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Old Apr 7, 2008, 10:10 PM   #1
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. . .they're pretty amazing looking.



I was lucky to catch this guy standing perfectly still for 1/30 of a second. It almost looks as if it's feathers and legs are made of metal.

Most of the time, they just look like small crows

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Old Apr 7, 2008, 10:53 PM   #2
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Well taken, what a striking bird, amazing colours.
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Old Apr 7, 2008, 11:35 PM   #3
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Great shot, looks like it belongs in an encyclopedia.
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Another incredible shot! The feathers are iridescent - the lighting was perfect to capture it that well.
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That one is very nice, those colors are hard to capture, like the head on a male mallard duck.

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Old Apr 8, 2008, 7:35 AM   #6
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Very nice Scott! It is tough to capture an object that is mostly black (or white for that matter) since it can confuse the metering. You have obviously demonstrated otherwise!

I am also amazed that with a aperture of f/13, you were able to blur the background to achieve a stricking emphasis on the bird! The EXIF data shows a focal length of 0mm...what lens did you use?

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Old Apr 8, 2008, 11:21 AM   #7
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* The EXIF data shows a focal length of 0mm...what lens did you use?
Hi Jay,

This was with the Tamron 300/2.8 and stacked converters. The exif shows 0mm because SR was turned off as I was shooting from a tripod.

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Old Apr 8, 2008, 11:47 AM   #8
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Hi Rodney, BB, Harriet, and Tom,

Thanks! I got lucky with this one. I was shooting at some very slow (1/30 sec) shutter speeds, and this is the only shot of about 5 that didn't show any subject motion blur. It just happened to be the one that showed this guy's colors off the best also.

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WOW!
You are right about that "looks like metal" thingie. I like the blueish color very much! DOF is perfect - it's really some kind of portrait

How much did you postprocess?
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scott, if you like them so much i wish you'd come down here and get them all and take them away.. all they do is make noise and crap all over everything. they do have an interesting mating dance..

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