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Scaled Dove (Scardafella squammata) 1

Scaled Dove (Scardafella squammata) 1
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Copyright: Jesus Linares (jlinaresp) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1303 W: 56 N: 4023] (17292)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-02-15
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon SX 110 IS
Exposure: f/4, 1/500 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): CeltickRanger's favorite Bird photos -6- [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2010-02-26 17:25
Viewed: 3162
Points: 36
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Scaled Dove (Scardafella squammata)

Experimenting: "Pictures of birds with compact camera [IV]"

This is another type of small doves that usually appear in my backyard during certain times of year. This is a very lively and interesting species. Their behavior makes them much more difficult to photograph in comparison with other similar species.

This photo was taken with some configuration changes, from the pictures I submitted in days past.

1) The conditions were less favorable light, so I used ISO 100.

2) Only 8x optical zoom used.

3) Custom colors: +30% contrast with normal saturation and normal contrast. (My Canon compact has to make those adjustments in "My Colors" option).

4) High resolution (9 MP) and use the Image Stabilizer (IS) full mode.

5) No digital zoom used.

6) Auto white balanced is discarted, and I've use the mode "cloudy" settings.

7) Using manual focus mode (MF).

8) Post processing: Cut, Noise reduction (whith Neat Image) at Chrominance Channnel 100%, Luminance Channels 60% and Sharpening in Luminance Channel of 10%.

**Camera in hand, the distance to the bird is about 6 meters in a straight line.

Thanks by stop and visit!


Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Columbiformes
Family: Columbidae
Genus: Scardafella (disputed)
Species: squammata

For more INFO: (Scaled dove)

Make: Canon
Model: Canon PowerShot SX110 IS
Software: PhotoScape
Exposure Time: 1/500
F-Stop: f/4
ISO Speed Ratings: 100
Focal Length: 51100/1000 mm
Date Taken: 2010-02-15 17:27
Metering Mode: Center Weighted Average
Flash: Flash did not fire, compulsory flash mode
File Size: 277 kb

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To Jesusmarius-secan 1 02-26 23:40
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hello Jesús

WOW ! what a beautiful photo of this Dove, what a beautiful
details of its plumage, the photo is shot with very fine POV,
DOF and framing, the focus is superb with great sharpness
and details, beautiful eye-contact, wonderful luminosity,

TFS very much


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  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 991 W: 27 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2010-02-26 22:30]

Hello Jesus
Nice composition, beautiful colors and excellent details
Have a nice week-end

Ciao Jesus,
splendida cattura di un'altra bellissima specie di Tortora, magnifici i dettagli del piumaggio e i colori, mi piace molto la luce e il contrasto con lo sfondo scuro.
Grazie e complimenti.
Buen fin de semana
Ciao Maurizio

Hola Jesús,

Oops, it's already the 4th part of the series... Seems I missed one. But this is probably the best image from each, with fantastic lights, focus - sharpness, composition, pose and colors, not to mention Your POV. Bravo MF.

Great tutorial again, and the shown "test piece" is asbsolutely satisfying. Have a nice weekend, friendly regards, László

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2010-02-26 23:19]

Hello Jesus,
Lovely capture of this cute dove. Good colors and details. The details of his wings and neck are wonderful. Nice pose and setting.
Best regards Siggi

Hello Jesus,
Lovely image with superb details and exceptional colours. Very good clarity and sharpness. Excellent BG and POV.

Ciao Jesus, altra bellissima colombella, nitida e ben dettagliata, splendidi colori naturali, bravo, buon week end, ciao Silvio

Excelente el enfoque y el encuadre: eres un artista :-)

Abrazo Jesús.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5086 W: 166 N: 13016] (48472)
  • [2010-02-27 1:09]

Hello Jesus,
A well know dove to me. I got a photo of it from Brazil here on TN. A very good photo in splendid natural colours and excellent sharp details. Very attractive pose with eye-contact. Great composition and POV. Beautiful contrasting dark BG.
Hope to see a lot more birds.
Thanks and regards,

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3043 W: 3 N: 8701] (40526)
  • [2010-02-27 4:44]

hello Jesus,
This is an amazing looking little dove, with these scale-like feathers. You managed to make a very good picture, despite the difficzulty of light/shadow situation. Thanks also for your technical precisions.
I wish you a nice weekend
Kind regards

hello Jesus
this is a beauty!!
great sharpness with good details and nice sunlight
beautiful colours and nice pose to see this bird very good
greeting lou

Wonderful capture of this lovely Scaled Dove.
Great details and colors.

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2010-02-27 12:43]

Hi Jesus. You can see where it gets its name from. You POV of the back view shows the feathers well with the scaled markings. Taken with fine detail and natural looking colours. well taken TFS.

Hi MF Jesus,

Awesome shot! Excellent POV, the colours have come out really well here. A fine addition to your gallery MF!
TFS and have a nice night!


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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5830 W: 89 N: 14938] (62666)
  • [2010-02-27 15:19]

Ciao Jesus,come tu sai io preferisco le farfalle,ma questa foto č davvero fantastica!!!Una composizione eccezzionale,c'č una luce,dettagli e colori incredibili...sei stato bravissimo!! Buona Domenica e complimenti,Luciano

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2010-02-27 16:09]

Hi Jesus,

Beautiful! From the pose on the branch, to the natural colors and razorsharp details of the eye, face and plumage, to the gorgeous setting and composition. I see you haven't used the digital zoom on these. I took your suggestion and tried it and didn't like it at all. There was distortion with the slightest crop.


Ciao Jesus. Veramente incredibile il dettglio sul piumaggio. Sembra l'opera di uno scultore. Ancora una volta massima attenzione alla gestione della luce con sorprendente efficacia.


Hi Jesús.

Nice capture of this dove from dorsal pov. Love the details and finely perched bird in beautiful focus.

TFS and best regards.

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