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The colors of the parrot

Just have to take this one because of it's lovely plumes.


Francesco Martini , February 25, 2005; 05:57 A.M.

excellent portrait of bird!!!

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Lee Jianmin , February 25, 2005; 07:31 A.M.

very colorful and well pose. beautiful portrait. I like it a lot.Thanks Alec. 7/7

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Paul Greenwood , February 25, 2005; 07:51 A.M.

Alec this is a great shot of a scarlet macaw. Bit rare now their on the endangered species list. Fine pose and colour..excellent 7/7

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Richard Hans , February 25, 2005; 08:11 A.M.

WOW!!! 7/7

what an excellent model , knows how to pose for the camara. The color tone makes this photo eye catching. I really like this one! Alec, OUTSTANDING WORK!!! congratulation!

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Chee Hong Peow ( CHiPs ) , February 25, 2005; 09:27 A.M.

Great colors ! Alec .

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Howard Dion , February 25, 2005; 09:31 A.M.

Amazing colorful bird represented professionally.

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Manoharan Duraisamy , February 25, 2005; 09:33 A.M.


Hi Alec, this is the first time i am seeing your pictures. I am a budding photographer, thrilled by the sharpness of your image. however I focus my photos are lacking something. like to know the magic behind this. thanks.

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Vicki Passmore , February 25, 2005; 09:56 A.M.


This image demands attention. Beautiful color and detail.

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Joan Mateu I Font , February 25, 2005; 10:29 A.M.


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Alec Ee , February 25, 2005; 10:38 A.M.

My goodness! Thanks you Howard, Spencer, Richard, Manoharan, Joan, Francesco, Chips, Paul, Vicki for coming by and your kind words. There are so many postings of Macaws that I didn't expect such good response. I'm glad you see something that also intrigues me in this image.

Ken Beilman , February 25, 2005; 11:01 A.M.


Probably the best macaw I've ever seen. Great job!

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Laura E. Napolitano , February 25, 2005; 11:44 A.M.

Absolutely GORGEOUS animal, photographed beautifully by you! I love how you caught the gradient of the colors in his (her?) feathers. That pose is great. Was this taken in a zoo? Was it a client's pet, or maybe your own? You did an awesome job of capturing the colors on such a nice smooth green and black background.

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Alec Ee , February 25, 2005; 12:06 P.M.

Thanks Ken, you have a nice one too in your portfolio. Laura if you read the details you'll see that it was shot at the Jurong Bird Park. A great place for photography as the birds are free to fly.

tan yang beng , February 25, 2005; 12:28 P.M.

Stunning Colours~

WOw~...~ yet another great capture...~ the colour simply pops out~ kudos! perhaps i should visit the jurong bird park one day after i have enough cash to get my tele lens~

for now...i shall just see and indulge in your shots haha~

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Pawel Czapiewski , February 25, 2005; 03:17 P.M.

slightly tweaked for your consideration. regards,

Image Attachment: Parrot.jpg

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Adolfo Valente , February 25, 2005; 05:56 P.M.

Excellent shot! The colors are amazing

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Allon Kira , February 25, 2005; 07:26 P.M.

Wonderful, Alec!!! colors, light and details are excellent!!

Cheers, allon.

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A.K. Sircar , February 25, 2005; 07:44 P.M.

Who should get the credit? God or Alec? Oscar goes to Alec.

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Regina Chayer , February 25, 2005; 08:08 P.M.

what is not to love?

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Cathy Scholl , February 25, 2005; 09:16 P.M.

Beautiful portrait. As someone who owns a small parrot I can appreciate how difficult it is to get this bird to sit still and pose. Great composition and depth of field. I just passed thru Singapore, wish I would have gone to the Park.

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Gerry Bridge , February 25, 2005; 11:11 P.M.

Superb colours, Alec and the detail is excellent.

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Gul Chotrani , February 25, 2005; 11:16 P.M.

Very good Alec....

but I have to ask - to what extent did you post-process the image, especially on saturation (if any?).

Been admiring your portfolios for a long time now - they've been an inspiration to me. Gul

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Alec Ee , February 26, 2005; 12:53 A.M.

Tan Y B, you're too kind.

Pawel, thanks for your color rendition.

Adolfo, Allon, Gerry, Regina, appreciate your kind comments.

Yes Cathy, you should have gone to the Jurong Bird Park when you were in Singapore.

Sircar, you're simply too kind and Gul, actually the saturation is toned down slightly as the reds are too intense.

Chris Spracklen , February 26, 2005; 02:03 A.M.

Beautiful creature! Great capture. Regards, Chris

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Dave K , February 26, 2005; 05:37 A.M.

Great Capture..Very Well Done!!

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Leonid Dombrovsky , February 26, 2005; 06:22 A.M.

Great colors!

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M. Zafar Rabbani , February 26, 2005; 08:51 A.M.

Hi Alec. Excellet capture. Beautiful colors and composition. Perfectly exposed with good tonal range. He is looking right at you. May be wanna say thanks for putting him on TRPs .. lol.

Kind regards.
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Amar Khoday , February 26, 2005; 09:39 A.M.

Excellent colours.

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Jay Patel , February 26, 2005; 10:37 A.M.

Magnificent Colors Alec!! Well captured.

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Ian Stewart , February 26, 2005; 04:42 P.M.


Beautiful colours - geat capture

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Kim Slonaker , February 27, 2005; 12:21 A.M.

I'm late commenting on this one, so will just say I agree with most of the comments posted so far. Well done! I love the vivid colors and detail.

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Alec Ee , February 27, 2005; 02:45 A.M.

