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Copyright: Murali Santhanam (smurali) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 205 W: 14 N: 609] (3596)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-04-07
Categories: Birds
Camera: Pentax *ist DL, Sigma 180 mm F3.5 EX HSM
Exposure: f/4, 1/3000 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-04-17 12:06
Viewed: 4039
Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 72
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note

I published a flight picture of this very Indian Stroller some time back. I have a few more flight pictures of this beautiful bird. But of all the pictures that shot, I found this picture most attractive. I perhaps will not post the other pictures.

For a change, this picture shows the bottom of the bird instead of the top. I love the way the wings have been spread in a semi-circular pattern. The tail feathers are also fully spread. The head and eyes are still showing with even a small catch light in the eye.

This bird is so beautiful and co-operative that myself, Satish, Goutham and friends have visited Mavathur lake many times and spent 3-4 hours during every visit just to see this bird and get a picture. This picture was shot when Ganesan fro Delhi accompanied us to the lake.

This was cropped by 25-30% to get the bird to the center of the frame. I was lucky to get this bird in the frame. There were many pictures that we shot in which the bird was nowhere in sight or where only the tail feathers showed. Birds typically flow diagonally towards the direction in which they are perched. To shoot the bird in flight, I used to use Single Focus in Single Shot mode. I used to focus the bird while it was perching and used to lock the focus. To capture the bird flight in the frame, after locking the focus, I moved the camera such that only the face of the bird appeared in the viewfinder. As soon as the bird starts flying, take the picture and hope that you responded fast enough to have the bird captured in the frame. This had worked for me.

Murali Santhanam

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  • Bac Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 93 W: 3 N: 33] (486)
  • [2007-04-17 12:10]


Beautiful shot. Lovely colours! Tfs.

Hi Murali,
Beautiful pose captured as well as detail and color. Stands out very well against the very nicely blurred Bg. Very nice shooting! Lyndon

Hi Murali,
excellent - and what a great moment, I like the sharpness and the colours, thanks
Sabine - wishnugaruda

Hi Murali,
Excellent shot. This picture is a demonstration what a good photographer can do with 180 mm macro lens!!!
The position of the bird, colors and the POV are too good

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  • ridvan Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 498 W: 0 N: 1136] (5205)
  • [2007-04-17 12:44]

hi murali; Amazing shot. Superb lighting, colours, focus and sharpness. The POV, DOF are excellent. well eye contact. Very nicely composed TFS well done
Best wishes

Hi Murali,

Your timing certainly paid off here! Very good in flight shot, always hard to nail.

Technical Quality:
This bird must be moving at quite a rate of knots...at 1/3000 there is still the slightest bit of motion blur on the top wing, not that this is a bad point, in fact it gives the viewer that sense of movement. Your wide aperture has really narrowed the depth of field down to the bird itself. I am intrigued by your focus technique, it must have been pretty tricky to get this right with such a fast bird and only one shot in hand! That fantastic lens has captured the colours superbly and the contrast against the soft pastel background is quite outstanding. Even though we are looking at the underside of the bird, there aren't any over-powering shadows or any lack of detail, quite the opposite, we can make out texture right across the body.

Though the bird is central in the photo it is still very effective due to the fact that the curved wings offer a frame around the bird and give it something else instead. The viewpoint is ideal: the use of the mid range telephoto and the crop gives an excellent angle of view removing any distractions around the bird. In fact, having the birds body just above the horizon helps to make it stand out even more.

Emotional Appeal:
This shot is definitely eye-catching due to in my opinion three aspects:
i) It is in-flight so therefore harder to capture well.
ii) The Indian Stroller is beautiful!
iii) Your timing is awesome giving us that extra special wing formation.

Very well done Murali, great work!


Hi Murali,
I think you are the lucky one?! amongst us to get the best flight picture. I think the POV is something rare in flight picture. I thank the bird for co-operating somuch.Is this the same one you showed me the print? Keep up the good work.

