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No it's no baby.. it's a nono


No it's no baby.. it's a nono
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Copyright: Bengt Falke (falke) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 153 W: 18 N: 479] (1863)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-02-21
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 400D, Canon 300/4 L IS USM + EF 1.4 ext. II
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/1000 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-02-21 13:05
Viewed: 3426
Points: 4
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Today my son and I went to the coast trying to find some nice birds. I am beginning to understand what photos that gets any points here on TN so I realize that this is not one of them..... no bright colours, not a close up and not even sharp!

Well, I decided to post it anyway... ;o)

The reason is that this Little Grebe (Tachybaptus ruficollis/Smådopping) is a quite shy bird and it is not easy to get a decent photo of them. I thought that this photo illustrates how tiny this forever diving bird is, compared to a common Coot. It was swimming and diving together with a flock of maybe 20 Coot's and it was my son who discovered it saying:

- How strange, those Coot's have a baby now in mid winter! When we looked closer we saw the real identity of this cute bird.

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I took this in raw-format for the first time and converted it in Photoshop CS3 beta to jpeg.
PP work in Faststone and Photoshop CS3 beta.
Crop, levels, lightning and a bit hue
Sharpening with Photokit capture sharpener
Noise reduction with Imagenomic noiseware professional
Copyright and frame in Faststone

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Hello Bengt I do agree with you Grebes are tough and I thought it was worth posting, looks sharp to me light looks a bit overcast and fairly dull but at least its well exposed and plenty of detail. I like the inclusion of the coot as you say it gives a measure of size perspective, TFS rgds Necip

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2007-02-27 2:25]

Hello Bengt,
Nice shot of this lilttle favourite of mine! Good to see the Coot next to it for comparison of size! I shot this from the cycle bridge in Åhus (good place for birds when it is cold!)last year. Many people mistake it for a young bird.
TFS and best wishes, Ulla

Nice composition and what a treat to see the Little Grebe. I see them here at one or two of the venues we fish but never close enough to get a decent shot. As you say, grebes tend to be shy, making them difficult to photograph. The coot in the same frame gives a good size comparison. Photo is well exposed showing off the markings on the grebe quite well. Even the coot is well defined; most of my coot photos are too over or under exposed... I've yet to find a happy medium that shows detail in the charcoal body/head without too much wash out of the face shield. But, I'm learning... one of these days I'll get the picture I want. TFS

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