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Into the Wind

Into the Wind
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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: 2004-09-28
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D70, Sigma 80-400 OS
Exposure: f/8, 1/640 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): 40 points or more - 40 puntos o más, African Vultures, Vultures [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2004-10-29 17:56
Viewed: 6354
Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 40
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
It is very hard to stay way from TN – but work is work & man must eat. However, it is now already long past sleeping time, so here goes another of our flying “beauties” or are they beasties?
This guy is a White-backed Vulture, & the only time you can see the white back is when they are flying, like here on this picture Gyps africanus , 95 cm. They look superficially just like the Cape Vulture posted previously. ( Japie you have to show me how to do the url for reference) Ungainly on the ground, these birds are masters of the sky. I am very happy & lucky to have nailed this guy in this pose.
This is a also a heavy, long-necked vulture with a black bill & cere, the adult has a dark coloured eye in contrast to the Cape Vulture. The wingspan is about 250 cm. This is an SA resident, quite common in KNP.
Venue – Kampala – Cheetah Research Centre
Date 28th September 2004
Time 10h09
Camera - Nikon D70
ISO 200 & -0,7 EV
Sigma 80-400 F4.5- 5.6 APO OS
Filter – Cokin UV
Focal length - 160 mm
Exposure mode - Aperture Priority - 1/1 640 @ F8
Flash – none
Metering Mode – Muti Pattern
Support – Handheld
60% of cropping, levels; hue/ saturation; Some USM, , reduced to Site size.

AdrianW, Luc, marhowie, Fisher, jhm, mrvdm1, LordPotty, AndyB, RAP, PDP, elihesam, JeanMichel, gerhardt, Lourens, willie has marked this note useful
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To jhm: dankieCallie 2 10-31 12:48
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Its late here too I am sat here half a sleep trying to print some pics for another exibition , so if the critque does not make sence its because i am asleep. good to see another cracking capture from you.
if japie fails to show you how to do the link URL thing yell this way thatbit bente showed me how and happy to pass it on

Hi, Callie. So you can't stay away from TN? Good for us! These fully extended wings in a large flying movement are giving a beautiful image. The elegance of this movement contrasts with the tough feeling expressed by the head. Seems noisy in dark grey feathers, no? Anyway, you've catched this Vulture's motion perfectly. Thanks for posting.

Good shot! I really like the way you've captured the wings fully spread here, and a useful note as usual too. The background seems a little noisy to me, possibly due to the cropping, I wonder whether it would look a bit better with less JPEG compression? Good to see you back here again! Nice capture :-D

P.S. Info on how to create a link is in the thread here if you're interested :)

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  • Luc Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1835 W: 301 N: 4287] (14767)
  • [2004-10-29 20:01]

Another nice capture from you. Great composition and an interestion note (white back in particular). TFS.

Callie, Your photo sure does display this vultures expansive wing-span in a dramatic way I think. (or try to)! This POV makes them look Gigantic! Thanx for posting this one!

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  • Fisher Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1540 W: 309 N: 2234] (8915)
  • [2004-10-29 22:39]
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I'm learning more about "What" thanks. Your note gives us insight about this big Vulture. Excelent momment caught and I'm sure when you captured it you must of breathed out, yes!!!
Well done.


Hi Callie
Great flight-in shot, you show the big wing-span very well
Good composition and great note.
Very good work.

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  • jhm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 893 W: 0 N: 507] (1853)
  • [2004-10-30 2:52]
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Hallo Callie, deze in volle vlucht kunnen fotograferen vind ik al een grote prestatie, en dan de mooie hoek van de vogel zo, kunnen nemen is gewoon fantasties, en uw nota is zoals altijd perfect verzorgd.

This is the first time that I see the white back, as normally they are either on the ground or flying above. Excellent action shot, you can compare notes with Gerhard on doing the in-flight shot. Thanks for the useful note. (Lion and Rhino park could be a good place to get some more of them)

I won't say this is a nice vulture,but it is a good shot.He sure is a big fella.

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  • AndyB Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1366 W: 32 N: 1351] (3982)
  • [2004-10-30 5:52]
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Excellent capture Callie.
Great curve of the spread wings,filling the frame nicely.
A great note too.
Nice too see you back!Hope all is well.

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  • RAP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2524 W: 345 N: 2373] (7405)
  • [2004-10-30 8:39]
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Tu eres uno de los responsables querido amigo de mi regreso a TN.
Y afortunadamente puedo disfrutar de una escena en vuelo de este magnífico ejemplar.
Es evidente que la captura la has realizado a gran distancia.
Excelente composicion con perfecto encuadre y POV.

You are one of the people in charge dear friend of my return to TN.
And luckyly I can enjoy a scene in flight of this magnificent exemplar.
It is evident that the capture you have made it to great distance.
Excellent composition with perfect frame and POV.

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  • miqra Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 140 W: 3 N: 23] (151)
  • [2004-10-30 9:12]

Callie, Callie, Callie you are a star, this photo is poster quality, I would love one on my walls...well done!

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  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2004-10-30 13:54]

Very good work Callie, great capture with the outstretched wings of this vulture. It's a great shot and a great note too. Welcome back.

Very powerful,and strong with this open wings,in a good time you captured,although it has a bit blurry,but it return to her flying,and I like it,well composed and nice cold atmosphere you made here,Nicely done,Callie.

Nice picture Callie.
I have made a workshop, I thought it can be sharpened a little bit and some other things.
The timing in capturing this picture is great.

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  • japie Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1814 W: 100 N: 1904] (5187)
  • [2004-10-31 1:53]

Look at that wingspan! Excellent moment that you captured very well. You captured this beasty and turned him into a beauty.

Thanks for posting


Nou vrek ek!

This is a rare treat. You must have been estatic when you got this shot. Nice one Callie.

Nice action capture, Callie. Just a bit soft. Good note.

What a great action shot. You were very lucky to get this vulture in this position. I love the way the wings curve against the blue sky. An ugly bird on the ground, but rather beautiful in flight. Excellent work.

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  • willie Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1023 W: 61 N: 648] (2083)
  • [2004-11-02 12:33]

I think it's very good despite being a little on the soft side. Well captured.

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