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Copyright: Jose Miguel Cisneros (JoseMiguel) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1419 W: 3 N: 1610] (5658)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-11-27
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon Powershot S3 IS
Exposure: f/3.5, 1/125 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): !Attitude, My First Post of Trek Nature [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2006-11-27 15:21
Viewed: 7558
Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 62
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I was trying to get a pic of the "Guacamayas" or "Parrots" in the bird's section in "Parque del Este", but it was really difficult due to the grills or bars of the cages...then when I was walking back to the exit I saw that bird standing just in front of me, and don't flew away, instead it remained calm since I aproached enough to get the pic.
I believe the bird is a Javan Pond Heron, Ardeola speciosa, so if someone can confirm it would be useful to complement my note
I just crop to focus the atention on the bird's eye, and sharpen a little.

extramundi, isa, RAP, Hil, PDP, edal, Necipp, jcoowanitwong, Alex99, Isu, izler, Shoot_Score, marhowie, IulianGherghel, bobair, pablominto, tiklod, bobcat08, jusninasirun has marked this note useful
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To jcoowanitwong: Thanks for the infoJoseMiguel 1 02-15 09:37
To PDP: Thans for your commentJoseMiguel 1 11-29 10:26
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  • mrcrow Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 422 W: 98 N: 194] (3008)
  • [2006-11-27 15:48]

welcome jose
that is a good and sharp well postioned head
with clear eye and good feather texture
excellent opener

Hola Jose.
Bonita foto para emprezar tu andadura en este sitio.
Buena iluminación, grandes detalles y una composicion muy atractiva.
Creo que te has confundido al elejir tu valor de apertura, ya que tu camara creo que solo llega hasta f:8 si no me equivoco.
Espero que te lo pases bien por aqui, tienes mucho que ofrecer con esa fantástica naturaleza que teneis en tu pais. Mi más cordial bienvenida transoceanica, Felipe.

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  • loot Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5524 W: 722 N: 4163] (11276)
  • [2006-11-27 16:32]
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Hi Jose

A warm welcome to TrekNature. May you have a happy stay and hopefully we will have the pleasure of still seeing many more of your postings.

This is a great capture of this yet unidentified bird. It would be swell if you could actually find the ID and update your notes accordingly.

I like your composition with the bird coming out of the right hand corner and poking its long bill right into the frame. The colours are fine and the exposure was spot on. Maybe it could have benefited by a little more sharpening, but that is a minor nit that can easily be rectified in post processing.

Good work and thanks for sharing.

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  • isa Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 49 W: 0 N: 34] (252)
  • [2006-11-27 18:21]
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Bienvenido a TNature y que grande comienzo!
Realmente Venezuela tiene la mayor representación de aves del mundo, estoy esperando más como este.
Ejemplar bien captado en todos los sentidos.
Buena iluminación y pormenor en los detalles.
Gracias por compartir,
saludos fotográficos,

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  • RAP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2524 W: 345 N: 2373] (7405)
  • [2006-11-28 6:17]

Bienvenido a TN Jose... una bella imagen aunque coincido con Extramundi (Felipe) sobre la elección de la apertura.
Me gusta el punto de vista captado y la elección del recorte, creando la aparición del ave por el vértice de la imagen.
El fondo es difuso aunque algo confuso por la intensa iluminación y creo que puede optimizarse con Neat Image por ejemplo.
Espero yo también poder disfrutar de muchas presentaciones de la fauna, flora y paisajes de tu país, así como una participación activa en el sitio, aportando opiniones y críticas sobre imágenes de otros miembros.
Un cordial saludo desde Buenos Aires... Ricardo

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  • Hil Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 696 W: 13 N: 1407] (5035)
  • [2006-11-28 15:58]

Hi Jose

Fabulous first post, lovely composition and you were right to crop as it does focus our attention onto the birds eye which is lovely and sharp, this makes a lovely pose as you can see the bird has its atention on something, lovely colours and Bg too.

Welcome to TN, TFS Hilary :o)

  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2006-11-28 19:59]
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HI Jose, nice portrait here, composition is nice. I think the head and beak are a little soft in focus - a little USM may help, I also think the background is a little distracting with the bright burnt out areas.

Well done.

Dear Jose,
Very good closeup and nicely done.
The head and neck feathers have come out so beautiful. Very good details.
with best regards.vab.
V Amar Bhaskar

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  • pvb Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 385 W: 16 N: 531] (1981)
  • [2006-11-30 12:48]

Hi Jose,
I think you did a wonderful job with this.
The focus on the eye is great and good details.
tfs paula

Hi Jose,
Sharp image with a sharp beak:-)..

Buen encuadre e iluminación. Sobre todo el fondo desenfocado que realza la imagen del sujeto.

