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Life on the Inside

Life on the Inside
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Copyright: Sandy Garfinkel (messenger1) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 741 W: 39 N: 1513] (7055)
Genre: Places
Medium: Black & White
Date Taken: 2009-11-27
Categories: Nature, Mood, Portrait
Camera: Canon EOS 50D, Canon 28-135mm 3.5-5.6 IS USM
Exposure: f/5.0, 1/50 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-11-30 4:16
Viewed: 1051
Points: 14
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Taken at the National Aviary. He was holding very still inside his cage and his eye seemed to hold contact with the camera lens. To me there seemed to be a force of intelligence conveyed through that eye.

He is an African Grey Parrot. "They are medium sized parrots, predominantly light gray feathers, black beak and red or maroon tail.
Even though African Greys are known for their ability to mimic, some may never learn to talk and there is no conclusive evidence that they comprehend the words that they mimic. " (www.aviary.org)

Converted to b&w, sharpened and cropped.

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  • nicou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2777 W: 0 N: 5194] (50772)
  • [2009-11-30 4:33]


merveilleuse image, quel rendu, cet oeil net avec un brillant, un reflet, ce beau bec, grandiose.

Bravo et amitiť


HAHA! Someone bust him out! This is nice Sandy! The BW is a good choice here, probably better than color at this low light. I love these birds, they are so much fun!

Hi Sandy,

Great closeup capture of the African Grey Parrot with great details! I like the eye of the bird, shown with perfect sharpness and from a well chosen POV. The B/W version of the picture, works well.

The way the bird is looking in your camera, is just lovely!

best wishes,

Fantastic African Grey, Sandy. Love the sharpness that you've managed through the bars .. the eye seems to be perfectly sharp, as are the feathers around it.
My neighbors had one of these for some years ... he had an amazing vocabulary, and would mimic sounds and voices perfectly - the phone, the microwave, the kids, etc. And when he was outside in his cage, he'd whistle at me across the fence :) Fantastic birds!

Hello Sandy,

I do agree with you, his eye is firmly on you and the camera and, is that a tear I see?
The details are well captured and whilst the focus is sharp on the bird, the oof bars remind us of the constraints of a cage! Maybe the sad expression is nostalgia for freedom!

Kind regards,
Bev :-)

Hello Sandy,
There is good eye focus, wonderful plume details. It came out well in b&w. Cheers!

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  • AKITA Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1523 W: 73 N: 86] (20294)
  • [2009-11-30 20:57]

dear Sandy,
yes the expression of parrot is very close us, and this eye looks really wise,
maybe he recognizes your lens as the another eye of function,
also in this cage he looks telling his situation of unfree...like Socrates in jail,
thank you for your beautiful B&W portrait shot,

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