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Coracias caudata

Coracias caudata
Photo Information
Copyright: Ferran J Lloret (ferranjlloret) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 791 W: 53 N: 2113] (10340)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-07
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 10D, Canon EF 100-400 mm F4.5-5.6L IS USM
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/50 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Birds of Africa [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2006-11-19 14:24
Viewed: 6606
Points: 10
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The Lilac-breasted Roller is a bird of the family of the Coraciidae to whom also the european roller belongs (Coracias garrulus). All the representatives of this family draw a lot attention for its living colors that sleep very loud especially in the males. The “picture”, taken in the Samburu National Reserve, is very little retouched, only in brightness, with small changes of reduced noise but the colors are the natural ones without increase of the saturation.
ISO 200 // focal 365.0 mm.

I expect that you like it.

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Hi Ferran,
Thanks for sharing this colorful bird.

The colours may be natural but in this picture they are surely oversaturated. I've seen hundreds of those rollers in the wild in the years I was living in Zambia.

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  • shal Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 256 W: 64 N: 481] (2140)
  • [2006-11-19 15:19]

WOW seems as if someones taken a paintbrush and done a fantastic job :)
Excellent post great colours :D
Cheers :D

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  • klemmg Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 302 W: 40 N: 484] (1719)
  • [2006-11-19 16:18]

A beautiful bird but the pic has a strange shift in colours, with the blues obviously much too prominent. That branch seems to be blue! Usually the camera automatic works quite well in many light conditions, check other pics for a similar blue colour cast and maybe adjust the camera settings accordingly if the blue cast is consistent.
Beautiful pose with the catch-light in the eye adding impact. Well done!

  • chrish Silver Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 49 W: 9 N: 95] (372)
  • [2006-11-19 18:00]

I have to agree with the others. There is clearly a saturation problem here. I don't think that log was blue.

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  • sAner Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1455 W: 74 N: 1426] (4750)
  • [2006-11-20 3:25]

These birds are really photogenic and their colors are fantastic. You captured him/her well. Colors are nice but seem a bit unreal and overstaurated. Composition is good. The focus seems a wee bit soft, especially on the eye. Anyway well done & TFS!


well, i'd commend u on a good subject. But i'll have to agree with the others too. You might wanna re-post a more original and natural picture. Also, there's another thing, in Nature photography, esp on animals and birds, it is crucial to focus on the head/eyes of the bird (in this case) because that's usually where people look first. It often is forgivable if other parts are not as focussed because of lighting conditions, low f-stop, etc. In this picture, the overall pic seem rather soft, including the head. Perhaps only the tip of the beak seems alright.
Just my thoughts.

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  • deud Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 438 W: 11 N: 534] (2540)
  • [2006-11-21 3:43]

what a beauty! so colorful. amazing. tfs

Gran centraje. Buena "expresividad" del ave. Bonitos colores. A pesar de la buena profundidad de campo, la cabeza queda algo desenfocada. ( es mi modesta opinión... de novato)

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