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The common Kingfisher

The common Kingfisher
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Copyright: Dilshan Mahdi Hussainmiya (dilshan74) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 527 W: 66 N: 1214] (6696)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2011-03-30
Categories: Nature, Decisive Moment, Macro, Abstract, Mood
Camera: Nikon D300s DSLR, Sigma 50-500mm HSM APO DG f/4.0-6.3 OS, Kenko ext. tubes 12+20+36mm
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/30 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2011-11-22 8:03
Viewed: 2133
Points: 24
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This was shot from a tripod, using mirror lockup,remote shutter release,fill flash,3 kenko extension tubes attached to my 50-500mm Os lens. I managed to get within 6 meters of this bird and used the Kenko tubes to gain more magnification lost due to my 500mm lens being only a 350mm lens as most zoom lenses exhibit focal breathing. I was quite pleased with the end result and the amount of work that went into getting this shot right was quite painful but worth it. Minimal cropping to improve composition- and focus was manually done using the Live View mode. Any comments welcome and thanks for viewing.

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  • brech Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 539 W: 135 N: 1111] (3045)
  • [2011-11-22 8:42]

A very sharp and crisp image of this kingfisher with a very fine BG bokeh placing maximum focus on your subject. Very Detailed and colorful, a very fine composition.


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  • Mitra Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 1153 W: 70 N: 1116] (16)
  • [2011-11-22 9:03]

Hi Dilshan,
Fantastic macro shot of this beautiful bird. What a great colors, details & sharpness. Very well done & thanks for sharing.

Hi Dilshan,
Unbelievably beautiful!
Wonderful vivid colors and excellent sharpness.
The bird is simply adorable.

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  • werdir Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1416 W: 147 N: 2654] (11957)
  • [2011-11-22 10:15]

Hi Dilshan,

This is a very nice nature shot. The off-center composition works well, and the bird's gaze is back into the shot. There's good, sharp focus on the head and eye, and the shallow DOF yielded a nice background. Bird shots at 1/30 shutter are fairly risky, but you pulled this one off!


Hi Dilshan
Wonderful shot of this beautiful kingfisher captured with beautiful light and well exposed to get superb sharpness on the facial area,very well framed and beautiful bokeh,BRAVO!
Best Wishes

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  • BMYNBR Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 143 W: 2 N: 130] (1410)
  • [2011-11-22 10:47]

Great shot, the colors are superb, super sharp, and the bokeh makes TFS Dave

Superb details, Dilshan!
Perfect light and exposure with amazing show of natural colors.
Well caught shot!

Best regards,

Hello Dilshan, you have achieved amazing clarity in this shot.Every detail in colour and texture is wonderful to see,even the catchlight in its' eye.
You say that shooting this was painful,well it was well worth it.
The bokeh is a perfect bg.
Known as the COMMON Kingfisher! But I think 'common' is totally the wrong word!
I have seen these in the U.K. and I always feel lucky to see them.
Tfs, regards Jean.

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  • jackal Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 790 W: 26 N: 808] (9654)
  • [2011-11-22 14:23]

Hi Dilshan,
a top quality shot, excellent sharpness, you obviously went to a lot of work to get this one, well done

There is not much to say, just spectacular shot, thanks Dilshan..


Hi Dilshan, this is stunning with the vibrant colours of the bird and the soft bg.I just love those tiny feet. Fiona

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  • fransx Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2938 W: 134 N: 7397] (41704)
  • [2011-11-22 22:42]

Hi Dilshan,
A splendid colorful bird with accurate details and a nice pose. A very attentive eye and a lovely composition. An awesome bokeh BG which isolate completely the bird.
Very neat work.

Francis Xavier

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