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Who is ruffling my feathers?

Who is ruffling my feathers?
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Copyright: Tim Inman (tinman) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 242 W: 7 N: 458] (2663)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-04-04
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 20D, Canon EF100-400 F4-5.6 L IS USM, SanDisk Ultra-II 1Gb, Hoya UV Filter
Exposure: f/8, 1/250 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): Ruffled ! [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2005-04-04 7:34
Viewed: 7674
Points: 52
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Red Bishop (Euplectes orix)

Please refer to brilliant note from Gerhard on link http://www.treknature.com/gallery/Africa/South_Africa/East/Free_State/Hennenman/photo5197.htm.

This was taken near the Sandriver outside of Virginia, Free State. He was one of many in the area and I stood next to the reeds and took pictures as and when I could. Very active birds today and the wind was really blowing – that’s why his plumage is very ruffled. I used a Canon 580 EX flash to do the fill in work at about 8-10 metres away.

I have cropped a bit and a little contrast. I am sure that some of the background can be changed, but I am not good enough at that yet.

Comments most welcome. Tim

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Excellent shot you have there Tim.
Brilliant natural colors and good dept.

What a great shot of this colorful bird! The wind ruffling his feathers makes it very unusual to see. Looks like a long lost relative of our North American Cardinal. I like the delicate green shoot he's standing on as the support - it contrasts nicely with the colors of the bird itself. In this case, you would have had a hard time cloning out bits of the background, and I think its fine - shooting in nature you often have to take what you can get.

It is a nice one Tim,
It is a differcult pose, but I must say you capture it very good with a fantastic pof, good sharpnes and fantastic colours, very good job.
gr. Jaap

I think you have done well on this capture, Tim. Good color, details and composition. He appears a little furry with the wind ruffling his feathers like this. Thank you for sharing him with us.

Halo Tim!
Just perfect shot! Beautiful and cute. Great details and wonderful colours. Good job!

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  • japie Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1814 W: 100 N: 1904] (5187)
  • [2005-04-04 11:43]

This is a stunning composition Tim. The sharpness and color is good and I can allmost see the movement.

Very well done and thanks for posting

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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2005-04-04 12:17]

Belle et intéressante photo pour ce superbe oiseau ébourifé. Jolies couleurs orangées et bonne netteté.
Well done.

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  • livios Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2150 W: 319 N: 4263] (16942)
  • [2005-04-04 12:53]
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Tim, this is really very nice. Excellent composition, pov, colors, sharpness and pose.


Very nice portrait Tim.
Great colours, pose, compostion and details.
The black in the plumage is little underexposure but thats just a minor nit.
Great work.

I like the background, I think it accents the bird well. Such a interesting "action" shot, looks like he has "goosebumps" Well done.

excellentes couleurs ! vous avez des oiseaux superbe en Afrique du sud !
bien vu et merci de partager !

Hi Tim
Here with us, they are already loosing most of their colours - well done, a nice, fat, fluffy finch, just the way I love them.
Try and rotate horizontally, and note the difference it makes to you image's impact.It is a subjective thing, try it. I would also crop just a wee bit on the top. Very nice, brongthem on.

Fantastic shot Tim,
You've captured him very well, nice details, colours. Excellent composition
Thanks for posting

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2005-04-04 23:24]
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Stunning picture of this incredibly colorful bird. Great details, exposure, and composition. I really like all his ruffled feathers, showing off all different shades of orange.
Beautiful contrast against the black. Great job, Tim. TFS.

Tim its a great photo of a difficult customer to capture correctly believe me I have tried.

The dark plumage is well managed. (it misjudged it on my crappy monitor at work, I wonder where they buy this crap... :) )

The rest is spot on. Rotate the photo horizontally to see if it makes a difference.

I dared a WS let me know what you think.

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2005-04-06 11:10]
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Very good work ! Superb bird, you did it very well. Thanks !


Nice shot, good colour and composition, well done.

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  • ddg Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 867 W: 24 N: 1008] (5507)
  • [2005-04-14 14:48]
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Quelle excellente attitude dans cet oiseau! La photo est prise au moment opportun et que de belles couleurs, bravo Tim, continuez Didier.

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  • Luc Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1835 W: 301 N: 4287] (14767)
  • [2005-04-24 22:55]
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Personal assessment of the photo: excellent.
Strong visual impact.
Aptness of the photo for the site: excellent.
Personal assessment of the note: good.
Thank you Tim.

Hi Tim ! what a beautifull shot, i like the superb colours & details, the background is great. you did a nice capture 11/10 :)


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  • Dave Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 503 W: 43 N: 657] (2178)
  • [2005-12-03 22:39]

You are certainly getting the images now Tim, and it seems you are doing an excellent job!
This is a great pose and a striking capture of this curiously pretty bird!
I've seen many pretty birds in my life, but who would have ever thought without seeing it that one would be colored like this...
Thanks for sharing,

Most unusual and terrific colours on this little bird. Well captured Tim.

Hi Tim

Wow... how did I miss this splendid fella. What amazing plumage colours. You have done a top job here. Nicely composed, excellent exposure and perfect catchlight in the eye. The sharpness and clarity are spot on. Congrats!

wow what a shot and nice colours well done

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  • nofer Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1190 W: 366 N: 811] (2307)
  • [2006-02-07 19:43]

Lindo pássaro. Muito bem fotografado. Belas cores. Muito boa nitidez e composição.

Beautiful bird. Very well photographed. Beautiful colors. Very good clearness and composition.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2007-05-07 8:32]

Hello Tim,
This is realy a beauty. Sharp, contrasting colours against the soft BG. Pose and composition are great. Most of all I like the details in the middlepart of the bird.

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