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Darter at Crawley Edge

Darter at Crawley Edge
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Copyright: John Plumb (JPlumb) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 618 W: 158 N: 896] (2904)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-06-26
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D200, Nikkor AF-S VR 70-300mn f/4.5-5.6 IF-ED, Optex 77mm Circular Polariser
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/180 seconds
Map: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-07-09 10:56
Viewed: 4876
Points: 25
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I had a chance to head out to Perth (Western Australia) last year. When I did I called on Jeff Tupper (westozman), who has done some great work on TN and TE. Jeff readily agreed to show me the sights and join me for a day of shooting.

There is a boathouse at Crawley Edge on Matilda Bay, in Perth, which I had seen captured by several photographers. When we went out to see it, this female Darter (Anhinga melanogaster) was preening and drying out on the ramp to the boathouse. You can read more about these birds in Wiki.

Jeff had lent me his 70-300mm lens to try out, so this seemed as good a time as any to start. I thought it worked quite well. For the most part the bird was quite cooperative. She ruffled up her feathers a bit when I got a little close, but that helped make the shot for me.

I now follow a generic workflow as outlined in my Bio:
Conditions for the shot were a little grey. Shot taken at 300mm, ISO 250, f/5.6, 1/180 sec

Thanks for dropping by.

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  • pirate Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 799 W: 152 N: 1186] (7474)
  • [2009-07-09 14:18]

Hi John
not so many images of resting darters here on tn, le long tail is almost more outstanding than the neck. surroundings a bit unnatural but the bird itself is great

Hi John

Great composition, I like the diagonal line made from the wood.
Also it's a sharp picture with the perfect DOF


Hallo John
The face and pose of this Darter turned sideways displays the shape and profile of the bird so well. It is a pretty bird with beautiful assortment of colours. This is a lovely close-up, with fine detail. The roughly, but rather beautiful feathers of this bird adds a special touch to this photo. This is a lovely presentation. Thanks for sharing.
Kind regards

Hello John,

Excellent details in the plumage, and the bird gives a great
The wooden pier (?) makes a fine diagonal in the composition, and that pointed yellow beak really stands out...
Perfect DoF makes the bird stand out in a 3D appearance!

Pablo -

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  • roges Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 957 W: 0 N: 1329] (6264)
  • [2009-07-11 10:50]

Hi John,

Interesting and beautiful macro.
I like very much the colors and contrast them.
Have a pleasant weekend,

John, great shot. This closely resembles our Double-crested Cormorant. Nice job. Have a great day. Bill

Hi John,

Splendid snap of this cute bird. Very nice focus and very shapr and clear image. Great work!


Really like this one too mate, excellent detail in the plumage, love the diagonal line of the wooden pier, even the nail heads are popping up, and the blend between the OOF water and the pier work really well, nice work.

Cheers Rick :)

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2009-07-15 12:38]

Hello John,
The lighting and the pose of resting darters is reall beautiful in this shot!
the bg blue colour of the water and wood platform the subject really stands out
a good composition well seen
Best regards Siggi

Hola, John:
Excelente fotografía, me gusta mucho la composicion en diagonal muy bien logrados los detalles del ave.

G'day John!
The birdlife made a much better subject than the boathouse, eh! I think the VR lens worked very well for you here - those nails sticking up from the wooden planks, and the bird's toenails and plumage, are superbly focused. The bokeh is pretty good, too. I think the Aussie version of the darter is more impressive than the American bird, too.
Best wishes,

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  • mlines Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 556 W: 26 N: 668] (3116)
  • [2010-01-14 20:46]

Hi John, Good DOF really makes this large bird stand out well from his surroundings. The clarity and outline of the subject is excellent. I like the way he stands to keep the tail feathers free. TFS. Murray.

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  • waylim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 296 W: 8 N: 489] (1765)
  • [2012-04-05 17:37]

Hi John,

You're still alive and well, I see :) I have not been here in a long time. Mostly on TE, lately some problem viewing the images. So I thought I revisit the site.

The photo is good in quality as always and a pleasure to see your images again. Will try to visit more.


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