Thanks my friends for your kind comments and visiting. Look forward to seeing yours if I haven't already visited it.

Johnny Santoso , February 27, 2005; 03:01 A.M.

Wow... Perfect.:)

Fantastic color contrast and sharpness.. nice work Alec, brgds..

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Alec Ee , February 27, 2005; 04:02 A.M.

Another angle

Thanks Johnny. Here's another angle of this super Macaw unmanipulated except for some slight levels adjustment.

Martin Igor Kilian Edel , February 27, 2005; 04:45 A.M.


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Brendan Mudd , February 27, 2005; 05:07 A.M.

Fantastic colours, Great image!!

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Tony Georgiadis , February 27, 2005; 03:20 P.M.

Eye catching colors and composition Alec.

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Dennis Jones , February 27, 2005; 04:42 P.M.

Alec, Damn nice color and sharpness. D70? I hope to pick this lens up this week.

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Robert Holmes , February 27, 2005; 05:29 P.M.

Technical details.

You state under "Technical details" that you shot this at f16......That's more of a landscape aperture.....But 60seconds exposure!! Who are you kidding?....It's a nice parrot (macaw) picture, but these birds are very cooperative when being photographed.....

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Wilson Tsoi , February 27, 2005; 05:41 P.M.

Robert, that was probably a typo and should have been 1/60 sec., I'll bet. As for the f/16, I agree that's more of a landscape, hyper-focal f-stop, but I guess it kept all the parrot's detail sharp, sharp, and the background then PS blurred (notice the bottom left blur-sharp transition area.)

All the technical detail aside, a wonderfully detailed anc colorful rendition of an oft photographed species, which is to say very difficult to be original, but high in aesthetic, especially considering Mr. Ee's most likely use as sample image in his represented 13x19" photographic stock. ^_^

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Alec Ee , February 27, 2005; 11:50 P.M.

Dennis, yes it's the D70.

Oops! You got me there Robert and thanks Wilson for coming to my rescue.

I checked again the EXIF info and it's actually F/4.8, 1/6 sec at 195mm, sRGB. I must have keyed in the F stop of another image and definitely a typo error and not 60 secs. Anyone would have known that and thanks for correcting me.

I am sure there are thousands of Macaw images in PN and I didn't expect this image to generate so much interest. It's probably due to the colors and dark background taken without flash and still tact sharp. I'm sure the resolution will be much better with a flash but then it may just lose the modelling and rich colors - mind you, I had to lower the saturation by 10%.

Paula Grenside , February 28, 2005; 03:54 A.M.

oh, yes, Alec, the colors take me back to this. It's gorgeous.

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Rakesh Dhareshwar , February 28, 2005; 06:17 A.M.


It shows all the million colors......Thanx for sharing...

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Sally Delacruz , February 28, 2005; 06:35 P.M.

Wowww! the colors are stunning.

Kind regards.

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Cherlyn . , March 03, 2005; 11:33 A.M.

I don't have to say more as all have bee said. Vivid stunning colours & details. A wonderfully beautiful parrot.

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Alec Ee , March 04, 2005; 03:16 A.M.

Paula, Rakesh, Sally, Cherlyn, thanks for commenting.

marcello rodarte , April 11, 2006; 08:53 P.M.


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Ellen van Deelen , May 01, 2007; 02:23 P.M.

Very special this photo with such beautiful color!

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Sam Norris , July 11, 2008; 09:24 P.M.

Hybird Macaw, Tiger

Hi Alec, I'm sorry if I seem out of place jumping off of the band wagon here. Understand that I consider this a reasonable photo of a spectacular bird, but IMHO does not deserve the praise it has received. I understand the boos that may follow my post.

To me the reds are nearly, if not entirely, blown out, showing little feather detail. In fact, there is little tonal detail in the image at all. I have raised these macaws and the color is, well not realistic. It is just too saturated, but If that is what you are after, fine. DOF is good but seems softened between the bird and the bokeh. I guess what I am wondering here is about peoples perception of what is a good photo, not this photo in particular.

In comparison I have attached an old photo of a macaw which in itself is not spectacular but does offer some detail which in your photograph I consider missing. Mine has some DOF problems as well but was taken years ago with an old point and shoot digital and has obviously been altered. I guess what I am trying to say here is that advancements in technology and sophistication of the viewer should reflect in the comments.

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Alec Ee , July 11, 2008; 11:57 P.M.

This image was taken about 3 years ago Sam. Of course I will have done better today with the advance in DSLR.I have seen your portfolio and basically I feel your compositions can be better.

You forgot to look at artistic value here. Have you seen many Macaws turning around and looking at you straight in the eyes? That's why I crop the shot . It's all about composition. Anyone can take a clean shot of a subject and post a different background.

Why not submit your image for rating? I'd like to see if others see it your way.

Charles Becker , January 01, 2009; 11:18 A.M.

fantastic colour and great background! regards and happy new year! cb :-)

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Carlos Enrique Vega , June 29, 2009; 09:23 A.M.

Very colorful macaw

Hi Alec: just want to say thanks for sharing this and other beautiful photos here in PN. The macaw is a real model in the world of animals.

Besides, I have a question: you wrote in 'techincal details' that the photo was... "Taken with Gitzo tripod and Manfrotto ballhead. F/4.8, 1/6 sec, sRGB 195mm + Auto White balance"; so, don't you think it is a very long exposure time to achieve this quality? maybe it was 1/60 sec.?

Thanks in advance for your reply. Best regards. CEV

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jorge fernandez , June 29, 2009; 01:12 P.M.

Alec I love this image. Colors and composition are superb. Warm regards.

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