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Copyright: Jose Miguel Cisneros (JoseMiguel) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1419 W: 3 N: 1610] (5658)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-12-05
Categories: Birds
Camera: Panasonic Lumix DMC FZ18
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/250 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2007-12-06 8:40
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Favorites: 2 [view]
Points: 152
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I took this picture yesterday, in Parque del Este when checking the new Panasonic DMC-FZ18.

I bought this compact camera as a replacement for the Canon S3IS, simply because I can’t resist to its versatile18x zoom (28-504mm equiv.), Leica lens, and RAW capabilities, all in a small, light and compact size.

I know that the small sensor (1/2.5") has its limitations and requires a lot of light, but all these features packed in such a small and handy size is ideal to carry all the time.

At first, I missed almost all the shots due to the delay since you press the shutter and the camera makes effective the shot -specially when saving the RAW file-.

I get used to the speed of the dSLR and this was a hard contrast. But you get pretty soon used to the time correction factor and anticipates to the moment you want.

Handheld, image stabilization (IS), curves, resize and sharpen for TN.
ISO: 100
Shutter speed: 1/250
Aperture: F/5.6
Focal length: 82 mm

I think the bird could be a Tropical Mockingbird Mimus gilvus, but I not sure at all. If someone knows about the right ID of the bird, I would greatly appreciate it in order to complete the info.

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ThreadThread Starter Messages Updated
To lovenature: Yes I did!JoseMiguel 1 02-03 11:41
To Heaven: Thanks a lot!JoseMiguel 2 12-09 06:05
To jmp: ISJoseMiguel 2 12-06 11:50
To jignasi: 82 mmJoseMiguel 1 12-06 09:51
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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2007-12-06 8:45]

Hi Jose

A great composition - I really like the way that the bird is contained in a triangle created by the red berries, Very good detail - exceptional. I am going to check this camera out.


Attitude originale. C'est intéressant de voir cet oiseau dans son environnement.
Bonne journée.

Hello Jose
This is a very impressive picture from a camera that you are unfamiliar with and you have capture the bird feeding on the berry perfectly...That is a very impressive spec it has with the raw capability and a wide to very long focal length.
Great shot and a great purchase
Best regards

Hello Jose miguel,
fantastic capture with a perfect focus and great deeph of field, very nice colors and excellent lighting,

Hello Jose,
Great sharpness. Well composed. Excellent colors. Nice natural light.

Pues trabaja fenomenal esa Panasonic. Es increible lo que montan ahora algunas cámaras y a precios relativamente asequibles, al menos en los Países ricos ... No se a que distancia disparaste, pero los detalles de la pluma y del ojo han quedado muy bien. Precioso colorido como es habitual en tus tomas.

Saludos: J. Ignasi

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2007-12-06 9:47]

Hi Jose.
What a wonderful full of lights and colours picture. Amazing pictured scene and timing. I am impressed with two perfectly selected plans: crisp, razor sharp FG with main so attractive subject and so fine blurred BG with terrific blue sky. Pose of the bird, reproduction of all its features and food are fantastic. Composition and framing are superb too. My congratulations and best regards.

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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2007-12-06 10:08]
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Hola José Miguel:
Parece que la nueva cámara tiene un gran estabilizador de imagen o tú un gran pulso:-) Una imagen muy nítida, bien enfocada y libre de ruido, con bellos colores y una perfecta exposición. Pareque tu nueva cámara va a proporcionar un buen rendimiento.
Saludos cordiales,
José Miguel

Hello Jose Miguel,
Superb shot, my compliment!
the exposure and focus is spot on with total sharpness, vivid colour and so much details
very well done indeed
muchas gracias

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  • jhm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 893 W: 0 N: 507] (1853)
  • [2007-12-06 10:19]

Hello Jose Miguel,

You placing the bird very lovely between the red berries, this all with a great sharpness and clarity.
Composition and colours are very lovely.

Best regards,

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2007-12-06 10:31]

Hi Jose A very good close up of this beautiful looking bird which you have captured with fine detail.a very nice pose in the tree with the colourful fruit. a nice POV. well done TFS. good notes too.

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  • Pier Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 25 W: 0 N: 37] (808)
  • [2007-12-06 11:55]

Bella e nitida l'mmagine, ottimi sia il colore che l'ambientazione, bello anche il dinamismo della scena.
Un saluto Piero

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  • ridvan Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 498 W: 0 N: 1136] (5205)
  • [2007-12-06 11:56]

selam jose; Excellent shot of this bird .Nice composition.Good POV and sharp image whit nice details.splendid Colors. well done.
TFS ridvan

Hi Jose Miguel, splendid bird in lovely pose, good details and excellent sharpness, wonderful colors, very well done, ciao Silvio

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2007-12-06 15:42]

it's simply fantastic,nothing to say,the pic talk alone,thanks for share,Luciano

Que bonita foto. Los colores me encantan y ver la fruta picada que se come el ave.

