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New Mascara Needed

New Mascara Needed
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Copyright: Vivian Droog (viv) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 292 W: 3 N: 653] (3317)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-09-11
Categories: Birds
Camera: Konika Minolta Dynax 7D, Sigma 170-500mm f/5-6.3 AF APO Ultra DG, Soligor UV
Exposure: f/11, 1/200 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2007-10-16 8:20
Viewed: 3232
Points: 32
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Here another upload of my visit to the birdshow in Blijdorp, may be it is not spectacular, but I love the colours


It is about 81 to 96 cm (32 to 36 inches) long, of which more than half is the pointed, graduated tail typical of all macaws. The average weight is about a kilogram (2 to 2.5 pounds). The plumage is mostly scarlet, but the rump and tail-covert feathers are light blue, the greater upperwing coverts are yellow, the upper sides of the flight feathers of the wings are dark blue as are the ends of the tail feathers, and the undersides of the wing and tail flight feathers are dark red with metallic gold iridescence. There is bare white skin around the eye and from there to the bill. The upper mandible is mostly pale horn in color and the lower is black. Sexes are alike; the only difference between ages is that young birds have dark eyes, and adults have light yellow eyes.

Scarlet Macaws make loud, low-pitched, throaty squawks and screams

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Hello Vivian,
this is a real good close up with best pose!
perfect sharpness, vivid colour and so much details
very well done and well composed

Hi Vivian

What a splendid and vividly colored portrait! A true pleasure for my eyes!
Scarlet Macaws are really photogenic subjects, but yours here is really posing and looks absolutely amazing!
The attention you gave to every detail and texture - feather and patch of skin - is impeccable and makes this shot an even better one.
Terrific side POV and perfect DOF that keeps the entire subject in 100% focus while giving you a great blurry BG, too.
The exposure is very well managed as well and it gave you those vibrant and sublime colors and contrasts.
All-in-all: a magnificent job.

Bravo and TFS

PS: i guess that due to the post-processing a little noise appeared in the BG, so i tried a small WS in order to remove it. Hope you don't mind :)

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2007-10-16 8:59]

Hi Vivian,

I think this portrait is quite spectacular. Colors are marvelous and vivid - details of the face and plummage are excellent. The eye is beautiful and the texture of the feathers are wonderful.


Ha Vivian,

Prachtig close-up shut van deze Scarlet Macaw
Scherpte en details zijn perfect zichtbaar
kleuren zijn schitterend

TFS Thijs

wonderfull portrait , and color

Hello Vivian
I have to compliment you on a fine picture..the sharpness is superb and I agree that the colours are so rich with there subtle changes around the head.
tfs and best regards

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  • taba Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 466 W: 124 N: 312] (1847)
  • [2007-10-16 10:12]

Hi Vivian
good capture, DOF, POV and colors and sharpness...
well done.

Nice portrait, Viv!
Details, colours and bg are good.

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  • Arjun Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 358 W: 7 N: 1237] (7593)
  • [2007-10-16 10:22]

hi vivian,
brilliant composed picture

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  • pvs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1127 W: 254 N: 3161] (14464)
  • [2007-10-16 10:32]

Hi Viv,

An excellent close up,well cropped with lovely colors and sharpness,well done and tfs


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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2007-10-16 10:33]

Hallo Vivian,
Mooie scherpe foto met prachtige kleuren en goede focus en details. Jammer van de ruis in de achtergrond. Goede compositie.

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  • jesst Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 368 W: 0 N: 172] (2441)
  • [2007-10-16 12:29]

Very good work!
I like composition and colors of your picture. Detail and focus are amazing.

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  • Sayre Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 44 W: 2 N: 30] (164)
  • [2007-10-16 19:42]

This is truly an excellent shot! I love your composition and POV. The DOF also works well for this photograph. The colors are magnificent. The title you've chosen is cute as well. This appears to be a young scarlet macaw too. I would say maybe a year or old, he/she hasn't developed the "adult" face/look yet. I don't know how to really describe it, there is just something in their upper face, around the eyes and the way the feathers are on the head that just tell you when they're babies still. My catalina is two years old only, but he's already grown out of that look, it's sad when that 'innocent' look is gone. Truly remarkable photograph though! Nice capture!
TFS Steph

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2007-10-17 9:24]

Hi Vivian.
Your portrait of this wonderful parrot is really outstanding. All is perfect. Viv(id), fantastic colour palette, impressive soft lighting, terrific sharpness and details, classic pose of the model and framing of the image, amazing blurred and well colored BG. Bravo. Great job.

Hi Viv,

Nice portrait of this macaw. Nice simple but effective composition, excellent level of detail and a nice soft background. You're rught about the colours - quite stunning.

Kind regards,


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  • pvb Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 385 W: 16 N: 531] (1981)
  • [2007-10-18 12:31]

Hi Vivian,
Prachtig portrait van deze papagaai.
Goed scherp en met veel details.
Het is echt prachtig om deze vogels te zien vliegen.
gr. Paula

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