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A Blue Collage

A Blue Collage
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Copyright: Callie de Wet (Callie) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1101 W: 95 N: 2610] (7555)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D70, Sigma 120-300 F2.8
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): SA Kingfishers, Kingfishers [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2005-05-23 14:57
Viewed: 5986
Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 54
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This is for all who love this little blue flying jewel. I post this not for the PP work of making the collage, as it was a rush job of about 30 minutes. I have had many comments about the colour of this bird, and would like to put the record straight that the colours are true!. Here, you can see various ages from very young to mature adult. The one with the black bill is a juvenile, others are sub-adults with still some black on the bill, and some have totally red bills. The blue intensifies the more mature the bird gets. The time of day also plays a part. All these pics, some taken over about three years, were only PP’ed in brightness contrast, then cropped and pasted into a new 800 X 800 pixel file, reduced to 72 ppi in the end and saved to site size. This bird is bright, it is NOT the European Kingfisher, which is a drab bird compared to the Malachite, and I do not mean that it is an unattractive bird, it is just not as bright, the black bill making it look like our juveniles.
Sorry, I know I owe, but we are busy with exams, assignments, new tutorial letters, all in the same two months of the year, so I am a bit snowed under till end July..

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  • Fisher Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1540 W: 309 N: 2234] (8915)
  • [2005-05-23 15:04]
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Excelent arty collage, Callie.
Well done on the composition. It is a very good looking "Fisher." :)


WOW, what a piece of work here! I have never seen anything quite like it..Great that you've included the varous ages with their color changes..Excellent post, Thanx!!

kingfishers are one of my favourite birds and you got plenty of them!

Great collage, Callie.
I think you to tease with me ;-)) But wait, before the summer is over I get one, my friend.;-))
Well composed and nice colours.
Excellent work.

Eight in one! Good job, Callie. An anthology of the most beautiful bird on TN. Very good idea. Could be a postcard to sing the praises of South Africa's wildlife, amongst other beauties.

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2005-05-23 15:47]

Hi Callie, what a super collage. So many shots of these beautiful kingfishers, in varying ages and colours. Just SUPERB!!! A real nature lesson for us all.
Thank you very much...

Well the individual images are good, as you say the PP is definatly hurried, but it does show the point about the colour progression into maturity, and yes the colour does look hardly possible, I must admit to wondering about the colour but knew you well enough to know you would not post an image with off colouration. TFS

Très belle composition Callie.
J'aime beaucoup, de belles couleurs.

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  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2005-05-23 18:15]
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Hi Callie, each shot is great and really shows your love for this bird. I can't fault the individual images. If I am honest I'm not too keen on the montage especially the straight lines amongst the merged sections. I feel bad for saying it but that's my view.

The birds are gorgeous. Well done.

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  • AndyB Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1366 W: 32 N: 1351] (3982)
  • [2005-05-23 18:43]

What a collection!
The colours of this bird are amazing,you've captured it so well too.
It must take great skill and patience to get just one!
Excellent work,very well done indeed.

A very nice collage. These are very colorful birds. It is nuce that you show them a various ages and point out the changes for us that are not familiar with them. Nice Job!


Very nice shot. I like so much. Thanks for share.


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  • Luc Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1835 W: 301 N: 4287] (14767)
  • [2005-05-23 21:41]

Hello Callie.
Personal assessment of the photos: excellent.
Strong visual impact.
Aptness of the photo for the site: excellent.
Personal assessment of the note: complete.
Thank you very much for sharing. I like very much this variation on a same theme from young to mature. A great idea well realised.

Stunning colours but believeable! I have been trying to get one shot of this but so far zip! And you got an 8 in 1!!! PS work my not be that great and polished but it works well for me. Brilliant effort!!!

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  • annica (48)
  • [2005-05-24 0:08]

This is so beautiful. Lovely colours and nice composed.
You did a excellent work.

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  • ddg Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 867 W: 24 N: 1008] (5507)
  • [2005-05-24 1:59]

Excellente composition Callie, je vais m'en inspirer avec la Sitelle Torchepot. Mes félicitations pour ce poster.Didier.

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2005-05-24 4:06]

Hello Callie!
Wonderful kingfisher shots and superb presentation.Lighting,vivid colors and details are perfect.TFS...:-)

Awesome montage Callie. Lots of interesting views. Each on in its own right is tack sharp. Colours are superb. Nice composition. Thanks!

Prachtig werk Callie,
als je het niet meer wet kan je altijd kunstenaar worden. Prachtige kleuren, uitstekend werk vriend.
gr. Jaap

Hi Callie!
All photos are clear detailed.Wonderful composition and presentation.Very well done!Thanks for sharing.

Hi daar :)
Baie interessant !!!

Individually they are all great !! lovely blue colours.

sterkte met die eksamens en goed

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2005-05-24 10:29]

Orgy of colours Callie! Very nice collage, all pictures could be posted alone in TN! Excellent work!

Great presentation Callie,
Individually brilliant and as a collage absolutely awesome.
Well composed, fantastic colours.
Thanks for posting

I thought one was quite something, Callie, now you've gone and multiplied that by many.
Well done on this collage, however, I did believe you from the beginning.:-)
Well done and thank you for this presentation.

Its nice to see the juvies, Callie. Never seen them before. You have a great collections of these gems. I can see the PP was done in a huryy but I understand why. ;) My one I posted has the same colors. They are lovely.

Ta presentation est originale, on peut ainsi voir l'oiseau sous tout les plans, great shot Callie
Amicalement Christophe

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  • jhm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 893 W: 0 N: 507] (1853)
  • [2005-05-28 2:42]

Goedemorgen Callie,
Wat een mooie samenstelling waarvoor ik u werkelijk moet feliciteren, het is kwaliteit van de bovenste plank!

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  • hibou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 217 W: 1 N: 331] (1629)
  • [2006-04-07 20:43]

Really well done Callie!
Each of those picture whould be great by themselves ... so it gives a great pleasure to see all in one. TFS

You made a collage very good about this gull.

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