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Green Kingfisher

Green Kingfisher
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Copyright: John Warden (JohnWarden) Silver Note Writer [C: 9 W: 0 N: 80] (352)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-01-04
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 20D, Canon EF 75-300 IS USM, (digital)
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/800 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-01-12 12:02
Viewed: 4613
Points: 12
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I usually try and get some action into my bird images, but this little guy was just too quick for me. What I do like though is the study in greens and how his breast matches the staining of the rope railing on the bridge where he was perched. The twelve foot crocodile that was watching me, made me a bit nervous, so sitting and waiting for the right moment wasn't an option as a result,...I probably moved in to soon on this subject. Still, I like the image. It prints up very nice at 12 X 18 inches and will be a focal point for a show I have starting tomorrow in Edmonton, Alberta.

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Hi John,
Lovely bird, good shot. Very good framing...


Hello John
It seems as though the conditions you took this with the audience you had wasnt conducive to the perfect shot!!
But that said your subject is superbly sharp and the whole scene is perfect...Funny how you say though that the Kingfisher sat on the ropes that matched his colouration or maybe the colouration of his natural environment...Isnt nature a wonderful thing!!
All the best

Hallo John
I posted a kingfisher a few days ago and now I tend to look for all the others types of kingfishers on the gallery. Luckily for me you just posted this “Green Kingfisher" and it is worth a smiley. In comparison to mine this kingfisher is such an graceful, vivid and dignified looking bird, and what I see in size wise it is quite tiny. Its beak is nearly bigger than the bird. I just love the shine in the eye, and the feathers at the back standing up in the air. You have some lovely photos in your gallery of animals not found in South Africa. Very interesting and thanks for sharing.
Kind regards

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  • Tabib Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 160 W: 5 N: 167] (859)
  • [2008-01-12 18:56]

Hello John!

Good and sharp focus of tiny Kingfisher.
The green bg compliment the bird's green feather.
For me, the out of focus foreground / rope a bit distracting. Thinking again, maybe that line will make a frame or draw an audience to the subject.


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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2008-01-14 12:22]

Hi John

This is a lovely image. Good focus on the kingfisher, perfect DOF and great light. I love the POV as well



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  • NinaM Gold Star Critiquer [C: 773 W: 3 N: 1157] (4077)
  • [2008-01-15 20:16]

Hi John, I had not seen this picture of yours, there are so many galleries to visit, I sometimes forget some friends! This is a great shot, with beautiful light, looks like the morning. I like it also because even though we don't see water, the ropes on the railing of the bridge suggests it... that's a clever shot John ;-) The colours are splendid and the background is a background, smooth and buttery, leaving room for the nice little fellow, a mexican kingfisher looking like a downy woodpecker! Your dof is perfect for someone who had not the time. Lucky you, the crocodile didn't eat you! Thanks,


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