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Wet & Bedraggled

Wet & Bedraggled
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Copyright: Callie de Wet (Callie) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1101 W: 95 N: 2610] (7555)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-03-22
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D70, Sigma 80-400 OS
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/1000 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2005-04-17 14:18
Viewed: 4969
Points: 66
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
We have been driving in the rain since 05h30, when the gates of the rest camp opened. We were going to the kill-site of the previous day, to see whether there were still lions or maybe other predators around, when we encountered this obliging specimen. We must have seen more than a 100 storks on this trip, all of them slowly getting ready for the long trek back to Poland? – not so, Greg! The rain had abated a little while, and this guy, or lady, was busy working the worst of the drizzle out of his plumage. For once on this trip, the sun came to the party, and lightened the subject beautifully in the early morning light.
This is the White Stork, a common summer visitor to SA. We also have a small breeding population in the Western Cape.

Venue – KNP
Date 22nd March 2005
Time 07h54
Camera - Nikon D70
ISO 200 & - 0,3 EV.
Sigma 80-400 2.8 APO OS
Filter – Cokin UV
Focal length - 400 mm.
Exposure mode - Aperture Priority – 1/1000 @ F5.6
Flash - none
Support – Handheld
PP – little cropping; S/H, and contrast, Sharpened edges and faded mode; reduced to Site size

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2005-04-17 14:30]

Hi Callie!
I remember this stork from last summer - but he was much cleaner ;-) Looks like you have serious problems with bathrooms in SA ;-))) Thanks for this 'Polish' bird in excellent pose. When he'll reach our coutry I'll take him picture and send to TN, I promise!

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  • Fisher Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1540 W: 309 N: 2234] (8915)
  • [2005-04-17 14:39]

Excelent shot, Callie.
Well done on this composition.
Sound like you are roughing it. Keep the bog paper handy, never leave home without it. LOL.


Halo Callie!
What a great pose! Like some pretty coryphee in her great skirt.
Good job!

Hi daar. Hy is pragtig !! The POV is very funny. Looks like he is trying to dry his feahters.. :)


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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2005-04-17 16:12]

Excellent pose Callie. She looks likes you interrupted her in the middle of her morning wash time. Nice and sharp too. Good job!

Good catch.
It looks like after a combat, it is all messed up.
What happened to its white plumage? it looks very grey.

Who hung out the tatty feather duster, Good capture, love the look in the face and the highlight in the eye. As you say just about ready to deliver that fresh crop of babies due in euroupe ;0))

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  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2005-04-17 16:55]

Hello Callie, he looks very ragged. Nice capture, with a good POV and lovely details, very well done.

Very good POV, composition and details. Fantastic pose. TFS.

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2005-04-17 20:57]

Hi Callie! Wonderful shot of this stork. Everything about it is perfect: the details, the colors, the exposure, the pose, the composition. Congratulations on a fantastic picture. : )

Callie, A great composition on this stork. He looks alittle ruffled, but a great pose for you. Great detail and well framed. Nice Work!

Great shot Callie.
Nice pose and great composition. Very good details and colours.
Very well, my freind

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  • radz Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 598 W: 11 N: 72] (436)
  • [2005-04-18 0:43]

Nice shot with great details &liked the composition.

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  • jhm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 893 W: 0 N: 507] (1853)
  • [2005-04-18 2:30]
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Dag Callie,
Hij staat hoog op zijn poten maar kijkt juist om voor de fotograaf, het is prachtig opnieuw hoe u deze vogel heeft kunnen fotograferen, met prachtige kleuren en excellent scherp.
Mooi werk opnieuw!
Groeten uit Vlaanderen met morgenmist en 6° Celcius.

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2005-04-18 2:48]

Superb pose,wonderful composition.
Colors,details,DOF are excellent.TFS...

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  • alois Silver Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 41 W: 0 N: 107] (1205)
  • [2005-04-18 3:45]

Extraordinary POV supported with a good quality light and details. TFS.

Can you close the door, I'm not finished!

She looks like she just got out of the shower. The expression on the face is priceless. Good POV, excellent subject and wonderful eye contact. Another masterpiece Callie. TFS

Hello Callie, I think your POV from behind combined with this great pose is great. Very well composed with this late light working nicely for this one..Well done my friend!!

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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2005-04-18 7:42]

Belle et intéressante composition photographique pour cette superbe Cigogne. Jolies couleurs et bonne netteté.
Well Done !

An excellent POV, Callie.
I especially like the look he gives you...what if it is a she and thinks that you are looking up her skirt?
Great composition, lighting and detail. Thank you for sharing this rag-a-muffin with us.

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  • sAner Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1455 W: 74 N: 1426] (4750)
  • [2005-04-18 10:00]

Hi Callie! Very nice picture of this stork. Wonderful pose, great details and color. Very well composed also. I really like the POV. Well done & TFS!

Groetnis, Pieter

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  • Luc Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1835 W: 301 N: 4287] (14767)
  • [2005-04-18 10:11]

Personal assessment of the photo: excellent composition, PoV and moment captured.
Fantastic visual impact.
Aptness of the photo for the site: excellent.
Personal assessment of the note: nice story.
Thanks, friend Callie, for sharing so beautifull pictures and for the enjoyment which they give us.

Just beautiful, great pose and perfect details.
VEry well done my friend.

Nice capture Callie,
Excellent composition and fantastic pose. Nice details of this shocked looking stork.
Thanks for posting

Wow, what a pose! Stunning. Great pov. The lighting is perfect.
Well done and thanks for posting.

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  • japie Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1814 W: 100 N: 1904] (5187)
  • [2005-04-18 19:51]

Nat agter die ore, en die res! This is a great capture. It has the look on its face of "Please, not now, I havent dried my hair!"

The composition is excellent and I like the lighting a lot.

Very well done and thanks for posting

Very interesting POV, Callie. The light is just right... brightening the facial details in the ambience. It looks like a real "dirty bird" though. :) I didn't know we had a breeding population here in SA. Great shot, well done.

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  • Esox Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 239 W: 20 N: 344] (972)
  • [2005-04-20 14:05]

Superb one.
Taken by the back, but the bird was nice to look at your lens!
Great details indeed.
These birds are really known in France, 'cause they are symbol of Alsace, a north-eastern region in France.

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  • NINIX Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 158 W: 47 N: 355] (3001)
  • [2005-05-04 18:01]

Hi Callie,

This one I like too. As if the bird is taking a breake or showing his fether specially for you.

Great shot.


Nice shot Callie, I like very much the back POV and the composition you have aranged with it. Good moody light too. Regards from your spanish friend, Felipe.

It looks like it made the war! The definition is big and the excellent colours. The angle is magnificent, I like very much your composition. Great shot!

On dirait qu'il a fait la guerre! La définition est grande et les couleurs excellentes. L'angle est merveilleux, j'aime beaucoup votre composition.

Aaahhh, how sweet when I see this bird and the expression, a lot of softness in it, clear and sharp, really nice, this one !

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  • deud Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 438 W: 11 N: 534] (2540)
  • [2006-01-10 8:38]

very well captured! great pose and composition. nice colors and light.

happy new year!

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