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Kingfisher


Kingfisher
Photo Information
Copyright: Hollie is an SLR novice (slrnovice2) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 331 W: 31 N: 344] (1197)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-12-24
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 20D, EF 75-300mm IS USM, Hama Skylight 1-A
Exposure: f/13.0, 1/400 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2005-12-24 15:17
Viewed: 4613
Points: 25
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Kingfishers

Kingfishers are one of our most well-known birds - usually seen as a streak of lightening blue across a body of water. Both sexes are alike in colouring except that the female has an orange/red colouring to her lower mandible. They are highly territorial and raise two or three broods per season. They excavate nests in banks, both sexes participating in the excavation work with their bills. Apparently, the male will present the female with a fish as part of his courtship display. Kingfishers can handle fish up to half their body size. Where no perch is available they will hover, head absolutely still, until they dive for their prey. That has to be an awesome sight and one I hope I will see eventually.

Capture and Post Processing
At last, one of my favourite birds caught on camera. I think I have some way to go yet to get the shot I'm after but this is a start. It is cropped by about 50% but this is as close as I could get. Wonderful bird, wonderful location at Warnham Nature Reserve in Sussex. I know f13 is not ideal but I was actually set up for shots of Herons in flight and this kind of caught me by surprise. I got so excited I forgot to check my settings. Not the first time I've done that and I daresay it won't be the last. I used gaussian blur to try and get some of those pesky branches a bit more out of focus. Despite my use of fill flash, some parts of the image were in shadow so I also used the shadow/highlight tool to bring out more detail. Apart from that I did the usual adjustments to levels and sharpening.

I don't know why Kingfishers hold such appeal for me but I'm glad I was able to see one today :)

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  • afoni Silver Star Critiquer [C: 23 W: 0 N: 0] (238)
  • [2005-12-24 15:22]

big shot,nice color and good DOF.Thanks

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2005-12-24 15:53]

Beautiful capture of that nice bird. Well exposed in those warm colors !
TFS
Mario

Nice capture Hollie, looks sharp and clear enough and the S&H worked well , might of cropped the bottom off the image, it seems a waste of space, and removing it would allow people to concentrate on the subject. Still well capture on this shy bird, I think it is the colour and brightness that attracts people. TFS
your idea for the park sounds good not sure when you are thinking about going, but sure sure funs are imeadiatly available for such a trip, Hope other surrport you in it, we sould meet up more.
Happy Christmas

Hi Hollie,
wow, you can be proud of this shot.
I've never seen such a bird with my own eyes, they are so shy.
Congratulations, I love it, bye
Sabine - wishnugaruda

Hi Hollie

No critique this time. As Christmas Day in New Zealand is nearing an end, I would like to wish you a very safe New Year.

Hi Hollie,
A nice shot on this very colorful Kingfisher. It sounds like you did everything possible in post processing to enhance the image. Cropping in futher would really decrease detail and increase noise. I get very frustrated when I have shots that I cannot reach them because I don't have the big glass to get there. So I feel your pain! I dream of the 500mm f2.8L IS for my Canon....Until I come up with $7,000.00 to blow on it, I will keep trying like everyone else to do the best I can with what I have. This is good, and I am sure there are much better ones to come.
Happy Holidays,
Scott

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2005-12-26 4:15]

Hello Hollie!
It's very nice to see a new post from you again;).Very nice capture.I liked colors,POV,pose of kingfisher,details and composition a lot.Merry Christmas and happy New Year.TFS...:-)

Nice to see an English Kingfisher - well done
Harnser

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  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2006-01-29 16:15]

Well, well, well....I've not been able to get near one of these! So you are way ahead of me! I'd love just to see one perch.

Nice start Hollie, I look forward to seeing them closer and closer, then catching fish etc... :-)

Well done.

A jewel among the branches :-)
Nice warm light.
Best greetings,
Michal

Hi Hollie,
Great shot. The subject is sharp & clear, with good detail. Nice warm color and exposure too.. It's always the same with small birds, very difficult to get close enough to fill a good part of the original frame..I think this is well composed..I might've chopped a bit more off the bottom is all. The OOF branch running across the bird is not too distracting... :)
All in all, a great capture.
And Thanx for taking the time to look at the gallery.. Never been to the UK ;)

One of my most desired 'targets' as well. I hear there are some to be seen in a stream near me. I'm sure you'll admit this isn't technically up there with the best kingfisher shots we've seen here, the fact that you've captured one at all is special enough, so have 2 points and let's hope you continue to see them and the technical aspects improve!

Well captured photo in great light. Love to get a decent shot of a fingfisher myself. Thanks Allan

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