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Waiting for some one?
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Copyright: Murali Santhanam (smurali) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 205 W: 14 N: 609] (3596)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-04-06
Categories: Birds
Camera: Pentax K10D, Sigma 50 -500mm f4/6.3 DG EX APO HSM
Exposure: f/9.0, 1/400 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): Great Workshops [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-04-09 20:12
Viewed: 4180
Points: 42
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note

Continuing on my series of Indian Roller pictures for the season... This picture was shot again at Hesarghatta lake. It was nearly 8:30 a.m. in the morning by the time we reached Hesarghatta lake after battling through unusually heavy traffic on Tumkur Road. The lighting was excellent. Within 15 minutes we reached the territory of this beauty and spotted the Indian Roller searching for insects. Unlike my previous trip to the place when we had to shoot through the rain, the lighting this week was alternating between bright directional light and soft cloudy light. I could get decent shutter speeds even at ISO 200. This one was shot when the lighting was slightly cloudy. Hence the soft studio like lighting.

This Roller went around from one thorny perch to another. The bird seemed to like bet of thorns. I should have made close to 10 good shots of this bird. I liked this one due to green grass in the background caused by a higher POV and the way the perch is free of thorns, as if some has knocked the thorns off for this beauty. This provided an uncluttered clear view of the bird. The bird posed for me by looking to the direction where there is open space and provided me an opportunity to shoot this one frame.

Trust you like this.

- Murali Santhanam

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ThreadThread Starter Messages Updated
Info on the Hesarghatta lakevigneshg 1 05-04 03:33
To ramthakur: Visit Bangaloresmurali 2 04-10 07:53
To smitha: Workshopsmurali 1 04-10 06:47
To anilnediyara: Thankssmurali 1 04-09 23:02
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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2008-04-09 21:11]
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Hi Murali,
A beauty indeed.
Superb colors and details against a clean BG.
Fantastic eye contact.
Would it enhance the composition if you cropped out the little twigs on the right hand side? They took my eyes away from the subject.
But maybe they give something for the roller to look at.
A gorgeous image. TFS. : )

Hi Murali,

Wonderful shot of this Indian Roller, the OOF background really makes this little fellow stand out, beautiful colours, excellent detail, and very well framed, really nice work,

All the best Cheers Rick :)

Hello Murali,
Fantastic capture, superb sharpness and details, beautiful vivid colors and lovely light, outstanding depth of field, the background blurr and colors and wonderful, excellent composition and very good point of view, well done.

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  • Art_R Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 244 W: 20 N: 839] (3892)
  • [2008-04-09 21:56]

Hi Murali , this is a fabulous shot , the color and detail along with the background are all perfect , great focus and sharpness. I agree with the comment on the thorns on the right side of the photo , they do grab attention a bit. none the less it is a great photo.



Hi Murali,
Another beauty from B'lore, You have got it right in all aspects, nice perch,buttery smooth green BG, excellent head turn and spot on focus and exposure as topping :)


Hi Murali,

a beauty indeed.

Good of sharpness with beautiful colors and BG.
For myselfs should i right the branches cut of or clone away.

Regards Gert

mr murali,

You were really lucky that day...though we tried we couldnt catch this beauty...though i managed to get a shot at this bird the thorns are all over the picture...no luck here...

anyways nice pic...


Hello Murali,
WOW! It's a beauty !(like all your other Roller shots.)Excellent sharpness, details and POV. Nice smooth green blurred background. Nice pose captured with its head turned sideways. I liked the soft lighting to. Thanks for the share,
Tried a small WS. Hope you won't mind.Ws too irresistible.:)

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  • jossim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1538 W: 5 N: 2240] (12636)
  • [2008-04-10 2:46]

Bonjour Murali,

Superbe oiseau et bonne prise. J'aime l'ensemble de cette composition.

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2008-04-10 2:49]

Hello Murali Sir,
I am missing the group shoot. Probably next time. The shot is perfect and I am sure it was waiting for you. The lighting and the frame is superb. Ganesh

Hi Murali,
You guys at Bangalore are producing stunning images of this bird I too had shot once in Rajasthan.
Your picture of the Indian Roller is absolutely beautiful and tecnically of a very high quality. Superb frontal point of view, sharp focus and delightful colours.
TFS and all the best.

Hi Murali,
what a beautiful post.
Everything is perfect: colors, composition, sharpness, POV ...
Little remark: I'd crop out the little twigs on the right. They distract a bit.
Great shot anyway.
TFS Tatjana

Hello Murali
Wonderful shot of this Indian roller,
Perfect exposure,BG and composition.
Superb shot my friend.


good sharpness, excellent colours, the composition is efficient, nothing bad, a very good photo

Nice cool colors. Good compo, though you could have cropped a bit on right.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2008-04-10 10:23]

Hello Murali,
Excellent photo in great clear colours. Very good sharpness, POV and composition. Beautiful OOF BG.

Hi Murali,

Great shot
Excellent POV and BG
perfect sharpness showing fine details
beautifu colors

TFS Thijs

Beautiful shot Murali, the color and exposure are perfect.
Lovely BG with excellent DOF, details, and POV also.
The WS is a nice improvement.
Well done!

Very good colour and depth of field.

Hi Murali,
Awesome 'shot'...
Lighting you were talking about is absolutely brilliant.
Touch up the 3 little branch rests to the right; that's why this Indian roller looks a bit upset:-)
But...wonderful image!!!

Wonderful shot of this Indian Roller,Good of sharpness with beautiful colors.

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