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South Africa
Title: CheetahSony Cybershot DSC HX1
Cheetah (46) *
Miss_Piggy Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2285 W: 5 N: 5300] (18714)


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loot Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5524 W: 722 N: 4163] (11276) [2014-08-30 19:51]
Beautiful shot Anna.
Your timing was much better than mine with this image. Mines mouth was still closed. Great composition, good natural colour, nice sharp detail and well balanced contrast makes this one a special to view the beauty of this animal. It even gave you an excellent pose although I remember it was just for a very fleeting moment.
Well done and thanks for sharing.
Regards
Loot

South Africa
Title: Great Spotted CuckooSony Cybershot DSC HX1
Great Spotted Cuckoo (62)
Miss_Piggy Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2285 W: 5 N: 5300] (18714)


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loot Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5524 W: 722 N: 4163] (11276) [2014-08-30 19:41]
Well done with this image Anna. I remember it was still early morning and there wasn't much light yet. You've managed to get good definition though and a lovely highlight in the eye.
Good effort and thanks for sharing.
Regards
Loot

South Africa
Title: Midmorning SnackSony Cybershot DSC HX1
Midmorning Snack (52)
Miss_Piggy Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2285 W: 5 N: 5300] (18714)


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loot Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5524 W: 722 N: 4163] (11276) [2014-08-30 19:37]
Excellent capture Anna.
That one got your adrenaline going. Lovely colours and sharp detail gives one a pleasant look at this action. That's a nice sizable fish for the Heron to enjoy. The vertical image worked well and I like the piece of grass in front just to anchor the scene.
Well done and thanks for sharing.
Regards
Loot

South Africa
Title: TrioSony CyberShot DSC HX100V
Trio (52)
Miss_Piggy Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2285 W: 5 N: 5300] (18714)


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loot Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5524 W: 722 N: 4163] (11276) [2014-08-30 19:30]
Hi Anna
What a lovely image. Your timing was great to capture the right moment. The orange-brown colour of the Nyala females are very true to nature. Overall a lovely composition with nice sharp detail.
Thanks for sharing.
Regards
Loot

South Africa
Title: Merry Christmas & My 200thSony Cybershot DSC HX1
Merry Christmas & My 200th (76) *
Miss_Piggy Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2285 W: 5 N: 5300] (18714)


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loot Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5524 W: 722 N: 4163] (11276) [2012-12-28 1:44]
Hi Anna

I'm too late for a Christmas wish here on the site, but fortunately I had the privilege to do that first hand and not just a cyber-kiss, but a real life one.

Congratulations on your 200th posting. Keep up the good work with the high standard of your images and notes and may you continue to display your love for nature here on the site still for a long time to come.

It is a magnificent image with such lovely bright and contrasting colours. The subjects are well isolated from the BG and show some nice sharp detail. If I remember correctly these were rather tiny flowers, 12mm in diameter, and that means it is an excellent macro for you to have captured such fine definition.

Warm regards
Loot

Switzerland
Title: EricaCanon EOS 30 D
Erica (34)
anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)


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PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882) [2012-10-04 7:29]
This is lovely, Anne. The splash of purple amongst the green foliage really stands out, and the fern adds some interesting texture and shape to the timage. Your DOF has also created a lovely soft neutral background tooo - well done on a thoughtful image.
Hope you are well,
Paul

United States
Title: Golden-mantled ground squirrelCanon PowerShot SX120
Golden-mantled ground squirrel (20)
kabel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 61 W: 0 N: 95] (552)


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PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882) [2012-10-04 7:26] [+]
i saw quite a few Ground Squirrels on my recent trip to the Staes - they're agressive little fellas aren't they? Very vocal! I like his stood up pose here, it could be a touch sharper but that's a minor thing - lovely shot, well done!
tfs
Paul

Spain
Title: Thanks for stopping!fujifilm finepix s1500
Thanks for stopping! (22)
Cobo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 236 W: 1 N: 535] (5799)


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PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882) [2012-10-04 7:24]
Hi Jose,

thats one impressive beast that stopped by to say hello :o) very good one handed shot - are you left handed?? Great opportunity well taken.
tfs,
Paul

Greece
Title: Black StorkNikon D90
Black Stork (56)
PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)


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PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882) [2012-10-04 7:22]
Impressive capture Peter! Great pose and those reds are very eye catching. Technically very well done too, great job.
tfs,
Paukl

United States
Title: GoldFinch on Sunflowerss
GoldFinch on Sunflowerss (20)
eqshannon Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2458 W: 216 N: 10292] (31141)


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PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882) [2012-10-04 7:20]
Impressive for such a heavy crop Bob. Love the yellow theme throughout this one. The Finch is well placed in the frame, as we would expect from yourself :o)
Keep Up The Good Work.
Paul

United States
Title: Colorful GrasshopperCanon 5D Mark11
Colorful Grasshopper (32) *
tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)


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PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882) [2012-10-04 7:18]
Great shot with a perfect DOF and excellent details, the shadow really makes this shot stand out, as does the light too - well done!
Paul

