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"The King"

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Copyright: Jorge Chemas (jchemas) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 553 W: 30 N: 749] (3396)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-11-26
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 30D, Canon 100-400L 4.5-5.6 IS USM, uv haze
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/50 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2006-12-08 8:02
Viewed: 4076
Points: 24
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Peacock is the king of all birds
Peacocks are omnivorous and consume plant parts, flower petals, seed heads, insects, and other arthropods, as well as reptiles and amphibians.
Although possessing metatarsal spurs—"thorns" used for kicking, they are used only for defence against predators.
The male (peacock) has beautiful iridescent blue-green or green coloured plumage. The so-called "tail" of the peacock, also termed the "train," is in fact not the true tail but highly elongated upper tail coverts. The train feathers have a series of eyes that are best seen when the tail is fanned. Both species have a head crest. The female (peahen) has a mixture of dull green, brown, and grey in her plumage. She lacks the long tail of the male but has a crest. Females can also display their plumage to ward off danger to her young or other female competition.
Many of the brilliant colors of the peacock plumage are due to an optical interference phenomenon (Bragg reflection) based on (nearly) periodic nanostructures found in the barbules (fiber-like components) of the feathers.
Different colours correspond to different length scales of the periodic structures. For brown feathers, a mixture of red and blue is required—one color is created by the periodic structure, while the other is a created by a Fabry-Perot interference peak from reflections off the outermost and innermost boundaries of the periodic structure.
Such interference-based structural color is especially important in producing the peacock's iridescent hues (which shimmer and change with viewing angle), since interference effects depend upon the angle of light, unlike chemical pigments.

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2006-12-08 8:09]

Hi Jorge.
What a nice photographed (or painted by oil) picture you have shared. Outstanding in its beauty work of art. Great composition and perfect wonderful colour palette (richness of the paints impress of imagination. Tremendous details, impression of eyes etc. BRAVO, my friend. Perfect job.

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2006-12-08 8:21]

Hello Jorge,
Magnificent portrait of peacock.Vivid colors,POV,DOF you managed,3D effect,framing and composition are wonderful.Excellent work!

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  • loot Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5524 W: 722 N: 4163] (11276)
  • [2006-12-08 9:02]

Hi Jorge

A lovely portrait and successfully using the plumage of the birds fan as BG. Although maybe not completely OOF it does well to compliment the bird.

It is a great composition with stunning colours. The details are magnificent especially that of the face and crown. The little catch light in the eye gives it life and the exposure was well managed. You did not mention whether you used a tripod, but if not it is amazing what definition you obtained at 1/50 shutter speed and 400mm focal length.

Very well done and TFS.

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2006-12-08 9:19]


A portrait with so many beautiful and vivid colors it's very rare! Well done!
This peacock look impressive! I reallu love the sahllow DOF here, isolating the head perfectly from its tail-feathers.
Also the exposure is excellent and the composition charming.
Very well done!
Bravo and TFS

Hi Jorge,
Good capture and beautiful colours..Nice picture.
Best regards,

Hi Jorge,
Very good image.
Compo is outstanding; especially the blurred BG with feathers is a great plus..
Good work!

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2006-12-08 10:28]

Stunning colors on this peacock portrait, JC.
Your DOF achieved a blurred BG of the tail feathers,
really allowing that beautiful head to stand out.
I like your composition very much.
TFS. : )

Hi Jorge,
This is very colourful and vivid photo with beautiful peacock.
Excellent portrait and nice composition, I like that very much.
Very well captured!!

Hello Jorge,

Excelent work, Great details very crisp, nicly composed and capture photo . Perfect details very well done,

TFS kyle

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  • Dave Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 503 W: 43 N: 657] (2178)
  • [2006-12-08 19:40]

Hello Jorge,
Excellent and interesting note, and a beautiful portrait of this colorful bird!

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2006-12-08 22:27]

JC, this is so beautiful, very well captured. Very good, showing the head like this in front of his tail feathers.
Isn't it exciting when you see these birds and they allow you to take so many photographs of them. They seem to enjoy showing off to us...

hi jorge,
this is a lovely capture,
nice well saturated colours,
well composed shot with good pov,
well done,
tfs & regards

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