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GoddessDigitalArt PRO
 
GoddessDigitalArt December 14, 2015
Bad hair Monday! Hilarious, and well done!!
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quincyfloyd December 14, 2015
Thank you. I was assisted greatly by the posing subjects.
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marilenavaccarini December 23, 2015
nice capture
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quincyfloyd December 23, 2015
Thank you
toddcollier PRO
 
toddcollier December 23, 2015
Love this shot Congrats!
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quincyfloyd December 23, 2015
Thank you very much!
bridgetrendall
 
bridgetrendall January 29, 2016
Fantastic capture with great timing :)
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quincyfloyd January 29, 2016
Thank you very much, but the subjects helped a lot.
Kazza60
 
Kazza60 January 29, 2016
awesome capture .. LOL love it !!
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quincyfloyd January 29, 2016
Thank you very much.
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kerryannehall February 09, 2016
Join the conversation. Add a comment or even better, a critique. Let's get better together!
terrysigns13
 
terrysigns13 February 11, 2016
Quincyfloyd...This is SO cute!
Amazing little faces all on alert.
Terrific shot! You should get this into every challenge that it will fit into! I LOVE IT!
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quincyfloyd February 11, 2016
Thank you very much. It is one of my favorite shots.
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julie_cavell February 25, 2016
Brilliant shot love it
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quincyfloyd February 25, 2016
Thank you very much!
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AWAAphotos April 02, 2016
Congrats on your peoples choice win! Thank you for entering.
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quincyfloyd April 02, 2016
Thank you very much! And thank you for coming up with such a creative challenge!
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MickAlicic April 28, 2016
Beautiful! Voted in Wild funny face.
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quincyfloyd April 28, 2016
Thank you very much!
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catherinethompson May 18, 2016
Love it. Well Done.
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quincyfloyd May 18, 2016
Thank you very much. It is much appreciated.
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nina050 January 22, 2017
This is just wonderful....bad hair day indeed!
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quincyfloyd January 23, 2017
Thank you very much! I was in the right spot at the right time for this capture.
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Belfastgirl May 05, 2017
Cute little guys
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quincyfloyd May 05, 2017
Yes they are captivating on a number of levels.
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Carol12 August 10, 2017
I just love this!
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quincyfloyd August 10, 2017
Than you for your kind words.

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Behind The Lens

Location
This shot was taken at the Bronx Zoo, where I have not not visited in quite a while. I was looking for something different to capture and luckily stopped by these characters for a while.
Time
I took the shot in the early morning, heeding the naturalists who recommend shooting early in the day or later in the afternoon when the animals are most active.
Lighting
The lighting while not especially dark, was not bright enough to capture the quick motion of the birds without boosting the ISO up to 1000 while keeping my aperture around 9.5 or so since I wanted an acceptable depth of field.
Equipment
This handheld shot was taken with a Nikon D7000 and a Nikon zoom lens 28-300 mm, since I wanted as close a capture as I could. There was no other equipment involved.
Inspiration
Once I set eyes on them with their unique feather arrangement and propensity to cluster, I stayed in the location until I had a capture that I was satisified with. It was challenging since they were constantly moving about from branch to branch and did not settle in a spot for very long.
Editing
I had to lighten the exposure a bit since I kept the ISO at 1000 to minimize noise that may appear with higher ISO values. I also corrected the white balance so the capture properly reflected the coloring in the feathers.
In my camera bag
I use either my Nikon D7000 or D750 along with a Nikon 105mm prime macro lens and a Nikon 28 - 300 mm zoom lens. I sometimes replace the prime lens with an Altura 8mm fisheye lens if it is applicable to the subject being photographed. I always have a polarizer for each lens since what they do for a scene cannot be easily duplicated, if at all, in post processing.
Feedback
For anyone trying to photograph animals, especially birds, I recommend the early morning or late afternoon hours. To capture the quickness of the birds you need to have a relatively fast shutter speed, 1/250 or higher, which requires a lot of trade offs if you are in a low lighting situation. You also need a little more patience since the animals do not behave as you would like all of the time - so plan to spend a lot of time being prepared to shoot while waiting for the right moment.

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