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Copyright: Gerhard Theron (gerhardt) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1936 W: 244 N: 4106] (11620)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-05-08
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 20D, Canon EF 100-400mm F/4.5-5.6L IS USM, Digital ISO 200, Hoya UV-Guard (77mm)
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/400 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2005-10-27 13:59
Viewed: 5822
Points: 58
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Malachite Kingfisher
Alcedo cristata

Very small; above bright deep blue; crown blue-green, barred black, meets eye; throat and patches on sides of neck white; rest of underparts orange-chestnut; bill and feet red. Inland waters with marginal vegetation. Widespread except in arid regions. Common resident

This is one out of ten species of Kingfishers in SA. The only species I have seen and taken photos off. The other nine will have to wait... :)

I used a "Provia" action for PS CS on this photo and hope the colors are not over-saturated. Please advise...

I might be dropping off the radar for a week or two as I am going for some surgery. Nothing serious but I won't be able to gain access to the net for a while.

See you soon...

pompey, sAner, Fisher, wallhalla15, scottevers7, liquidsunshine, Signal-Womb, red45, marhowie, TAZ, ellis49, dew77, Athila, Runnerduck, Marlis, Luc, tiobibi, slrnovice2 has marked this note useful
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  • pompey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 144 W: 4 N: 746] (2774)
  • [2005-10-27 14:04]

Great capture Gerhard, beautiful colours and details. Hurry back!

Very nice subject, great detail and colours. Great work. Love the web site!

I was able to shot some of these kingfisher while in South Africa, but there is no way I would have been able to have as much detail as this with the equipment I had... and still have to be honest :-)
This picture is simply... perfect !!!
Well done

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  • sAner Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1455 W: 74 N: 1426] (4750)
  • [2005-10-27 14:39]

Excellent capture Gerhard. Very colorful and very sharp details. Composition is great. Good luck with surgery and hurry back. Well done & TFS!


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  • Aramok Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 896 W: 101 N: 1501] (5166)
  • [2005-10-27 14:40]

excellent detail and the colors are great. what a very pretty bird.

This is very nice Gerhard, the colour saturation is nice with good detail.
Well taken and thanks for sharing.

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  • Fisher Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1540 W: 309 N: 2234] (8915)
  • [2005-10-27 15:13]

Hi Gerhard,

Excellent shot and well done on the composition and details. It's a beauty and the action looks from this end. Excellent work.
Hope all goes well and you are back sooner then you think. Cheers.


Gerhard, this is an excellent photo. Great colours, excellent sharpness and lighting. A very nice composite with excellent POV. Thanks for posting.
I wish you good luck with surgery and come back soon.

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  • Libor Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 164 W: 1 N: 25] (1101)
  • [2005-10-27 15:26]

wauuuuuuu superb photo
perfect composition,sharp,details,BG
excellent shot !!!!

Hi Gerhard,
Excellent capture on this Kingfisher. The color is certainly eye popping on this fellow.
The detail and DOF look to be perfect. I like the composition and backround here very much.
Good Luck on you surgery, and check in when you can.

Lovely shot Gerhard,
The colours are fantastic. excellent detail, sharpness and composition.
Good luck with the surgery, thanks for posting.

Hi Gerhard,
It'a a beautiful bird you have caught.
Very well composed, nice colours and very good details.
Excellent work, my friend.

Zero down one to go.;-)
We have only one species of kingfisher and it's high on my wishlist

Hi Gerhard, brilliant capture, great details and very nice composition of this stunning bird. I dont think the colours here are over-sat but you are on the limit Id say. Most animal pics benefit from a boast and this is the case here, its very effective for this shot. 8/10 Excellent work.

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2005-10-27 17:03]

Gerhard, and you wrote that my picture is good... THIS is MASTERPIECE my friend! Bird looks amazing, pose, composition, light - all great. I think colours are good, digital Provia works well and Kingfisher shines with its help!

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  • chiliu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1457 W: 0 N: 1176] (6526)
  • [2005-10-27 17:09]

Superb capture, Gerhard
Amazing colours, very sharp and clear details,
excellent composition, nicely framed.

Bold vivid colors in this specie Gerhard. Fantastic job, very sharp and clear. Very well done my friend. Good to hear it's not serious..Heal quickly my friend. Thank you.

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  • jossim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1538 W: 5 N: 2240] (12636)
  • [2005-10-27 22:15]

L'éclairage est vraiment magnifique et les couleurs sont éblouissantes. Avez vous ajouté de la saturation ?

Félicitations et merci pour l'envoie.

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  • ridfa Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 89 W: 0 N: 376] (4111)
  • [2005-10-28 1:22]


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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2005-10-28 2:05]

I have never see in real this beautiful bird but I like it very much through TN photos. And this one is wonderful on the nice background. Congratulations Gerhard and thanks for sharing.

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2005-10-28 6:19]

Hello Gerhard!
Very nice capture.POV,vivid colors,clear details,framing and composition are wonderful.TFS...:-)

This is a very nice shot with great colours and detail. Well done. Jy moet gou gesond word!!

Hi Gerhard

Short on time again today, but enough time to look at this stunning shot. Very good POV. Amazing vivid colours. Sharpness, clarity and detail are all spot on. Nicely composed work. Thanks.

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  • Athila Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 335 W: 239 N: 493] (1982)
  • [2005-10-28 14:56]

Magnificient colors!

Technically, exposure and focus perfect.

Artistically, good DOF with blured BG, bird stand in lower part of the frame so not to centered and I love the diagonal branch. And excellent colors saturation (normal when exposure is perfect) ;o)

Wonderful and TFS

A beautiful shot, excellent colours, incredibly strong.
Perfect comp, dof and pov. Thanks for posting.
Hope all goes well with your op.

hello Gerhardt,
Kingfishers happen to be my favorite bird- I have unsuccessfully tried to take pics... I fulla appreciate your amazing shot.
Wonderful rich colors, superb sharpness and a great POV. This little fellow seems to have quite an attitude. he knows he is beautiful- great pose!
good luck with surgery.

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  • Luc Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1835 W: 301 N: 4287] (14767)
  • [2005-11-05 21:35]

Personal assessment of the photo: excellent.
Capacity of evocation in me: strong.
Strong visual impact.
Aptness of the photo for the site: excellent.
Personal assessment of the note: complete.
Thank you Gerhard. See you soon..

Hi Gerhard
Yes, I had an invite to the site by my nephew, so I dropped the hippos along the way. As you know, time is tight, but I will post the impies as soon as I have time - I must at least comment again on the last posts.
We have discussed this gem - you know I think it rocks - I must still try the affect myself.
Sold 3 lenses, have the new Nikor baby, must senf you some shots.
Sorry I could not make it with Paul on Sunday - it was our last day out before Pietta's op today.

Hi Gerhard, I don't know much about Malachite Kingfishers so cannot advise on the colour but wow, it is striking. I thought our native Kingfishers were bright and cheerful but this one beats it hands down. It's a great image: sharp, detailed and a great BG to match the colours of the bird. Nicely done :)

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  • osse Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 955 W: 0 N: 89] (7805)
  • [2006-02-03 17:27]

Excellent capture Gerhard.beautiful colours and details.Composition is great.Sharp details.
TFS Gerhard

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