This is one of the finest pictures of birds in flight I have seen on TN, Murali.
You have captured a masterpiece in the single shot mode, getting perfect details and colours at 1/3000.
What is more, this is a very photogenic bird even from below on account of its lovely plumage.
I would have preferred a bit of more space below the lower wing.

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  • clnaef Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 778 W: 67 N: 645] (6814)
  • [2007-04-17 13:49]

Bel envol presqu'en trois D. Bon réflexe.
Bonne journée.

Vos photos sont vraiment splendides, bravo

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2007-04-17 14:59]

Hello Murali,
This is a photo of the real professional. Everything seems perfect to me.

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  • marcin Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 138 W: 0 N: 268] (2057)
  • [2007-04-17 15:54]

beautiful shot.

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  • Karin Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 418 W: 5 N: 268] (2089)
  • [2007-04-17 17:02]

Hi Murali,
The colors are fantastic and you have done a great job in details and composition.

Panning can be difficult and frustrating at times. You managed this shot very well. It is a really gorgeous bird. Thanks for sharing it with us.

Evelynn : )

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  • lee Silver Star Critiquer [C: 38 W: 0 N: 23] (84)
  • [2007-04-17 21:25]

Hi Murali, yes he does look like he's showing off for you:-). Nice capture of the bird and good timing. Some very nice colors and good dof. Good shot, thanks.

Hi Murali,
Excellent pic. Lovely colors and details. Great pose and timing.
Nice freezing of motion and lovely shadows.

Hi Murali ,
excellent shot with great details.
nice sharpness and BG is excellent too.
perfect shot.
thanks for sharing

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  • BG07 Silver Star Critiquer [C: 14 W: 0 N: 1] (48)
  • [2007-04-18 5:12]

Много е красива, е има малко шум, но без това не може някога.

Great capture Murali
Great sharpness and well composed
Good contrasting background shows the beautiful plumage off very well

best photo. TFS

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2007-04-20 2:59]

A fantastic shot, Murali.
You are right in that it shows a rare view of the underside of the wings open in flight.
The colors are just gorgeous.
I love the arc made by the wings.
TFS. : )

Hi murali,

A lovely shot with good details , love the POV and the formation of fings you were able to capture its def great pic



bonjour et merci
félicitations pour cet oiseau en vol, c' est super, couleurs lumière , tout est bon
bravo, amitiès

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  • Perro Silver Star Critiquer [C: 41 W: 0 N: 59] (553)
  • [2007-04-28 6:49]

Hello Murali,
Excellent shot with great details.
Great sharpness and well composed.
The colors are fantastic and you have done a great job.

Dear Murali, Outstanding masterpiece.
Superb and magnificant shot.
Congratulations ! With Best Regards.vab.

Magnifique couleurs cadrage excellent ...

Que fotografia expectacular!!, sin palabras... es una de esas fotos que yo quisiera hacer!!



This one has come out really well.
It would have taken ages to capture it while taking off.
Best regards,
Vignesh Giridharan

This is an awesome posting. Lovely, striking and beautiful in flight shot. I just love the shot with the bird's wings right open. I honestly think you deserve 10 out of 10 for this one. I would of missed it if I were not searching for blue birds in particular. I just love blue. I have seen a some beautiful bird postings today. Maybe you have seen this one before, but please have a look here: I found it very striking.
Kind regards.

Dear Murali, What a picture! Perfect photograph of Indian Roller. I like it very much. Congratulations.

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  • Savitha (148)
  • [2009-05-05 20:52]

Wow,This is a spectacular photo of Indian Roller Bird in Flight,It is very difficult to take photo of birds in Flight.Well composed and excellent picture,
Thanks for sharing .
With Much regards Savitha

Very good timing, Murali. Wonderful colors. Congratulations and TFS!

Greetings from Brazil,

This is definitely outstanding. Great capture. Love the beautiful brillant colors.

amazing capture, TFS Ori

Hi Murali,

This is amazing example of creativity and vision.

Excellent shot.

Mahesh (ohmshivam)

Hi Murali, It is a very nice shot. A difficult shot to take with such details. Congrats and thanks for posting and the tips..

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