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Hey... Yes, You!

Hey... Yes, You!
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Copyright: Jean Michel Peers (JeanMichel) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 633 W: 87 N: 938] (2864)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-05-10
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 20D, Canon EF100-400 F4.5-5.6L IS, Digital ISO 200, Hoya HMC UV(0)
Exposure: f/9.0, 1/400 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2005-06-01 11:23
Viewed: 3782
Points: 22
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
FULICA ATRA (Coot, foulque macroule)
You will find useful info about this bird here.
I found it was better to give you the direct link instead of copying their information. This leaves more space for some photographic info. Hope you'll find it useful.
Photographer's observations
Here, this bird is not easy to catch, as it escapes quickly as soon as they notice one's presence. The coot doesn't fly very well on short distance. When escaping it looks like a strange hen running on the water, hardly supported by it's wings. This is particularly noticeable during the mating season when they run after each other. Coots only keep quiet at a safe distance, about 50 meters It comes very rarely on the bank for grazing as the ducks or geese do. It prefers aquatic vegetation close to the bank.
On a photographic point of view, it's not an easy catch either, as there is a strong contrast between the luminous white beak and forehead and the charcoal plumage. So, in the sunshine, like here, exposure compensation is necessary to avoid to burn the white parts. It's always possible to adjust during post processing using midtone levels to decrease overexposure. A contrast adjustment is made afterwards to equilibrate. Some color saturation was used here to give more presence.
Shot and adjusted in RAW mode, handheld.

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2005-06-01 11:25]

Hello Jean!
Wonderful shot.Moment you caught is great.Details,framing and composition are excellent.

I have tried and can't get a decent shot of this bird. The crests are either burned or the blacks without details. Very fitting title and funny pose. Well done.

Belle photo, l'instant est très bien saisi.
Felicitations !

Very good capture with its mouth wide open, great. I think that little bit open frame would work better, especially to the left.

Seems that you have some problems with taking that shot, but you've done it very well.
Good exposure and details, superb pose of the bird.
I like your note - it's much more usufull for TN members that just simple information about the species that everyone can easily find in internet.
I like the post very much.
Well done!

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  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2005-06-01 15:19]

Very good! I caught a coot in a similar ppose just the other day but it is nowhere near as nice as this one. Lovely capture of this 'barking' coot. Who was he shouting at? Very good work Jean-Michel.

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2005-06-01 20:31]

What a great capture, Jean-Michel. It is very funny. I like your title too... very apt. Great sharpness, light, and composition. TFS. ; )

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2005-06-02 6:30]

"Get out of my patch!"
Good exposure Jean Michel - I've always had trouble with their white beaks - too white. So I'll try your pp suggestions next time, thank you.
I love his actions here, very well caught. Well done.

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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2005-06-03 3:41]

Excellent ! j'adore cette foulque qui crie, mais après qui ? Belle composition, bonne netteté dans le pluamge. Compliments Jean-Michel !

Hello Jean, Great hand-held shot of this squawkin' coot!
Very good sharpness, exposure, pose and details in this black plumage..I'm always struck by those blood red eyes these things have..Very well done!

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  • optic Gold Star Critiquer [C: 322 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2005-07-08 7:22]

Bon matin Jean-Michel,
Il a l'air vraiment contrarié cet oiseau, le titre est très bien choisi !
Belle prise et haute définition.

Merci du partage,

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