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Eastern Kingbird Musing

Eastern Kingbird Musing
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Copyright: Kathy Meader (writerscrawlz) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 277 W: 2 N: 924] (2961)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-08-02
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS digital rebel XT, 28-300mm
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/2000 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-08-05 13:30
Viewed: 3083
Points: 10
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I took this photo during the middle of the afternoon. To offset the bright lighting, I underexposed the shot, praying that I would get a decent outcome, especially with the white on this bird.

I got lucky (definitely not skill!), and walked away happy with this capture.

This was taken while camping. I converted from RAW to Jpeg in order to post.

I liked his pose as he reminded me of myself staring at nothing, perhaps just musing over the day's events or even over his life. Regardless, there seemed something special about him and wanting to preserve my own thoughts/feelings, I took the photo. I added a bit of contrast and unsharp, but other than that, this is as it was when I shot him. Oh, I did do a crop. Nothing major though...just wanted to enjoy this fellow, and also, wanted to hang it on my wall.

By the way, I entered the fair this year for the first time - let's hope I do okay...I entered my nestling cedar waxwings.
Kathy :-)

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To tuslaw: I stand corrected :)writerscrawlz 1 08-06 16:22
To mryakima: Thank youwriterscrawlz 1 08-06 16:20
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Hello Kathy,
Nice capture, good composition and point of view,
lovely colors and clarity, excellent sharpness and
depth of field, nice blurred background, very good
catchlight and great pose.

Hi Kathy,
Excellent capture of this Cliff Swallow with good pose and composition, sharp details and nice natural colours.

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2008-08-05 20:13]
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Another beauty Kathy,
Love the composition with the diagonal branch. Nice blurred background with the dark splotches which gives a soft textured look.
If I hadn't seen your title I would have thought this was an Eastern Kingbird. Wonderful Image!! Nice job!!

This is an Eastern Kingbird, not a Cliff Swallow. Nice shot.

hello Kathy,

what a beautiful photo! It looks very poetic - the bird is in deep thought or meditation. I also like the way you give the bird some room (on the right of the photo) to think... it reminds me the "leaving some white space" technique in traditional Chinese paintings as well as the famous quote "Less is More" by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe.

TFS. have a nice day!!

Man Yee

Super use of the sun angle Kathy. Clear and crisp. You should go camping more often. Pretty soon it will start turning cooler!

This bird looks so distinguished looking. Captured very well.

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