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Zoom Lens Works!
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Copyright: brenda stevens (drchoneydew) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 162 W: 38 N: 475] (3501)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2012-01-31
Categories: Birds
Camera: FinePix HS20EXR
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/300 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2012-01-31 15:51
Viewed: 4584
Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 58
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Swear can see dandruff on this Cormorant but using the Raynox telephoto took some getting use to, not because the lens was heavy, it was WINDY today! Ended up balancing on fence and it worked pretty well, just couldn't be as spontaneous. Found today rewarding and frustrating in the same breath.

Got great details with the feathers and never knew they had a BLUE eye!And now i know what kind of cormorant it is too, by the purple plumage Hope you enjoy!

Neotropic Cormorant

A bird of the tropical waterways of Central and South America, the Neotropic Cormorant reaches the upper limits of its range in Texas and occasionally, the Great Plains. Although it superficially resembles North America's other freshwater cormorant, the Double-crested Cormorant, the Neotropic Cormorant stands apart in various aspects of behavior, as well as range.

Adult Description

Large, dark waterbird.
Long body and long neck.
Medium-sized bill is blunt or hooked at tip.
Purplish black plumage.
Throat and base of bill yellowish.

Immature Description
Mostly brownish, especially on neck and breast. Bill mostly dull brown.

found this great site, the Cornell Lab of Ornithology

great bird site

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2012-01-31 16:35]
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Hello Brenda, yep..your zoom lens is working fine!!
Great close-up and very unusual, yet eye catching composition. Love the bright blue eye and all the wonderful detail you managed to capture. I also like the way the sun is glistening off of it's feathers. Great work!!

This surely ranks as a very unconventional but highly appealing portraiture of a Cormorant, Brenda. That one can use a zoom lens in such an innovative way is a revelation for me.
The picture showcases, extremely successfully, the most significant aspects of bird portraiture -- the head and the eye. The close-up of plumage reaches yet another great; I have never seen such vivid details on the plumage of a bird ever before here on TN.
Congratulations on your creativity and thanks for sharing this gem!

wOW dear Brenda! I'm wondering what wonders you will do with your new lenses...
This pic is magic ! What a sharpness!Only take care of the WB ( see that light burst in the bird's beak.ok?)Well I love also the artistic POV.Great job!TFS
Regards from,

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2012-01-31 21:23]

Hi Brenda.
I am impressed with magnification and bold attractive cropping of the bird image. It is very nice. Details as well as colours are simply wonderful. My compliments and best wishes.

Hello Brenda,
Wonderful sharp details and perfect portrait with amazing colors.
Thanks for sharing this gorgeous bird.

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  • kabel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 61 W: 0 N: 95] (552)
  • [2012-01-31 22:24]

Hello Brenda, Really great close up of the cormorant. Excellent POV which creates a very artistic image. Super sharp details. Very spectacular,

Impressive portrait Brenda! The framing, the composition, the colors and the sharpness are excellent

nice crop an interesting composition, wish you all the best with your new toy. A sturdy base like a tripod will always improve sharpness with a tele, so if you have the chance to support the camera, use it :) Saying that, this one has perfect focus on the eye


Hello Brenda
Great portrait of this big bird.Perfect crop.Wonderful colors and sharp details.Well done!
Best regards

Hi Brenda
Cormorants are beautiful birds, you just need a closer look at the eye and the metallic feathers, both very well shown here.
The only improvement in this picture could be the bg which is a bit heterogenous, but hey difficult to choose...

Hallo Brenda,
a very beautiful portrait of this Cormorant, impressive details and good sharpness, i like very much this close composition
Best regards

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2012-02-01 6:52]

Hello Brenda,
Great choice of composition here. Very sharp, excellent details in the feathers and beautiful natural colours.

Hello Brenda,
Your image is a wonderful one, caught from a perfect POV with excellent sharp details. Great composition, too. For a long time I am dreaming for a close up with this species.

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2012-02-01 12:40]

Hello Brenda,
wow really excellent close up shot of this Cormorant ,superb details presented ,nice BG and POV well captured with nice colours.Best regards Siggi

Hi Brenda, this is such a great shot of this cormorant. Outstanding work. Bill

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2012-02-01 15:28]

Hello Brenda
exciting crop and the details are well shown. the feathers are lovely and the eye is attractive.
special presentation.


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  • aljy Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 47 W: 4 N: 42] (593)
  • [2012-02-02 0:39]
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hello brenda

it is a out put of Proffesionalism!
very good theme to imagine.best click
with maximum details and sharphness.
ram wrote a best note about ur great job.
well done my friend!

Ciao Brenda. Very good close up with excellente details and sharp. Amazing colours.


Hello Brenda

Excellent portrait of this cormorant with his
beautiful eye-contact, great focus sharpness
and details, beautiful light, TFS


Excellent composition, i like the way you have framed the subject highlighting the yellow bill and the lovely feathers on the body.
Excellent detail and good exposure.
regards yiannis

an interesting close up! very good sharpness and colour. I like the composition also.

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  • pegos Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 222 W: 0 N: 356] (1982)
  • [2012-02-20 8:16]

Splendid image, Brenda!
Great POV and composition; excellent sharpness and nice natural colours. Really well done!

Hi Brenda,
Wath a beautiful work!!! Great picture.
Have a nice day.
Regards, João Edgar

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  • tree Silver Star Critiquer [C: 28 W: 0 N: 14] (8)
  • [2012-03-10 4:58]
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I know how hard it is to photograph a cormorant up close. At least here in Alabama, they are very cautious of humans and keep their distance. This is a very good picture. I like the color and details. You have a very good les. Gary

Hi Brenda,
Superb portrait and amazing colors.
very beautifully composed .!!

Hi Brenda,
Wow what an impressive close-up!
For me it is a perfect picture like some others at your Gallery!

Only great!


Hello Brenda,
Bravo pour cette magnifique image que je découvre aujourd'hui et que j'aimerais bien réaliser.

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  • Helio Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 44 W: 0 N: 16] (533)
  • [2013-06-08 16:42]

wonderful snd great shot.

Hi Brenda, A nice zoom, great details with fullness of colours. Impressive portrait for this blue eye bird. Thank for sharing

Hello Brenda,

You're capturing well this Cormorant by a good Macro, a good focus and excellent tone/clarity, so it's interesting and impressive to see the lovely posture of this Cormorant. It's also great for the sharpness of the wing, and it's good at color contrast.

Kind regards,

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