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For Asbed :)

For  Asbed :)
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Copyright: Smitha Komath (smitha) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 348 W: 73 N: 1165] (4409)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-04-15
Categories: Birds
Camera: nikon D3, Nikkor AFS600 F4G VR
Exposure: f/4.5, 1/2500 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): CeltickRanger's favorite bird in-flight photos 3 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2010-06-09 2:18
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Favorites: 1 [view]
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[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Today It's a picture of Indian Roller (Corasias benghalensis) taking off from its perch.
I guess I was lucky to get this shot. Four of us (I, Anil and two other friends) were waiting for the bird to take to its wings and finally when it did , only two of us were lucky to capture it in our frames. I would definitely have preferred a better wing position.... may be next time. :)

I would like to dedicate this picture to Asbed Iskedjian alias Celtic Ranger.

I have always been impressed by his perseverance in capturing inflight shots of small birds. :)

To you, Asbed :)

P.S: About Indian Roller, much information has been given about this bird in TN as it is frequently posted by our fellow members from India. For those who are not familiar with this bird, do visit

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smitha, excellent picture...not easy to take this fantastic shot...

Hellow Smitha,
I would say perfect timing, well exposed and sharp focus has captured a brilliant image of this roller in mid flight.Great shot and TFS.

Hi Smitha,

Really nice one. You have correctly said how difficult it is to frame an airbourne small bird. Especially, this one. I know it from experience. But when you succeed the reward is heartening. Blue streak in the sky.



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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2010-06-09 3:54]

Hello Smitha,
A fine well-timed in-flight of one of my favourite Indian species of birds.
The take-off position is well shown with excellent colours and sharpness with a nice catch-light in the eye.
Thanks and kind regards,

Absolutely an amazing shot.
Perfect timing for capturing this flying cute little bird.
Superbly focused.


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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2010-06-09 7:45]

Hello Smitha,
Beautiful photo of this roller in flight. Excellent sharp focus on the head. Beautiful natural colours.

great capture, TFS Ori

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2010-06-09 13:06]

Hello Smitha.
Simply wonderful in-flight picture of fine Roller.Pose of the bird, exposure and sharpness of the image are fantastic. Colours of the shot id excellent too.Best regards Siggi

Hello Smitha,
Excellent capture with superb focus and very good clarity and contrast.
Outstandind composition and POV.

Hello Smitha,
Wonderful in-flight capture! The motion of the body has been frozen perfectly with good sharpness. Well done!

hello Smitha

you did me a very beautiful dedication with the in-flight
shot of the Indian Roller, it is exactly the kind of bird photo
i am loving most today, like this Smitha with out exageration
i have done more that 10 000 - 12 000 clicks on small birds
perched on a tree branch my camera ready waiting for his
take-up to take his flight and to shoot it on photo

i personnally Smitha love the wings pose on this photo
that it is showing to us the flight speed of the bird,
superbly focused with excellent sharpness and details,
the beautiful light coming on the bird and the catch-light
of his eye it is rendering the photo more beautiful

merci beaucoup pour cette dédicace Smitha,



Hello Smitha,
Fantastic!... great timing!... impressive result at 1/2500s... abd WHAT a Freezing birs with impressive OOF BG!
This a very suitable dedication for Asbed friend!

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2010-06-09 19:34]

Hello Smitha,
Such a fantastic capture of this beautiful species. Great camera work throughout, I knew Asbed would be pleased as I am great work Smitha, thank you.

Good Morning Smitha MF!

What a pretty and elagant roller that you caught it while starting to fly!
Great shot with flawless details and fine composition.
A worthy dedication to our friend Asbed too.
TFS and have a nice day MF!


  • Dis. Ac. Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1824 W: 5 N: 7663] (24509)
  • [2010-06-10 7:50]

Hello Smitha,

Good sharp inflight shot with movement in the wings.
Great blurred bg and details.
fine colours.
Well done.


Lucky you, Smitha!
It is an extraordinary stroke of genius to capture this bird in such sharp detail as it takes off from its perch.
Never mind the wing position; it has its own charm and appeal.
It is good to see your work after a very long time.

smitha, realy wonderful picture, you got a good fruit for your waiting for this awesome moment!

Hallo Smitha,
a great dedication to our friend Asbed; a superb capture of the Indian Roller in-flight, very good sharpness and splendid natural colours, a very pleasing composition with a nice posture of this colourful bird
Best regards

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2010-06-14 9:32]

Hello Smitha,
A really beautiful and well-timed in-flight capture of the Indian Roller nicely dedicated to Asbed! Great focus and the colours are fabulous! The soft background makes it really stand out too. Very well done!
TFS and best wishes, Ulla

Lucky you! Excellent shot, love the position of the bird! a more space on the right would have been better

This is amazing moment you've captured. Composition with a part of a tree in left corner is very good as well. TFS

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  • Zeno Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 483 W: 0 N: 1345] (10867)
  • [2011-06-05 12:34]

Hi Smitha,

Wonderful inflight shot of a beautiful bird. Great timing as well. My compliments.


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  • deons Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 58 W: 0 N: 55] (595)
  • [2012-07-14 3:47]

Hi Smitha

Excellent timing and sharpness. Well done!!.
The Indian Roller is a lovely bird.

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