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By fourfive  
This are about the ugliest birds I know and I think they're great. Taken before Christmas thoughts were in our heads and uploaded now that it's all over. Digitally manipulated too as the nasty background magiced away in PS. See what you think.

1/100s at F/6.3, 85mm

Inspired by frodo's Max

Tags: Pets and captive animals

Voters: Kodak_Kid, imjam, hayleyh and 18 more


hayleyh 14
7 Jan 2006 6:53AM
He is UGLY. I love the way his feathers catch the light

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Dennie 15 260 United Kingdom
7 Jan 2006 7:38AM
YUK is that red colouring or Blood.
What an ugly turkey. No wonder they cut there heads off before they sell em no one would buy em .Denise x
fourfive 14 8 United Kingdom
7 Jan 2006 7:45AM
Denise, this one was well and truly alive (and hopefully still is!). They tend to have the red colouring on their 'faces'. Glad you love it. Gary
Brewster 14 4 Scotland
7 Jan 2006 10:17AM
I think this is a good shot which would be better if you could see one of the bird's eyes.
Saying that, it's still well done. The turkey really stands out against the black background.

danpen 15 15 United Kingdom
7 Jan 2006 9:04PM
I like the way you've blended the dark feathers into your black BG. I agree with Brewster it would be better if there was an eye on show. But a good idea, well executed.

Not one I'd be putting on my wall though!
fourfive 14 8 United Kingdom
7 Jan 2006 11:51PM
Hi Dan. Thanks for the click/comments. I doubt I'd be hanging something as unpleasant either. I was thinking that our fellow EPZers might well have loved the shot if it was of a 'pretty' subject. I'm inclined to agree about the eye detail, but trying to find one amongst all that "stuff" is tricky.

All in all, the image atchieved what I wanted so I'm pretty chuffed. Due the the subject it won't win me any awards! It is currently one of the favourites in my portfolio - a step away form my 'IKEA Prints'.
MalcolmS Plus
14 1.2k 13 England
8 Jan 2006 2:41AM
Great detail and like the sheen on the feathers, goes well with chestnut stuffing.
tredgold 14 4
8 Jan 2006 6:20AM
maybe there should be a new category on ephotozine for the ugliest thing!!!

nice idea though.
pennyspike 16 2.1k 29 United Kingdom
8 Jan 2006 2:00PM
Sorry, I can't face the large version!!!
Great texture in the ugliness.
My suggestion for the new category is SCARY.It would be like the adult section and come with a warning to those of a nervous disposition.
NigelK 14 2
10 Jan 2006 8:16AM
I can't say I 'like' it, but I can appreciate it. I like the manipulation and coloring, and there is great contrast and texture. Overall, a great effort, though I do agree it would have more personality if the eyes were captured in a side on head shot.
PatrickSmith 14 1.2k 2 United States
11 Jan 2006 7:23PM
You did a great job with this one. It should have had many more votes. But it's tough to compete with Max, LOL - especially with a turkey!
ChristineL 14 39 United Kingdom
12 Jan 2006 10:47AM
The detail in the large version is amazing, but he is pretty ugly,
fourfive 14 8 United Kingdom
12 Jan 2006 10:48AM
Thanks for all your comments on this one. I recon Max is pretty safe at the moment!
Sina 13
13 Jan 2006 8:40AM
Very nice photo.
Sina 13
13 Jan 2006 10:21PM
It my pleasure Gary, but you deserved it, all your pictures are great.
JoeJ 13
19 Jan 2006 8:38AM
I dont really understand the picture really but nice colours, the pic is emotive, it asks you to look harder to find the meaning and to understand it ,i like that aspect,great pic!
7 Mar 2006 2:17AM
the beauty of uglyness. Superb !

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