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Bird of Paradise
Bird of Paradise

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Challenge: Clichés (Classic Editing)
Camera: Minolta DiMAGE 7i
Location: Mililani, Hawaii
Date: Jan 28, 2003
Aperture: F5.6
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/60
Galleries: Portraiture, Animals
Date Uploaded: Feb 1, 2003

Portrait of "Shaka", my Congo African Grey parrot, with a Giant White Bird of Paradise plant in the background.

Place: 110 out of 246
Avg (all users): 5.4365
Avg (commenters): 6.4706
Avg (participants): 5.3243
Avg (non-participants): 5.6143
Views since voting: 1248
Votes: 181
Comments: 21
Favorites: 0

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02/11/2003 02:14:25 PM
CC: hello to you CUB
Fits The Challenge-Yes, pet category.

Composition-Nice. The bird is the subject and in focus while the background is not yet we can still see that it's a tropica plant. Perfect aperture I'd say. I love this type of DOF. My only comment would be the that the birds tail is cut off.

Background-Very nice with the bird.

Digital Processing-Nice, I would of liked it a little lighter.

My Opinion-Over all a good photo. The bird is centered, and due to the shallow focus it pops just as it should. I'm not crazy for the crop. Otherwise I like this shot and like the bird too.
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02/11/2003 01:36:18 AM
I did recognize the plant; that's why I thought it would be better if he still had his array of bright colors...the leaves can be grey or green or anything else -- they are recognizable in silhouette if at all.
Maybe you could repeat this shot when the plant's in bloom. Position him so he hides the "head" of the flower while its "crest" sticks up behind him. Then call it "Bird Of Paradise Wannabe"
(Author's edit)
Hmm...I just now read he IS grey...sorry to give you a useless suggestion! Maybe you should just airbrush him in Photoshop...

Message edited by author 2003-02-11 01:38:44.
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02/10/2003 07:05:22 PM
Ooops. I took too much for granted. The plant behind the parrot is a "Bird of Paradise". By placing the parrot in front of the "Bird of Pardise" I was making a funny. Him instead of the plant's flower ;-) However, I now realize that not too many people can recognize the plant.
 Comments Made During the Challenge
02/09/2003 10:21:49 PM
Did you try going the other way and de-colorize the background instead?
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02/09/2003 06:40:32 PM
What a lovely bird. inclusing of the plant in the background is interesting ... very symetrical.
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02/08/2003 05:57:45 AM
I think the background lets down an otherwise good picture a shallower DOF might have helped
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02/07/2003 07:35:12 PM
its good
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02/07/2003 03:51:31 PM
Composition: I think I would have been tempted to crop this pic square. This would make all the leaves cropped to the same length.
Technical: Nice focus and colour, it's a shame the beak of the bird merges with the leave a ltitle.
Overall impression: With the colours and focus is could have been nice, I guess it was difficult to get a good pose from your model! 6
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02/06/2003 08:45:40 PM
Nice photo - Focus is ok, colour is good and the bird is delightful. I might have tried applying "rule of thirds" to this image - perhaps placing the birds eye at the top/left third point. The shallow depth of field brings attention to the bird, but I might have tried even a shallow-er depth of field to really blur the background. Great shot.
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02/06/2003 03:31:27 PM
eye interesting
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02/05/2003 07:10:11 PM
That plant really draws attention away from the bird.
02/05/2003 10:36:19 AM
Better with only the bird in focus. Other elements behind is disturbing.
02/05/2003 12:57:31 AM
You've made the bird come alive in this shot. Good luck.
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02/04/2003 11:18:06 PM
Lovely photo of the bird. The various grey's come out really nice as does his eye and beak, but the background just seems to be too cluttered.
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02/04/2003 08:54:36 PM
Ohhhhhh. It hurts that you cropped him up. I love the photo, but all of it. I find myself scrolling down to see the rest of the photo. I'm not kidding. What you have is nice, just not enough of it. With all of it I could have even overlooked the too soft of focus on the plant. I personally think it should have been sharper. But that's just me, like the Whole bird thing. It's still a nice photo, though.
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02/04/2003 07:32:19 PM
different but good
02/04/2003 01:02:23 AM
good work...nice focus on the bird's eye.
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02/04/2003 12:03:38 AM
I think this would have been better if there was a little less DOF and a little more USM. I don’t like how the plant looks like it is growing out of the bird.

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02/03/2003 10:24:49 AM
I would have rated this much higher, but you committed the ultimate "portrait sin" by having the background plant appear to pop out of the subject. If this was intended, you should have a least positioned the beak and head away from the plant to provide focus. I do like the color and tones though.
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02/03/2003 07:54:18 AM
I think cropping much tighter would improve the score
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02/03/2003 12:34:26 AM
I like the colors and DOF, but i feel like i'm drawn to seeing more of the bird but then he seems cut a bit short.
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