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Copyright: Edgar Alejandro Guzman Jurado (alejandroguzman) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 92 W: 0 N: 92] (452)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-09
Categories: Birds
Camera: Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ30
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): Zoo animals, Animal Portraits II, Birds of South America [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2006-03-01 17:35
Viewed: 5034
Points: 20
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Ostriches are of the Ratite family, which means flightless bird.
The Ostrich is the largest living bird in the world.
The Ostrich is native to Africa, yet thrives in countries all over the world.
Adult males are eight to nine feet in height and weigh 350-400 pounds. Females will weigh up to 300-350 pounds.
A male Ostrich is called a rooster or a cock and a female Ostrich is called a hen.
The male is black with white wing tips and tail plumes. The female has light brown and gray plumage and is slightly smaller than the male. When in season, the males will have bright red beaks, shins and sometimes neck. The hens will turn a silvery gray when in season.
This great bird only has two toes, all other birds have three or four toes.
The Ostrich can run at speeds of up to 40 MPH for sustained times.
An Ostrich will live to be 50 - 75 years old.

About Ostrich Eggs
How big are Ostrich eggs?
Although an ostrich egg is the largest of all eggs, it is the smallest egg in relation to the size of the bird. The Ostrich egg will weigh 1600 - 2300 gm (about 3.5 to 5 pounds) and is equivalent in volume to 2 dozen chicken eggs.
An Ostrich Hen can lay 40 - 100 eggs per year, averaging about 60 eggs per year.
Ostrich eggs hatch in 42 days.
An Ostrich chick grows one foot taller each month until it is 7-8 months old.
Generally, Females sit on eggs by day; males sit on eggs by night.

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Hi Alejandro,
An excellent portrait on this Ostrich. I like the srong back lighting that highlights his feathers around the head area. Great colors and very sharp detail! The frame filling tight crop looks good to me.

Well that has got to be the closest I've seen an ostrich. It's a nice image and crop. There is a lot of noise which I suspect is a common problem with the Panasonic Lumix. ( I have one too). I used Neat Image on your image and it cleaned it up beautifully. If you want I could post workshop tomorrow. I've done my two for today.

Nice portrait Alejandro,
Good detail, colours and sharpness.
Composition and exposure are good. Good POV and framing.
Thanks for posting, have a great week.

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  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2006-03-02 5:04]

Hello Alejandro, ncie shot. I like the backlighting effect. It's nicely in focus and the composition is good. Well done.

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  • viv Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 292 W: 3 N: 653] (3317)
  • [2006-03-02 5:11]

Hello Alejandro,
Great catch, great POV and the light is super.

Hello Alejandro,

I love this wonderful ostrich, and you have captured him quite well.

A very agreeable looking fellow, superb details, color, POV, BG and exposure.

Great job, thank you!

Hola Alejandro

Estoy muy ocupado con mi trabajo actualmente, as que no puedo escribir comentarios completos, sino que realmente me gusto su foto.
Respeto, Petru

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  • pitai Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 193 W: 15 N: 155] (1212)
  • [2006-03-03 21:02]

hola ale, tenemos el mismo retrato deste u. Buenisimos detalles, lo tomastes de perfil. Pero creo que en ingles no es un ostrich es un south american ostrich. Que es diferente. un saludo, gabriel

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  • Athila Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 335 W: 239 N: 493] (1982)
  • [2006-04-04 20:30]

Hi Alejandro!

Good portrait. Sharpness and exposure are excellent. The shallow DOF is great with nice highlight in it. I love the backlighting that creates a rimlight around its head.

Good picture and TFS.

Excellent pov and thanks for the details. best wishes.

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