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E.M.U. (Elegant-Mute-Unmatchable)

E.M.U. (Elegant-Mute-Unmatchable)
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Copyright: Paras Bhalla (parasbhalla) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3028 W: 438 N: 9280] (38525)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2012-05-27
Categories: Nature, Mood, Portrait
Camera: Nikon D90 dSLR, Nikkor 18-105mm VR
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/80 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2012-05-30 0:48
Viewed: 1914
Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 42
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Dear Treklensers,

This is the shot from an Emu I took during my recent visit to a Zoo in the North-Eastern city of Germany.

It was evening time and the surroundings were not that well exposed to get a good closeup shot from an Emu. I had to wait for an half an hour and afterwards sunlight fell on the face of the Emu and I was lucky this cute bird was not that scared of me - Why so, as I was not moving at all! :)

I went for higher ISO numbers (1600) to get better details of its head even in low-light conditions. I have to accept that I couldn't avoid a bit of OE around the eye of the bird and of course the metal fence (in the FG), but I tried my best to get a relatively good quality shot.

-> I gave the picture a title in a different way by providing a supposed meaning to each alphabet of EMU: E.M.U. (Elegant-Mute-Unmatchable).

Hope you like the mood in this shot.

Best regards,



ISO=1600, Focal length=105 mm, cropped and resized for TL.

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  • vanda Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 751 W: 47 N: 1333] (7051)
  • [2012-05-30 1:26]

Hi Paras!
Impressive!! Your patience has been rewarded. The close up of the EMU is superb. Details are amazing, especially the eye. Reflections on the eye are wonderful. The DOF is excellent and isolates the animal perfectly.
Great work my friend: congratulations.
OE? No...absolutely negligible !
Ciao! Vanda

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  • chrisJ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4430 W: 637 N: 9632] (55124)
  • [2012-05-30 1:29]

Hi Paras

Australians pronounce it as 'eem-you' & I've often noticed Americans pronouncing it as 'eem-oo' Of course, the former is correct! Good shot of the bird which is a little smaller than an ostrich but bigger than a South American Rhea. Love the detail & reflections in the eye. Good sharpness as always. Tfs!

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  • nicou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2777 W: 0 N: 5194] (50772)
  • [2012-05-30 2:27]


quelle compo et iamge sueprbe quel éclairage sur son oeil fantastique gestion des lumière et image.

bravo et amitié


Bom dia Paras,

Good title and well descriptive of his photographic work.
The Emu is undoubtedly very elegant, as well as your photo.
Do not know if it's dumb, but the picture that you made can lead to some expressions like WOW.
As for being unmatchable, you prove otherwise.

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  • yanm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 818 W: 84 N: 1189] (10601)
  • [2012-05-30 3:29]

The fence make a nice pattern. Very nice details.

Hi Paras, a very attractive picture of this elegant EMU - he or she has questions showing in the well captured sharp eyes - I like the long beak and with the perfect lightening you are able to see the single feathers - and the hidden ear.
A great shot of Nature.
Kind regards - Monika

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  • suzley Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1833 W: 317 N: 3045] (23928)
  • [2012-05-30 3:57]

Hi Paras.

Just amazing detail captured, this is so good as these things dont tend to stand around too long. Love the eye detail and the hairs above the bill. The red below the eye makes the shot. I'm stunned at this one Paras. TFS

Stv :0))

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  • fransx Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2938 W: 134 N: 7397] (41704)
  • [2012-05-30 4:47]

Hi Paras,
An awesome portrait of this Emu with splendid lighting producing such a beautiful rim lighting around its profile.
A very sharp and neat image with a marvelous bokeh BG to render a 3D effect!
Very neat work.
My best regards,

Francis Xavier

bonjour Paras
superbe précision et belle lumière , qui n'en serait pas "ému" ?

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  • Juliet Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1250 W: 106 N: 2911] (22323)
  • [2012-05-30 6:02]

Hi Paras,
Fantastic capture of this EMU... wonderful catchlight in his grey eye and just terrific details... I really like this. TFS Julie

Awesome portrait of this emu! Details are very sharp I can even see the veins in the eye. Great lighting and nice framing. Very well done, tfs.

Olá Paras
So cool...I am a fan of your focus. The light is well handle and the close-up is very elegant.
There is a perfect charm from a Emu...thing that I had never dream to say.
An artist in pose!
um abraço

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  • sela Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 633 W: 11 N: 1379] (8213)
  • [2012-05-30 9:53]

HI Paras, nice to read that you visited the zoo in Rostock. Your portrait of this majestic bird is very great. I love Emus, and your Emu is a beauty indeed. I love the catchlight in the eye, the soft bg. Very neat work.
Regards Rose

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  • jan515 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2792 W: 58 N: 4702] (20934)
  • [2012-05-30 11:13]

Perfectly emu portrait dear Paras,and a great effect on the picture which shows the nice details. It's a great composition. Very good contrast.
My best regards.

Just added to my favorites.

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  • rychem Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 736 W: 13 N: 634] (21244)
  • [2012-05-30 12:22]

Excellent portrait of this emu, perfect sharpness and lighting, great details, nice eye contact

Ciao Paras, great portrait of fantastic bird in nice pose, superb details, wonderful natural colors and splendid sharpness, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

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  • Ber Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 359 W: 79 N: 346] (6326)
  • [2012-05-30 13:04]

Hi Paras,
Amazing portrait of this Emu. Great lighting and natural colors

Hi Paras,
Excellent details and sharp presentation,
good tone of colors and light,
beautiful close-up nicely composed with a beautiful contrast,
Very well done.
I like it.

Hi Paras..nice shot...excellent focus with great light and tones. Nice work.


As has been siad your patience has been rewarded. A little noise in the bg but the quality of the shot overwhelms this and it does not detract. The light and details are exuisite. Excellent shot.

regards david

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