Weekly Photo Challenge – Focus

24 Aug

The topic for this week’s weekly photo challenge is Focus inspired by Matthew George’s post on focus, in which he talks about highlighting the subject of your picture frame using the concept of depth of field. Using this concept and playing with the aperture settings, a single sight can be captured in multiple ways thereby making your audience concentrate on different subjects with each frame.

For this topic, I have decided to share my picture of an Indian Roller bird that I clicked in the jungles of Rajasthan last winter. When I first saw this bird, I just gaped at it for a while as I was so awestruck with its colors and then I remembered my camera and clicked this bird in about 12 different poses. I guess it enjoyed my foolishness and hence decided to humor me by patiently sitting and modeling for me 🙂 In this pic, I have just focused on the bird, resulting it to be sharp and the resulting background to be blurred.

The Indian Roller posing for my camera

The Indian Roller posing for my camera

As a quick introdction to the Indian Roller – This is also called the Blue Jay and commonly found all over India perched on the roadside, in the grasslands or in the scrub forests. It is a stocky bird with a brown breast, blue crown and vent. The wings are deep purplish with a band of pale blue. The tail is sky blue, and the central feathers are dull green. It is associated with the legend of Lord Shiva (who is known to have drunk poison as a kid, resulting in the blue throat) and hence called “Neelkanth” (blue throat). But the best known feature about this bird is the aerobatic displays of the male during the breeding season and in the fight for teritory. This display includes bill-up displays, bowing, allopreening, wing drooping and tail fanning. I havent seen this yet but would love to someday 🙂

You can check out additional posts on this topic here.

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26 Responses to “Weekly Photo Challenge – Focus”

  1. carolinarin August 24, 2013 at 21:20 #

    Very pretty!

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  2. The Rider August 24, 2013 at 21:28 #

    They have family in South Africa- the Lilac Breasted Roller, one of my favourite birds… Beautiful!

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    • getsetandgo August 24, 2013 at 21:33 #

      Thanks so much for sharing for this info. This is what I love about blogging i.e. the chance to learn so much about similar yet dissimilar things 🙂

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  3. Stephanie August 24, 2013 at 22:49 #

    This is gorgeously composed.

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  4. Abhra August 24, 2013 at 22:53 #

    That is a fine capture!

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  5. Indrani August 25, 2013 at 06:06 #

    Good info on the bird. Great shot!

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  6. whichwaynow101 August 25, 2013 at 06:35 #

    Pretty! Never seen or even heard of the Indian Roller.

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  7. mithriluna August 25, 2013 at 09:35 #

    Lovely image and very informative!

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  8. Rajesh August 25, 2013 at 12:40 #

    great shot. quick question where do you participate in weekely photo challenge?

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  9. janaline's world journey August 25, 2013 at 14:33 #

    Great shot, he definitely looks like he was posing for this photo.

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  10. Aditi August 26, 2013 at 13:47 #

    Ahhh strikingly beautiful!!

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