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    Default Toppy in the shadows

    Species
    Common Name-Topknot Pigeon
    Scientific Name-Lopholaimus antarcticus

    Date-26-02-2017

    Location-Jamberoo

    Camera Details
    Brand/Model-Canon 1DX
    Lens-500 f/4 1.4x

    Camera Settings
    ISO-3200
    F-Stop-f/8.0
    Shutter Speed-1/3200
    Exposure Bias/Metering/Flash- manual-spot

    Technique-stalk

    Attraction Aides- fig tree

    Post Production-crop N/R sharpen

    Notes-
    I don't see many of these on the forum and it's not a technically perfect shot by any means more of a semi portrait than anything else I guess.
    There were 4 of them in the tree and Iv'e always found them to be quite secretive, this is the only one that stayed put and initially i was shooting behind the bird into the sun after some minor jungle manipulation I was able to get around the front of the bird and the result was 4 frames all pretty much the same.
    Some may say he looks funny with the Elvis hairdo, I think he looks a little bit prehistoric.

    Regards Mike


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    Awesome look at the eye and the strips of shadow contrasted with the spotlight create a great atmosphere! Cool

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    This is fantastic Mike!!!

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    Love the light and shadow in the image - it creates a great moody shot but also showcases the interesting features of the bird.

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    A really lovely image Mike - full of contrasting detail. The shadows across it's chest certainly bring out the feather detail and I particularly like the perfectly focussed eye, the black background punctuated by splashes of green and the deep shadow across the bottom of the frame. Marvelous image.
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    I am also a big fan of this Mike! One of my favourite lighting types is sunlit against gloomy rainforest surroundings and as a result the birds looks incredible.
    My only nit is that horizontal OOF branch.
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    I love dark backgrounds and birds highlighted in patches of sunlight, so what's not to like about this one?

    John

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    Great work getting a decent shot of this species Mike, the "minor jungle manipulation" has paid off. We have a very large Morton Bay Fig in the back yard and it has regularly (when the tree is bearing ripe fruit) half a dozen or so of these birds. But they are always so high or obstructed by other branches that I don't have anything half decent at all. Another great example of a dark background making the bird really stand out and you nailed the focus on the eye very well.
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    Really lovely shot Mike but I would prefer a 4 x 5 ratio so it all fits in my screen
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    your comments and suggestions are welcomed

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    A really striking image Mike. The "what is not there" component is really important in this one. Well done

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