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Wilderness Beauty

Wilderness Beauty
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Copyright: Robert Shannon Sr (eqshannon) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2458 W: 216 N: 10292] (31141)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-04
Categories: Birds
Camera: Fuji Finepix S2 pro, AF Nikkor 85mm f/1.8D
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2010-10-11 14:12
Viewed: 3440
Points: 28
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I was at the school bus stop. Winter had departed but some primitive roads as mine were still muddy. As I passed a large pond with no name and then across the road ran this big bird. It was out of season but it ran as fast as it could. I was lucky enough to get within 100 feet from him but depended on my 85mm portrait lens which is one I use for landscapes...or did till I shed myself of DSLR's.

These birds are not rare to the area...at least in a hunters eye, but I had only a half dozen encounters in my years there...1988-92 and 98-2006. As fortune would have it I had some good luck with heavy cropping. I have no idea what my ISO or other settings were. Judging from the noise, I would guess I was shooting at 800. This event happened within a matter of 2 minutes but covered a long distance as I chased it with my car...as fortune would have it he stayed near the primitive road...Isn't my wilderness a lovely memory?:-)

Pheasants are characterized by strong sexual dimorphism, males being highly ornate with bright colours and adornments such as wattles and long tails. Males are usually larger than females and have longer tails. Males play no part in rearing the young. Pheasants typically eat seeds and some insects.

There are 35 species of pheasant in 11 genera. The best-known is the Common Pheasant, which is widespread throughout the world in introduced feral populations and in farm operations. Various other pheasant species are popular in aviaries, such as the Golden Pheasant (Chrysolophus pictus).

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hello Bob

beautiful and excellent photo of the Pheasant,
i love iut more like this with the environment
than a close-up shot, very fine POV and framing,
excellent sharpness and details, TFS


Hi Bob,

Lovely sharp shot of this beauty, the POV is nice and effective too. I think the natural background consisting decaying and growing floal elements works well in this instance.
TFS and have a nice night MF!


It is typical of a mid shot to have plenty of details around the subject so that the relationship between the bird and its environment is clearly seen, Bob. Your picture shows this colorful pheasant in that situation.
The bird is getting away from you and you have captured the impression that is is a hurry alright.
Thanks and regards.

I like this shot, Bob!
People in India love pheasants', it's a delicacy here.
They are very difficult to click and prefer to stay out of sight in bushes or ditches.
Very well done!

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2010-10-11 23:05]

5 and a half years is not a long time, especially for us old-timers Bob, but it is a long time for digital photography. The technical advances made since then have gone in leaps and bounds, but this image has some of the qualities that would match shots made today, especially the details and colours shown on this fine cock pheasant, at nearly 100ft!
Thanks and take care,

Hi Bob,

the pheasant in all his beuaty showing by you in nataral environment.
good pov and sharpness.
Fine colours.
The only thing that disturbs are the ironwire.
Nice note from you as always.


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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2010-10-12 4:58]

Hello Bob,
Yes your memory of wilderness is lovely, you still have a lot of pictures in your head, you still can feel the wind and smell the flavours in your mind. Must have been a pleasant meeting with this wild pheasant. There are still some in my country too and we don't see them so often. Last year my sister had one in her garden for a few days.
I hope you are doing well.
Kind regards

Namastay Bob,
A nice capture of this beautiful Pheasant. Good composition and a nice view. Thanks a lot for sharing.


Ciao Bob, lovely bird in a beautiful naturall ambientation, wonderful colors and splendid sharpness, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2010-10-12 15:12]

Aaah! You was lucky to meet this pheasant male! There are a lot in my country too but is always difficult to take a pic...very nice composition,sharpness and colors!Thanks for share,have a nice day,LUCIANO.

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2010-10-12 16:58]

Hello Bob,
Memories are lovely indeed I have memories of hunting these wonderful birds when I was young back in 1968 - 1970 but my heart wasn't in the killing so I quit. I do remember how Mom would cook them and they were incredible. Your image could easily fit with my memories as they do yours. My friend you are making memories now with your progress and soon your disability will be a memory. Perhaps in the spring when our part of the world awakens from winter you'll be able to go out and make more memories in your wilderness and the palouse you love so much, God willing.

Bonjour Bob,
Agréable publication valorisant bien le sujet dans son environnement par l'appréciation de la finesse des détails et de la délicatesse des couleurs.
A bientôt sur TN pour de nouvelles aventures.

Hi Bob,

The pieces of fallen wood are framing well the bird. The point of view is showing the details and colors of the pheasant. The luminosity is enhancing the colors. Have a nice day.


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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2010-11-20 5:17]

Hello Bob,
beautiful scenery with the bird in good colours and pleasant contrast to the dead wood and dried grass.
I like its tip toeing movement towards the other end.
nice composition.


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