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Starling on the Phone by Photosbykev Starling on the Phone by Photosbykev
Taken with a Nokia N95 camera phone, full frame image in 'close-up' mode. A small piece of tissue paper over the flash led to soften the shadows slightly +1/2 stop compensation for the background.

This was taken whilst drinking a coffee in the car at a motorway service area. All my main camera kit was in the boot and I didn't want to disturb the birds around the car so I thought I would have a play with the camera phone.

Exif info left on this image for proof lol
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:iconatgal:
atgal Featured By Owner May 21, 2009
At first, I really wondered. The resolution is decreased to 750×1000 so it makes sense that everything is clear and well-focused. Though the lens must be really clear and clean. And the bird doesn't look very confused. Anyway, this is a good shot :aww:
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daleala Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2007  Hobbyist Photographer
Holy Crap!

Now camera phones are giving SLR's a run for their money?! :fear:

Amazing photo, you captured it quite well!
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nitsch Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2007   Photographer
Superb work Kev! Who needs L lenses eh?! Hehe!
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:iconphotosbykev:
Photosbykev Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2007  Hobbyist Photographer
I DO !!!!!!
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:iconvastad:
Vastad Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2007   Photographer
I would not have believed this was from a phone without being told. Wow. :wow:
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semeuse Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2007   Photographer
great shot - just goes to show that it isn't the equipment, it's the eye (and the knowledge of how to squeeze every drop out of the equipment;))
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xF-AdeR Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2007
amazing quality for a phone shot!
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:icondigitalmaeve:
DigitalMaeve Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2007
See!? I knew the birds love you. :)
It's very lovely!
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art-of-Angyl Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
Starlings are pleasantly cheeky little birds and to capture that with a phone camera, no matter how good, is astounding. I, like everyone else here, am suitably impressed.
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TheWanderer2030 Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2007  Professional Photographer
I hate birds that get that close! They always steal my food :( Great picture though for a camera phone!
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Ellygator Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
Amazing quality for a camera phone.
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:iconlonnietaylor:
lonnietaylor Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2007
That is a photo not often shared! I wish I could be so close to this bird!
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shadowed-light-waves Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2007   General Artist
Holy smokes! From a camera phone?? :faint:


Note to Self: Buy the ^KevLewis accessory when getting a Nokia phone to take amazing pictures!
:#1:
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:iconphotosbykev:
Photosbykev Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2007  Hobbyist Photographer
:) a box of tissues is cheap lol
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shadowed-light-waves Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2007   General Artist
I'll take one of those, too!
You still accept coupons, don't you? :slow:
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Dbug61 Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2007
Wow! I didn't know such clarity was possible from camera phones. Of course, all the clarity in the world doesn't help the composition, which is striking, as always. Kudos, Kev! :worship:
Your constant achievement of new levels of excellence continues to inspire me.
F
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Gman2 Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Starlings don't normally get that close. Was the window down or up?

The quality of that phone is good but the battery life is rubbish I've heard. I've got a 3MP camera phone and that looks quite nice.

Offtopic: If I had a really good quality camera I could of taken a few pics of a sparrowhawk with a starling in its talons and it put up a fight but didn't last, poor thing but there are loads more starlings out there...
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Photosbykev Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2007  Hobbyist Photographer
the window was down and they were feeding off my hand :) I'm normally throw my N95 on charge in the car so dont really notice the short battery life but it'll happily last 2-3 days without a charge which is good enough for me
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Lentekriebel Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
Excellent picture. :)
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bird-of-light Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2007
...however, the only winter-plumaged starling I've managed to capture was this -> [link] :(
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:iconbird-of-light:
bird-of-light Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2007
Nice capture on this one :clap:, and nice winter suit. ;)
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TouchedVenus Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2007  Professional Digital Artist
That is a very beautiful bird. I love how you can see the details in his feathers. :)
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robertlroy Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2007
Beautiful bird! Great shot and amazing that is from a camera phone! my old motorola camera phone never ever ever took pics that good.
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oddballoffun Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2007  Professional Artist
Just proves to me what I've thought all along; its the artist's skill and not the tools they use which makes something great.
Starlings are pretty, I've read about them but we don't get them in my area of Australia so this is the first image I've seen. He looks mischevious.
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Ah-Teen Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2007  Student Photographer
Very nice!
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AdamsWife Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2007
My goodness me, I hadn't realised that such sharp images could be taken with a camera phone . I might change my mind about buying one. :-)

He is a magnificent bird, but unfortunately considered a pest in Australia and shot. :-(
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Photosbykev Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2007  Hobbyist Photographer
in the UK we get roosts of them with numbers exceeding a Million birds. It is without doubt one of the most awe inspiring sights I've ever had the privilege of seeing :)
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butterfly36rs Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2007
Love the feather details. :)
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SherylLaBouchardiere Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2007
Only you could get such a great shot with a camera phone! Goodness me!
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Serephiminelysium Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2007
Superb detail..
:clap:
Thats one helluva picture from a phone:nod:
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Henrieke Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2007
Whoa, the quality of the pictures that thing takes is better than those from my own camera... Is this the full sized picture?
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:iconphotosbykev:
Photosbykev Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2007  Hobbyist Photographer
yup Henrieke no crop at all
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quaddie Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2007
We are not worthy!,just incredible.
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Wirikos Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2007
A very brave one :clap:
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LemnosExplorer Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2007  Professional Artist
YOU ARE AMAZING ! I cannot believe how close the bird approached ! What was the bite please ?
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:iconphotosbykev:
Photosbykev Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2007  Hobbyist Photographer
I dont understand this Lemnos "What was the bite please ?" could you explain please?
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LemnosExplorer Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2007  Professional Artist
ah, sorry ! What food did you place on mirror to attract the bird please ?
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:iconphotosbykev:
Photosbykev Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2007  Hobbyist Photographer
none Lemnos, I was eating a panini in the car and it thought it might get something lol. It did :)
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LemnosExplorer Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2007  Professional Artist
LOL
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meihua Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2007
ALL HAIL THE MAN WHO MANAGES TO TAKE GOOD PICTURES WITH A CAMERA PHONE!! :worship:
hahah =P When you bought your phone, did you consider the qualities of the camera, or was it just a nice extra?
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:iconphotosbykev:
Photosbykev Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2007  Hobbyist Photographer
it's a 5mp camera with Zeiss glass :) I knew it might be good lol
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ParadigmParadox Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2007
Great job...and amazing you even thought to soften the flash. Those Nokias are apparently pretty good.
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kevind23 Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2007
A phone? You took that on a phone?

You are..really, really good!
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CrazyMonkey-Ben Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2007
Wow, that is the nicest phone picture I have ever seen. Nicely done.
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djberry Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2007   Photographer
Wow! Great shot. Pugnacious, annoying birds they are..
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Ne0nKd Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2007
great capture!
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NashBen Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2007
A perfect proof that it's not the camera that makes the photo - it's the photographer! ;) Magnificient!
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makibird Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2007   Photographer
Fantastic! It looks great ^^ I love starlings, so pretty.
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sidh09 Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2007  Hobbyist Photographer
So funny!!! The guy was not scared at all apparently lol!

Btw, how do you keep/delete exif data? I usually do it by accident ^^;
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:iconphotosbykev:
Photosbykev Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2007  Hobbyist Photographer
In Photoshop if you use "save" it will retain the Exif data. Using "save for Web" the Exif data is stripped off
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Camera Data

Make
Nokia
Model
N95
Shutter Speed
1/250 second
Aperture
F/2.8
Focal Length
6 mm
ISO Speed
100
Date Taken
Nov 4, 2007, 11:28:16 AM
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