciated.
#1

#2

#3


Edited by chthoniid - 17 February 2008 at 22:06
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 17 February 2008 at 23:23
For me the first is preferable, think the branch the bird is perching on in the others is too distracting.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 18 February 2008 at 02:02
Originally posted by Hobgoblin Hobgoblin wrote:

For me the first is preferable, think the branch the bird is perching on in the others is too distracting.


Thanks- yes, it wasn't very co-operative at posing (kept hopping around on the branches) and I only had 2 narrow lines-of-sight into the tree. I think I like the colours more on #2 and #3, but the intervening branch is a problem.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 18 February 2008 at 11:41
I was on a bird walk Saturday and had a Wood Stork flyover. A100/70-200ssm/sony1.4TC


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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 18 February 2008 at 11:54
Originally posted by chthoniid chthoniid wrote:


I'm trying to decide which of the three shots I like the most- your thoughts appreciated.


I am going to echo Hobgoblin on this one. Try a smidgeon (ha!) of a tweak on the curves for #1 to match the other two.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 18 February 2008 at 21:46
Two typical town birds on the main square of Enschede:



Not as spectular as most other pictures in this (and preceding) topics but perhaps these are also likable.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 19 February 2008 at 10:46
One of the ladies I work with has a pet rainbow lorikeet. I popped in yesterday after work and took a few snaps. It was very tame - had been hand-reared. He is easily handled, and is delightful character. Please not that he's not chained to the post. The chain is attached to the lid on the citronella burner:







All taken with the 200/2.8

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 19 February 2008 at 11:14
The bird may be a delightful character but these photographs are delightful too!
Did you use natural light or flash and I assume these were taken handheld?
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 19 February 2008 at 13:04
Thanks pauljg - all hand-held in natural light (shade). I had to try to position him in the shade with a dark background. He was very patient with me.

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