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Pink Flamingos

Pink Flamingos
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Copyright: Bala Raman (kobala) Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 27 W: 0 N: 61] (368)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2014-09-13
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 5d Mark II, Canon 100 - 400 L IS USM
Exposure: f/9.0, 1/320 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2016-11-19 20:16
Viewed: 2129
Points: 7
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Lesser Flamingos ((Phoeniconaias minor) in Lake Nakuru, Kenya where thousands, sometimes millions nest along the shores.

The lesser flamingo can be distinguished by its deep red carmine bill and pink plumage unlike the greater, which has a bill with a black tip.

The flamingos feed on algae, created from their droppings mixing in the warm alkaline waters, and plankton.

It is classified as near-threatened due to its declining population and the low number of breeding sites, some of which are threatened by human activities.

(https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lake_Nakuru )

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To tuslaw: Hi Ronkobala 2 11-20 18:48
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Beautiful birds, Bala.
I like their pink reflections on water.
A well composed shot.

Hi Bala,
a nice shot of these Lesser Flamingos, it's an amazing pink colours.
Decent sharpness, well exposed and nice natural colours, but as most of your pictures it's very tight,
leave a bit more space both in front and behind and it will look even nicer, just a hint.
Well done.


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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2016-11-20 11:36]

Hello Bala,
Nice photo of these flamingo's. Beautiful natural colors in decent sharpness. A pity that there is noise over the photo. And indeed a bit more space in front of the bird is better.

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2016-11-20 17:59]
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Hello Bala,
A fine looking flock of Pink Flamingos. Their plumage is so pretty, I adore the pink hues randomly mixed in with the white feathers. Lovely overall color tones and nice exposure.
As you already know the frame appears a bit tight. Their is quite a bit of noise and loss of some detail, possibly due to excessive cropping?
You basically are using the same camera and lens that I do, and I see you also use 800 ISO. Hope I don't appear to be critical, but I know the capabilities of your equipment and just want to help if I can:) TFS.

Hello Bala – Interesting picture of this Phoeniconaias minor. Good composition of the group of lesser flamingos from Kenya (and Africa).

Technical achievement

• Acceptable focus on the group of birds
• Exposure should have improved with an more appropriate choice of aperture/speed and iso; maybe could you have increase the iso speed rating up to 1000 or 1500, in order to be able to get an exposure time of 1/1000 or close, to open at f/4 or close and to give the focus in the middle of the group of birds
• Acceptable depth of field
• Acceptable contrast; nevertheless, should have be more pronounced; white colours slightly “burnt”
• Acceptable sharpness but too much noise (excess cropping? – You should try to be closer to your subject)
• Acceptable white balance and colour rendition for the bird and the water;
• Good background.


• Interesting picture showing a group of birds; good capture
• Acceptable framing and composition; personally I would have given more space around the birds
• Good rendition of the activity of the birds, searching their food in the sludge
• Acceptable capture of the eye
• Useful and instructive note

Thank you for the sharing of this interesting picture.

Have a good day.


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