Hi Jose,
Seem to be a very good camera. I was impressed with the details of this picture. Crystal clear image. POV and composition are great.

Hi Jose,
Sharp details. Nice colours. Very good composition. It is really tough to get all that with the small sensor size. Congratulations and thanks for sharing.
- Nirmal

hello jose,
congratulation on getting a new camera, i have seen from the reviews that its one of the best bridge camera, the results are lovely, sharp image with good details, lovely colours, nice pov, well composed shot,
tfs & regards

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2007-12-07 2:39]

Great image with your new camera.
Amazing detail in the feathers and superb sharpness.
Vibrent colours and lighting.
Good composition and pose.
Well done Jose Miguel,

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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2007-12-07 8:30]

Hi Jose
Nice presentation.Good POV and sharp iamge.Details and light are very good.I like that catch light in the eye.
TFS Michel

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2007-12-07 8:31]

Hello Jose Miguel, very nice composition of this beautiful bird. The overall quality is very good and the exposure and sharpness are great. Thanks !


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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2007-12-07 10:21]

Hello Jose,
What detail and color you have captured in this beautiful composition. Just think as you become familiar witk your new camera Jose that you will even catch more amazing shots like these, thanks.

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2007-12-07 10:27]

Hi Jose,
It doesn't matter what camera you use, your calibre and expretise will enable you to come up with an excellent shot. And this is no less, wonderfully done. Very neat and sharp image with a fabulous POV to portray it. The red berries add such fine colours. Good use of available natural lighting and a superb composition. Kudos.

* Sorry, have been a bit irregular, hope to come out of my present predicament soon.

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  • NinaM Gold Star Critiquer [C: 773 W: 3 N: 1157] (4077)
  • [2007-12-07 11:12]

Hi Jose, I visited your gallery for the first time and I am quite impressed! Wow, you're a good photographer. I love this picture for the colours, the beauty of the details, the bird is eating and we see the fruits half eaten... great shot and good timing. Your new camera seems to be working fine. Thank you for sharing such great photos.


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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2007-12-07 15:29]

Hola Jose Miguel. Bella foto, exelente claridad y finos colores. Una hermosa pose y grandes detalles
Saludos Luis52.

Hello Jose,
very nice capture of this feeding bird.
Great POV and focus detail as well as comp.
Well done, TFS

Hi Jose,
Excellent detail, DOF, exposure, color, and POV of this mockingbird with fruit-filled beak..I like the red berries all-round the bird. Even with the branches in front, the composition works nicely :)
Well done!

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  • Debz Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 505 W: 0 N: 847] (3307)
  • [2007-12-08 6:25]

Hi Jose, super shot, so full of colour and feeding action. You have wonderful light and reflections on the berries and great detail and sharpness on the profile of this bird. Very well composed and a bright and refreshing sight.

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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2007-12-08 10:51]

Hola Jose Miguel,
Details and lighting are lovely. I liked your POV, the pose you captured and the composition. TFS
Un saludo,

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  • carmia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 231 W: 4 N: 144] (2240)
  • [2007-12-08 11:39]

Hola Jose! muy bonita esta toma con una nitidez y colores muy buenos, un gran trabajo, como nos tienes acostumbrados. Un saludo!! Carme.

Hi José!

Finally, you control your new camera already very well! The sharpness is wonderful and lets many details come through. The lighting is fine, too, although the bright tones are a bit too bright to me. And the composition underlines the main subject very well.

Kind regards


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  • Isu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 313 W: 0 N: 21] (1663)
  • [2007-12-08 12:11]

Saludos Jose, preciosa toma composición llena de luz y colores brillantes, impreción vívida y alegre...Sira

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  • Maite Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 998 W: 65 N: 1270] (5199)
  • [2007-12-09 3:58]

¡Qué fotazo, Jose Miguel!!
Qué maravilla de encuadre y composición, y qué maravilla de enfoque, contraste y exposición. La nitidez es magnífica y los colores realmente preciosos. Nunca había visto esa clase de árbol con esos frutos anaranjados. Me encanta cómo has pillado al pájaro con el pico lleno. El brillo del ojo y el contacto visual son fascinantes.
Una maravilla más en tu maravillosa galería.
Muchísimas gracias y un cordial saludo.

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  • jossim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1538 W: 5 N: 2240] (12636)
  • [2007-12-09 12:40]

Bonjour Jose,

Félicitations pour cette belle capture.Les couleurs sont extras et l'exposition excellente.
Merci pour le partage.

