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Kingfisher! :D

Kingfisher! :D
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Copyright: Joe Kellard (joey) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-09-10
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 50D, Sigma 300mm f/2.8 EX DG APO HSM, Digital ISO-800, Sigma 46mm UV drop-in filter
Exposure: f/8, 1/1600 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-10-21 6:31
Viewed: 3995
Points: 32
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This is my first ever decent shot of a Kingfisher! :)
I took it at my local lake in early September.
I saw a flash of blue go into the reeds on the other side of the lake and so ran all the way round to see if I could find it and I did! I found it on a reed about 4m away but I didn't get any decent shots before it flew off and landed on a twig near where I was before. So I ran all the way back and was able to get really close which is when I took this.
I was shaking with excitement! :D

I took this with my newish Canon EOS 50D and my Sigma 300mm f/2.8 + 2x Teleconverter

I hope you like it!

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  • horias Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 837 W: 58 N: 2084] (11033)
  • [2009-10-21 6:35]

What a lovely capture!
Very sharp details, great colors.

Hello Joe,
as you know, this bird is on my wish list.
This is a well composed picture with a nice pose and taken with a good POV.
Very good exposure with fine and natural colours.
Decent sharpness with 2.0x converter but I think it could be better with one more step down.
Very fine work, my young friend.


Ciao Joe, beautiful kingfisher with fantastic colors, splendid blurry BG, fine details and great sharpness, very well done, ciao Silvio

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2009-10-21 7:33]

Hello Joe,
Nice one of a Kingfisher taken from a nice POV to show most of its features with good sharpness and excellent colours. The composition against the neutral BG is great.
I wish I could take a shot like this, Kingfisher shots in Sweden are not easy to take as they are quite rare and very shy.
Thaks and all the best,

hello Joe
super picture with very good details and so beautiful colours
super shot
greeting lou

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2009-10-21 9:30]

Hi Joe.
My congratulations on first use of new camera (with such superb lenses). Shot of this beautiful bird is excellent without any doubts. Distance, magnification, POV and framing are great as well as nice colour reproduction and perfect sharpness of the bird image. Blurriness and neutral colouration of the BG are perfect for the subject. My compliments and kind regards.

I have heard of many others having not had a good shot at this bird. yours appears as best as I have seen....only exception being from a good Petersons guide perhaps. Well done Joey. I am so glad you're back and BTW I am still watering your flowers:-)


Hello Joe,
congratulations for this very beautiful picture of the Kingfisher (one of my favourite birds), very good sharpness and lighting, splendid colours, excellent POV and composition.
Best regards

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2009-10-21 11:36]

Hi Joe,if for you is only "decent",for me make a pic like that still just a impossible dream..eheh...very very beautiful composition,the colors are fantastics and naturals and the sharpness very very good.My best compliments,have a good night,Luciano

Hello Joe,
Wonderful colours and composition.
Very sharp details and good background.

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2009-10-21 12:00]

Hi Joey. I see your next posting is a big one i am sure you will be saving somthing special . Congrats on getting this Kingfisher. I to was lucky in the spring down at the river where we went in Wimborne. A good side POV so we camn see the whole bird. Your were lucky for it to land in the open. You have taken this with fine detail and natural colours. So when did the 50D come about. Well taken TFS.

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  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2009-10-21 12:22]

Hello Joe
Nice capture. I see you change you camera... I hope you'll post more photos with your new camera.

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  • pirate Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 799 W: 152 N: 1186] (7474)
  • [2009-10-21 12:40]

Hi Joe
great story and great result
you can even see the color of the iris, that's always the sign of a great picture
nice compo too

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2009-10-21 13:18]

Hi Joe

Big congrats, mate! I know how much you craved for this one :)
And it is a beauty! Details, colors, exposure and composition...all are top notch!
I see you had to shoot through some plants (the blurry part on the right) but even so, you really managed a great shot and - something worth underlining - without hours of waiting camouflaged in a hide.
Great stuff, mate!

Bravo and TFS

Gorgeous color! So bright and cheery and well captured. Lovely composition.

very nice Joey - I've just purchased a 50D to replace my dropped 30D :-( hopefully I will manage to get the hang of its set up and get some images to show off here soon.

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