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Forest Kingfisher

Forest Kingfisher
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Copyright: Chris Chafer (sandpiper2) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1906 W: 107 N: 4875] (16757)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2004-11-07
Categories: Birds
Camera: Fujifilm Finepix S5000, Fujinon 10X zoom
Exposure: f/3.2, 1/60 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Kingfishers, Birds of Australia, Blue Birds [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2004-12-02 6:13
Viewed: 6133
Points: 36
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The Forest Kingfisher (Todiramphus macleayii) is a medium sized kingfisher (23cm) that is distributed throughout the coastal mangroves, woodlands and open forests of northern and eastern Australia. Often encountered in pairs, it is a striking bird to find in its preferred pale green, eucalypt-dominated environment.
This kingfisher is a versatile predator, hunting with equal efficiency for fish in waterways or lizards and insects over land. They breed from September to January in hollow branches or in excavated tree-termite mounds.
This is a female; males have a complete white collar.
Heavily cropped from the original and 80% USM applied, I also reduced some parts of a noisy background with the blur tool in Photoshop.

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Very nice shot, great colors, very good note.
The focus is a bit soft on the bird's head.
Well done.

It is a good capture. Only nit is the softness especially around the head.

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  • RAP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2524 W: 345 N: 2373] (7405)
  • [2004-12-02 7:38]

Una hermosa ave, con un colorido maravilloso.
Tal vez el POV no sea el mejor, pero permite ver sus tonos con todo esplendor.
Existe algo de ruido, pero imagino que debe ser por el ISO seleccionado.

A beautiful bird, with a wonderful colorful.
Perhaps the POV is not the best one, but allows to see its tones splendor yet.
Exists something of noise , but I imagine that it must be by the selected ISO.

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2004-12-02 8:13]

Little too soft but colours and bird itself are amazing.

Very nice shot Chris.
Great colours and very nice composition.
It's a little soft, but still a nice picture.
Well done.

Nice shot Chris.
Colours are great ! the composition is very intresting!
But the focus is a bit soft and the photo is not sharp enough !
Great capture, have a nice day !

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  • Fisher Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1540 W: 309 N: 2234] (8915)
  • [2004-12-02 11:58]
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Chris, you did well in capturing this bird. No need to tell you about the tech. Your composition is well done by cropping in photoshop.
Do you still have the original before p.p. work, if so could you post it in workshop. You might be interested in, neatimage.com free trial version to download. It will save the headache of noise.

Mike <><

WOW! Chris this is a lovely bird. It must have been very far from you. The picture looks a bit OOF. I do think the post was worth it just to show us the lovley critter.

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  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2004-12-02 14:13]
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Hi Chris, great looking bird with very nice colours. The bird is very soft in focus and if it weren't this one would be a real winner. Nice note too. Thanks for posting.

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  • japie Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1814 W: 100 N: 1904] (5187)
  • [2004-12-04 0:28]
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This is a stunning composition and the colors are excellent. The detail on the bird is not pin sharp, but I still like the image.

Thanks for posting

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  • milloup Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 482 W: 40 N: 619] (1716)
  • [2004-12-04 15:53]
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The photo is quite soft, but the gorgeous colours of this little chap make up for that. I like the relaxed, puffed-up pose ;-)

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  • Luc Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1835 W: 301 N: 4287] (14767)
  • [2004-12-07 9:51]
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A little soft but I forgive you because I like birds, Chris.
You have the same problem as me: only 3 megapixels. If we crop to much...
Good work and thanks for sharing.

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  • livios Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2150 W: 319 N: 4263] (16942)
  • [2004-12-10 17:24]
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Chris, what a beautiful bird. His colors are great. Looking at the picture, I had the feeling he was smaller than what you mentioned in your note.



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  • radz Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 598 W: 11 N: 72] (436)
  • [2004-12-28 4:15]

Beautiful bird,i find littel soft ,but its cool how tough to get them closeup.Blue and white color gives good combination.Nice shot.

You certainly have a colourful collection of birds in Austrailia. Your technique notes on the print are good which I suspect hides the background on how difficult this shot was to get in the first place.

No matter the overcropping you're right Chris: this a beauty. A friend of mine noticed this very good picture and told me to have a look. She was right. Merci Diane! And thanks Chris for sharing this one.

What a beauty you've captured here. Beautiful colors and sharpness on the bird.

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  • Hisam Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 18 W: 1 N: 22] (215)
  • [2005-02-24 9:38]

good shot Beautiful bird

Forgive me, for this but I really would like to critique this with all the honesty I can muster. Although this photo has a fantastic subject, the Forest Kingfisher is a spectacular bird, it is a poor photo. The bird is drastically out of focus as is all of the background. I Appreciate how difficult it is to get a closeup of a bird like this but excessive cropping at a high ISO could be partly to blame. I would suggest a tripod to help stabilize your camera especially if you are using a 10x zoom lense and only shooting at 1/60th of a second. I hope this can be of use to you. I too want to get better but I can't get better if everyone tells me all my shots are great. I know they aren't!


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