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Indian Roller

Indian Roller
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Copyright: Goutham Ramesh (goutham_ramesh) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 835 W: 154 N: 2871] (12237)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-04-06
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D 80, Sigma 50 -500mm f4/6.3 DG EX APO HSM
Exposure: f/8, 1/200 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): Volkan's Best, GouthamBirds, annick vanderschelden's favourites, Pentaxfriend's favorites 2 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-06-16 10:01
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Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 44
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Hi all,
This is a picture from April. This is Indian roller shot at Hessarghatta lake near Bangalore. This was shot using car as a "Hide". From my experience car is a very good hide as long as you know hoe to approach the bird! What we typically do is spot the bird using our binoculars and plan on our approach. Once the approach is planned we take our car near to the bird in stages, i.e, stop and proceed at various distances and get to know the comfort level of the bird and as well as make it comfortable to the car.Once we reach optimum distance we make sure there is little movement inside the car and shoot

PS. Pop ur lenses out well in advance so the bird does not get scared :-). Bean bag helps :-)

Note. Murali and Satish are experts in this and they are welcome to add more into this subject of shooting birds from the car :-)

Hope you ppl like it
Goutham R

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Hello Goutham,

A very good picture.Nicely composed.
Good information.Nice soft BG.TFS

The sharpness and colour is amazing!
A beautiful subject and probably very hard to capture as well, birds always get away with me.... I guess I have to become faster xD

A really great capture ^-^
Kind regards, Fleury

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  • carper Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1973 W: 119 N: 2582] (8439)
  • [2008-06-16 10:20]

fantastic Goutham,
a great pov, good quality and a super composition, marvelous one, have a nice day.
gr. jaap

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2008-06-16 10:22]

Hello Goutham,
Excellent photo of this Indian Roller. The sharpness, details and colours are amazing. very beautiful OOF BG. Great composition, POV and DOF. Very nice pose.

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-06-16 10:34]

Hi Goutham.A good close up of the Blue Roller. Its such a colourful bird which you have captured so well. Your sharp focusing has given fine detail in the feathers. a good POV/DOF. well done TFS.

amazing shot! great colours. very good focus!

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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2008-06-16 11:18]

Hello Goutham
Beautiful closed up image.Very sharp with excellent POV.I like your subject pose.Plumage detail are fantastick.
TFS Michel

Definitely a wow, Goutham.
I love the brightness.
Besides, everything is well done!
Fantastic image!

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  • Maite Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 998 W: 65 N: 1270] (5199)
  • [2008-06-16 11:44]

WOW!! What a marvellous capture!! How beautiful the Indian Roller and how perfect the shot!! I love those colors of the plumage, the brilliant eye and the eye-contact.
Magnificent sharpness and excellent blurred bg.
I love it!
Thank you very much for sharing.
Best wishes

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  • Hil Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 696 W: 13 N: 1407] (5035)
  • [2008-06-16 12:18]

Hi Goutham,

Wonderful shot of the Indian roller.
Nicely composed with a superb POV and a fine pose with great eye contact.
Nice details and colours too.


Hello Goutham,
Excellent photo of this Indian Roller.

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  • darwin Gold Star Critiquer [C: 259 W: 0 N: 403] (1401)
  • [2008-06-16 17:25]

Hi Goutham
Crystal clear image with beautiful color and outstanding detail
tfs jon

Though I admire your method of using a car as a hide, one cannot use it everywhere, Goutham. All the same, it is quite useful wherever applicable.
The BG in this tremendously beautiful capture is its life and soul. I wonder what contributed to its formation.
Thanks and regards.

Hello Goutham,
Great shot, beautiful vivid colors and nice contrast,
superb sharpness and details, lovely oof background,
very good catchlight and great pose.

Hi goutham,

Its nice picture, if you want we can post the picture how you shot [I have it with me]but then certain things should be kept in secret:) else the fun of it is lost I feel.

Hi Goutham,
A nice capture of this Indian Roller. Excellent composition and sharp details. Thanks a lot for sharing.

Hello Goutham,
Splendid shot of indian roller,superb brightness and great sharpness,
well done,

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-06-17 14:12]

Excellent shot, Goutham!!
What incredible detail and superb sharpness.
Lovely colours and perfect lighting.
Superb DOF.
You use that bigma very well!
Great work my friend!


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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2008-06-17 22:55]

Hello Goutham, You never seem to be tired of shooting this fella. I still remember we were chasing that frm the car. Lovely looking bird.Ganesh

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  • pvb Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 385 W: 16 N: 531] (1981)
  • [2008-06-22 10:22]
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Hi Goutham,
This is great Goutham, I especially like the bg colours with this nice looking bird. They fitt great with the beautiful colours of the bird. Very good pov and composition and very good sharpness.
Everything is going alright here. Belly is growing and everything is good. We have been to Austria for two weeks and have been able to shoot some nice photos. Regards to your family and hope you are doing ok.
Paula, René and ....

Hi Goutham,

i missed this BEAUTY
Lovely compo with excellent colors
perfect POV, BG and sharpness

TFS Thijs

Hi Goutham

I think you have every detail spot on in this image, DOF, Exposure, composition and sharpness all excellent.

I often wonder why birds have such stunning colours when they really should be dull so they can hide away from dangers.

I wish I had birds like these in my country you are very lucky to live in such a fab place.

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