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White Zebra Finch (2 VERSIONS)

White Zebra Finch (2 VERSIONS)
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Copyright: akbar ali asif (AKBAR-ALI-ASIF) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 148 W: 0 N: 478] (2927)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Black & White
Date Taken: 2014-02-19
Categories: Birds
Exposure: f/6.5, 1/160 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2014-08-29 4:37
Viewed: 1674
Points: 20
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Just for a change i am presenting a B&W shot today. There was seemingly no problem with the colors, subject and BG except a line of over-exposed white that was impossible to avoid because of a strong ray of sunlight. I was able to get a darker smooth BG because of trees in the backdrop. I liked this over-exposed portion here because it added a slight 3d effect to seemingly flat white on the bird. In original shot there were few colors; white finch with pink beak and black eyes, dry brown twigs and a dual toned BG. The B&W looked beautiful to me.

White finch is a hybrid variety or cross of two different types. Some details that i found on web are :
The White Zebra was one of the earliest mutations to occur in captivity. Its exact place and origin is unknown. The White mutation is recessive. True Whites are devoid of all markings and the entire plumage is white. Whites retain the beak color, dark eye color, and orange pigmented legs. The beak color is the only reliable way in which to sex White Zebras. Males have a dark red beak, females retain an orange beak. The eye color can vary from being dark brown to reddish brown. This difference in eye color of Whites reflects the ancestry of the White. For example, Whites with dark brown eyes are likely descendants of a Grey lineage, whereas Whites with reddish brown eyes are descendants from a Fawn lineage. The eye color can be most easily recognized in newly hatched White chicks and becomes less obvious as the birds feather and mature.

Oddly enough, the White Zebras that are often bred for exhibition, are White Pieds. In other words, they are Pied Zebras whose spots are white, there by producing an all white bird. Apparently English breeders of Pied Zebras occasionally produced an all White Zebra out of their Pieds. These were not "true" White Zebras, they were White Pieds. These White Pieds quickly became the White Zebra of choice by those who exhibited Whites. The White Pieds never develop the flecking that plagued the true Whites. Virtually all White Zebras that are shown today, are White Pieds and not the original White mutation.



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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2014-08-29 5:20]

Hi Akbar,a brave attempt this black and white,but honestly i think that this isn't a good solution for nature pics,no problem,this is your taste and i respect your choice,and the pic is truly beautiful,great close up very well exposed and with fine detail.Have a nice weekend and thanks,Luciano

An interesting BW coloured bird. Still the white seems OE. The shining in the eye part is the most important value on this photo. Cheers,

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2014-08-29 6:12]

Hello Akbar,
It's not my taste, sorry. The photo becomes unnatural, specially with the white bill. The white is over-exposed as you said; sometimes inevitable. Sharpness and composition are very good. Wondering if can post the original photo in a workshop.
Enjoy the weekend,

Hello Akbar-I like to do experiment too,but at the end I must see it's looking natural or not.Well presented this Finch.Good colour and sharpness.Regards and thanks for sharing-Srikumar

B/W has a major deficiency ...
They have a tendency to become O/E.
If I were you I'd W/S the original "as is".
Mind you, the image is ok as far as sharpness and focusing goes.
But it does "appear" as NOT NORMAL for our times ...
Best and kind regards from Canada from Mario.

Akbar, I like the coloured version too. It shows the distinct colours of its bill and eyes very well. The B&W version has greater artistic appeal.
Well done and thanks for sharing this picture of an unusuak subject.

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  • NikosR Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 76 W: 3 N: 447] (3436)
  • [2014-08-29 20:46]

Hello Akbar

Perfect image in B&W version of this bird, excellent lighting, even it is not a natural version it is an excellent presentation. I like your effort to show its beauty in a different way.



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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2014-08-29 21:00]

Hello Akbar,
It's funny you posted this in B&W, because I was just thinking the other day about trying one myself. My latest edition of "Outdoor Photography" magazine had a whole article on B&W photography. Most of the images they displayed were of landscapes and I have to admit, some were pretty awesome.
As far as this particular photo goes, I think technically it is great. It may not show the bird in it's natural color, but it is still a pleasure to view and you did give us a chance to see the original. Well done!!

Ciao Akbar. An interesting idea. Lovely compo.


HI Akbar, An interesting attempt and the B/W conversion is OK with me but it does give a feelings of lack of life. Great details and clarity despite bit of o/e of part of the plumage. Thank for sharing

good portrait. Is it really white (hehe)??!!

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