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Who Needs A Fork

Who Needs A Fork
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Copyright: Scott Evers (scottevers7) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2432 W: 3 N: 3894] (12309)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-09-04
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 20D, Canon EF 180mm f/3.5L USM Macro
Exposure: f/8, 1/250 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2006-10-27 0:46
Viewed: 3823
Points: 68
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
First, I must apologize for my inactivity the past few weeks. Work, a family illness, and my participation in large display of my work in a local art gallery have kept me from keeping up. I would take a peek now and then, but just could not find the time to critique properly, so I felt I should not post.

Second, I am continually trying to improve and find the unique composition or pose. I delete many shots that I feel are just average. Probably to hard on myself, but thought I would start back with one of my favorite birds. You don't need a fork when you have a spoon!

These birds are difficult to get a proper exposure in the plumage, and also get all the intricate detail in that bill and head. So I pulled out the trusty 180 macro to get the sharpest detail I could manage in this hand held shot from the St. Louis Zoo.

Roseate Spoonbill

Range: Southern United States, West Indies, Central America, South America

Habitat: Freshwater and saltwater wetlands
Conservation Status: Common

Scientific Name: Platalea ajaja

The adult roseate spoonbill is most noted for its stunning pink color and its uniquely-shaped bill. It is the only one of the six spoonbill species with brilliantly colored plumage. Its wings, abdomen and feathers on the side of its tail are bright pink, its tail is orange, and its legs are ruby-colored. The feather colors brighten in breeding season.

This medium-sized bird's body is rather stocky; its long legs allow it to wade into water. Both male and female roseate spoonbills have the same bright pink plumage, though males are somewhat larger and have somewhat longer bills.

Having a "built-in" spoon on its beak can be a big help at mealtime. All spoonbills take advantage of this adaptation with a special feeding style known as "head-swinging." The birds plunge their bill nearly vertically under water and swing it side to side in wide arcs. In this way, they snag a host of small animals from the lake bottom.

Their diet is made up of small fish, crustaceans (especially shrimp and crayfish), insects, molluscs (such as slugs and snails), and other small aquatic animals. Any plant material they eat is probably accidental.

Roseate spoonbills feed at day or night.

A spoonbill feeds more by touch than by sight - - a handy adaptation for an animal that often feeds in water that's muddy or clogged with dense vegetation. The horny bill is equipped with sensitive touch receptors that detect vibrations given off by prey. When something touches the inside of the spoon, the bill closes on it quickly. This keen sense of touch and fast reflexes allow the bird to feed in cloudy water, and at night.

A spoonbill will also chase prey that it detects by sight, but its sense of touch is much more reliable.

Source: St. Louis Zoo website

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2006-10-27 1:00]

Hi Scott,
Good to see you again. : )
This is a magnificent shot, really.
The exposure on the plumage is perfect, bringing out the roseate coloring from which the bird is named.
The pose is very original, showing the huge bill in an unusual POV.
The details throughout are excellent and quite amazing.
TFS. : )
Congratulations on your art display. Wish I could be there. : )

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  • shal Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 256 W: 64 N: 481] (2140)
  • [2006-10-27 1:23]

Hi Scott,
excellent compo. and details :D
great framing :)
Vishal Sabharwal

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2006-10-27 2:13]

Hello Scott,
Nice to see you here again:)Wonderful capture of spoonbill.I liked POV,pose of bird,details on feathers,sharpness and composition a lot.

Hello Scott,
A great capture of this Spoonbill,with good colour and detail.
Excellent note too.
Good work.

Very nice bird.. impressive picture!
Great composition and DOF
well done

TFS Greetz Kristy

Hello Scott,
A graet pose from your model... most cooperative indeed!
And you do your part well... texture in the plumage is simply awesome, also coming with great colours...
Well composed presentation!
Pablo -

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  • pvs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1127 W: 254 N: 3161] (14464)
  • [2006-10-27 4:46]

Hi Scott,

Well captured with a nice pose,I wouldnt need a fork with spoons like this,picture is well cropped and got lovely colors,well done and TFS


Hi Scott,
So by now you are not only know as a police officer in St. Louis, but also a famous artist. I really like the pose you've captured. But I think you were a little too early, she's just making herself beautiful for you. :) A really beautiful shot with so many details to see. Really great colors and a perfect DOF.

Truly magnificent portrait shot, Scott.
Wonderful composition that offers perfect details and colors of this cute bird grooming itself with its spoonlike beak.
Your absence was keenly felt; good that you are back again.
Hope your exhibition went off well.
Thanks and take care.

Hi Scott, long time no see.
Sorry to hear about your family, I hope it's ok now.
So you use the macro-lens for bird-photo.
It's a beautiful bird and you have captured well.
The bill is great in the spoon-shape. Lovely colours and good details. I like the POV and compos too.
Well done, my friend.

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2006-10-27 9:56]

Hi Scott, another amazing composition of this impressive bird. Great background, and nice contrasts. Very pro. Thanks.


Hi Scott,
As you said in your note, you did cover all grounds. A perfect picture to enjoy. Congratulations and TFS.

