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    Every time we go to Gatorland to photograph at the rookery our path leads us by a pen of Emus. I always noticed them (hard not to), telling myself I wanted to capture a portrait of the unique and colorful head. This morning was the morning. The bird was lined up right in a shaded area and the sand in the pen provided a nice background to use. I find the curly hair/feathers and blue coloration of the skin fascinating. Comments and critique welcomed and appreciated. Thank you for viewing.

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    Hi Joe,

    I agree with you completely. These are very unique looking birds and you captured a beautiful portrait. They also, IMO, have dreamy eyes. Love the hair and the nice detail on the serrated jaw.

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    Hi Joe, even supported, why such a slow SS?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Steve Kaluski View Post
    Hi Joe, even supported, why such a slow SS?
    Hi Steve, heavy tree cover, deep shade, momopod braced against the fence providing a stable platform. I had no idea how the new camera would perform under those conditions, so I opted for a shutter speed that I thought would give a clean image. The Nikon D500 has different sensor and autofocus system than my previous camera. Both much better, but still learning how to work with them. Thank you for viewing, commenting, and caring.
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    It's more about the subject moving here joe, but at least you haven't bought the D7500!!!!

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    A really captivating image. Colours really good and I love the eye. A little more dof would have been good but appreciate that you were working in deep shadow. I don't see the subject movement that Steve mentioned as the beak and eye are nice and sharp on my monitor.

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    Quote Originally Posted by David Cowling View Post
    A really captivating image. Colours really good and I love the eye. A little more dof would have been good but appreciate that you were working in deep shadow. I don't see the subject movement that Steve mentioned as the beak and eye are nice and sharp on my monitor.
    Hi David, thank you for viewing and commenting. I don't think Steve meant that there was motion blur, but rather that there could have been with that shutter speed. He is an inspiration and mentor, his advice and suggestions have brought me to where I am as a photographer. Thanks again for taking a look.
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    eye makes it

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    Great portrait Joseph, lots of life here. Are Emu "Land Grebes? ;)"

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    Joe this one makes me smile,nice work I cant take my eye off its beautiful eye.

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    Thanks everyone for viewing and commenting, very much appreciated.
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    Excellent work Joe capturing this paleognath going about its business. As an Australian I hereby endorse this image
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    The hairdo and facial hair make this one for me. Glad you didn't ignore the emu!
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