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Dikkop Portrait - Ready for my nose ring
Dikkop Portrait - Ready for my nose ring

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Challenge: Birds III (Advanced Editing VII)
Collection: Portfolio
Camera: Canon EOS-550D Rebel T2i
Lens: Canon EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS
Location: Johannesburg, South Africa
Date: Jun 20, 2012
Aperture: 7.1
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/250
Date Uploaded: Jun 21, 2012

I am really happy with this shot. I don't have the right lenses for bird photography. I think I got lucky with this one.

The BG is not edited. Found the bird on a parking lot and the grey is the surface of the road.

Thank you all for kind comments.
This ended up my PB (only just :-)). Really did not expect that.
[Jun. 23rd, 2012 02:58:56 AM]

My birdie is doing so well - very surprised and of course very pleased :-). Thought voters would be looking more for an Advanced edit type picture.

Thought I should clarify: This Dikkop is not captive :-).This Species gets quite used to urbanisation here in South Africa and this particular one hangs out on the golf course. When I took this picture they were on the parking lot. The grey BG is as it was - its the tar of the parking area :-).

Place: 15 out of 110
Avg (all users): 6.5593
Avg (commenters): 7.0000
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Views since voting: 781
Views during voting: 257
Votes: 118
Comments: 11
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11/27/2012 01:16:15 PM
I'm so jealous. We used to have a couple of them living in our garden for two years before they decided to move house. I got some nice shots, but I never managed a close-up.

This was my entry for the wildlife challenge two years ago:
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06/29/2012 10:52:37 AM
Great result Gaby 15th! Well handled for a 55-250!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
06/28/2012 10:39:47 PM
Great focus and detail.
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06/28/2012 10:12:29 PM
Fabulous focus! A bit dull on the background... but one can't plan these things usually. :D

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06/28/2012 05:24:08 PM
So clear and sharp.
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06/27/2012 05:03:49 AM
Detail and sharpnesss are perfect..
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06/24/2012 12:14:03 PM
Great focus!
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06/22/2012 05:14:45 PM
A very good closeup of a confined bird with neutral background. Photographing a confined is okay, as that is the only way some people ever see some birds. The feather detail, eye detail and beak detail is superb, as one should expect from a bird which cannot flee.
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06/22/2012 08:48:09 AM
Excellent close up, wow!
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06/22/2012 02:32:13 AM
Love these belligerent looking birds. Great detail in the feathers and especially that enormous night vision eye. Lovely flat BG.
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06/22/2012 01:02:38 AM
You're doing us proud. Lovely crisp and detailed. Gonna give Wendy a go!
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