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The Common Kestrel (Falco tinnunculus)

The Common Kestrel (Falco tinnunculus)
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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: 2008-12-06
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D 80, Sigma 50 -500mm f4/6.3 DG EX APO HSM
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/160 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-04-01 8:36
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This is "Common Kestrel (Falco tinnunculus)"

Today, I would like to let my thoughts out on "Catch Light".

Most of the times , when we shoot birds, we don't give much importance to its eyes / catch light in the eyes. But I make sure that the details in the eyes are well defined or there is catch light! I believe that a dull black eye without a catch light or details steals the life out of the subject :-) ( Again its just my thoughts and i'm not forcing anybody to accept it :-) )

In This picture, you can see there is a catch light in the bird's eye.

For more info on kestrel look here : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Common_Kestrel

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  • KOMSIS Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 820 W: 0 N: 2419] (10674)
  • [2009-04-01 10:25]

Hello Goutham,
Very nice shot.
Fine details and colours and nice lighting.

Hello Goutham,
Excellent capture of beautiful bird. If I am not wrong this is the national bird of U.A.E. It so impressive. Amazing sharpness in this image with beautiful colors and details. Well done. Regards - Adil.

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2009-04-01 11:11]
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Hi Goutham. i agree with you about catch light but this can not allways be captured with out sun light . Dull clouds which we often have can be a problem. Anyway this is a fine close up of this beautiful looking bird. good detai land natural colours in the feathers. well done TFS.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2009-04-01 11:44]

Hello Goutham,
Yes I agree about the desirablity of a catchligt in the eye and it certainly add s to the vitality of the image, as you have here in this fine capture of a female Kestrel. The lighting against the blue sky is great and the image is sharp. The POV with the sloping thorny perch lends itself to this composition and the close framing is good here.
TFS and best regards,

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2009-04-01 12:40]

Hello Goutham,
Superb photo in great sharpness, detailed patterns, natural colours and a very good composition and POV. Beautiful contrast against the blue sky.

Hi Goutham,
A very good capture of this Kestrel.
Excellent light,colour,sharpness,and very good composition.
Very nice work!

Hello goutham
beautiful photo with good lighting and detail,
best regards

Hy Goutham
O, this bird is posing for you. It is a very good portret, and indeed, the light in the eye vives some life to the picture and to the bird itself. Congratulation for this capture.
Kind regards, Oana

Hi Goutham, The Bold & Beautiful picture of the kestrel, yes the catch light is the essence of the good picture, no doubt it gives life to the picture,where ever eye is concerned.TFS

Hello Goutham,
it's always nice to have a catch light in the eyes but as Nick mention some days it's impossible, then a weak fill-in flash
can be useful and it's also useful to level the shadows to a small bright up as we see on the tail here. The problem is to avoid the complete flash light light.
Well composed with good sharpness and fine details.
Well done, mf.

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2009-04-02 5:38]

Goutham, This is beauty. Just beauty. brilliant shot and what an amazing sharpness. From the shot it appears that you were too close to the object. Superb work. Treat to the eyes. Ganesh

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  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2009-04-02 7:17]

Hello Goutham
Excellent capture with perfect focus and great details.

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