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My 150th shot on TN

My 150th shot on TN
Photo Information
Copyright: Ralf Lukovic (ralfsworld) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 492 W: 93 N: 1903] (6560)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-07-19
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 20D, Canon 100-400L 4.5-5.6 IS USM
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Green Birds [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-08-28 1:48
Viewed: 5880
Favorites: 2 [view]
Points: 38
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This is long distance shot captured in the rain forest of Tikal area in late afternoon. It was not enough with light so I had to push my camera to ISO 1600 and even use my flash to get some results. This is female Red-legged Honeycreeper captured from long distance. This is the 25% of frame... so I cropped 75% of FF and saved in .stn format (special software for enlarging image for big prints called, Genuine Fractals) So I enlarged this shot 300%. It was lot of noise and still dark so I spend 45min to fix everything in Photoshop :)
I have even male which is blue in color... which I am going to fix during the week.

This is the result of my work and I hope you like it :)

Some information from wiki:
The Red-legged Honeycreeper (Cyanerpes cyaneus) is a small bird in the tanager family. It is found in the tropical New World from southern Mexico south to Peru, Bolivia and central Brazil, and on Cuba, Trinidad and Tobago.

This is a species of forest edge, open woodland, and cocoa and citrus plantations. The female Red-legged Honeycreeper builds a small cup nest in a tree, and incubates the clutch of two brown-blotched white eggs for 12-13 days, with a further 14 days to fledging.

The Red-legged Honeycreeper is 12.2cm long, weighs 14g and has a medium-long black, slightly decurved, bill. The male is violet-blue with black wings, tail and back, and bright red legs. The crown of its head is turquoise, and the underwing, visible only in flight, is lemon yellow. After breeding, the male moults into an eclipse plumage, mainly greenish with black wings.

Females and immatures are mainly green, with paler, faintly streaked underparts. The legs are red-brown in the female, and brown in young birds.

The Tobagian race C. c. tobagensis is slightly larger than the mainland forms. The call of Red-legged Honeycreeper is a thin, high-pitched tsip.

The Red-legged Honeycreeper is often found in small groups. It feeds on insects and some berries and nectar. It responds readily to the call of the Ferruginous Pygmy Owl.

Rolf, SunToucher, K9madtex, uleko, earthtraveler, snowfalken, Evelynn, Necipp, MMM, kjpweb, Juyona, Luis52, JORAPAVI, falke has marked this note useful
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ThreadThread Starter Messages Updated
To uleko: Tack Ullaralfsworld 2 08-28 22:33
To snowfalken: Thanks Eddieralfsworld 2 08-28 14:06
To earthtraveler: Thanks Richardralfsworld 1 08-28 07:53
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  • jesst Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 368 W: 0 N: 172] (2441)
  • [2007-08-28 1:52]

Very beautiful picture with nice background and good POV

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  • Rolf Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 58 W: 0 N: 27] (196)
  • [2007-08-28 2:34]

Excellent shot, Ralf!
Amazing atmosphere and composition.

Hi Ralf,
A very beautiful photo of this wonderful tropical bird. The green on green composition gives a very restful feel to the photo. The side profile of the bird is perfectly captured and the fact you got it sitting on the end of a stick is magnificent. Great work on the DOF and sharpness. I like the darkness of the photo a lot.

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  • odin Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 177 W: 1 N: 209] (1169)
  • [2007-08-28 3:40]

Nice shot, with a good managing of the setting, And your work in photoshop give a impressive result. WEll donne

Nice job with PP. It seems you really know your stuff. I don't think I would have that kind of patience. The photo turned out fantastic. Well done.

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2007-08-28 4:27]
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Hello Ralf,
This is a wonderful bird (although I prefer the male!) Great sharpness, fine colours, beautiful soft background and an excellent composition.
TFS and regards, Ulla

Hi Ralf,
This is a beautiful work of art.
Incredible pose and composition.
Love the rich colors and detail.
Thanks for the special 150th post.
Into my favorites it goes.
Here is another Pt.1 Two just isn't enough :-)

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2007-08-28 6:46]

Hej Ralf,
Congratulations on your 150th!
Very nice shot of the female Red-legged Honeycreeper. Excellent sharpness, composition and BG.
I have seen both the male and female on Trinidad long before I started photographing birds. So I look forward to seeing your shotof the male.

Svalare men jätteblĺsigt här nere - inget vidare!

Hello Ralf,

This is a perfect presentation! There simply is nothing I can improve in your composition as everything is just the way it should be. The subject is perfectly placed, the empty space well distributed and the background is amazing. It's incredible how low the noise level for an ISO 1600 setting is. Excellent PP on the background. The details look amazing and sharpness is perfect. It is one of the best bird shots I've seen on TN! Outstanding job! Thank you!

With Friendly Regards,

This is a real winner, Ralf! It is beautiful. I love the toning shades of green. The dramatic, simple composition with the diagonal twig, and the pose of the bird with the turned head is just perfect. A+

Thanks for Sharing,

Evelynn ; )

Fine shot Ralf the details in the plummage is fabulous good sharpness and fine background, nice compo tfs rgds Necip.

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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2007-08-28 10:40]

Hi Ralf
You did an excellent job because that image is very nice.Very sharp with beautiful details in the plumage.POV and colors are very nice.I really luke the BG blur and the catch light in the eye.
Congradulation for your 150th posting and TFS Michel

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  • kjpweb Gold Star Critiquer [C: 326 W: 86 N: 1084] (4788)
  • [2007-08-28 12:30]

Well done - and over the details the high ISO noise is fast forgotten! Great image and very well presented! Kudos! Cheers, Klaus

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2007-08-28 15:58]

Hola Ralf,
precioso trabajo,
bellos tonos y pov,
felicidades por tus 150 fotos,

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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2007-08-28 17:09]

Hola Ralf. !Felididades por tus 150 fotos!!! Esta en particular es Exelente. Gran colorido y nitidez, acompańada de un bello fondo. Saludos Luis52.

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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2007-08-29 1:15]

Hi Ralf,
Congratulations on your 150th posting. Hope to see more of your beautiful photos on TN.
Its a beautiful bird. Composition, focus, sharpness and colors are very nice. TFS
Best wishes,

Hola Ralf,
Excelente toma de bella composición, con la que nos obsequias por tu 150th, extraordinaria nitidez y textura, preciosa iluminación, fondo y color, saludos
José Ramón

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  • falke Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 153 W: 18 N: 479] (1863)
  • [2007-08-30 11:31]

THis is totally amazing! Fantastic colours, sharpness and pose. I love it!

Best regards/Bengt

Congratulations on 150 shots on TN.This one has wonderful color.so sharp and much detail.beautiful image.green with envy.tfs

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