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  • wuta Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 855 W: 2 N: 617] (2142)
  • [2006-10-27 13:34]

Hello Scott , Fantastic shot beauty colours details pov sharp bg , i like it , Good Weekend ,Teunie .

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  • RAP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2524 W: 345 N: 2373] (7405)
  • [2006-10-27 13:57]

Beautiful portrait Scott with amazing colors and lighting.

I like it a lot: composition, DOF, POV, sharpness, focus, color, backgound, framing, notes.

I don't like it: nothing.

The details and textures that can be perceived in this image are really stupendous... thank you for sharing.
Best regards... Ricardo

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  • mbasil Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 335 W: 148 N: 745] (3320)
  • [2006-10-27 15:43]

A nicely capture pose, Scott. A strong composition here.
P.S. It looks a tad dark, but I am on my dark monitor (at work). I did an auto levels and it brighted the shot, but I can't look at the curves here.

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  • osse Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 955 W: 0 N: 89] (7805)
  • [2006-10-27 19:33]

Hi Scott
Good portrait shot. I like the expression on the eye :) Good colours, light, sharpnes and POV.
Well done mf and TFS


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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2006-10-27 19:38]

No fork needed if you have a spoon like this one! Great title Scott. Hope all the problems are being sorted out. Your presence was missed.
This spoonbill does look very awkward to use, but you show it off really well. Good job,

Hi Scott,
Good shot in terms of species captured, sharpness, compo, POV,DOF...
Maybe a bit more sat in pp?

Excellent exposure and the detail is fantastic, nice work all around, well done indeed!


Hi Scott,
Sorry to hear that a member from your family had health problem; I hope everything goes well now. Congratulations for this exhibit of your work, this is a very nice event, well deserved.

This picture is very good! I like those amazing details you caught here, they are so sharp... This is a very good composition with excellent natural colors. I like this POV and DOF too. This is a very nice post. Thanks and take care,

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  • carper Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1973 W: 119 N: 2582] (8439)
  • [2006-10-28 13:15]

very nice one Scot,
great quality shot, good point of view, nice details and a very good details, great colours too, well done. have a nice day.
gr. jaap

Hi friend a great close-up ..... very sharp shot .... I like the POV, perspective and note! Take care Ana:)

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  • livios Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2150 W: 319 N: 4263] (16942)
  • [2006-10-29 21:23]

Scott, sorry to know about the illness but glad to know about the display. Congratulations.

Another great image indeed.

I do enjoy sharpness and pose. Excellent details upon the feathers. I enjoy the rather dark bg too.

Hi Scott

Impressive shot. I like absolutely everything about this shot. Top quality work my friend! Thank you!

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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2006-10-30 6:52]

Hello Scott,
Very nice scene, and great model you found here.
This is a wonderful pose that shows off its plumage so well. POV, details and colors are wondeful.

Hello Scott,

excellent work, Great colors, Bg, POV DOF Perfect details, very crisp, nicly composed and captured photo, excellent work,

TFS Kyle

What a lush photo, beautiful, crystal clear, nice pose! Incrediable bird! I love the wrinkled head, and the rough looking beak!

Hello Scott,
Good return to TN, moan of your problems of health in your family and I am glad that you have exposed your works.
I like the first plane, the pose is very good and the details of the skin of the head and the pens are excellent. The only thing which it does not convince to me is the illumination and the colors, it does not shine like that live in my town, in the screen I see something it yellowish. Hernán Best regards

Hola Scott,
Buen regreso a TN, lamento de tus problemas de salud en tu familia y me alegro que hayas expuesto tus trabajos.
Me gusta el primer plano, la pose es muy buena y los detalles de la piel de la cabeza y las plumas son excelentes. Lo único que no me convence es la iluminación y los colores, no luce como los que habitan en mi pueblo, en la pantalla lo veo algo amarillento.

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2006-10-30 21:22]

Hello Scott

A very good job with an unusual subject.Well focused with good DOF and POV.Excellent clarity and detail.The colours are well saturated.There is almost 3 distinct parts to this bird,Head and bill,neck and body and you have captured all 3 flawlessly.TFS


Awesome texture on the spoonbill's bill.
He seems to be posing for you! A myriad of colors, pink,yellow,white,gray,black & green.
all subtle yet blend perfectly together.
Great title and notes.
Wonderful piece of work!

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  • cedryk Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 50 N: 1722] (5270)
  • [2006-10-31 20:47]

Hello Scott,
Wobderfull portrait of this spoonbill. I like the pose and the great diffused light.
Very nice!
Best greetings,

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2006-11-13 13:24]

Hi Scott.
Great close-up. I am impressed how you can separate the bird and BG (by sharpness and by colour tones). The reproduction of the feathers texture and their colours are outstanding. The cropping is phenomenal too. Firs class work. TFS and best regards.

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  • chiliu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1457 W: 0 N: 1176] (6526)
  • [2006-11-18 18:12]

Hi Scott,
The composition and pose are perfectly done here, very good detail, nice and natural colours.
Great quality shot!

Hi Scott,
Its plumage is similar to flamingo, but its bill is very different. This one is quite unique, spoon-shaped bill. Its neck and head are more like pelican. Very interesting bird and very nicely captured. Great sharpness, nice details, and neat.
Excellent shot.

Ben Lakitan

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