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Redstart watching a fly

Redstart watching a fly
Photo Information
Copyright: Anghel Eliz (eliz) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 167 W: 20 N: 271] (1537)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 400D, Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6 L IS USM
Exposure: f/8, 1/320 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): My Birds 2008 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-10-14 10:46
Viewed: 3679
Points: 14
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
SPECIES: Phoenicurus Phoenicurus (lat.) // Common Redstart (en.) // Codros de Padure (ro.)

COMMENTS: I proudly present you one of my best bird picture. I made this picture at the end of April this year, in a mountain area at the edge of a village called Lupsa. This Redstart was sitting in an orchard of apple trees, about 50 meters from the edge of a road. It watched with curiosity the things that going on the road. I was amazed that I managed to get close at about 8-10 meters from it without the bird being scared. I didn't try to get close very much. I kept a comfortable distance for the bird and I stayed with it for about 2 minutes, time in which I made about 20 pictures in various positions. When I got home I was amazed observing that in this particular image is a fly (or a mosquito), flying close to the bird.

Metering Modes: Partial metering
Exposure Compensation (Camera): 0
Exposure Compensation (Software): 0
Focal Length: 400 mm
AF mode: One-Shot AF
Flash: Off
Support: Handheld (using a wood fence as hand support)

I usually don't present the software processing because they are basic steps. However in this case the workflow was a little bit more complicated:

1) I made 3 tif version of the raw file using different settings in DPP converter:
-one for the sky (negative exp compensation to recover highlight details, and a more colder white balance)
-one for the bird (with higher sharpness setting and a warmer white balance)
-one for the branch and leafs (maximum saturation and fill light and tinted white balance)
2) i combine them using layers mask in photoshop
3) resize to 66% (or 70%) and crop to websize resolution
4) small amount of smart shapen applied on the entire image (this image was already very sharp)
5) custom logo and frame applied

P.S. I don't remember well if i made a final adjustment on levels and saturation, but i think i didn't.

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Hello Anghel,

Fantastic picture.
Beautiful colours with excellent detail.
Composition and sharpness are very good.

Nicely done, Anghel.
Very beautiful bird and a funny fly involved so far..:-)
Quite a editing workflow.
Well done

Nicely done capturing both the fly and the interested Redstart. Detail is fine and composition perfect. Great POV. TFS.


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  • iti Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 577 W: 0 N: 650] (7939)
  • [2008-10-15 5:59]

Hi Anghel
Excellent composition nice colours and good sharpness details.
Regards Jiri.

Charmant oiseau bien mis en cadre.
Bonne journée.

Hi Anghel,

Good observance and nicely composed picture of the bird. Well done.TFS.

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  • cris Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 22 W: 3 N: 31] (789)
  • [2008-10-16 5:55]
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Salutare Eliz.

Imi place foarte mult ce ai facut. Voiam sa spun ca ma deranjeaza musculita din coltul din dreapta (sus), dar in cazul de fata, arata de parca a atras atentia pasarii.
Nu trebuie sa te scuzi pt. modificarile fotografiei, tot ce conteaza este rezultatul final.
Buna treaba.

Numai bine si pe curand...

Anghel, this is an excellent capture of this very attractive bird. I like the soft tones of the sky and the natural colors of the bird and tree. Everything is in good, sharp focus. The fly or mosquito is an added bonus to this well composed shot.


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