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23 November 2007 @ 12:46 pm
The colourful Crow  
I've never tried to seriously photograph a Corvid. They are so common that it rarely makes people go after it for a photograph. Even yesterday when an American crow landed right next to me (in the hope of getting something to eat perhaps) I wasn't too keen on taking a photograph. Anyway, I did manage to get a bunch of photographs and they are a little surprising indeed.

I hadn't noticed the blue iridescence before! :)

And notice how much I had to overexpose to get the details on the crow and blow out the white granite

Looks like as if I've "pasted" the crow on an image!

IdahoSwedeidahoswede on November 23rd, 2007 06:36 pm (UTC)
They are amazing and extremely intelligent birds. I'm very fond of crows and ravens myself.
ex_neke on November 23rd, 2007 08:18 pm (UTC)
I hadn't noticed the blue iridescence before! :)

Yes. It's gorgeous. :)
zhenzhizhenzhi on November 23rd, 2007 10:47 pm (UTC)
i LOVE crows. beautiful! :-)
velvetinkvelvetink on November 24th, 2007 12:14 am (UTC)
they are highly intelligent and beautiful. These are great images. Well done.
Anush Shettyanushsh on November 24th, 2007 03:42 am (UTC)
Lovely photographs :-)
kejnkejn on November 24th, 2007 03:45 am (UTC)
i love crows, ravens, rooks and jackdaws. and magpies. they're all very intelligent and beautiful. and quite colorful for being "only" black (& white)!
Aragorn, Son of Arathorncode_martial on November 24th, 2007 05:00 am (UTC)
Dude, the details on the first shot are mind-blowing! I see you're quite enjoying yourself there :D

Actually, did you have to over-expose by setting EV to some positive value? Normally, if you're using spot metering, the camera will try to expose a black surface to the level of 18% Grey, which means you need to under-expose black subjects. This shot was spot metered and under-exposed by 1 EV, yet the grey floor under the car got blown out. And I'm the one who always likes over-exposing his photos!
Yathinyathin on November 24th, 2007 02:14 pm (UTC)
I rarely use spot-metering and always change the EV settings if I need to underexpose or overexpose. The crow shots had to be over exposed because I was using matrix.
Aragorn, Son of Arathorncode_martial on November 24th, 2007 02:47 pm (UTC)
Hmm... that surprises me.
Origaoriga on November 24th, 2007 05:09 am (UTC)
Beautiful bird, indeed! So often, crow look pensive -- like this one :)
Dr. Tarique Sanitariquesani on November 24th, 2007 07:22 am (UTC)
Nice captures - Crows - Jungle Crows to be specific have always fascinated me....

BTW - are the American Crows just as great mimics?
Yathinyathin on November 24th, 2007 02:10 pm (UTC)
I'm not sure if they are great mimics but they belong to the same genus as the Indian ones - so maybe they are.
Suraj Kumar: chrysanthemumsunson on November 24th, 2007 12:33 pm (UTC)
I hadn't noticed the blue iridescence before! :)

well, could it be a possibility that you were shooting under a clear blue sky? The blue iridescence could just be a reflection of the sky from its shiny black feathers :)
Yathinyathin on November 24th, 2007 02:09 pm (UTC)
The crow was in the shade and it was a pretty dull day.