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Elegant Sunbird

Elegant Sunbird
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Copyright: Ram Thakur (ramthakur) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4316 W: 231 N: 14052] (56953)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-02-21
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D200, Sigma 70-300 4-5.6 APO DG MACRO, 58mm UV
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/250 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2010-03-11 6:13
Viewed: 4871
Points: 26
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Purple Sunbirds are residents in our garden. I took this shot one February morning in a difficult light while the bird was perched atop a tree. Had to do a bit of PP work to make its features a bit more distinct. Hope you do not find it jarring.

The Purple Sunbird, Cinnyris asiaticus, is a small sunbird. The sunbirds are a group of very small Old World passerine birds which feed largely on nectar, although they will also take insects, especially when feeding young. Flight is fast and direct on their short wings. Most species can take nectar by hovering like a hummingbird, but usually perch to feed.


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Ciao Ram, sure, elegant bird with fantastic metallic plumage, beautiful pose, splendid sharpness and wonderful details, very well done, ciao Silvio

Dear Ram!

I personally believe it isn't jarring, maybe just not perfectly in focus. But this is not a strong disturbing element, mainly because the bird's beauty, the magnificent colours and the brightness of the picture compensate the little lack of sharpness at best. You are lucky to have so beautiful birds in your garden!

Kind regards


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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2010-03-11 9:58]

Hello Ram,
Very beautiful photo of this sunbird. Great colours and very good sharpness, although it isn't perfect. Excellent composition, POV and OOF BG.

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  • horias Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 837 W: 58 N: 2084] (11033)
  • [2010-03-11 10:14]

Hi Ram
What a lovely capture this lovely little bird.
Details and colors are great!

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2010-03-11 13:59]

Hello Ram.
Wonderful capture.I liked POV,simple BG,details,pose and colors of bird a lot.TFS.Best regards Siggi

hello Mr. Ram
fantastic capture of pretty Purple Sunbird against blurred BG. focus, POV/OOF and BG great. green leaves very nice for composition. its shiny plumage looks very beautiful. thanks for sharing this beauty. friendly regards

A simple, yet very pleasing composition Ram, which shows that simplicity is one of the best ways in conveying a message concerning nature. Your low angle produced quite a proud looking image of that wonderful bird with a pleasant blue-on-blue theme. TFS it indeed!

Namaskar Thakur Saab,
firstly I would like to thank you for your critique.
Here you have presented a nice shot of the sun bird with nice depth and sharpness. It looks great with the green leafs and blurred background. Great job indeed. Tfs.
Have a nice weekend.

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2010-03-13 21:32]

Hi Ram.
I am impressed with blameless composition of the shot and beautifulness of the pictured bird. Its shapes as well as coloration are amazing. I like wonderful DOF and excellent reproduction of the twigs with leaves. BG is also sweet. Bravo. Perfect bird picture. My compliments and TFS.

Bonjour Ram
Elle est très belle cet composition avec un bel oiseau j'apprécie énormément les reflets bleus de son plumage,les détails et les contrastes sont réussis très jolis couleurs
et beau BG
Bravo et merci JP

Hello Ram,
Stunning photo of this sunbird. The color is striking with the sun shining on it and gives it a blue shine and I love blue. Well done and tfs.

Hi Ram,
I think this is not a bad picture despite the fact that the sharpness is missing due to slow shutter speed.I understand in some cases when you see something interesting you do not think about the Camera settings, but at least the composition is pleasantly composed. Do not be afraid to use High ISO on your Nikon D200.This can be an answer for the slow Lens you are using. But well done, I really like the image.
Thanks, for the comments of my Green Spider.
George Veltchev

Olá Ram

Lindo pássaro de um azul cintilante!
Belo trabalho e composição.

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