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Crossoptilon auritum

Crossoptilon auritum
Photo Information
Copyright: Annick Vanderschelden (vanderschelden) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2553 W: 74 N: 7464] (30441)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 350D (Digital Rebel XT), 70-200f2.8L IS
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-01-02 9:40
Viewed: 3545
Points: 42
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Comparing shooting in the wild and shooting in captivity; IMO it is easier to shoot in the wild as you are not dealing with terrible BGs, bad light conditions and so forth.
Shooting in the wild is more time consuming though...waiting untill stuff happens; often your garden is not the place to be; you have to take into account the expensive oil and so if you are on location... I know the above is a bit a simple statement but the latter has less to do with your skills as a photographer IMO.

The Blue Eared Pheasant, Crossoptilon auritum is a large, up to 96cm long, dark blue-grey pheasant with velvet black crown, red bare facial skin, yellow iris, long white ear coverts behind the eyes and crimson legs. Its tail of twenty-four elongated bluish grey feathers is curved, loose and dark-tipped. Both sexes are similar with slightly larger male.

The Blue Eared Pheasant is found throughout mountain forests of central China. The diet consists mainly of berries and vegetable matters.

Camera Model
Shooting Date/Time
3/11/2006 15:12:37
Shooting Mode
Shutter-Priority AE
Tv( Shutter Speed )
Av( Aperture Value )
Metering Mode

PP: workflow as usual.
Evaluative Metering
Exposure Compensation
ISO Speed
70.0 - 200.0mm
Focal Length

marhowie, Adanac, TAZ, Fisher, clint, jeanpaul, red45, manyee, coasties, horia, nainnain, SkyF, Alex99 has marked this note useful
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ThreadThread Starter Messages Updated
To pitufo: ZOOvieuxelkbis 1 01-02 17:12
To hester: Exactly Karanvanderschelden 1 01-02 14:28
To pitufo: You are out to lunchFisher 2 01-02 13:50
To horia: Hi Horiavanderschelden 1 01-02 12:17
To claudine: Thanks Claudinevanderschelden 2 01-02 10:30
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Excellent work Annick!
Great colors, depth of field and positioning.
Love the catch light in the eye!

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2007-01-02 10:56]

Hello Annick,
Excellent close-up of this Pheasant. I can't see his blue ears but even so the colours and details are beautiful! Nice composition in profile.
TFS and best wishes, Ulla

Cool :)
I like most the composition and POV Annick. The sharp detail, color, light, and effective DOF really do this looker justice :)
Very well done.

une photo dans un zoo ,c est plutot uniquement artistique cela n a rien avoir avec la nature,les animaux sont habitués a l homme et je crois que vos photos serait mieux dans trek lens.dans la nature tout est différent,il faut capter l instant magique et puis surtout c est toute 1 atmosphere qui est importante,les heures de marche,les odeurs la découverte,bref la vraie nature

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2007-01-02 12:21]

Hi Annick,
Another great closeup showing very good detail and colors. As for your comment I will only repeat an old Sioux Indian Prayer " Great Spirit, help me never judge another until I have walked in his moccasins." Thanks for sharing.

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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2007-01-02 12:23]

Hello Annick,
You offer us a superb bird portrait !
The +++ : subject, expression, sharpness, DOF, OOF background, exposure, colors, POV, composition, note...
The - : nothing...
Congratulations and TFS.

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  • Fisher Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1540 W: 309 N: 2234] (8915)
  • [2007-01-02 13:11]

Hi Annick,

Beautiful portrait, colors, DOF. Nicely captured.


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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2007-01-02 14:25]
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Hi Annick

What a wonderful portrait. I love all the details, the colours and contrast are wonderful and the framing perfect. There are pros and cons on wild and captive photography but a good photograph is always a good photograph



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  • pvb Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 385 W: 16 N: 531] (1981)
  • [2007-01-02 14:40]

Hi Annick,
Excellent sharpness and details. Nice composition and pov. I also like your crop. Nice colours and good bg
gr. paula

very nice portrait, the frame is much too thick in my opinion. TFS Ori

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  • clint Silver Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 39 W: 0 N: 237] (1371)
  • [2007-01-02 17:57]

not seen one of these before but you have made a fine capture.
i love the way you have caught the plumage each side of the head, it looks like a couple of ears. tou have caught some nice detail and colour and the eye contact is great.


Bonjour Annick
Une excellente photo avec une belle présentation ,les couleurs sont justes et parfaitements exposées. Félicitations pour la belle composition et beau BG Et je crois que c'est la première fois que je vois cet oiseau.
Merci et bravo...JP

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2007-01-03 2:46]

Hello Annick!

So, this is place where all discussion about zoo started :-) Beautifull photo - I love pose with turned head, colours, DOF with blurred BG. Also frame is very good.

I live in Lodz, Poland. We've got zoo in our city. I want to photograph lions or pantheras. Trip to Africa is one of my dreams. But I haven't enough money and time now. So I go to zoo. Simply. Zoo gives me chance to see and to photograph animals which I can see only on Animal Planet in TV. If I take good shot of animal in zoo, I'm proud of it and I want to share it with my friends on TN. It's obvious.

Hi Annick

Wow... great shot. Good DoF, nice colours and great profile POV. Nice job! :-)

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2007-01-03 2:56]

Wow, Annick... What an amazing-looking pheasant.
A new species for me, so thank for the introduction.
Excellent exposure and DOF showing off very sharp details.
Congratulations and TFS. : )

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2007-01-03 6:05]
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Hi Annick

Comparing shooting in the wild and shooting in captivity will always be a debate. In the end, it's all a matter of the photographers taste.
In my case, for example, i like the take photos of reptiles, amphibians and dragon/damselflies a lot...but since the conditions in the Zoo from my town are horrible, i only go in the wild for these shots :) It is very likely that if i had some here in the zoo, i would check it fom time to time and take some shots :)

Anyway, Annick, you shouldn't feel bothered at all of those who question your work. You've built up one of the most beautiful portofolios on TN and we love your shots!
This one here is another great example why! The pose of this Blue Eared Pheasant is amazing and all the technical elements of the picture are right as they should be :)

Cheers and Happy 2007

Hello Annick,
I can't say that I agree with your statement about pictures in the wild and in captivity but it doesn't really matter :-) This is a very good capture of this bird. Like I said previously about a similar post of yours, this guy seems to be ready for a masked Bal :-) You caught excellent details in a very good POV and composition. Nice color saturation and wonderful BG. Congratulations!

Wow this is a cool shot lots of sharp detail nice light and very good DOF love it! best R Necip PT

Hi Annick, stunnung shot, great defenition, well done, cheers, Luís!!!

hello ANNICK
génial cet oiseau et original surtout, au niveau du coup
tres bons détails, c' est superbe et bon BG
bravo, amitiès et merci

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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2007-01-04 13:21]

Hello Annick,
this shot is wonderful, the details are very sharp. Very well composed witha wonderful DOF and very nice cropping.

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2007-01-05 12:26]

Hi Annick.
I welcome your note. From childhood I know, that boys often pull girl's plaits if they liked them. May be that is the point.

Your shot is very cute. Nice colours and perfect details, interesting POV and perfect lighting. The pose of this charming bird is very impressive. My compliments and TFS.

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