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Am I beautiful?

Am I beautiful?
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Copyright: Mike Rolfe (fiftysomething) Silver Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 45 W: 3 N: 141] (657)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-08-25
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 30D, Canon EF100-400 F4.5-5.6L IS USM
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/8000 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Birds of South Africa 2 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-11-02 0:54
Viewed: 4052
Points: 6
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This is a different look at the Helmeted Guineafowl. They are numerous throughout Southern Africa and are often found in suburbia, which is where I took this photo. At such close range they are really rather ugly but very colourful.
This was the first photo I took with my new 100-400 lens.
I originally mistook this to be a Crested Guineafowl but realized my error - hence the correction.

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Good photograph with the new lens. Lovely colours and sharpness. I'm looking forward to seeing more shots with it.

Hello Mike,
Good compo and POV...
So..they are in Cape Town as well?:-)

Hi Mike,
it is a really peculiar and very colorful bird. Congratulations by your new lens, are very good.
Salutacions cordials.

I still miss my 100-400mm lens. Nice capture of the bird. The photo is reasonably sharp.

The DOF is a bit shallow loosing details to the bottom of the frame. You could have compensated for it by using a smaller F stop (F8) to increase the DOF. Looking at the settings the 1/8000s shutterspeed was more than enough to close down at least two full stops. You have to experiment a bit... my rule is a bigger bird such as this, at least F8.

Getting down and dirty... a lower shot angle would have placed the BG further in the distance giving a smoother BG. Shooting top down as here brings the BG closer and less blurred... even more so at F8

I have a very similar portrait of this critter and think you did well in getting it this good.

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