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Thanks To The Sun God

Thanks To The Sun God
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Copyright: Pam Russell (coasties) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3749 W: 483 N: 8155] (28054)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-12-18
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 20D, Canon EF 100-400mm L IS USM, Digital RAW 100, Hoya UV 77mm
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2005-12-20 3:37
Viewed: 3651
Points: 42
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This guy drying his feathers after a heavy shower of rain. He was standing under a large leaf sheltering from the rain. When the sun came out he moved further along the fence and spread his feathers to catch as much sun as possible. Here he is looking up to the Sun God and saying 'Thanks'.

How Do Birds Look After Their Feathers?

Feathers are the most important things that help birds to survive.

Birds must keep their feathers in perfect condition so that they can fly and keep warm in cold weather. Because feathers are so important, birds spend a lot of time bathing and preening to keep them in good working order.

Most birds bathe in shallow water, but some use dust as well. Then they use their bills to 'comb' or preen the feathers into shape.

The above obtained from http://www.birdwatchireland.ie/working_with_birds/pages/18.html


Camera: Canon 20D
Time of day: 11:00 a.m.
Date: 18th December 2005
Weather conditions: Clear
Lens: Canon 100-400mm L IS
Filter: Hoya 77mm UV
Shutter Speed: 1/400
F-Stop: F/5.6
Focal Length: 400mm
ISO: 100
Original file type: Digital Raw

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A lovely image Pam. Great detail on the feathers. Nice pov.
As a whole the image looks quite light, but this isn't a problem.
Thanks for posting and enjoy your Christmas!

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2005-12-20 4:16]

Hello Pam!
Wonderful capture.Clear details,POV,catchlight in eyes,framing,blurred BG and composition are excellent.TFS...:-)

Two thumbs up. HAve a good week! Radu Xplorator

I guess this is the "before" image - to be followed by the combing :) The brightness level is a bit high but that is what accentuates the Sun God theme and hence works very well. Good feather details too. Thanks for sharing!

Hi Pam,
that's lovely, the bird is perfect.
Sharpness couldn't be better and the colours are pretty. Thank you so much, I love this little guy
Sabine - wishnugaruda

Hi Pam1
Aamzing pose. Looks like lady sitting on her chair!

Hi Pam,
A nice shot of the pumped up plumage on this guy. The composition and framing are perfect. Beautiful colors in this light. The detail is very sharp with a great OOF backround. Well done!

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2005-12-20 7:51]

Hi Pam!
Very good capture with story. Bird's pose is amazing, I also like its wise eye. Perfect quality.

Excellent detail, color and composition, on this wonderful bird, Pam!

Your timing was perfect to catch this unguarded moment so well.

Thank you, and Merry Christmas to you and yours.

Hello Pam, Very nice pose as the bird looks upward, fitting your theme well. Very sharp and detailed with an unusual POV. Well composed. I did a workshop for an alternate view of your thankful sunbather - with shades on ;-} Merry Christmas!

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  • ddg Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 867 W: 24 N: 1008] (5507)
  • [2005-12-20 13:05]

Well caught Pam, this is an excellent capture. Lovely colors and details, I like the attitude of the bird, very well done ,. Happy Christmas, Didier.

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  • twin Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 244 W: 17 N: 494] (3259)
  • [2005-12-20 14:17]

perfect shot.. wonderful it is...
I love it :)

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2005-12-20 15:42]

Great shot, Pam. I really enjoy the pose of this cute bird and the wonderful expression on his face. Sharp details and good light. Fantastic composition. Well done and TFS. : )

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  • livios Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2150 W: 319 N: 4263] (16942)
  • [2005-12-20 20:03]
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Pam, it's rather clear to me too, but you mentioned your monitor.

Anyway, this is a great shot.

Excellent sharpness, pov and composition. Needless to say that pose is really very nice.


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  • chiliu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1457 W: 0 N: 1176] (6526)
  • [2005-12-20 23:16]

Hi Pam,
Excellent shot with good POV,
great lighting and sharp details.
Well done and TFS!

Great capture Pam,
Very busy and rushed morning.
I can see this shot is well worth a big smiley.
Thanks for posting, have a good day.

Great detail and POV. TFS and i notice that you always have great photo to share.

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  • klemmg Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 302 W: 40 N: 484] (1719)
  • [2005-12-21 14:57]

A yoga bird .. the pose, control of DOF, and uncluttered compo make this shot. A bit bright on my monitor, otherwise perfect with good impact.

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2005-12-21 18:19]

Very good one again, incredible details here. TFS


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  • Dave Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 503 W: 43 N: 657] (2178)
  • [2005-12-21 23:44]

Cute Pam!
Excellent shot!

Beautiful capture, great pose, sharpness and lighting.

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