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Photo Story: White-throated Kingfisher on a Light Pole

The White-throated Kingfisher is located in the Middle East, India, and throughout Southern Asia.  This Kingfisher was photographed in Hyderabad, India.

White-throated Kingfisher on a Light Pole

White-throated Kingfisher on a Light Pole

The White-throated Kingfisher is a beautiful bird with a blue back, tail, and wings.  It has a chestnut belly and sides, with a white throat.

I saw this bird several times during my trip to Hyderabad.  It likes to perch up high on light poles, buildings and tall trees.  He usually didn’t stay long on a perch especially when I raised my camera to photograph him.

On this occasion, he was very patient and allowed me to take pictures for several minutes.  The 2X crop factor of the Olympus OM-D E-M1 was useful as the Kingfisher stayed pretty far away.  With the Panasonic Lumix 100-300mm F/4.0-5.6 Lens and a 2X crop factor, I get an effective focal length of 600mm.

When photographing birds at home, I use the Canon 500mm f/4 lens with a Canon 5d Mark III.  While the Olympus OM-D E-M1 and Panasonic 100-300mm lens doesn’t have the same quality and sharpness as the high end Canon gear, it performed pretty well. It was also a lot lighter and convenient to travel half way across the world.  In fact, I probably wouldn’t have made it under the 8 kg carry on weight limit for Air India domestic flights with the Canon equipment.

Photo Details

Camera:  Olympus OM-D E-M1
Lens:   Panasonic Lumix 100-300mm f4.0-5.6
Focal Length: 300mm (600mm full frame equivalent)
ISO:  320
Aperture:   f/5.6
Shutter Speed: 1/1250 of a second
Exposure Compensation: +7/10
Lighting: Bright, Sunny Morning

Processing

  • Cropped the photo in Lightroom 5.
  • Applied the Detail Extractor Filter in Color Efex Pro 4.
  • Added contrast and pop to the photo by using the Fur and Feathers II filter in Topaz Clarity.
  • Used the Clone Stamp and Healing Brush tools to clean up the marks on the street lamp.
  • Selectively removed noise from the photo using Topaz DeNoise.
  • Selectively sharpened the photo using the Unsharp Mask Filter in Photoshop CC 2014. 

Written by Martin Belan

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