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Blue, Blue

Blue, Blue
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Copyright: Callie de Wet (Callie) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1101 W: 95 N: 2610] (7555)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2004-09-26
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D70, Sigma 120-300 F2.8
Exposure: f/8, 1/500 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): SA Kingfishers, Kingfishers, Kruger National Park 1, Birds of Southern Africa II, Blue Birds [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2004-11-06 6:45
Viewed: 9119
Favorites: 6 [view]
Points: 47
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
My life is blue, Blue is my life, since I’m without you. A very old song, by whom I do not know.
This one is for especially for Japie who showed me some tricks, like the frame and the URL. This is the same Malachite Kingfisher posted HERE and ALSO HERE .
These guys are just so unbelievable beautiful, I can never see enough of them. It is a treat to travel down the Okavango River in Northern Botswana on a flat bottom boat and see them skimming across the water in an azure blue steak, swaying on a bulrush or papyrus stem overhanging the water or shaking the water drops from their feathers after a dip into the stream. They are small & fast and do not always oblige to a give one a change of framing them in the viewfinder. Enjoy this radiant little blue birdie with me.
Venue – Kruger National Park – Lake Panic Bird
Date 26th September 2004
Time 09h06
Camera - Nikon D70
ISO 250 & -0,7 EV
Sigma 120-300 F2.8 lens & 2X converter
Filter – none
Focal length - 600 mm
Exposure mode - Aperture Priority - 1/1 500 @ F8
Flash – Balanced i-TTl off camera
Metering Mode – Muti Pattern
Support – Beanbags on hide ledge
Little cropping; levels; hue/ saturation; Some USM, , reduced to Site size.

RAP, willie, Luc, AndyB, ellis49, Lesley, marhowie, AdrianW, Fisher, PDP, gerhardt, red45, milloup has marked this note useful
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  • RAP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2524 W: 345 N: 2373] (7405)
  • [2004-11-06 6:54]
  • [2]

Una vez más mi amigo... y cuantas más serán en el futuro de esta maravillosa ave.
Otra POV... una misma maravillosa diagonal y una agudeza y colorido ya conocidos.

Once again my friend... and whatever will be more in the future of this wonderful bird.
Another POV... a same wonderful diagonal and a colorful and sharpness already known.

Great capture and nice work done.
Now one of my favourites

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  • Luc Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1835 W: 301 N: 4287] (14767)
  • [2004-11-06 7:17]

I like your blue Kingfisher, Callie... and I am happy you like it too because perhaps that I would ever have seen it whether you had not shared it with us. Thanks.

Great Callie.
Beautiful colours, nice composiion and good details.
Great note.
Very well done.

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  • AndyB Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1366 W: 32 N: 1351] (3982)
  • [2004-11-06 7:21]
  • [3]

Another great one Callie.
Excellent composition and colours.
Just fab...well done!

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  • Lesley Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 297 W: 13 N: 913] (2988)
  • [2004-11-06 8:01]
  • [3]

That blue is so vibrant it jumps off the page! What an incredible little gem! Wonderful shot of this Callie. We have Kingfishers here is the US, but not like this! WOW.

I preferred the one on "HERE" link. It's seems like this one is not entirely in focus.

Callie. I like Lesleys "so vibrant it jumps-off the page" comment on the blue seen in your bird. It almost glows! Great comp. & well done!

good shot!very nice colours (blue is my favorite colour ;o) )
good details on the feithers to.i like the compo, with the diagonal.good job!

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  • Fisher Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1540 W: 309 N: 2234] (8915)
  • [2004-11-06 11:49]

Callie, I see why that this fisher is your fave, it would be mine as well if I were in S.A.
This image is self explanitory, no need to go on.
Well done


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  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2004-11-06 13:04]

Another excellent shot of this Kingfisher, It's impossible to tire of these, perfect.

Lovely shot! You've outdone yourself - this one's gone into my favourites too... DOF is spot on, and the composition is excellent - and the colours, wow! The only thing I'd suggest is a little NeatImage to knock the noise out of the background, and possibly some more fine USM to increase detail on the bird. Wondeful capture :-D

P.S. I've posted a Workshop for you, see what you think!

They truly are our jewels. Callie, I owuld love a shot like this. Well done!

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  • japie Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1814 W: 100 N: 1904] (5187)
  • [2004-11-07 0:51]

En Hier is hy! Pragtig. These feathers amaze me. You have shown me a beauty that is on my wishlist.

Thanks for posting.

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2004-11-07 12:33]

What a colours! Excellent sharpness and composition. Kingfisher is in Polish Zimorodek - 'winterborn'.

Hey, I almost missed this beauty, although this colour is not so easily missed ;-)) Beautiful capture like the other, but with more of my favourite blue in this one ;-))
I was thinking perhaps a tiny fraction oof, but I think Adrian hit the nail when suggesting a bit more USM instead.

Great composition and the subject was obviously very cooperative for you to get so many excellent shots. Well done again.

Fantastic....superb......wonderful colours of this little "ijsvogel", a beautiful bird and a great sharp shot, Callie!

bravo!!! tres beau martin pecheur.

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  • Zdeno (18)
  • [2007-01-16 7:25]

Hi Callie,
nice shot, You must be very patient with immovable hand and even without breathing I think!! I want know Your time spent in this place until this pretty boy came. Best wishes

Nice shot. Really wonderful colours

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2008-12-12 14:41]

Hi Callie,
this is a superbs capture of the KF.
Excellent clarity and sharpness. Well composed in its diagonal placing of the branch and slightly off the centre of focus.
you have splendidly managed this beautiful bird in a very captivating and impressive way.
Brilliant piece of work.


Very good shoot! :) Composition is great.

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  • junee (0)
  • [2011-03-29 4:53]

I've always been astonished by the amazing color of the nature.
They are simply too freshing presented in front of you.

Excellent shot and colour.

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