Hi Jose Miguel,
Difficult ID from a partial bird, but I will give it a try. First, not Ardeola certainly, this is an Old World genus. Certainly a bird from genus Tigrisoma. Two range in W Venezuela, and they are: Tigrisoma lineatum lineatum (Rufescent Tiger-Heron); and Tigrisoma fasciatum salmoni (Fasciated Tiger-Heron). The adults are pretty easy to separate but this is a an immature bird and immatures of both species closely resemble one another. In my judgment, and looking at what I can from a partial photo, I would consider this to be a probable immature Tigrisoma fasciatum salmoni looking at the bill conformation and the relative lack of feathering (respect to lineatum) of the upper throat-lower mandibular base.

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  • edal Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 374 W: 48 N: 413] (1853)
  • [2007-01-12 14:29]

Hola, Hose!
Your bird is so well presented - I can count almost every feather, I can follow the quick movement of the eye...
Very good work!

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  • Nilson Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 488 W: 0 N: 566] (4423)
  • [2007-01-14 12:54]

Oi JoseMiguel
Bonita foto, o passaro é realmente bonito.

Awsome quality technically the sharpnes of the detai pose colours exxposure POV all superb TFS rgds Necip.

Hello Jose!
Dobre oswietlenie, widoczne szczegoly i bardzo atrakcyjna kompozycja. Piekny portreci. gratuluje port folio i pozdrawiam - Roma

Hola Jose Miguel.

Extraordinario pajaro, en una muy buena foto para apreciar muy bien sus detalles de la cabeza y plumaje.

Jose Luis.

Hello Jose,
This one looks like Pond Heron. From my limited knowledge, the plumage is not match with Javan Pond Heron. Very nice picture. Great color richness and the eye is just perfect. Regards,

Muy buenas José Miguel
Este garza (me parece que es la garza tigre, aunque no me hagas mucho caso) esta pero que muy bien ya que normalmente son aves muy desconfiadas, por lo menos las de nuestra tierra.
Buena composición y colorido y nitidez.
Un saludo

Hello Jose,
This is a great portrait of a fine bird. Colors, details and composition are beautiful. I like the way this bird occupies the almost entire frame. This is very well done! Thanks!
Welcome to TN, lol! :)))

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2007-05-15 8:48]

Hi Jose.
Your first shot is simply great. Perfect start at TN. Now I understand why all your collection is so nice. Combination of crisp sharpness of the bird image and nice blurriness of the BG, brown and green colour palettes, expressiveness of the bird glance are amazing. Bravo and best wishes.

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  • Isu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 313 W: 0 N: 21] (1663)
  • [2007-05-19 21:54]

Hola Jose Miguel,buen primer plano composiciòn excelentemuy marcado y nitido,gracias po tan bella foto. Saludos

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  • izler Gold Star Critiquer [C: 1387 W: 3 N: 9] (44)
  • [2007-06-07 13:50]

selam jose
well portrait capturing of this beautiful heron
i like composition, point of view, blurred background, details of bill and eye, colours and sharpness
thanks for sharing

JM, your first post on TN! And somehow I missed it till now...
But I was running out of photos to critique for youon the current page, so decided to start at the start! ;)

I am especially impressed with how you framed the head of the heron with the green B/G. The diffused dots of light in the dark B/G add further sparkle to an amazing shot! Tfs, JM

PS Not bad for a Mechanical Engineer; says an Electrical Engineer... how shocking, eh!

Hi Jose,
So this was your first post to TN, not bad :)
Great color, detail, and exposure. Perhaps a bit more DOF would hve pulled the beak in better.
Well done.

Very nice and sharp shot.
Great colors and compo.

Hi Jose,
your bird is definitely that of a Heron and a fine looking capture of it at that.There is good detail and colour in this shot with a bit of weakness in the focus but with a point and shoot camera you can't control that.Nice one,Jose.Tfs.


Hello JM,
Lovely portrait of this alert little fellow!
DOF spot on and a fine dynamic composition, great details in the plumage...
Pablo -

Hello Jose,

Only what I can say about this bird that it is a heron. Thats for shure. But what a wonderful sharp capture. And what a lot of fine details (eye, beak and feathers)Your POV and BG are good. very natural colours.
I make a quick search on Google and when you look to the Javan Pond Heron you will see birds with different feathersuit. I look at:
http://www.pbase.com/bocavermelha/javan_pond_heron and http://flickr.com/search/groups/[email protected]&q=ardeola+speciosa&m=pool.

Anyway a beautiful picture from a beautiful bird. Thanks for sharing. Regards and TFS BOB

Excellent focus and sharpness, congratulations on this one!!

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2008-03-20 21:15]

Hi Jose,
This is your first shot posted and it always had the makings of a great time which you have on TN today. Excellent sharpness and clarity and that expressive eye says it all. The plumage looks beautiful and the DOF isolates it from the busy BG perfectly. Very nicely composed shot (and I am almost wanting to say A WARM WELCOME TO TN). Kudos.

Hello Jose Miguel. Excellent mugshot for the first post. Super sharp image in perfect framing. The sharpness and clarity is flawless and you have blurred the background pretty well. Best regards. Jusni

Hello Jose,
A lovely picture of the Pajaro.amazingly superb POV, well composed with a great details.perfect sharpness and a good background.

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