My Haunting Nightmare
- SunToucher (11162)
- [2007-06-14 14:30]
How sweet to post this wonderful photo for your wife Anna. I am sure you need to keep her positive since she is probably taking care of you for as long as you are recovering. I like the fact that she can appreciate the nick name.
I have to agree with Anne, this is a wonderful looking bird with really stunning colors. They eye does it for me. It stands out so beautifully against the blue/green color. Superb work on the details and DOF. It really looks as if the bird is comming of the photo onto my desk.
- ridvan (5205)
- [2007-06-14 15:01]
selam loot ; excellent shot of this bird, very good details presented , very nice BG and POV, well captured with splendid colours TFS
- mikou (6093)
- [2007-06-14 15:08]
Wow. This is splendid bird with amazing colors.Well composed,excellent exposure and very good focus.Very nice POV and pretty blurred BG.I like wonderful colors with metallic gloss on plumage and also I like his beautiful eye.Superb done this presentation,thanks for sharing.
Best greeting Milos.
- demeve (6165)
- [2007-06-14 15:23]
Hello Loot, wonderful Starling with stunning collors and details, great BG, excellent POV, and composition..Well done!.
- kjpweb (4788)
- [2007-06-14 15:37]
Great capture and colors of this interesting bird. Good post, as well!
- iris (3088)
- [2007-06-14 15:38]
Well Loot, the nightmare i hope comes to atleast a temporary halt with this blue eared starling.Wonderful shot despit the conditions.Good details and that eye is a real puller.Anna has to be happy for this blue you got in your life.
TFS & Cheers
- wishnugaruda (19365)
- [2007-06-14 16:02]
the birds in your country are wonderful - what great colours, I love the glance so much.
Thanks so much for showing us animals I never saw before, bye and many greetings
Sabine - wishnugaruda
- zumoduvas (2535)
- [2007-06-14 16:40]
Excellent picture, very good details and colors.
- nglen (36145)
- [2007-06-14 16:49]
Hi Loot. Whata fine looking bird which you have captuerd very well. very bright colurs and good detail . a nice POV and DOF. very good notes make a great read thanks. very well done TFS.
- saguzar (7202)
- [2007-06-14 17:07]
yes, that you have obtained a very beautiful photo, the metallic colors of the bird are impressive, that stands out very well on the defocused grass suitably. The details are of first level and allows to see the plumage very well. Only I have to congratulate you for share it.
PD: I see google earth few days ago near Kruger N.P and see amounts of lines like street or cultives in a big zone. What is it?
- Proframe (4096)
- [2007-06-14 19:52]
Great colors in this very beautiful bird image Loot.
Most wonderful matallic glow on the feathers.
What I also love very much in this image is the color contast between the blue tones, the black around the birds yey and than in the middle of this the wonderful orange color tones of the eye itself.
Sharpness and exposure are spot on.
A great joy to look at.
Thanks for sharing.
Kind regards, Harry
- deblink (1258)
- [2007-06-14 20:33]
Wow Loot, what an amazing looking starling. The image of it is fabulous, great detail. Very impressive indeed.
- janhendrik (2392)
- [2007-06-15 1:17]
Congratulations on this picture. The exposure are always difficult on these bird, and you got ot spot-on. Very well done.
- manyee (23770)
- [2007-06-15 2:58]
What can I say? Anna has good taste. : )
I am glad that you are sharing this beauty with us.
An excellent shot. Despite the low light and the distance, you managed some very sharp details. The exposure is perfect, bringing out the metallic sheen of that gorgeous blue. The orange eye is a stunning contrast against the dark streak.
A magnificent "blue bird". : )
P.S. Are you going to that "Beginner Workshop" to teach it? Hehee...
- Janice (18832)
- [2007-06-15 3:06]
I love Anna's "Blue Bird".
What magnificent colours he has. Is it real? Are you sure you have painted it with this irridescent turquoise paint?
Groot-blouoorglansspreeu - what a mouthful to say and read Blue Bird.
Great catch, Anna - you know best. But then, women always do:)
Have a good 3 days away - and come back and tell us what you learnt,
- SelenE (13972)
- [2007-06-15 4:42]
Wow! Wish I had colors like this :o) Composition, details, colors, contrast and exposure handling is very good. I liked your eye contact with this beauty a lot. It has an amazing eye by the way... Very well done and TFS.
- sandpiper2 (16757)
- [2007-06-15 8:37]
Well Loot your wife has every right to nag you to post this shot. If I was there I would be naging too:)!
