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Coco the Happy-Go-Lucky Finger-Biter

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Well here he is again, Coco the intrepid would-be finger-biter.

According to my lovely girlfriend he likes me but that doesn't stop him having a go! I've been bitten by one of these birds in the past, and it's not a laughing matter.

Perhaps one day we'll be proper pals. Repeating a tune I whistle for him or making entertaining fart noises is one thing, leaving my fingers alone is another ;o)

COMMENTS AND CRITIQUE WELCOME, AS ALWAYS.

I did a minor bit of editing with this. Three conversions from raw; one for the shadow area, one for the area round his eye, and one for the rest. Blended, sharpened the area of the head & neck, job done. Comments on the editing especially welcome. Thanks for looking.

Camera:Nikon D100 Check out Nikon Nation!
Lens:Nikon 28-80mm f/3.3-5.6G AF
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Focal Length:48mm but let's just say 50mm
Aperture:f/5.6
Shutter Speed:1/125sec
ISO:200
Exposure Mode:Manual
Metering Mode:Pattern (Scene)
Flash:Used, bounced, but can't remember settings and they're not recorded in EXIF data
Title:Coco the Happy-Go-Lucky Finger-Biter
Username:col.campbell col.campbell
Uploaded:26 May 2012 - 1:20 AM
Tags:African, Beak, Bird, Congo, Flash / lighting, Grey, Parrot, Pets / captive animals
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tonyguitar
26 May 2012 - 6:35 AM

I know what they are like. That beak is a tree pruner. Excellent portrait though. His personality shows. TG

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26 May 2012 - 7:53 AM

A fantastic wildlife/pet photograph, full of great light and superb detail, love the detail around the eye. May be a coloured background just to give the rather drab looking feathers a lift

Regards Nathan

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col.campbell
26 May 2012 - 11:44 AM

Thank you both.
It's easy to blow out the white area around the eyes while trying to get a reasonable exposure for the feathers (hence the blending). I've found bounced flash is best, to get enough light for detail and avoid movement blur.
I'm trying to work out how to better light the background using a single flash; I think the background appearing drab is just light fall-off. Mover back, longer lens and more flash, perhaps?

Tony, funny you say that, it was in Canada I was bitten. You're not from Alberta, by any chance? ;o)

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tonyguitar
26 May 2012 - 7:24 PM

Funny. Lived in Calgary for a year. Originally from Montreal. Spent time in Portsmouth England. [ loved the people and pubs tradition] and now on Vancouver Island BC. Life was laid back here but now getting busy as more discover these sister towns that have it all. Courtenay and Comox. TG

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