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Female Bluebird flying to chicks

Female Bluebird flying to chicks
Photo Information
Copyright: Liezel Dsouza (ldsouza) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 101 W: 25 N: 218] (1369)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-07-01
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 5D, Canon 500mm f4L
Exposure: f/5.0, 1/2000 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2008-07-01 19:24
Viewed: 8570
Points: 28
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Took this picture this evening as the bluebirds were flying back and forth feeding their chicks. Chicks are due to fledge soon, hopefully, I will post some images of the chicks soon.

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Excellent capture. These types of photos are my favorites and I can surly appreciate the skill required to capture one of those birds in flight. Results can be hard to come by but it is surly rewarding when something decent comes out in the wash. You've done a very good job presenting this bird in flight. If there is one thing I could suggest as part of my critique is to brighten this image up a bit. Take a look at the workshop. I've made a simple change - hope you don't mind. Other than that, its a superb in-flight. Congratulations.

Best Regards,


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  • Art_R Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 244 W: 20 N: 839] (3892)
  • [2008-07-01 20:18]

Hi Liezel , very nice piece of photography , very good stop action shot with nice detail , a touch grainy but not so bad considering the high ISO used. thanks for sharing .


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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2008-07-01 20:45]

Excellent inflight capture Liezel,
Very sharp and detailed image with very nice natural colours. Perfect pose and good POV.
Well done!!

Hi Liezel
Excellent in-flight shot!!Very well done on a very difficult shot.

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2008-07-01 21:48]

Hi Liezel,
very good action image. your timing is good so is the composition. the bird itself is poised so beautifuly and background is decent. bit of sunlight would have made this realy great. hope to see some of this bird and its chicks.TFs.

Hi Liezel,

Wow!! its well composed picture of the bird in flight,[did you use hide?]looking forward for more pictures. TFS.

Hey Liezel,
wonderful shot in full flight. Very sharp and nice warm colours.

Hi Liezel,
A nice capture of this beautiful blue bird. Very good flying action shot. Excellent composition and sharp details. Thanks a lot for sharing.

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  • vral Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 65 W: 1 N: 218] (1049)
  • [2008-07-02 3:24]

Hello Liezel,
Wonderful parent bird in flight. DOF,POV and colors too good. Details are awesome.

Thanks for sharing


Hi Liezel

Excellent in-flight capture of this mother bringing home the grub
Excellent sharpness and plumage detail
Excellent composition and a great OOF background
There is a bit of noise in the background which is easy to fix with NeatImage, which is basically free download. I put the result in teh workshop.


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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2008-07-02 10:25]

Hello Liezel,
Wow, this is beautiful. Great frozen in flight photo in excellent sharpness and details. Great dark clear colours. Good composition and POV.

Hi Liezel,

Superb in-flight capture of this beautifull blue bird
Excellent sharp details and colors
perfect POV

TFS Thijs

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  • izler Gold Star Critiquer [C: 1387 W: 3 N: 9] (44)
  • [2008-07-06 1:03]

hello Liezel
good capture of this beautiful bird while it was flying with its bonus
i like POV, BG, light, colours and details

Hi Liezel,
This is an amazing capture.I just love every element of this composition.
I liek the bird in flight carrying its food , perhaps for its babies. The features are well highlighted with excellent sharpness and colours.
The little blur on the wings on the other end gives a sense of motion for the bird.The shot is tack sharp with a lovely muted BG.

There is a bit of a noise, i guess you had a problem with the light.But that doesnt mar the beauty of this shot that is very delightful to look at.I have tried a WS and hope you like it.
TFS & Cheers

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