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A trip to the Zoo

A trip to the Zoo
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Copyright: Horia Bogdan (horia) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-09-18
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 400D Digital Rebel XTi, Sigma 70-300mm F4-5.6 APO DG Macro, Canon 58mm UV HAZE Filter
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/500 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Travelogue: 2007 USA summer
Date Submitted: 2007-09-19 9:45
Viewed: 4112
Points: 40
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I've just returned from another small trip i managed to take while in the US - this time, to some friends in Portland, Oregon.

I staied at their place for 3 days, in which time we made a trip to the Portland Zoo.

First of all, it was a big difference for me, comparing what i was used to, and second, it was a very good opportunity to shoot some beautiful animals.

The big problem was that the weather was almost all the time overcast, making shooting at the distance quite tricky.

Still, i'm pretty happy with some close-ups i managed, one of them being this one, of this lovely Peacock; I’m assuming that since this is such a cosmopolite animal, there is no need for a “biological” description for it so I’ll let all the educational part of this note on the Portland Zoo – a place definitely worth visiting :)

Hope you'll like it :)

EXIF data :
Camera: Canon 400D
Lens: Sigma 70-300mm f/4-5.6 APO DC
Filter: Canon UV Haze
Focal Length: 300mm
Shutter Speed: 1/500
Metering Mode: Pattern
Exposure Bias: -1/3
F-Stop: f/5.6
ISO: 200
Flash: No
Support: handheld
TOD: about 1 PM
Weather conditions: overcast

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bonjour horia
un portrait parfaitement realisé,l"exposition est correcte,les couleurs metalliques ressortent tres bien.
la netteté est au top et le BG flou pour bien detacher le sujet.

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  • jesst Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 368 W: 0 N: 172] (2441)
  • [2007-09-19 9:55]

Nice portrait! Wonderful colors!

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  • Arjun Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 358 W: 7 N: 1237] (7593)
  • [2007-09-19 9:55]

hi horia,
superb picture,

Magnífico retrato Horia con unos colores y texturas muy bien obtenidos.
Buen encuadre y grandes detalles.
Saludos, JL.

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2007-09-19 10:00]

Hi Horia!

Beautifull portrait of peacock. Very good POV, pose and first of all different tones of blue. Clean and sharp image, great zoo-job :-)

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2007-09-19 10:07]

Hey Horia!
An awesome shot of this beautiful Peacock.
+++ Very sharp, vivid colours, brilliant detail, excellent composition and a good DOF.
--- Nothing :)
Well done,

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2007-09-19 10:13]

Hi Horia. A very good picture of this beautiful bird. good detail in the eye and feathers. rich colours . with a good POV. well done TFS. good notes too

Salut Horia,
Un portret excelent din toate punctele de vedere,focus perfect pe ochiul pasarii, culori metalice foarte fain saturate, compozitie ca la carte, la care se adauga claritatea deosebita a imaginii.
Felicitari si astept cu nerabdare noi capturi cu 70-300mm.


Hi Horia,
it's nice to see a post from you again.
The peacock is lovely, the colours shimmering in all kinds of tones.
Good sharpness and fine DOF, the bird standsout well from the BG.
Well done, my friend.

Hi Horia,nice portrait with great detail and slendid colours.Tfs

Hi Horia,
A very good portrait of this majestic bird!
I like the close approach you got here, in which we can enjoy the gorgeous colours very characteristics of the peacock.
The aperture worked great to turn the background so nicely blurred.
My compliments and thanks for share it.
Best regards,

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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2007-09-20 0:52]

Hi Horia,
Very nice portrait of this beautiful peacock. Colors, focus, sharpness and POV are very good. TFS
Best wishes,

Hi Horia
Great composition, beautiful portrait. Beautiful natural colors and perfect OOF homogenous buckground
I like it very much
Best wishes

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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2007-09-20 9:10]

Hi Horia
Nice portrait.Very sharp image whit great details and lovely colors.
TFS Michel

hello horia,
excellent portrait shot, liked the pov, colours and the contrast very much, nice eye contact, sharp image with good details, lovely dof, well composed shot,
well done,
tfs & regards

Salut Horia,

Personal mi se pare greu de compus un astfel de portret. Penele din crestet sunt atat de mari incat fac imposibila plasarea capului paunului (sau a ochiului) intr-un loc important al compozitiei. Vad ca tu ai reusit sa te ghidezi oarecum dupa regula treimilor plasand gatul de-a lungul unei linii imaginare care trece la o treime de latura stanga a fotografiei si lasand suficient spatiu liber (in grafica il numim spatiu negativ) in fata subiectului. Fundalul scoate foarte bine in evidenta paunul! Bravo!
Culorile cu luciu metalic si contrastul sunt bune. Imi plac si detaliile care sunt clar redate precum si reflectiile din ochi.
Imi dau seama ca aveai ce vedea la Zoo in state comparativ cu ce este la noi. Astept sa vad si alte fotografii! Merci!

Numai bine,

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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2007-09-21 5:08]

Hi Horia,
a superb portrait with such vivid colour and clear detail. The BG is perfect, you've done very well to get this quality in poor light. Great work as always, hope you are well my friend and have a good weekend.

Hello Horia,
Nice exposure and the lovely metallic/iridescent colors look great.
Excellent POV and framing, sharp detail.
Overcast conditions put ya to the test hey ;}
Very well done.

Hi Horia, nice see you again with us, wonderful portrait with splendid details and great sharpness, superb colors, very well done, have a nice week end, ciao Silvio

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2007-09-30 1:44]

Hi Horia.
I like your first attempts to take pictures with my lovely lens. Excellent rich colours and very good sharpness of the image. Nice damped up smooth BG (and bokeh). It is clear, composition and cropping are great. Perfect true portrait work. TFS and best regards.

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