It just beautiful. A beautiful bird and superbly captured in a great pose.
I think this is your best post so far IMO. 10/10.
- dew77 (13270)
- [2007-06-15 13:30]
Very nice capture.I'd never seen this bird before.Shining blue feathers attract attention.Nicely exposed and composed.I liked POV,pose of bird and 3D effect also a lot.Excellent work!
- Raptorman (10388)
- [2007-06-15 13:52]
Hello Loot , congrat. to you , perfect colors , good sharpness , beautiful bird , TFS.
- PeterZ (49139)
- [2007-06-15 14:45]
Many photos I've got of this Starling. So I know how difficult it is to make a photo of this bird in the real colours. In the sun there's a good chance of overexposure, in the shadow the colours look black. But this is how it used to be. Superb.
- anahory (1377)
- [2007-06-15 18:10]
the colours and pose of this magnificent bird are outstanding!
thecnically a perfect shot...yes the bird stands out from the screen...
( you are the teacher of the workshop for sure!)
- jmp (8415)
- [2007-06-16 8:13]
Really a very beautiful blue bird! I think your wife was right about the opportunity of posting this beauty. No one would say to contrary! Outstanding close-up, with excellent details, pov, pose and colours.
Best regads, José M.
So waar as padda manel dra!
This is a superb photo. Loot, I think you must listen to your wife more often. They normally know what they are talking about. We (men) just do not want to admit it. The female gender do have good taste. This photo just proof it once again. The points go to you, but the trophy belongs to Anna. I just love it. It is absolutly beautiful.Stunning striking colours. Stands out on the screen. Excellent choice. Please ask her to start browsing through your images for the next choice of posting. I am sure it will be a winner as well.
Well I cannot wait to see, how your pictures will turn out,now that you have been on this Workshop. Not that I think you needed it in anyway. But on the other hand, what would an old Kaaskop like me know?
Kind regards and I hope you had a wonderful Fathersday.
- ellis49 (2254)
- [2007-06-18 0:27]
I'm late as usual ;-)
Your wife is absolute right, this is a beautiful bird.
The colour tones in the plumage are amazing and the yellow rng
around the eye is also very nice.
Well composed, good POV and fine details.
Great work, MF.
- SkyF (8073)
- [2007-06-18 9:08]
Not surprised your wife loves this photo this bird is gorgeous , those colors of the plumage is amazing.
Very nice composition with the bird filling almost the entire canvas. The details and sharpness are perfect. Beautiful POV and the DOF is spot on.
- saeedabbasi (5100)
- [2007-06-19 5:14]
Hi dear Loot ,
very nice image with great focus.
it has amzaing and lovely colours.
well composed and nice sharpness.
A perfect capture
My best regrads
- blakitan (5517)
- [2007-06-19 5:31]
Well, this is obviously a lovely bird. I guess your wife made a good suggestion for posting this one....
Excellent shot of this blue bird.
- betsie (0)
- [2007-06-19 7:04]
Baie mooi kleure - lyk of jy met kleur gespeel het hier! stunning!! - Die agtergrond is vir my persoonlik bietjie "blur", maar nogtans 'n baie mooi foto.
- Dyker (170)
- [2007-06-19 10:13]
What a lovely shiner. The "blue bird" turned out to be a winner as Shorty predicted. I have tried to photograph this bird and every time it was a flop. It comes out either too dark or over exposed, but you succeeded brilliantly to capture the remarkable sheen and radiance of this bird's plumage. The focus is sharp and the colours are beautiful. That bright orange eye is quite a draw card.
Well Loot "She who must be obeyed" has a good eye for a very good shot. What took you so long Loot to "see the light"? I suspect that you wanted to hang on to this "spreeuw" monogamously... while at the same time secretly enjoying Shorty's exhortations!
As to the bird: The metalic colours are amazing! Hierdie grootblouoorglansspreeu magtig pragtig! Schitterend die! Why is it hiding its toes?
PS Congrats Loot on breaking the SixthOUsaND barrier...
- marhowie (486)
- [2007-06-21 10:32]
Wow colors seen in our feathered friend Loot, nice.
Perfect DOF separating subject from BG, nice and sharp, and excellent details.
Very nice job on the exposure, comp, & PP as well mf :)
- AnimalExplorer (1997)
- [2007-06-22 14:41]
Well I would almost have to say this bird was produced in a metal foundry as it looks so unreal but incredible at the same time. The metalic blue effect on the plummage of this bird is amazing, and your POV does the subject justice. Super snap Loot! :)
- peter_stoeckl (11530)
- [2007-06-23 4:56]
or may I say "Hi Shorty",
thank you for insisting on Loot posting this starling at once, after keeping it back since October last year.