Hello Jose,
Good to see you again, I'm back on TN. :-)
Thanks for the kind comments on my previous photo. I've just got internet line. I had the removal to new house near by old house. I appreciate that you've sent me your email.
Your photos are always very colourful and have the vivid colouration with superb details and focusing as usual. :-)
This one is also lovely and beautiful shot with nice composition and lighting.
Thanks for sharing your photos,
Warm regards,

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-12-09 20:28]

Hello Jose Miguel

This shot has wonderful clarity.
The focus is sharp and the details are excellent.
The lighting is well handled and has produced wonderful rich colours.
Very good POV and DOF.
Great job.


hello josé
cet oiseau en plein repas est superbe, la netteté, luminosité, couleurs vives et détails, tout est parfait, félicitations et merci du partage.

Uma exelente foto muito bem focada e mitidez ótima uma qualidade espetacular meus parabéns.

Hello Jose Miguel,
This little camera is a bomb! Look at this wonderful picture! Colors and details are very nice and so is this POV and composition. I like very much those red fruits which add interesting elements to this lovely capture! Well seen and well done! Thanks,

Hello Jose,

Very nice composition. Beautiful light and colours. Good sharpness.
Well done,

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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2007-12-10 13:54]

Hi Jose

Great work from your new cameral. Pin sharp, glorious colours and a great pose. The exposure looks spot on as well. It is a lovely pictures



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  • mlines Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 556 W: 26 N: 668] (3116)
  • [2007-12-10 15:56]

Hi Jose. A fine bird composition. He has plenty of food on this day! Beautifully cropped with good colours. A delight to see on TN. TFS. Murray.

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  • fiyo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1053 W: 5 N: 3475] (15161)
  • [2007-12-11 0:57]

Hello Jose,
Wonderful capture.POV,colors,sharpness and composition are excellent.TFS

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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2007-12-11 2:46]

Hi Jose, the results you get out of your FZ18 are amazing! Great timing, excellent sharp focus and DOF..very well done, impressive work!

Hello JM,
All excellent details in this fellow enjoying the fresh fruit of the season!
Good point of view and a fine composition...
And of course... Good luck with your new little toy!
Pablo -

HI Jose Miguel,
Wonderful picture! Magnificent composition!
Excellent colours, sharpness and details.
Beautiful bird with angelic pose!
Well done!
José Roberto

Dear Jose, You got a great shot with the compact ! The environment and habitat is very nicely captured. I also went thru your impressive collection.
Well done. with best regards.vab.

Hello Jose Miguel,
Fantastic shot, very sharp and clear.. Great POV, and
excellent composition.. Well done


Hi Jose,
Congratulations on your new camera. And from this capture it shows its capability. Yes changing from one camera to other needs some practise but it is not a thing to worry. A very good capture of this bird. Nice details. Thanks a lot for sharing.

Hi dear Jose,
very nice shot with amazing colors.great composition and nice sharpness.
well exposed as always.
thanks for sharing my friend.

my best wishes

Hi Jose Miguel, it's a very great shot of this bird. I like the natural pose you have with him feeding on the berries, the colour is excellent as is the great sharp detail. Very nicely done.

Thanks, John

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  • izler Gold Star Critiquer [C: 1387 W: 3 N: 9] (44)
  • [2007-12-14 7:11]

merhaba Jose Miguel
successful capturing of this cute bird with your new compact machine
i think focal length (in this camera; 82 mm) is another important feature for compact machine
i like composition, point of view, lighting, colours and sharpness
thanks for sharing

Hola José Miguel. Buena composición y excelente combinación de colores. Me impresiona la nitidez de tu foto (buen pulso). Saludos, Yvonne

Hola José Miguel,
Fantástica composición con el pajáro flanqueado por esos frutos rojos y amarillos tan llamativos, el momento es muy bueno con la boca llena a tope, excelente luz y definición. Veo que el cambio de camara no varió tu buen hacer, que la disfrutes mucho. Un cordial saludo

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2007-12-17 7:06]

Hi Jose Miguel

I didn't know you also bought a compact? That's actualy nice...i'm sure the very long zoom and the IS comes in handy :)
However, i'm a bit amazed by the short focal length of this lovely shot...the bird was really close, wasn't it?
Very good sharpness overall - something a lot more difficut with the dSLR - and some very beautiful and well saturated colors.
The action is also well catpured and therefore we can easily see this cute Tropical Mockingbird eating freely and not beeing bothered by your presence.
Very nice work!

