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The Contortionist


The Contortionist
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Copyright: Kathy Meader (writerscrawlz) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 277 W: 2 N: 924] (2961)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-03-10
Categories: Birds
Camera: Cannon EOS Rebel XTi, 28-300mm
Exposure: f/7.1, 1/400 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-04-14 16:07
Viewed: 2886
Points: 12
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This Cedar Waxwing reminds me of a contortionist as he/she reaches for another crab apple. I loved the colors, the pose, and the unusual composition. In my favor, I did have the sun setting - though I was in such a hurry to get a closer shot that I wasn't paying attention to what I was doing and fell down the flight of steps. I'm happy to report that my camera is fine. Body bruises heal!

No tripod was used, though I did use the fence to help hold the camera steady. I wanted more of an unusual look; this was as different as I was going to get!

Hope you enjoy!
:-)
Kathy

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I could have sharpened a bit morewriterscrawlz 1 04-14 16:09
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Hi Kathy,

Lovely shot of this Cedar Waxwing, really like the colours, yes it could be a little sharper, perhaps if you had gone up a couple of stops say f.8 - f11 it would have given you a greater d.o.f, having said that it still a great capture, well framed and composed, all the best,

Cheers Rick :)

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2009-04-14 18:21]

Wonderful image Kathy!!
I wish I could get a shot like this of these beautiful birds. The ones around here seem to prefer to stay in the top most branches of the trees. I have never gotten close to a Cedar Waxwing in order to take a picture, so I'll have to rely on you for that. Great job!! Fantastic pose!!
Ron

yes he is......crisp, clear and nice natural colours...etc
b

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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2009-04-15 6:29]

Hi Kathy
Nice capture.I like the action.and pose.Sharp image with good detail.I also like the catch light in the eye.
TFS Michel

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  • BobH Silver Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 40 W: 8 N: 192] (650)
  • [2009-04-15 12:18]

Hi Kathy-

Lovely image of one of my favorite birds. It could have been shot in my yard in Maryland many years ago- looks like the same tree and fruit. See also the post by Mario Olteanu (mariol) at (http://www.treknature.com/gallery/photo201864.htm) for more waxwings. I left a comment with his post describing my experience with these wonderful birds- I'd be curious to know if it matches yours. Since then I've lived in the same house in Maine for 19 years and often hear their distinctive tweedling as they fly over my yard, but I've never caught more than a few quick glances in all that time. I miss watching their drunken antics on their March migration.

Best regards,
Bob

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  • roges Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 957 W: 0 N: 1329] (6264)
  • [2009-04-15 12:26]

Hi Kathy !
A great catch!
I like very much.
And the description is excellent. Congratulations.
Have a nice evening,
Adrian

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