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Life in detail

Life in detail
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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, Experimental, Macro, 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: Tripod: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2011-05-01 6:15
Viewed: 1584
Points: 16
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This was taken using three kenko tubes, tripod and remote shutter release in Mirror Lock up mode. It was hard work setting it all up while making sure the bird does not fly away. These birds are much more approachable than other king fisher species but they are also very small. Even with 500mm and a mere 6m distance, from my lens, The bird looks smaller in the viewfinder due to focus breathing of the zoom lens which only gives me around 300mm effective Fl! So I added my 3 kenko tubes, manually focused and used live view to compose the image. The Kenko tubes gave me maximum magnification. The timing of the shot was very important as my shutter speed was only 1/30 sec. I wanted to keep the ISO as low as possible and the Kenko tubes do cause you to loose some light which is compensated by a lower shutter speed.

The above image was cropped minimally to retain maximum details. Processed in Lightroom 3.0.
Any comments welcome and thanks for viewing.

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Hi, Dilshan. Amazing clarity of the bird especially the eye which is in perfect focus. Your strategy worked in getting this well composed shot of the beautiul King Fisher resplendant in is natural colors. A good explanatory note and a special treat. Cheers.

I love the focus you have achieved in the eye of this colorful Kingfisher, Dilshan!
I myself tried many times capturing Kingfisher in Tokyo, but could not get 1% of the quality you have shared in this shot. The sharpness and POV are excellent, and colors are natural.
Very well caught!

Thanks and regards,

And very nicely detailed and good capture especially the colors. Great use of the dof. Well done, tfs.

Hello Dilshan
How far was this kingfisher?..must be very far away however you managed to have good details on its facial feature while its body has a little motion but the framing is nice and light is amazing.
Best Wishes

Hi Dilshan, Love the vibrant colours you captured here, plenty of detail in the feathers too. Sometimes I think any of the kingfisher family likes to pose. Fiona

Hi Dilshan...beautiful photograph...perfect light and colors with excellent focus and separation from the background...this is a really good.


Fantastic shot Dilshan. What patience and hard work to capture this beauty in sharp detail and spectacular color. Magnificent dof and blurred bg. Perhaps the best of your kingfisher shots. We have no kingfishers that colorful here, and the the ones we do see will not stay still for even a minute. I am so envious. Really great job. TFS, Lori

Bonjour Dilshan
Très beau portrait de ce Martin-pêcheur avec une belle posture qui permet d’appréhender la disproportion de la tête et du bec avec le reste du corps.Belle lumière et beaux détails.
Merci pour le partage.Amicalement.Catherine

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