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Southern Red Bishop 2

Southern Red Bishop 2
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Copyright: George Veltchev (mwmod99) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 855 W: 655 N: 3361] (14196)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2011-01-02
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 5D MKII, Canon EF 300\4L IS
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/750 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): CeltickRanger's favorite photos of birds singing, Soap Bubble+ [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2011-02-01 8:33
Viewed: 4528
Points: 44
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This is the second image of the Southern Red Bishop I am presenting and this time the bird is busy singing a love song!

At the start of the breeding season, the males build several nests to attract females. They perform a display flight with their feathers fluffed up. They are polygamous and mate with several females. The nest is most commonly built among reeds and is made of grasses and other plant materials woven together. Two to four eggs are laid.

Image taken in RAW, ISO500, Aperture priority mode and evaluative metering system!

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Ciao George, again neighhbour today, amazing bird with fantastic colors, nice pose on a splendid lighting BG, wonderful details and excellent sharpness, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio

Hi George,
beautiful photo of this bishop :). Perfect sharpness, amazing natural colours. This bird looks like wearing a hat.
Have a nice evening,

Hello George,
In my opinion this bird is oversaturated. There are no details in the breast and head. The red on the head looks like plastic. I hope you got another better photo of this splendid bird. The feathers and wings on the back are very beautiful.

Hello George,
Excellent capture of an amazing bird with vivid colors, maybe a little oversaturated, especially the head.
Very sharp image with amazing details and splendid clarity.
Thanks for sharing!

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2011-02-01 9:10]
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Hello George,
A superb shot of the male Southern Red Bishop Weaver displaying,
The technical standard is top and the POV shows him in full beauty with fine saturated colours (digital reds are difficult) in a pleasing composition on the bullrush head.
Thanks and kind regards,

Perfect George. Just perfect.
I am jealous of you because you have such amazing subjects for photography.

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  • joska Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 806 W: 0 N: 4092] (22535)
  • [2011-02-01 9:29]

Hi George,
Splendid photo, great colors, sharp details, TFS!


A very colourful and good image. I like the DOF, BG, detail of the subject and composition.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2011-02-01 9:54]

Hi George,a very impressive beauty from south africa,how is strange and a little humorous this bird! The pic is perfect talking about the sharpness,maybe the saturation of red is too high.Thanks for share,have a nice day,Luciano

Hello George,
in my humble opinion this is not so good,there is no detail on the breast or head which is a pity ,part of the perch also seems oversharpened, otherwise OK.

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2011-02-01 10:44]

Hello George.
An extremely beautiful colored bird. Great details captured with an excellent BG.Lovely pose from a fine POV. Excellent lighting and exposure.Best regards Siggi

Striking image, George. What a red helmet he wears. If that and the rest of the plumage and the song do not attract a female, then what would? Beautifully presented!

Ciao George.
Complimenti per la foto ottimi dettagli e nitidezza, stupendi i colori,benela compsizione molto bene.
Ciao Marco.

Ciao George. Impressive show of colours and light. Perfect sharp. Superb BG.


hello George

on first view i also said myself it is oversaturated,
but then i have read some critiques and then your
discussions on that critiques and then i went in
Google did search of images about this species of
exotic bird and it is the same vivid red color tones,

so i can not tell your photo it is oversaturated,
it is an excellent composition with fine POV
and appropriate framing, excellent light,
great focus sharpness and details, the catch-light
render the photo more beautiful and the most
important you have shot the photo at the best
moment when the bird is singing, TFS


Hello George
this is a fantastic shot and also a fantastic subject, superb contrast between the red and the black feathers, the sharpness is impeccable, the red part of the plumage have wonderful color tones thanks the beautiful light
thanks for this beauty
Have a good night

Hi George,

Interesting discussion here. This a good image but as you mentioned the light was very strong end this gives all the time problems with the over-contrasting. You lost some texture in the extreme blacks and reds. This is a fact. You can see it clearly in the histogram. All 3 channels are squished to the left and there are some clipping also. This can be fixed easy in camera-RAW where you have all the tools you needed plus clipping warnings and is 16 bits. Thatís way we are shooting in RAW, donít we?
With the limited possibilities of the low res. 8 bit jpeg format and clipping data already lost of your posting, I tried a Workshop just to show that the image still has lots of texture and details hidden.
Apologize; I cropped out your frame because it alters the histogram.
Almost forgot to mention that I never use evaluative metering for bird photography. Everybody use spot metering. I use partial. Reason: we want the subject to be well exposed not a compromise between the subject and background.


Hi George
at firt glance this close up is superb with well saturated colors very close to the real thing and high contrast and very sharp with good dof.

However it looks a bit oversharpened mainly on the belly feathers but the contrast must be at the max there. The central breast is all black and there seems to be not enough detail on the red cap. But the question is is it possible to do any better in these incredible birds. As a hdr picture is not possible here, and obviously the dynamic range of this colorfull bird in the sunshine is just broader than the sensor's dynamic range it is probably the best you could achieve. Taking the same picture in dull light, as you suggest surely would make things easier, but you would loose the surrealistic colors of real thing.
So in my opinion the red cap is very close to reality and possibly at the best you could achieve with todays sensors (5D MKII must be one of the best available), but I still think you could do better on the black breast.

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2011-02-02 1:09]

Hello Friend George,
such a wonderful discussion between those expert in technical aspect of photography. This makes me learn a lot but still find it is so difficult to apply in my shots and my post processing.
As for the bird it is such an amazing creation with colours that is unimaginable. I like the composition of this small bird, imagine the size of a cattail it perched.
From a novice point of view, the angle of light also plays a special effect here that brings the discussion into being.
It is such a lovely composition from you, and your shot is still pleasant to me.
I appreciate your sharing here, at its costs.


Nice photo, brilliant colors and good sharpness.
Pity you couldn't get more detail in the red cap and the black chest feathers.

Hello George,

Honestly I must say that I find too that it is a pity that it lacks some details on the breast and on the head. Also the bright blurred twig behind him is a little bit disturbing and I had removed the blurred twig on the right bringing nothing to the picture.

That being said, I reallu like the pov chosen and the posture of the fluffy bird. It looks like our Red-winged Blackbird (is the Southern red bishop from the Icteridae family?). I don't think the colors are saturated: our Red-winged Blackbird has the same deep red on its wings... Is it a common bird in your area?



Hi George - a great bird.. a extra bit of sharpness on the edges.. all said its beautiful.. TFS

Hello George,

an very nice image from bird. If i have one point, are the unsharp oof from the little brance right that get my attention.

Fine lors.


Well George,
Looks like you messed up this one.
The W/S shows the real true colours.
I've seen this species in Lobito, Angola and on the outskirts of LourenÁo Marques during its breeding season. This one is way too saturated with red etc: It does look pretty for those who are not familiar with this bird. Looks like your equipment failed you. In my most humble opinion you should NOT have posted this image without "fixing" it.
Regards from HB.

Hello George, very very beautiful image of bird, incredible colors and light, another fantastic image. Regards, Paolo

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2011-02-04 7:50]

Hello George,
A fine view of this stunning bird in bright colours that reflect the light. Looks like he'd do well in a crash with that beautiful red helmet on his head!! I like your POV and it stands out sharply against the neutral background. Nice one!!
TFS and have a nice weekend, Ulla

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