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Waiting for a snake

Waiting for a snake
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Copyright: Angelina Deans (angybone) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1047 W: 14 N: 2372] (7684)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-05-29
Categories: Birds
Camera: OLYMPUS E-500, Olympus Zuiko 40-150 f3.5-5.6
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/320 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2007-05-30 7:20
Viewed: 2552
Points: 38
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I was driving down the lane to my house and saw a black snake in the road. I grabbed my camera but was too late. Watching the snake however, was a scissortail. They dive bomb snakes. Brave little birds! I had my camera on auto because I was trying to hurry so the setting might not be perfect.
Scissor-tailed Flycatcher Tyrannus forficatus
or Muscivora forficata (still working on which is which)
The scissor-tailed flycatcher is known by other names as well scissortail, Texas bird-of-paradise and swallow- tailed flycatcher. It is obvious how the bird acquired its common names, but its former Latin name -Muscivora forficata -describes the bird in even grander terms. Muscivora derives from the Latin word for "fly" (musca) and "to devour" (vorare), while Forficata comes from forfex, or scissors. The scissortail now is a member of the genus Tyrannus, or "tyrant-like flycatchers." This genus earned its name because several species are extremely aggressive on their breeding territories, where they will attack larger birds such as crows, hawks and owls. http://www.wildlifedepartment.com/publications/flycatcher.htm

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Beautiful shot of a beautiful bird Angelina.
Soft BG colors, details in the feathers and light are wonderful.
Sharpness and exposure are really good.
The only thing that gould have been better imho is the composition.
The bird is a little to much centered in the frame and it would have been nicer with a small crop of bottom with the tail pointing at the lower left corner.
I did rework the image with that small crop of bottom.
Hope you like it.
Kind regards, Harry

Hi Angelina.
You back chasing those snakes again, sorry you missed it but this sure made up for it.
Lovely image of the scissor-tailed flycatcher, great DOF in the background, really makes the bird stand out. The colours through-out are great, slightly soft in focus on the head, auto has only given you f/5.6, a little more would have been perfect to bring him all into pin sharp focus. Well seen, lovely image.

New Zealand

OK...I see what the workshop is compared to the original. It took me a bit, not having read what was done first, to find the difference. I do it backwards, without directions in order that I am not drawn to the new focal point quickly....I have no real idea of whether the other is better or not. I guess this is why art is subjective.

Naturally as with all of your work, this is a good capture. I had wondered for a long time if Texas was all deep colors. In this bird you have shown that softer colors do exist and it works nicely. And there is something about barbed wire fence that would normally detract, but doesn't. Not sure why but it seems to enhance. Gives it the human perspective.

How many pairs of crawled in jeans have you had to replace anyway:-) ? Very good composition of a bird which I was not familiar.

Great shot. Perfect BG. Nice detail and color, you can see the sparkle in it's eye. I remember seeing scissor-tails from my time living in Mesquite, Texas but they are a rare sight on Galveston Island. Well done mi amica. Another fine photo and note :)

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2007-05-30 8:08]

Hello Angy,
Though barbed wire is a negative aspect in a nature picture, it is very much a part of our environment and must be accepted as such and this Scissortail looks pretty good on it.
Nice and sharp and well composed with pleasing BG. I don't see much difference between this and the WS: both are good.
TFS and best wishes, Ivan

Hi Angy,

what a lovely looking bird.
The background really helps set the bird off.
Harry has a point, it's always nice to leave some space for the bird to 'fly' into, not that in any detracts from the shot.


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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2007-05-30 10:32]

Hi Angelina,
Superb shot of this scissortail. Perfect lighting and great focus. Nice colours, sharp details, splendid BG and a clam pose. I like your POV and the glint on its eyes. The looooong tail looks so elegant. Very nicely composed. Kudos.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2007-05-30 10:38]

Hello Angelina,
Nice photo of this Flycatcher. Nice colours and sharpness in a natural light.
Good DOF with the blurred BG. I agree with 'Proframe'(Harry) about the composition.

such a lovely pose....well done

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2007-05-30 12:04]

Hi Angy,
a brilliant DOF that isolates the bird.
Well done,

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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2007-05-30 14:11]

Hi Angelina
Nice composition.Sharp image with excellent POV.I like that catchlight in the eye .Excellent BG color and blur.
TFS Michel

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  • Hil Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 696 W: 13 N: 1407] (5035)
  • [2007-05-30 14:30]

Hi Ang,

Great shot of this elegant Bird, I can't belive that this delicate little bird can actually kill Snakes, its a great POV and pose, very nice detail and fantastic colours and lighting. I like what Harry has done in his WS but I wouldn't have noticed until he pointed it out.

TFS Hilary :o)

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2007-05-30 16:18]

Hi Angelina. What a beautiful bird. which you have captured very well. great detail and focus. showing its pastel colours. on a nice background .TFs.well done. Great notes again thanks.

Hello Angelina,
Nice shot, sharpness and colors, well compose I like the pose
thet you capture, graet eye contact well done best regards/Lawhill

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  • Ken52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 636 W: 93 N: 1243] (4195)
  • [2007-05-30 21:13]

Hi Angelina,
It's a beautiful shot of a beautiful bird. The colors look very natural. We even see the little touch of scarlet on the upper wing and the salmon color under the wing. Classic pose of bird looks great with head turned just right and that glint of light in the eye. Focus is good. DOF and background are outstanding! I LIKE the barbed wire perch. It is very typical of this species.
It has been rainy an heavy overcast everyday for over a week. We lost power and I had to be off computer much of day, si I went to lake with camera. Sun came out and I got some good shots.

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  • iris Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 479 W: 60 N: 970] (3088)
  • [2007-05-31 0:28]

Ha Angelina, That's a perfectly done shot to me....Look at the way you got its nice long tail completely into the shot even in hurry.
The BG is amazing and the depth is superb,the colours and lighting of the shot are just right.
Very well done.
TFs & cheers

Excellent shot young lady; however, to my taste I would have 'removed' the slight over exposure on its BEAUTIFULLY AND EXTREMELY well focused face.
On the whole I would have 'livened' the flight feathers too.
Nice to see that the snake did NOT harm you. This was a better deal.
Friendly greetings from Mario in Canada who has stopped chasing purple finches.
Shall consider a W/S. ???

Hi Angelina,
wonderful shot, well centred and well focused, the bird seems to look at you, as he was aware of his moment of glory.
Well done, ciao.

Hello Angy,
Such a delicate and beautiful captured of this beauty!
good contrast of colour on the bg and the bird that brings out total sharpness and details of the subject!
perfectly done

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