Bravo and TFS

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2007-12-18 9:14]

Hola José Miguel,
lo que hace este pajarito para comerse esos frutos que tienen una pinta...
bellos colores y magnífica captura, excelente foco,

Hello Jose wonderfull shot the focus on the eye is spot on and a fine dof control beautifull details, with good timing tfs rgds Necip.

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2007-12-21 6:16]

Hello Jose,
Congratulations on your new camera which, when judging from this shot, seems superb! Lovely capture of the Mockingbird having a feast on the beautiful bright fruit. Excellent focus, sharp details and lovely colours. Very well composed too.
Many thanks, Ulla

Hola José Miguel.
Una fabulosa captura con unos colores magníficos.
Buena nota.
Un saludo y mis mejores deseos para estas Navidades desde Gran Canaria, JL.

Hi Jose,
Oh what a great photo, its even got all the festive Christmas colors with the green leaves and bright red berries, the bird sure reminds me of a Mockingbird but I'm no expert thats for sure! Beautiful! TFS

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  • valy67 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1727 W: 59 N: 3060] (9219)
  • [2007-12-25 11:56]

Hello Jose Miguel !
Your first picture with the new camera is a wonderful one ! Sharpness and details are excellent on the bird's plumage and his face. Composition, POV, exposure, lovely colors and pose of the bird are wonderful. The red fruits are beautiful too, I wonder what thay are... Anyway, very well done !

Hi Jose,
WOW! that camera looks like it does a very nice job handling that scene. Vibrant colors and nice sharp detail. Well done!

Hello José,
a wonderful image, most elegantly composed, so rich in details, rich in colours, rich in subtle contrasts, dipped into a brilliant tropical light. Colours that make my mouth water. Congratulations for that shot, congratulations for the new camera!
Thank you for all those wonderful postings, and for all the most helpful and encouraging critiques and comments coming from you - Happy New Year to you!
My best regards,

Wishing you and your love ones the joyous Happy New Year...


Hello Jose,
First of all, I wish you and your family a Happy New Year!

Irrespective of whatever camera you use, you always create marvellous masterpieces with your creative acumen.

This first with your new equipment is simply perfect. What an interesting POV from below!
The image is a lyric in colour and composition.
TFS and best regards.

You did well to capture this shot. It is so sharp and there is no motion blur. The colors are so vivid. I particularly like the natural framing by the branches and the three clumps of red fruit surrounding your subject. Very nice.

Evelynn : )

Hi Jose Miguel

Firstly, I think your bird is a Salator possibly Buff-throated Salator (Salator maximus), but you probably have other Salator species around Caracas too.

Anyway its a fine shot with your new toy, that big lens should get you some good results over time. Great sharpness and plumage detail and no noise. Good comosition with those lovely red fruits.


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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-01-12 6:07]

Hello José Miguel,
How could I miss this one!
This is excellent! Superb sharpness of your subject well composed with the branches and fruit and in a great pose.
This is the Grayish Saltator (Saltator coerulescens). The Spanish name is Lechosero ajisero.
Thanks and best wishes,

Hi Jose,

This is a really good shot, with the bird in a great pose. Everything is spot on; the exposure, the colours, the pov, the dof, etc. But for me, what sets this shot aside as a natural history photography, in the storytelling. Brilliant.


Hola Jose Miguel,
This is great shot for both of bird and tropical plant fruited. Sharpness and details excellent. POV, composition, lighting also grear. good notes. gracias y saludos

Hi Jose
A new camera...how fun!
This is a wonderful composition of your bird, colourful fruit and blue sky. It doesn't get much better than this. The fruit must be good by the way this bird is digging into it. Did you ever find out the species of bird and do you know what type of fruit the bird is eating? Just curious.
TFS Janice

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  • isa Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 49 W: 0 N: 34] (252)
  • [2008-02-03 15:27]

Hola José,
Que belleza de fotografia. He tenido poco tiempo para dedicarme, pero esta imagen merecia un comentário. Soberbia, gracias por compartir.
Saludos cordiales,

Hola, José Miguel:
Excelentes todas tus fotografías.
Esta fotografía en particular me gustó mucho por la composición de las frutas alrededor del ave, quedó enmarcada entre frutas, los colores me gustaron mucho. El ave me parece que es un Saltator coerulescens, acá lo llamamos Papayero.

Hi Jose Miguel.

Your bird shots are just so mastery and this one has perfect framing with colorful fruits around it. Lovely sharp focus and flawless exposure of this image. Congratulations on being first and a definite top drawer quality here.

Best regards,

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2009-02-13 1:08]

Hi Jose,
a beautiful capture of this bird. Excellent clarity in the whole shot. the birds so sharp and the fruits so lovely.
Well composed and excellent utilisation of lighting.
Very captivating nature shot.


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