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This is another bird, applying the technique I have been fooling around with. Basically forcing overexposure, by shooting with a flash and the big lens, while ISO is set on 400 on a sunny day. This bird is predominantly black and white and not as colourful as the previous one. I still like it, so what do you say?


The bird is a Giant Kingfisher. This is what the bird looks like in a normal picture http://louis.shutterchance.com/image/2014/03/10/giant-kingfisher/ 

comments (13)

  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 16 Apr 2014, 02:20
Ha ha Har

I get a few shots like this, too, Louis, but I tend to call them "mistakes" and can say they usually come from Operator Error...
Louis: It started as operator error, indeed, Ray. But then I realised I like the outcome and I understand when others don't. Van Gogh's style probably started out as some brush error due to a state of mind. Then someone bought it and the rest is history. Not that I compare with those greats, mind you. There are still many errors that I do delete. The washed background and the sketchy subject is what I like.
  • Astrid
  • Netherlands
  • 16 Apr 2014, 05:10
I like the outcome, I am surprised by the 400 ISO, the sun and the flash were very bright then.
Louis: Combined with f%.6 it is set to blow most of the background - provided that the background is not close to the subject. The bright sun is essential for the effect.
This one is cool - it looks like a pencil sketch!!
Louis: It does somewhat, but behold that eye, Elizabeth.
You did good with this shot Louis... but i still think that he's not a very pretty bird....petersmile
Louis: Thank you peter. Wait until you see the ostrich smile
It definitely has a painterly feel to it instead of a photograph, Louis. Your experimentation serves you well, in my book.
Louis: Thank you Ginnie. Way back, the first one was an error, but then I studies what happened and can now repeat the effect when I have the flash handy. This picture by cheapsuit is one that I admired http://cheapsuit.shutterchance.com/image/2008/04/23/jumping-1/ and when I made that boo-boo I remembered this picture. You'll see he use a different technique, but with a somewhat different result.
  • Chris
  • England
  • 16 Apr 2014, 07:36
This is clever stuff Louis
Louis: Thank you Chris
  • blackdog
  • United Kingdom
  • 16 Apr 2014, 08:33
Nothing wrong with pushing the medium to extremes - reminds me of watercolour sketches in Victorian books of species.
Louis: In a way, it does, blackdog
I like the drawing quality of this one Louis wink
Louis: Thank you Martin, all the best
The kingfisher family certainly have the same look with it's many different varieties.
Louis: Oh, they do, Mary. We have a bushveld kingfisher that lives in the bush and seldom eats fish. But definitely a kingfisher.

I have seen a similar picture before and didnt think much of it, but with the explanation of how you did it, it does make sense.

I might fool around with my camera to see what i can get out of it.

Nice one Louis
Louis: Thank you Preyi. In a sense it gets boring if I have to point the camera and obtain the clearest possible picture. So, I like to try different stuff.
I love what you are doing with this bird series, Louis. Thinking outside the box is a good thing and shows much creativity. Well done!
Louis: Thank you Beverly. Coming from you I start to see it as a little achievement, then.
A very nice outcome Louis! Well done.
Louis: Thank you richard
  • gutteridge
  • Where latitude and attitude meet
  • 16 Apr 2014, 19:04
A new style for you Louis.
Louis: Thanks gutteridge, oh style master smile

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camera Canon EOS 500D
exposure mode aperture priority
shutterspeed 1/200s
aperture f/5.6
sensitivity ISO400
focal length 190.0mm
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