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Sunset on Malachite Kingfisher

Sunset on Malachite Kingfisher
Photo Information
Copyright: Andrea Piazza (elefantino) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1123 W: 115 N: 2184] (14406)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2004-08-23
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon F100, Nikkor 300mm AF-S f/4 + TC 1.7x II, Fuji Velvia 50
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2006-07-23 8:38
Viewed: 6907
Points: 26
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Scansion from Velvia 50 film.

Photo taken at sunset in Liwonde National Park (Malawi) on the Shire river.

Hope you like the minimalistic composition.

Malachite kingfisher is the 2nd smallest kingfisher of Africa. The 1st one is the Pigmy KF.
It feeds on small fish and water insects.
Hunting from perches like shown in the picture.

Have a nice week.


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Hello Andrea
Nice capture of this little Kingfisher. The photo is very artistic, colorful and simple. TFS Janice

Hello Andrea,
Nice bird and colorful picture. Good pov and dof. Sharp and clearly seen. TFS

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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2006-07-23 10:27]

Hi Andrea,
An smart shot, with high contrast between the reeds and the wonderful background. The bird in the midle if fine!
TFS, José M.

Hello Andrea, excllent colors, Bg, POV DODF Perfect details, Great work, TFS Kyle

Bella foto, Andrea! Stupendi "colori" e ottima composizione, bravo!
sono stato via, ero a Roma , per lavoro.

Good morning Andrea,
Just time for a very quick visit.
Nice shot. Thanks for posting.
Have a great week.

Hi Andrea,
I do like minimalistic composition! Great quality light here. Warm colors and tones. Looks great!

hi Andrea,

at least to me the composition is nice. maybe just that the subject is too central.

p.s. points tomorrow

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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2006-07-24 13:16]

Hello Andrea,

This is lovely. I really like the composition and the light in this picture. Wonderful.



very minimalistic!!!!
but great colours


Very good Lighting of the subject against the dark BG. The setting is very peaceful and colourful. Your pic shows a true reflection of the vastness of the scene and the small Kingfisher. I also posted a malachite pic recently but was very fortunate to get really close. TFS,

Sympa ce martin-pêcheur. Quoique petit il occupe bien la scène.
Bonne journée.

Nice shot of a difficult subject! I particularly like the way you've given us a sense of the scale of the bird. Two minor nits, and they're post-process - slightly too much JPEG compression has caused artifacts around the bird, and there's a little bit too much sharpening as can be seen from the halo to the left of the him. I'm in two minds about the OOF brown stem just to the left of him. Well captured though :D

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