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Bali Mynah

Bali Mynah
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Copyright: Niek Bouwen (SunToucher) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2385 W: 237 N: 3033] (11162)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-12-01
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 40D, Sigma 18-200 Zoom F3.5-6.3 DC
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/200 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2011-02-05 7:10
Viewed: 4393
Points: 20
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
My new job is taking up a lot of time, but is also allowing me to see more of the world. In December I made a business trip to Hong Kong and Taipei and of course I brought my camera along with me. Although I was only able to bring one lens.

On our first day we had to wait for a meeting and decided to visit Hong Kong Park. While in the park we visited the Avery and took the opportunity to make a few photos of these captured birds. The lens I brought isn't a fast lens, so I had a bit of a struggle with the shutter speed. Luckily this Bali Starling decided to sit still long enough for me to capture him. The twig the bird is sitting on is not part of a tree, but suspended by a wire and free to more and twist.

For me this whole trip was a new approach of photography. I had to push myself towards a more tourist like position and made photos I do not try often. I think this capture is certainly a photo far out of my comfort zone.

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Good detail of the subject shown. I like the dark background, DOF, POV, lighting and composition.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2011-02-05 7:20]

Hallo Niek,
Ook al lijkt de foto met een stukje peer en appel een beetje in scene gezet, het is zeker de moeite waard om te posten. Deze herrieschoppers zie ik vaak in Avifauna. Het zijn wel pracht vogeltjes. Ondanks de beperkingen die je noemt, een erg goede foto in uitstekende contrasterende kleuren en scherpte. Mooie donkere achtergrond en goede compositie.

We know you as a landscape artist, Niek, so this is a pleasant surprise for us to enjoy a bird picture from you taken during your trip to Hongkong.
I have seen this type of Starling for the first time, so I am thrilled about it because your image is excellent and shows all the features and colours of this bird very well.
Thanks and enjoy your new job and the travelling that goes with it.

Beautiful bird very nicely captured.
Liked the DOF.

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2011-02-05 8:46]

Hello Niek,
A surprise to see a post from China coming from you! This is a great capture of the Bali Starling in a lovely pose between the apples and I like the sharp focus on the eye. Very well composed and the colours are beautiful too. Hope you get more chances to use your camera on your trips!
TFS and have a nice weekend, Ulla

Excellent photo, very nice to see this beautiful bird. regards Yiannis

Hi Neik - the dark background has given a fantastic photo. Great Sharpness and what a color.. TFS

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2011-02-06 1:42]

Hi Niek and nice to see you again old friend :)
So...your business took you to Hong Kong!! Wow! I would love such a job that would make me travel all over the world :)
It's a bit shame though that you didn't have more time to explore the areas and to have proper photo trips. I'm sure you would have loved that and also sure that i would have loved to see some great landscape shots from you from there.
But still, you came back with something. Definitely a bit out of my comfort zone (not in a bad way)... agree with you here, but still you made the most of the situation and you kit. Even if you didn't zoom all the way, you still had f/5.6 which is a bit slow if the light isn't strong, yet the sharpness of this shot is great. It does look like a beautiful species...and one enjoying apples :))
The contrast with the BG work well here, i think, and emphasizes the immaculate plumage of this bird - except for the tip of the tail.
Overall, i'd say you did a nice job.

Cheers and have a lovely Sunday

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2011-02-06 23:52]

Hi Niek.
What a cute bird and nice shot at whole. Exposure of the bird image is exceptional. I also am impressed with combination of lights and darks. BG underlines the subject extremely perfect. Details of the shot are also spot on. My kind regards and compliments.

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2011-08-06 10:56]

Hi Niek,
I did not know that you had made a trip to HK, my birthplace.
I have tried to take pictures of that same Bali Starling at HK Park, with no success.
You did a great job with the exposure, the sharpness, and the composition.
The Bali Mynah is a critically endangered bird, so thank you for giving us such a good look at it.
It is very beautiful. TFS. : )
P.S. If you go to my China Travelogue, you may see some other birds that you will recognize. : )

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