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Gracupica contra - Alaca Cigdeci

Gracupica contra - Alaca Cigdeci
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Copyright: Ahmet Karatash (rousettus) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2216 W: 73 N: 5657] (19818)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2012-01-19
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 1D Mark IV, Canon 600 mm f/4 L IS USM, SanDisk 16GB 600x
Exposure: f/5.0, 1/1000 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2012-11-03 15:54
Viewed: 4419
Points: 44
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Hi my friends, after a break of one and half year; since my friends' wishes.
My special thanks to my friends, Laszlo Kaposvari (Hormon Manyer), Ram Thakur (ramthakur), Ivan Kruys (Argus), Ulla Kruys (uleko), George Veltchev (mwmod99), Maurizio Dalla Via (maurydv), Volkan Pek (volkan), Anne Gattlen (anel), Tom Conzemius (pirate), Dietrich Meyer (meyerd), Foozi Saad (foozi), Jacek Pedzisz (jackart), Anna Eksteen (Miss_Piggy), Michel Martineau (MMM) and my other friends for their kind invitations.


Gracupica contra - Alaca Çigdeci [TR], Pied Myna or Asian Pied Starling is a member of the Starling family STURNIDAE (PASSERIFORMES), ranges in the Indian Subcontinent and Southeast Asia. This bird is usually seen in small groups mainly on the plains and low foothills up to 700 m a.s.l. It is also found in cities and villages, but it is not common as much as Acridotheres tristis (Çiğdeci [TR], Common Myna, Indian Myna [EN]) in these settlements. This is an invasive species and its range increases (e.g. U.A.E.), whereas the original distribution is in Gangetic plains (summarized from Wikipedia).

The shot was taken from Safa Park near Burj el-Khalifa, laying on ground for eye level and beautiful bokeh effects. I hope you will like it.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2012-11-03 16:51]
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Hi Ahmet,beautiful capture from an excellent point of view and whit very good details and colors,very nice composition too.Have a nice Sunday and thanks,Luciano

Hello Ahmet! Welcome back!
Fantastic bird from an impressive POV! Wonderful pose, excellent composition, amazing colours and impressive sharpness!

Nice to see some truly exiting work from you once again Ahmet ! Welcome back ! What a shot we have here !!!! What a fantastic point of view. First class indeed. The slight color variation around the bird suggest that you have used the shadow /highlights tool in order to bring some shadow details, with a small Radius, unfortunately .... however. Not a big deal I guess if you keep the original file intact ! Other than that ...spectacular work my friend ! Take care !

George Veltchev

Welcome back Ahmet!
Great pov indeed, nice catchlight and eye contact
Just perfect

Hi Ahmet,
really nice photo of this bird. AMazing colours. Perfect pose of the bird. Excellent depth of field and background.
Have a nice Sunday,

Hello Ahmet,
Great to see you back! Excellent photo of this Pied Myna taken from a perfect low POV. Very sharp and nicely detailed. Gorgeous pose with eye contact.
Hope to see a lot more!

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2012-11-04 1:52]
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Hello Ahmet
Welcome back!A new one for me to see.The focus is excellent with sharp details.The plumage and colours are very well done.Excellent POV and DOF.The details and colours of the beak and eye are wonderful.Regards Siggi

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2012-11-04 5:00]
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Hello Ahmet,
Very happy to see that you are back on TN and with a superb bird-picture! Very fine shot of this Starling-species. Love the composition a lot, with just a few grasses on the ground and the blurred background as perfect contrast to the bird. You seem to have a superb equipment!
Hope we will see some other pictures :-)
Kind regards

Salam Akhi Ahmet,
Its nice to see you back & posting on TN. This is an excellent close-up with beautiful coloration, details & pose. Well composed & presented with a great POV. Nice work & TFS. Regards & Ahar Salam!


Very crisp shot, my brother Ahmet!!!
Very well done!!!

Hello Ahmet
super good sharpness and great details
i like this beautiful colours
thanks greeting lou

Hello Ahmet,
Brilliant capture of a nice species of birds. Splendid colors, good details and sharpness. The light is superb falling from a wonderful angle. Outstanding light in the eye. The focus and WB is at the highest quality range. The contrast against the background is great. Thanks for sharing!

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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2012-11-04 11:40]
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Hello Ahmet
Nice to see you back .And what a comeback a beautiful composition great low point of view and razor sharp image.Amasing plumage details.Colours are very nice and I like that blur back ground.I also like the catch light in the eye.
TFS Michel

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2012-11-04 23:21]

Excellent viewpoint for this cute and curious bird, beautiful colors and details. tfs.

Hello Ahmet
Is not the first time I saw a pic from You.Wonderful galery You have.Congrats!You also have a envoyable equipment.
This pic is fantastic.Great low POV,wonderful pose of the bird with eye contact.Impressive sharpness,wonderful colours,light and BG.Thank You.
Have a good day!
Best regards

Ciao Ahmet,lovely bird in nice pose on beautiful blurry BG, wonderful colors, fine details and splendid sharpness, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

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  • KOMSIS Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 820 W: 0 N: 2419] (10674)
  • [2012-11-07 3:03]

Ahmet bey selamlar,
Fantastik bir türle, dönüş ..
Ürkek bakışla çok şirin bir kompozisyon yakalamışsınız.
Emeklerinize sağlık,

great capture, I see that I missed some of your great pictures, TFS Ori

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  • iti Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 577 W: 0 N: 650] (7939)
  • [2012-11-19 6:23]

Hi Ahmet,
Really beautiful shot,perfect point of view.
Excellent detail and focus. Blurred background and
compo are just perfect.
Regards Jiri.

Merhaba Ahmet hocam,
We're all very happy you're here again and we can enjoy such beautiful photos of you as this one. Perfect focus, colors, most of all composition - and unbelievably nice shallow depth of field. A masterpiece again. Bravo.
Best regards, László

Hallo Ahmet
PERFECTION is the perfect word to use here as this is a more than perfect image. Wow! this is awesome photography and I agree 100% with everybody's positive critiques given before me. Another Wow! Thanks for sharing. Best regards.

Hello Mr.Ahmet,
It's a common bird in our area.In my house in all time you can see two or three.
Very well captured.Like its true colour with splendid sharpness.Catching light on eye made it attractive.Very good neck pose.
Thanks for sharing,
Regards and have a nice Sunday,

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