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What a haircut!

What a haircut!
Photo Information
Copyright: Andy Cole (flagman) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 351 W: 44 N: 607] (2408)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-07-09
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 300D, Canon 70-200 f/4L, Hoya Super HMC Pro1 67mm Sky1B
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/250 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Travelogue: A day at Whipsnade [I]
Theme(s): Penguins (Spheniscidae), Zoo animals [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2005-07-20 9:55
Viewed: 5566
Points: 48
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This is a Rockhopper penguin (Eudyptes chrysocome) photographed at Whipsnade Zoo. With their interesting head plumage, they make good subjects, although difficult to get the exposure right, I had to under-expose by 1.5 stops to get this right.
I'm not entirely satisfied with the picture, he's not looking up at the camera (why would he?) and I probably could have composed it better, but I'll try again in the not too distant future.

General info, courtesy of arkive.org:

The rockhopper penguin is one of the smallest of the penguin species. The characteristically robust body is white on the underside and slate-grey above, with a yellow line above the eye that extends into yellowish plumes. Behind the head there is also a crest of black feathers, the short bill is reddish brown in colour and the eyes are red. Juveniles can be identified by the lack of adult yellow markings.

Nesting occurs on cliffs and rocky gullies, usually situated near to freshwater, either natural springs or puddles.

Penguins are gregarious, and rockhopper penguins breed in large colonies that may be composed of over a hundred thousand nests. They are monogamous, and pairs usually return to the same nest on consecutive years. Eggs are laid in November, clutch size is generally 2 eggs of unequal size, with only the chick from the larger egg usually surviving to maturity. Incubation takes around 33 days and both parents will take it in turns to sit on the eggs for extended periods of a time whilst their partner forages for food; penguins have a bare patch of skin on the lower abdomen (known as a 'brood pouch') that allows greater heat transfer to the eggs. Once the chicks have hatched the male will remain to brood them for the first 25 days, whilst the female regularly brings food back to the nest. After this time, the chicks are able to leave the nest and are left in small groups known as 'crèches' whilst their parents forage.

Penguins have a waterproof coat that is maintained by constant grooming; this helps to flatten the feathers and to spread a waxy substance that is secreted just below the tail. Grooming is also an important social bond between pairs. Once a year however, the coat must be replaced; this annual moult takes around 25 days and occurs roughly a month after the completion of breeding. Prior to this imposed fasting period, adults spend time at sea building up fat reserves. After moulting, the winter months are spent at sea before returning to shore to breed the following spring. The diet of the rockhopper penguin is composed of a variety of oceanic species such as crustaceans, squid, octopus and fish. Groups may often feed together and dives may be to depths of up to 100 metres.

Thanks for looking at my photo, please be as honest and constructive as possible with your critiques, thanks!

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Haha Fantastic !
I really like this Penguins with this head plumage !
Very good note.

Hi Andy,
According to its glance, it does not appreciate its hairdresser! ;-)
Superb portrait: the composition, contrast and the colors are perfect. Beautiful work.
TFS, cordially,

Hi Andy!
Just wonderful shot. I love this funny bird very much.

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  • carper Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1973 W: 119 N: 2582] (8439)
  • [2005-07-20 10:24]

it's a nice one Andy,
I like the haircut, good snapshot, very nice crop, good in pov with good details and a nice dof, very good note too, good job,
gr. Jaap

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2005-07-20 11:00]

What a face you have there, Andy! Fantastic shot of that punk hairdo. Very sharp and good light. Penguins are something we don't have here, and they are so very cute. Very ciute little fellow. Well done and TFS. : )

This one makes my day, Andy. Very good grumpy face... sure he hates his haidresser. You caught a nice character here, with just the right pose. BG is a bit distractive, but after all, it's in harmony with the haircut. Well done!

Andy, this is a great photo. Great colours, sharpness excellent, a very nice composite. TFS

Superb shot Andy!
The fellow has really evil look. The fact he's not looking at camera make it even more evil.
Maybe vertical framing would have been good it this kind of shot.
Anyway, this is great shot and I like it very much.

Hi Andy
Very great shot, excellent sharpness and details
In a friendly way Christophe

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  • Tage Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 19 W: 0 N: 43] (251)
  • [2005-07-20 13:38]

great picture,
I think you got the exposure and focus just right.
Thanks for sharing!

Great picture, Andy.
I like the hair style, very funny.
Very good sharpness with good details, well composed and nice colours.
Excellent work.

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  • sAner Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1455 W: 74 N: 1426] (4750)
  • [2005-07-20 14:10]
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Hi Andy,

This is great!! What a hairdo and what a look on his face! The exposure is spot on and I think penguins are very difficult to expose correctly. This photo is well framed and the composition is just about right. Sharp details and great colors. Too bad about the tag around his wing, but I guess there was nothing you could do. This is really a good portrait. Well done & TFS!


Hello Andy

Is this punk or grunge? I am never too sure, but I bet it cost a million bucks to look this bad!

Seriously, this is a fantastic shot. Excellent exposure, good light, tack sharp with clear details. Nice work. Thanks.

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  • chiliu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1457 W: 0 N: 1176] (6526)
  • [2005-07-20 18:22]

Nice haircut, Andy!
I like this penguin, its very cute.
The colour , details and composition are excellent.

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2005-07-21 4:49]

Beautiful! I love his haircut, so cute! Great capture Andy. Nice and sharp, excellent details, well done.

Hello Andy! Funny lookin' hairdo, that is certain!! Excellent sharpness, details, colors and exposure here. Great POV, Very well done!

Impressive hair-do. :) Lovely expression and composure.

Composition/placement: ****
Exposure: *****
Focus/sharpness: ****
DOF: ****
POV: ****
Impact: ****

Overall: ****

*Acceptable, **Average, ***Good, ****Great, *****Outstanding

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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2005-07-25 13:30]

Beautiful and funny shot for this superb Penguine ! Composition, colors, details and sharpness are very good ! Thanks for sharing Andy.

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  • radz Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 598 W: 11 N: 72] (436)
  • [2005-08-18 7:42]

Wow what a hairstyle!!First I thought its some bird,really diffrent&interesting head plumage.You captured them very well&with good details.Liked the composition &POV.

I love his haircut. As you say, this Rockhopper has a Rock and roll hair cut :)

I read your note but I think that the composition, the lighting is perfect. And the pinguin is very clear.

Very well done. Take care, Yan

I can see this would be difficult to expose properly, the head is a little dark but I certainly couldn't have done any better. Your DOF and focus are spot on!

Have a wonderful week, Andy! (and enjoy your bank holiday tomorrow!)


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  • cedryk Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 50 N: 1722] (5270)
  • [2005-09-23 19:59]

Great portraits. Even more than the haircut I admire the eye. It says - I kill you if I have a chance :-) Greetings! Michal

the best punk hair in animal kingdom. Cleare and excelent coloures.

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  • gelor Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 124 W: 3 N: 12] (523)
  • [2006-03-15 4:40]

Bonjour Andy,
Siffle-t'il du rock ? Belle prise de cet oiseau par les belles couleurs, la composition et la netteté. Merci aussi au 70-200... Beau travail

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