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Re: *Feathered Friends*
« Reply #15 on: June 30, 2006, 04:04:23 AM »
Blue-wing teal. Out of the can with no adjustments except resize and small crop: ISO 400, 500-mmm mirror, f8, 0.001 sec. Cheers! Clive
PS: MM I agree the noise could have been reduced on the gannet.

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Re: *Feathered Friends*
« Reply #16 on: June 30, 2006, 07:03:51 PM »
Nice Birds - I hope I can at least match the quality!
Here is the first of the four : Louro, pet parrot (really old from before it was made illegal to buy them) grumpy, tweets occassionally and has a habit of chasing people. Had his wings clipped to stop him flying around.

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Re: *Feathered Friends*
« Reply #17 on: July 01, 2006, 04:57:54 PM »
Northern shoveler ....
f8, 500-mm mirror, 1/3000 sec., ISO 400 ... could used ISO 200 in this situation but it all happened so fast. (Shoot first, ask questions later.) The ducks posted here are all wild and taken from a blind (hide). The male shoveler in spring is one of our prettier ducks. (We don't have wood ducks or harlequins here.) The ruddy duck remains one of my faves but wary and won't come close to my blind. 

This picture turned out well in an 18 by 24-inch print. Tack sharp even at that size.

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Re: *Feathered Friends*
« Reply #18 on: July 01, 2006, 06:10:24 PM »
Indian Runner Duck, as seen thru my Minolta 75-300 D lens (ya the one everyone says sucks lol) It took some tracking down but my better half finally was able to ID it. Pretty rare birds, swimming locally in a subdivision lake. When I saw them I knew I had something unique.

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Re: *Feathered Friends*
« Reply #19 on: July 01, 2006, 06:26:23 PM »
The reflections on its belly are GREAT! Nice work.
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Re: *Feathered Friends*
« Reply #20 on: July 01, 2006, 07:03:55 PM »
I've been offline for 24 hours, thanks to my connection going down.

I'm glad to see people's entries are still rolling in. No rush, though, there's plenty of time. Not sure if I need to post another image at all, seeing as I'm a judge and therefore can't win, fabulous though my images are... ;)
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Re: *Feathered Friends*
« Reply #21 on: July 01, 2006, 07:08:41 PM »
I always like Clive's pics, but I have to say that I LOVE kkart's pic.  The detail is excellent and the colors are incredible.

I would be very proud to have taken that pic!

Of course, I would be very happy just to be at the locations Clive must get to to take some of his pics!

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Re: *Feathered Friends*
« Reply #22 on: July 01, 2006, 08:11:18 PM »
kkart's duck is a very nice pic; the colours are rich and, surprisingly, they don't break the gamut's back either. Composition is excellent, water effects are lovely... However it'll lose marks for a large blowout. Watch those white areas, guys, most of us hate 'em, and I really really hate 'em. Tsk tsk... I never submit a photo with a blowout larger than a glint in someone's eye. Sometimes a blowout is man-made, via auto--levels/contrast/etc, which is criminal.

Clive's shoveller looks on the verge of blowouts. I think they're controlled though; may need a bigger submission to tell.

ecniv's green parrot looks perfectly sharp, but needs a rethink on the background and the use of flash. It looks like a candid, which compositionally won't win the day. Looking for a wild feel, something pro.

Nothing wrong with Bill's, except the lovely birdfeeder.


Hope that helps narrow the scope guys. Look forward to more.

As I said, plenty of time.


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Re: *Feathered Friends*
« Reply #23 on: July 02, 2006, 06:32:50 AM »
Shoveler revisited. This is the original image resized to 900 pixels with zero changes. It is a little wider than gaz likes, so here is the URL ...
http://www.members.shaw.ca/ocl/PICT8062-900.jpg

Side note ... Bill. Thanks. Most of my feathered pictures are across the road from my house. I've set up a blind there on the edge of a prairie marsh. Even tho it is man made (ALL of our prairie lakes are man made) it is a rather natural setting. The gannets were from Newfoundland--which is a great place and we were blessed with cosmic weather. That gannet place has been in fog since we walked away.

I am liking this thread. I've got one more feathered submission...hummmmmm.

Won't post a goose.
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Re: *Feathered Friends*
« Reply #24 on: July 02, 2006, 06:47:11 AM »
I'm all in ... :)

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Re: *Feathered Friends*
« Reply #25 on: July 02, 2006, 08:29:34 AM »
Pelican. Sorry, no clue as to what kind of pelican. I've added a border but might have downsized this a little too much..

Hope you fellows like it :)




Edit: Dunno why EXIF info has been removed after downsizing, but here it is:

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Focal length 300mm@f5.6 (cheapie lens that works well in non-backlit situations: Tamron 70-300/4-5.6; backlit images always make chromatic aberration evident)

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Processing: Minor levels adjustments, noise reduction, added border.
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Re: *Feathered Friends*
« Reply #26 on: July 02, 2006, 11:23:45 AM »
Love the pelican! The almost black and white effect and the composition work great for me, and so much detail too.
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Re: *Feathered Friends*
« Reply #27 on: July 02, 2006, 11:55:39 AM »
Good work guys.

No blowouts on Clive duck anyway.

Pelican is nice.
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Re: *Feathered Friends*
« Reply #28 on: July 02, 2006, 01:51:51 PM »
Hats off to the bird photographers. For me this is about as good as it gets... :D



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Re: *Feathered Friends*
« Reply #29 on: July 02, 2006, 04:13:29 PM »
Akshay .. probably a Spot-billed Pelican, (Pelecanus philippensis). The feathers on the back of the head are very cool. The overall monchromatic effect is also most pleasing.

Keith .. that is sure a handsome duck.
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