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In the eye of the beholder . . .

In the eye of the beholder . . .
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Copyright: Riaan van der Merwe (mrvdm1) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 97 W: 14 N: 93] (301)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2004-04-10
Categories: Birds
Camera: Fujifilm Finepix S5000
Exposure: f/7.0, 1/676 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2004-11-06 4:16
Viewed: 4008
Points: 22
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This one was part of a group we saw at the Lion & Rhino Research Centre in Roodepoort. This was still in my early days of photography, but I think it looks good.

Ostrich (Struthio camelus)

Of the 8,600 bird species which exist today, the ostrich is the largest. They are still found in the wild in certain parts of Africa, and are very well adapted to desert life, getting water from the plants they eat.

These huge birds, which sometimes reach a height of 2.6 m and a weight of 135 kg, cannot fly, but are very fast runners. Their small, flat heads and long necks are downy and their plump bodies are covered with soft feathers. The male’s body plumage is glossy black, and the wings and tail feathers are white.

The females and young males are greyish brown. If threatened while sitting on the nest, which is simply a cavity scooped in the earth, the hen presses her long neck flat along the ground, blending with the background. Ostriches, contrary to popular belief, do not bury their heads in the sand.

he male ostrich has from two to six females in his flock. The eggs each weigh about 1.5 kg. Ostriches have been raised in captivity as a source of food, and some people have even tried to ride them -- a risky business.

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  • miqra Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 140 W: 3 N: 23] (151)
  • [2004-11-06 5:51]
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Riaan, where's the 'twinkle' in the eye (smile) I wonder what this ost. was thinking at the time? Excellent shot.

Good portrait of this not-so-beautiful bird. Sorry to say but they are not my favorite bird species out there. When I was a student I worked on an ostrich farm in Skeerpoort near Harties for the holidays. It was not a very good experience for me. Getting bitten constantly was not much fun! But it is quite interesting to see the chicks hatching. It is very profiting and you do not need such a big peace of land to farm with ostriches. Anyone that thinks this is an intelligent bird, come and speak to me!

Riaan, You've got a great POV & good details seen. I wonder just how close were you? Even in bright sunlight, you might have used your forced flash here to fill in the shadows seen here away from the sun. Great supporting note. Thanx for posting!

Good Mug shot with very nice detail.
Well Done Riaan

nice shot! good details and good compo.he is looking very proud, with his head held up high :o)

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  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2004-11-06 13:13]

Hi Riaan, It's a great shot but I think it needs more light. Other that that it's a great mugshot.

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  • jlz (33)
  • [2004-11-06 17:26]

Hey it's funny we posted very similar portraits almost at same time, although mine was of an emu..
I like yours, taken from below makes the ostrich more impressive and look dangerous...
You would need to lighten a bit to make it even better, it's a bit too dark.

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  • RAP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2524 W: 345 N: 2373] (7405)
  • [2004-11-06 17:44]

Gran expresion en esta captura Riaan con divertido POV y buena nitidez con el cielo azul.
El detalle de los pelos es realmente encantador.

Great expression in this capture Riaan with amused POV and good clearness with the blue sky.
The detail of the hairs is really charming.

With the light from behind try the fill in flash. The photo is very sharp and they always mekaes nice mugshots Well done!

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  • japie Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1814 W: 100 N: 1904] (5187)
  • [2004-11-07 1:19]

The sun was your enemy here. The only thing that would have saved you here is a powerful fill flash. But you said it is from your early days so you are forgiven. Looking to the ones going forward.

Thanks for posting

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  • ian Gold Star Critiquer [C: 65 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2005-02-17 4:40]

I like blue sky. Pretty photo.

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