That majestical deep blue bird is WONDERFUL. And the way is wonderful, too, in which Loot captured that bird precisely and clearly in its slightly inclined side position in front of that well contrasting red soil.
The bird's colours are divine. Medieval European painters would have ordered a few ounces of precious lapislazuli pigments at once to start painting that jewel of nature (see Albrecht Dürer, Wing of the Roller).
My best regards to you, and to my dear friend Loot.
- vanderschelden (30441)
- [2007-06-25 6:37]
It is a wonderful bird through these blue colours.
Good work for your 'Shorty' and TFS
- jeanpaul (14962)
- [2007-06-25 20:19]
Bravo pour l'exposition et les belles couleurs juste. Félicitations pour l'éclat des couleurs et la qualité de l'image.
Merci pour l'envoie et au revoir...JP.
- valy67 (9219)
- [2007-06-26 6:26]
Hello Loot !
Wow, this is probably the most beautiful bird I have ever seen ! This metallic blue color is amazing, and such a gorgeous eye ! A beauty ! And you have captured him perfectly - details, colors, composition, POV, pose of the bird, eye-contact... everything is excellent. I understand why your wife wanted you to post it ! :-)
very well done !
- bobcat08 (1431)
- [2007-06-27 1:49]
What a colour. Whauw. The contrast between the eyes and the bodycolour. Amazing. A very nice BG and POV. Sharp as usual. Regards and TFS Bob
- cicindela (9226)
- [2007-06-27 6:10]
WOW! This picture is just amazing! Great, vivid and well saturated colours, perfect details and DOF, and very good POF. What do I want more? Maybe an interesting note, but this is also excellect!
Very well done! Bravo and TFS!
Greetings from Poland,
- pilonm (3321)
- [2007-06-27 15:07]
Thank you for the perseverance of your wife Anna for we can now see that wonderful, colorful, splendid, remarkable bird! :-D
A lot more colorful that our European starling (ironically a very common sturnidae in North America). The iridescent colors of the bird is astonishing... And when we know that blue doesn't exist in bird pigmentation!!!
Great capture and great pose from the bird!
Congratulations and TFS,
- Alex99 (23735)
- [2007-07-08 10:41]
Hi, dear Loot.
Once more amazing interesting note and superb of magic beauty blue bird. I like all components of photo masterpiece. Amazing combination of bright colours, perfect low POV an excellently selected DOF. Now I think that too blurred ground as a BG is not perfect always. Your BG is well detailed and supplements the main subject very well. Composition is excellent and it is natural for you. My best regards and heart wishes,
- zeca (2887)
- [2007-07-18 18:34]
Beautiful bird, Loot! The metallic shine is just great! Excellent capture!
- smurali (3596)
- [2007-11-04 4:26]
Loot, Brilliant Blue Bird. I did not notice this all this while. It is indeed attractive. The one Blue Bird you do not want to miss is Indian Peacock. The most spectacular bird of all blue birds.
- Murali Santhanam
- fragman (43778)
- [2007-12-17 12:27]
so glossy and beautiful, TFS Ori
- arfer (0)
- [2008-01-22 9:43]
This bird is so bright and colourful.
The eye detail is wonderful.
Excellent plumage detail and feather definition.
Your low POV is very good.
This is a very beautiful bird.
- shirgold (2748)
- [2008-02-05 4:33]
The starlings are some of Africa's most beautiful birds - your image does justice to them - showing all their colors and beauty.
Pose of the bird is very nice and note more than complete.
- Miss_Piggy (18714)
- [2008-02-14 5:05]
And how did I haunt you to place this photo? Over and over until the 14th June 2006. I think by that time the nightmares got worse, and you decided to give in. Blue is not my favourite colour but this Greater blue-eared starling makes up for this fact. Clear, sharp and a well composed image, with stunning colours. A masterful shot, were you managed to capture the details of the plumage perfectly. I like the green grass and the way you have blurred out the background, still leaving enough to see of the photo. I enjoyed looking at this one again. Especially the eye is very attention-grabbing. Thanks for sharing.Lovely and interesting note as usual.
- RDx (282)
- [2009-08-29 1:39]
I would gone a bit lower to get a eye level shot !! But then , what the heck !!! The colours on this one, makes up for everything else. Cant take my eyes off this one.