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Drying my wings

Drying my wings
Photo Information
Copyright: Liezel Dsouza (ldsouza) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 101 W: 25 N: 218] (1369)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-01-17
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 5D, Canon EF 300 f4L + Canon 1.4 converter
Exposure: f/7.1, 1/125 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2006-02-17 19:04
Viewed: 4478
Points: 11
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Found in most areas where there are still or sluggish bodies of water fringed with vegetation.

The alternate name of "Snakebird" comes from the swimming method employed by Darters. They swim very low in the water, often with just their head and neck protruding abobe the surface. They spear their prey (mainly fish but also other aquatic animals eg snakes, frogs, crustaceans etc) underwater as they swim along. They nest communally alonside cormorants, ibises, herons and egrets. The species performs frequent local migrations in response to rainfall patterns

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A very unusual looking bird -- no body feathers, just down, like a chick. Very nice pose. Focus on the head looks a bit soft, and highlights are a bit over exposed on the beak and log, but all in all this is a very nice image.

Hi: beautiful "pose" of your bird and perfectly aligned in the frame. Also nice blurred and unobtrusive background. Problem is the overexposed light areas. If the whole pic is darkened eg with PShop levels, then the darks will be too dark. I think you have to darken slightly with levels, then dodge and particularly burn the areas that need specific attention, mainly darkening up a bit.

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  • Norok Silver Star Critiquer [C: 17 W: 2 N: 7] (191)
  • [2006-02-18 3:09]

vu les conditions pour faire la photo ... bravo

Damn the critics, this is a fine picture. I think we call these these things "Anhingas" or some such back in the States... very nice pose... give him a couple points as well!

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  • optic Gold Star Critiquer [C: 322 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2006-03-01 22:57]

What a beautifull image Liezel, i like the composition, colours & sharp detail, Blurred background is very nice. TFS


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  • shal Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 256 W: 64 N: 481] (2140)
  • [2006-03-09 6:19]

Hey Liezel,
great and very sharp image :)
good note
Cheers TFS,
Vishal Sabharwal

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