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Copyright: Tim Inman (tinman) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 242 W: 7 N: 458] (2663)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-01-12
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 20D, Canon EF100-400 F4-5.6 L IS USM, SanDisk Ultra-II 1Gb, Hoya UV Filter
Exposure: f/14.0, 1/250 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2006-01-26 3:50
Viewed: 6286
Points: 52
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Near Skukuza on the river side as we were watching some buffalo and hippo in the area. This beauty landed on the small tree next to us - about 6 metres away. I managed to get a few good shots before he flew away.

RAW, converted, levels and white balance slightly adjusted, smart sharpen, cropped, resized and posted.

I think it is the Lilac Breasted Roller - Coracias caudata, but would like to make sure so I can title it correctly.

wallhalla15, soccer, TAZ, thistle, coasties, nardophoto, scottevers7, marhowie, Athila, metcher, PDP, peter_stoeckl, Toni, radz, mlines, touristdidi has marked this note useful
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To Athila: hitinman 1 01-27 02:48
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Excellent shot, well done, tfs

Tim, this is a great photo. Great colours, excellent sharpness and details, a very nice composite. Thanks for sharing.


Great composition and POV here. Colours and sharpnes and detail of the subject. Saw a few of these but could not get any shots as good as this! TFS,


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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2006-01-26 3:56]

Wooow ! What a lovely and interesting bird that you have very well captured ! Great composition, DOF, sharpness and colors. Congratulations Tim and thanks for sharing.

This is beautiful Tim. My only nit is time of day... but not much you can do about it. I would love to have one like this. Saw a Roller in WP the weekend. First for me???

What a beautiful bird well captured, Tim!
Superb sharpness and colour,
excellent detail and good DOF,
great blur backgroung.
Very well done and thanks!

Lovely shot Tim!
Very good framing and details. I like the fact the picture is very clear and the colours look very nice.
I like it a lot.

Lovely capture of a very pretty bird Tim. The plumage colours are just amazing. The perfect pose. Stands out well against the OOF BG. Excellent catchlight in the eye. Good work. Thanks.

Nice one Tim. Excellent POV and DOF. Sharp detail and the colours look great. I like the composition very much

Well done

Hi Tim,
A beautiful bird. The composition and framing look very good to me. The colors in the plumage are amazing. Detail looks great. Perfect DOF control here.

These are beautiful birds and you've done it justice Tim. Excellent sharpness, color, DOF and you've managed the bright light very well. Very well done. Thank you!

Hi Tim!

Nice picture, well exposed and tack sharp. Excellent POV and beautifull DOF. My only critic would be that the bird is too close of the left edge. It seems to be looking out of the frame. More room left in front of its eyes would have been better even if the bird is more centered. Have a look to my WorkShop, you may like it or not, your taste may differ from mine.
Still a splendid image and TFS.

Nice close up of the beautiful capture roller, with a nice POV & DOF. Well done Tim. :)

Hi Tim,
so many pretty colours on such a little bird - this is wonderful.
Excellent shot, thank you very much
Sabine - wishnugaruda

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  • jossim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1538 W: 5 N: 2240] (12636)
  • [2006-01-26 18:31]

Superbe prise,les couleurs sont excellente et les détails parfaits.

Merci Tim!


Hi, Tim.
Superb bird. I remember I was very close to get it in Chobe, but somebody started the engine and.... Well done. Nice all frame composition. Excellent sharpness, details and colors.

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  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2006-01-27 9:08]

Hello Tim, a very nice portrait of this roller, lovely colours and very nice composition. Great shot.

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2006-01-30 17:38]

A very good bird shot again, colors are perfect, it's sharp and clear. Great composition too. Bravo !



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  • Zeno Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 483 W: 0 N: 1345] (10867)
  • [2006-02-01 15:30]

I agree with you that flashlight makes a difference. The colors of this specie are incredible.
It absolutely is one of my favourite birds.



Beautifully clear classical bird portrait. Very well set off from a background that creates a well balanced counterpart of earthy colours against the brilliantly gay colours of the bird. The perfect pose, the colours and the fine details make me feel looking at a painting. Great. Best regards,

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  • Toni Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 403 W: 2 N: 316] (2034)
  • [2006-02-02 13:58]

Hi Tim
Stunning bird which such unusual colours. Great details. Looks good against the two-toned shallow background.
Regards Toni

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  • radz Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 598 W: 11 N: 72] (436)
  • [2006-02-05 23:59]

Awesome shot,lovely bokeh.Excellent in all aspects.TFS!!!

Vey smart looking bird, tidy and pretty!

Hi Tim, Excellent photo with the technicalities well taken care of. I how ever agree with Athila about the crop being to close to the front of the bird. Otherwise well done and keep shootin!!

Splendid picture, Tim.
Lovely colors, great POV, colors, compo and lights!

Beautiful bird well captured, Tim.


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