Netherlands
Title: Female reed bunting
Female reed bunting (16)
Belgerdy Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 294 W: 6 N: 877] (7664)


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PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882) [2012-10-04 7:16]
Hi Jeroen,
glad you didn;t delete this one! Great composition and a lovely neutral background that really highlights this bird well - technically a superb shot as well as aesthetically - well done!
tfs,
Paul

Poland
Title: Muchomor czerwony (Amanita muscaria)Canon EOS 400D
Muchomor czerwony (Amanita muscaria) (40)
maaciejka Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1127 W: 82 N: 4427] (27117)


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PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882) [2012-10-04 7:14]
It must have been amazing to see so many of these in one place! Good clarity and details - i think that this could benefit from just a little more saturation to bring out that red!
tfs,
Paul

Italy
Title: Polygonia egea
Polygonia egea (24)
Silvio2006 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6690 W: 90 N: 16812] (102073)


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PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882) [2012-10-04 7:12]
Hi Silvio,

very well composed with this bbutterfly 'looking' into the frame on the left - the splash of blue in the background adds an interesting element of colour - well done!

Paul

Italy
Title: Onychogomphus forcipatusSony Cybershot DSC HX1
Onychogomphus forcipatus (40)
lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)


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PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882) [2012-10-04 7:11]
Hi Luciano,

great details and a well chosen composition - i like the central position in the frame of this beautiful Dragonfly, it makes the most of those braod wings!

tfs,

Paul

Namibia
Title: My 50th - Etosha's Black ZebraCanon  40D
My 50th - Etosha's Black Zebra (66)
Jakkals Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 187 W: 3 N: 587] (2813)


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loot Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5524 W: 722 N: 4163] (11276) [2012-01-23 17:01] [+]
Wow, this guy played with the ink pot and had a serious slip.

Hi Carl

A warm congratulation on your 50th posting. Over the past 7 months or so you've treated
us with some wonderful postings as seen through your lens. You have made great strides
in quality and technique both in your photography and in your post processing. Keep up the
good work and best of luck for the next milestone.

As you mentioned, this is only the 2nd 'black Zebra' we see on the site, but in truth and reality
this one is a much better quality shot than the previous one. So, without the slightest hesitation,
it is also going straight to my theme for "RARE or SIGNIFICANT contributions to TN".
This is a very extraordinary and unusual genetic anomaly (as is also highlighted in your notes)
and throughout all the years that I've been visiting numerous parks and reserves in South Africa
I have never come across this phenomenon. In fact, I've never even observed any mention of it
in any text books either.

You did some good research on the topic and provided a worthy note to accompany this rare
sighting. It is exactly what this site is all about "To learn about the natural world through
photography" and as a secondary spin-off "To learn about photography through nature".

Well done and TFS.
Take care and have a great week.
Regards
Loot

South Africa
Title: Sun StarSony Cybershot DSC HX1
Sun Star (60)
Miss_Piggy Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2285 W: 5 N: 5300] (18714)


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loot Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5524 W: 722 N: 4163] (11276) [2011-11-11 23:07] [+]
Hi Anna

This is an excellent image of the Sun Star with nice sharp details. You dealt well
with the bright sun light and I like the natural colours. The Cape surely has some
lovely flowers and I know you're still going to show us same fabulous images from
our recent trip. So this one is probably only an appetiser for what's yet to come. It
was great to see how you enjoyed the Cape and all the opportunities to get lost in
the veld while you found all these amazing little flowers.

What do you think? Should we start planning our next year's holiday in the Cape
again and give the Kruger Park another miss?

Love
Loot

Switzerland
Title: TransitionCanon EOS 30 D
Transition (42)
anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)


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PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882) [2011-10-18 12:35]
Hi Anne, i hope you are well, i have missed seeing your wonderful apline shots. This speaks very well of the season and illustrated your note well too. i like the streaks of snow on the mountains in the background that help to break up all that rock. A very nice composition too, great work.
Paul

India
Title: Olive keelbackNikon D90
Olive keelback (6)
Arjun Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 358 W: 7 N: 1237] (7593)


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PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882) [2011-10-18 12:32]
Hi Arjun,
i like the light alot in this shot and the close, face on POV is very striking too. The DOF has isolated the head and eyes very well and the details are good - well done!
Paul

Sweden
Title: S from SwedenCanon 60D
S from Sweden (8)
horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)


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PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882) [2011-10-18 12:03] [+]
Hi Horia,

how are you my friend? It's been a while! I've just been looking through your last few posts here, it seems your Scandanavian adventures have produced some stunning shots.
So, to this one. What is immediately striking is the wide sweeping curve of almost metallic grey through that lush greenery, linking the bottom of the image with the sky very well. The overcast day gives an honest and natural view of what looks like a superb natural environment with great bio diversity. And of course, perfect DOF, exposure and details. The silver birch in the FG helps add alot of depth too - well done indeed :o)

All the best mate,
Paul