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Copyright: Annick Vanderschelden (vanderschelden) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2553 W: 74 N: 7464] (30441)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-04-07
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 350D (Digital Rebel XT), 70-200f2.8L IS
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-04-23 11:52
Viewed: 3206
Points: 26
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The Ostrich (Struthio camelus) is a flightless bird native to Africa. It is the only living species of its family, Struthionidae, and its genus, Struthio. It is distinctive in its appearance, with a long neck and legs and the ability to run at speeds of about 65 km/h (40 mph).

Ostriches are the largest living species of bird and are farmed in many areas all over the world. The scientific name for the Ostrich is from the Greek for "camel sparrow" in allusion to its long neck.
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Captured in a animal park in Olmen, Belgium.

Camera Model
Shooting Date/Time
7/04/2007 15:04:28
Shooting Mode
Aperture-Priority AE
Tv( Shutter Speed )
Av( Aperture Value )
Metering Mode
Evaluative Metering
Exposure Compensation
ISO Speed
98.0 - 280.0mm
Focal Length

I wrote down my pp workflow in ACR. Doing so you can actually do a self-assessment of the former. It might be interesting posting it?

Post-processing workflow in Photoshop CS3 beta version:
Shot in RAW format. Why? ‘Cause I can interpret the data and not the camera; I got unprocessed pure data.
Camera Raw plug-in in PS processes these files based on built-in camera profiles (in my case a Canon350D) and EXIF-data.

Selected the image in Bridge.
Selected in Bridge having in mind the above plus the Auto Adjustment option in ACR.
What I do is process the files in the Camera Raw dialog box and open the images in Photoshop where I further edit and save them in a supported file format.
Adjustments in Camera Raw:
Magnified it until 200%, using the zoom tool, to assess the sharpness (as it could be a 40% crop or so at first sight). Plus checked the noise too.
Used the crop tool. More or less 2/5 of the image is cropped eventually.
First of all..I do some setting adjustments and see how the histogram adjust. ‘As shot’ setting in the White Balance with a colour temperature 5850 Kelvin is fine. 5850 K more or less equal to effective sun temperature.
Tonal adjustment through exposure slider: minus 0,2
Blacks slider: 9
Contrast: from 25 to 42(more contrast compared to default)
Saturation: from 0 to +5
In Tab T: Tone curve> parametric curve: changed the highlights: minus 4
the darks: minus 5
Opened in Photoshop CS3
….for minor adjustments: levels,…
and resizing
and sharpening
and framing and presentation.

jeanpaul, Necipp, fartash, nglen, MommaMiaX3, Adanac, John_F_Kennedy, JORAPAVI, Maite has marked this note useful
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Ha Annick,

mooi portret van deze struisvogel
perfecte compo, scherpte, details, POV en achtergrond

TFS Thijs

Hi Annick
Bon portrait avec de beau détails et une belle mise au point de cette belle autruche.Tu as bien su capté son regard. Merci pour l'envoi et bonne journée.
Bravo et au revoir...JP

Hello Annick lovely headshot nice sharp detail well composed good profile angle tfs rgds Necip.

Hello Annick
Excellent portrait of this Ostrich,
Perfect lighting and sharpness,


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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2007-04-23 15:47]

Hi Annick. great close up of the head, good detail and true colour.,good eye contact.with a good background. TFS. well done.

Hello Annick, :)

Wonderful photograph, man this couldn't be any more sharp! Wonderful detail in the feathers, perfect DOF. Very well done, as always! Thank you for sharing, always a pleasure to view your work.


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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2007-04-23 22:31]

Hello Annick,
Great closeup with great camera work.

Good portrait with great sharpness and details.

Hi Annick,
Good potrait of this Ostrich. Fine detail and sharpness. I was wondering about that lump on its beak. I thought at first it was it's tongue but it looks like a growth of some sort, odd.

Wonderful image. Really nice with great colours, sharpness.
Best wishes,

Hola Annick,
Excelente primer retrato, buena nitidez cn un fondo y luz muy agradables. Saludos
José Ramón

Hello Annick,
This is a good close-up of this funny bird. I like the fact that you captured every single detail as we can see that this bird is dirty a bit :-) This thing on its beak, is it normal or is it kind of an “excroissance” (I don’t find the English name, sorry). I have never noticed this before. This is well done with a nice BG. A little light in its eye would have made it perfect but hey; I’m becoming a little maniac with this… ;) Thanks,

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  • Maite Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 998 W: 65 N: 1270] (5199)
  • [2007-04-26 9:34]

This Ostrich has a rare beak, but an excellent portrait! :)
Marvellous shot, beautiful colors and cool presentation.
Felicidades, querida Annick.

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